America, the Profligate
On Sunday, April 30th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Jan Goodwin will present a talk entitled "America, the Profligate".
One in 10 families in America use self-storage for things they no longer need but can’t bear to throw away. Amazingly, it has become a $22 billion-a-year business. Our supermarkets dumps 40% of our food, so much in fact, that freeganists eat very well from it. France last year became the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from destroying unsold food; they must donate it instead to charities and food banks. The Netherlands has a brilliant solution to tackle two of the West's most urgent problems: a young generation priced out of affordable housing, and the loneliness and isolation of a rapidly ageing population in homes too large for them now their children have left home. Students move into homes and help out with chores and keep owners company. Both sides benefit. Americans throw away 13 million tons of textiles, some 85 percent of our clothes each year.
We will discuss various ways of being environmentally friendly.
Jan Goodwin is an award-winning author and journalist, who writes for national publications. A Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism, she is also a frequent lecturer both in the U.S. and abroad.
The one hour service will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions visit www.uduuf.org.