If you could plan a conference for you and your peers to help train and motivate you as environmental activists in Texas, what speakers, events, forums, exhibits, panels, music, and/or art would you choose? 

Because of the elections, Downwinders has scheduled the next the next Root and Branch Revue for January 25-28, 2017. This time we're specifically focusing on "Citizen Science,"through the lens of Environmental Justice. 

Vote for your favorite green volunteers and leaders in North Texas. The top three finalists will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced at the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards on Nov. 3 at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Networking event at Checkered Past Winery. No registration required. Pay for your own food and drink. Winery presentation at 5:30 p.m. See Facebook post for details.

The Memnosyne Institute's Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards was launched in 2012 and has since honored many outstanding green leaders in North Texas.

The Texas Railroad Commission governs all oil and gas activities including the building of pipelines within the state. The RRC is up for Sunset Review this coming legislative session. Sunset works by setting a date on which an agency is abolished unless the Legislature passes a bill to continue it. Sunset staff evaluates the agency and issues recommendations for positive change. The Commission considers the recommendations, hears public testimony and decides on a package of changes to bring to the full Legislature.

David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will introduce their environmental atlas, The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M Press 2016).  The atlas is a five-year effort that resulted in a compilation of some 40 chapters, 300 maps and 100 images regarding the conservation history of water, land, energy, air quality and public health in the state.  They also will focus on comments about local topics of special interest to Dallas Metroplex residents.  

Created by local Hispanic writers, directors and producers, this short film is the second in a series exploring the many ways North, Central and South America were historically unified. The "Our Americas" series is an independently-produced documentary series showcasing the different connections throughout the Americas.

"Ideally, the documentaries will show how we all belong together as one continent," says director Alex Garcia Topete of Nowadays Orange Productions.

Family friendly event with a focus on its ecofriendly exhibitors and education. More than forty vendors will showcase their green products and services. Classes and demonstrations on environmental awareness will take place throughout the day. Ecofest Arlington will also have many children's activities including games, crafts and educational presentations. The city will be giving away trees while supplies last. Free.

Do you have concerns about the Railroad Commission and how fracking and other oil & gas oversight is handled in our state?

Legislators and their staff will be invited. The public will be able to voice their concerns about the RRC.

Registration is at 6:30 and the town hall is at 7 pm.  This event is being hosted by Public Citizen, Earthworks, and Sierra Club.

Info: Rita Beving, antiquerita@aol.com

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