Environmental Lecture Series at Beer Sheva's Ashan Hazman

watermelon-course-beer-shevaIf you’re in the South today and haven’t yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, the Watermelon series of six “Green and Red” lectures at Beer Sheva‘s Ashan Hazman cafe/bookshop kicks off with a movie screening and discussion (in Hebrew) at 7 p.m.

For the last few months, Ashan Hazman (The smoke of time) has gradually become a neighborhod sustainability center thanks to the tireless work of local Matan Golan.

He put up a compost heap in the cafe’s yard, replaced the bathroom sink pipes with a bucket for collecting grey water, and made benches by slathering mud on stacks of books that couldn’t be sold.

The Watermelon Series is sponsored by Ben-Gurion University and the Social-Economic Academy (SEA) a national organization which offers lectures on social issues around the country. 

Next week’s lecture, also at 7 p.m., covers the Israeli health system and features Michael Moore’s Sicko. Other topics include the meat industry, the Israel Lands Administration reform (see GP post here), the water crisis and the rising power of Israel’s capitalist class, featuring the movie Shitat HaShakshuka.

Each lecture is NIS 10, or you can buy tickets for all six for NIS 45. For more information, contact SEA Beer Sheva Director Eyal Kosowski at eyalkoso[at]gmail[dot]com.

And if you’re in Beer Sheva all week long, don’t forget about the upcoming Eco-Thiopia festival at Earth’s Promise.

:: Social-Economic Academy (English)

:: Ashan Hazman Bookshop and Cafe (Hebrew)

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