Leaving La Floresta and Counter Culture Coffee Tasting

We have some great back-to-back events coming up next week!

First, on Monday Oct. 3 at 4:30 in A156 we’ll be screening a fascinating documentary on the social and environmental effects of the War on Drugs in Columbia called Leaving La Floresta.

After that film, Farmhand is showing King Corn in Love Auditorium at 6:15. Anyone who wants to see it after Leaving La Floresta should go!

We’re also very excited to be hosting our second annual coffee tasting event with Counter Culture Coffee on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:00 pm in Blue Express. It was great fun last year and we’re hoping it becomes a beloved WGELA tradition!

Hope to see you all there for some educational fun!

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Kick-Off Potluck

The bi-annual semi-respectable semester kick-off potluck was held last week and it was great fun!

We have a really great new crop of WGELA members who really know how to cook. We’re all super excited about this coming year and have some great things planned. We encourage all of our fresh new faces to get as involved as they can! It’s going to be an awesome fun year with some great opportunities for learning and helping out.

Thanks to everyone who came! You are all awesome!

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First Meeting of the 2011-2012 School Year

Hey Nicholas School!

You are invited to attend the Working Group for Environment in Latin America’s (WGELA) first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 PM in LSRC A158. Mexican food from Los Comales will be provided, so don’t worry about eating in advance.

The meeting will have 3 primary objectives:

1. Discuss/select key themes to focus on throughout the year
2. Discuss specific event/activity ideas
3. Introduce officer positions available within the group

We had some pretty great events last year (chocolate and coffee tasting, for example) and we’re working to make this year even better. So if you’d like to be part of a group that inspires increased dialogue on Latin American environmental issues among the Nic-school community come check us out! If you can’t make it to this meeting, please join the WGELA listserv for information on future meetings and events at: https://lists.nicholas.duke.edu/sympa/subscribe/wgela

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Kicking off the 2011-2012 School Year with WGELA

Hi Everyone, Welcome back to Durham and the beginning of a new school year!

This semester WGELA has many events planned including a Fall Kick-off potluck, coffee tasting, chocolate tasting, and various lectures!

Stay tuned on the dates for these events and for our first meeting to get involved with the Nicholas School at Duke’s efforts to address environmental issues in Latin America. Please join the listserv for updates at: https://lists.nicholas.duke.edu/sympa/info/wgela and we look forward to kicking off the semester with you all!

Check out some pictures from last year’s events:

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Project Gaia Clean Stove Cookout 24.03.11

WGELA’s philanthropy event for Project Gaia was a huge success! Altogether we raised $5,400 from donations and the sale of scarves which will go to provide 105 clean stoves to women in Haiti and Brazil. The capstone of the event was a cook-off in which four teams competed against each other using Project Gaia’s clean stoves. Four delicious meals were created and judged by a panel made up of members of both the Nicholas School and Project Gaia. Our own leader, Josh Strauss, was the winner with his hot tomato salad with fried okra. He was cooking on behalf of the Nicholas School Student Council which won another stove to be donated to Project Gaia.

For more information on the work that Project Gaia does providing clean, safe cooking materials to women in developing countries, visit their website here.

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Clean Stove Cookout Thursday, March 24th!

1:00pm: Cook Out BEGINS!! Discussion led by founder Harry Stokes and visiting professionals from Project Gaia.
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Fundraiser at The Tavern on Markham Ave. $5 donation at the door. Live Music!

Celebrity Judges include Prof. Dan Richter and Saskia Clay-Rooks!

**Throughout: Raffle tickets available for sale. Prize is a $100 gift certificate to Magnolia’s in Durham! All raffle contributions benefit fundraiser.**

Read about how Project Gaia is making a difference.


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Upcoming Events this Spring 2011!

Hi WGELA Members and Supporters! We have two events coming up in the next several weeks, don’t forget to mark your calendars!

Lecture on Trophic Cascades
Dr. John Terborgh
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 Lunch– specifics TBA

Project Gaia Clean Stove Cookout
Thursday, March 24th, 2011, Time and Place TBA

Read more about Project Gaia at: http://www.projectgaia.com/

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Kallari Chocolate Tasting

Kallari Chocolate Tasting 10.19.2010

The event was a huge success! There were over 70 students in attendance at Love Auditorium and it was a great learning experience not only on chocolate tasting, but the ethics behind production. Check out some pictures from the event below:

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Welcome to the WGELA Website!

Mission Statement:
The Working Group seeks to promote a rich comprehension of environmental issues salient within Latin America. Though based out of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, WGELA’s membership extends to students from UNC, and NC-state to facilitate cross triangle collaboration on these issues.

Working Group Objectives for the 2010-2011 Year

  • Foster a dialogue concerning critical environmental issues affecting Latin America
  • Improve the understanding of the social, historical, political, and cultural contexts in which these environmental issues are embedded
  • Build capacity amongst an interdisciplinary and cross institutional group of individuals to address and conduct research on Latin American issues
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Kat’s Cycles of Change Bike Tour

Kat’s Cycles of Change bike tour, initiated to promote a food culture that supports a healthy and sustainable food system. 

While biking from Panama to the US Kat’s group encouraged reliance on local food economies, maintaining crop diversity, eating and producing safe and healthy food, and preserving natural resources and the cultural values of food communities (communities that are economically and culturally linked to producing and selling food).

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