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Buffalo is “Happening”

If you’re not behind renewable energy, then you’re simply behind. In Buffalo, we have the ability to become a city that is driven by renewable energy. We’ve already made some headway, with solar, wind, geothermal, hydro… and we can make further advancements when it comes to growing our food, transportation, etc. The time is now. We cannot wait another moment. The world is in trouble. Buffalo needs to be setting an example.

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) is one local leader that is setting the bar when it comes to sustainable energy practices. The organization is doing this alongside other businesses and organizations that are committed to making a change. 

On December 11, at 8pm, HBO Documentary Films will be premiering a documentary called “Happening”. Two local organizations will be featured in the film  #PUSHBuffalo, the The WASH Project.

These two groups are doing their best to ensure that climate change is addressed, and that Buffalo will one day achieve energy democracy.

As described by director Jamie Redford, ‘Happening’ is personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while my discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a story of technology and innovation, ‘Happening’ explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

From PUSH:

Join PUSH and the Crossroads Collective in advancing the movement for 100% renewable energy in Buffalo by celebrating the premiere of the HBO Documentary Films documentary “Happening” on December 11th at 8 PM. There are two ways to celebrate the HBO premiere of Happening on Monday, December 11th:

Host a house party to watch the premiere. PUSH will provide background materials and a discussion guide for hosts to help guide conversations about renewable energy, climate justice and the 100% Campaign in Buffalo, an effort to move the city to 100% renewable energy by 2040. To host a house party, please email Clarke Gocker at

Attend the public watch party at Frank E. Merriweather Jr.. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. PUSH members will gather to watch celebrate the premiere, with a community discussion to follow. PUSH leaders Aaron Bartley, Rahwa Ghirmatzion and John Washington will provide introductory remarks beginning at 7:30 PM.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • John Joyce

    Whew! A few excerpts from this post are offered as evidence of the continued buy-in by many of the doomsday mentality:
    “The world is in trouble.
    These two groups are doing their best to ensure that climate change is addressed, and that Buffalo will one day achieve energy democracy.
    ‘Happening’ explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.”
    As it happens the world as seen through the lens of GDP per nation and per individual is enjoying the highest standard of living in recorded history. See “Ultimate Resource 2” by Julian Simon.
    Earth has enjoyed about four and half billion daily weather reports of which those preserved for the last 186 or so years comprise 0.0000000413 of the total which puts into perspective their relative probity in the climate change discussion. For those of the skeptical turn of mind hearing that such and such a climate phenomenon is of the order of appearance once in a thousand years they might wonder absent the depredations on industrial society how came the phenomenon to be in the halcyon days of yore.
    “Merchants of Despair” by Robert Zubrin is an excellent source for understanding the persistence of the doomsday, anti-humanist point of view which despite evidence to the contrary continues to erode truth in important discussions affecting public policy and allocation of resources.
    I do not intend to disregard the adoption of more effective and healthful alternatives to energy creation but wish however to emphasize that they are examples of human creativity at work solving problems, a pattern duplicated from time immemorial and proof of the premier place of the human intellect in the catalog of planetary resources and an argument for the discontinuation of abortion which is nothing more than the wholesale destruction of THE natural resource.