Mountaineers Foundation Presents "What's the Economy For, Anyway?" March 27th at Theatre 47

Seattle, WA, March 05, 2010 --( The Mountaineers Foundation invites the public to attend a presentation by ecological economist Dave Batker on March 27th at 7pm at Theatre 47 in Magnuson Park. Batker will share a humorous, edgy, factual, timely and highly-visual film about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success-especially the Gross Domestic Product-and offering an answer to the question: What's the Economy For, Anyway? Using Gifford Pinchot's idea that the economy's purpose is "the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run," Batker compares the performance of the U.S. economy with that of other industrial countries in terms of providing a high quality of life, fairness and ecological sustainability, concluding that when you do the numbers, we come out near the bottom in nearly every category.

In addition to this 40-minute film, produced by John de Graaf, award-winning Seattle film maker with such titles to his credit as 'Affluenza,' "Silent Killer," and 'Buyer Be Fair', attendees will also be able to visit a showcase of some of the many organizations that have been helped by grants from the Foundation, made possible by generous donors. With donors' help, the Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, provides money for environmental conservation, outdoor education, and preservation of wilderness for habitat and recreation, including the awe-inspiring 460-acre Rhododendron Preserve on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Showcase will include:

Earth Economics, devoted to advancing and applying the science of ecological economics to promote healthy ecosystems, communities and economies, and to halting the globalization of unsustainable economic policies. Focusing on the vital areas of toxins, forests, fisheries and global trade policy, we achieve our goals through organization, education and advocacy.

Puget Creek Restoration Society, which protects, enhances, and restores the Puget Creek Watershed and other streams, wetlands, and green spaces. They serve the South Puget Sound communities and invite their participation through hands-on restoration, research, education, and advocacy, and by promoting a sense of stewardship.

American Alps Legacy Project, a grassroots campaign to complete the unfinished business of park and wilderness protection in Washington’s North Cascades. The campaign is led by a committee of representatives from a number of supporting organizations.

Harbor WildWatch, whose mission is to inspire stewardship of the Puget Sound by providing learning opportunities about the environment to the people of Gig Harbor, Pierce County and the Key Peninsula. Their goal is to inform area residents about their local environment and engage their involvement in preserving the wealth of our natural resources

Chuckanut Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the unique wildlands in the Chuckanut-to-Cascades region of Northwest Washington.

Weaverling Spit Project, a project for the Samish Indian Nation to restore 550 feet of eroding shoreline with an engineered soft shore stabilization project in order to protect an archaeological site that is in danger of eroding onto the beach, provide habitat for forage fish spawning along with vegetation for shade of habitat and restore the shoreline along the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes that is currently being impacted by erosion.

Cascade Land Conservancy which fills a unique niche as the largest land conservation, stewardship and community building organization in Washington State. For over 20 years, The Conservancy has led efforts to conserve more than 158,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas.

Columbia Riverkeeper, whose mission is to restore and protect the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.

Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, whose mission is to protect lives, property and infrastructure in the Chumstick watershed from wildfire through a collaborative partnership. Through outreach and strategic planning their efforts will lead to actions on public and private lands to benefit people, wildlife, forest health and the community at large.

Tickets for this event may be purchase at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

About The Foundation

The Mountaineers Foundation is dedicated to passing the best possible environmental legacy to ensuing generations. The Foundation, working through our volunteer board serves The Mountaineers and others who are committed to the responsible stewardship and active enjoyment of the beauty and diversity of our natural resources. The Foundation promotes the long view of stewardship by building and maintaining strong relationships with both donors and grantees based on mutual trust and openness.

The Mountaineers Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that is proud to be affiliated with, but is separate from The Mountaineers Club. The Foundation provides financial support for a wide range of environmental projects conducted by The Mountaineers, other nonprofit organizations, and individuals. A complete list of grants awarded is available on our website:

Moutaineers Foundation
Kerri McConnell