Catamount Earth Institute January 2012 E-newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute January E-Newsletter

Healthy People, Healthy Planet Discussion Groups

Catamount’s winter project is offering Healthy People, Healthy Planet discussion groups. Winter in the Upper Valley is long, dark, and cold; one way to cope is to gather with friends and neighbors for good conversation, on a lively topic …  such as shedding light on the connections between our health and the health of the planet.

Healthy People, Healthy Planet conversations are being hosted at 15 venues around the Upper Valley this winter. The 6-session series topics include preventive medicine, food issues, our chemical legacy, simplicity and consumption, and healthy natural systems.

 This free discussion series is based on a discussion guide/anthology, A World of Health, by the Northwest Earth Institute of Portland, Oregon. Guides are available at the Hanover Co-op service desk for $15. (Participating libraries have discussion guides available on loan to their Healthy People, Healthy Planet group participants.) This series of community conversations began with a group at the Grantham Town Hall. Upcoming groups are hosted by the Baldwin Library, Wells River on Sunday, January 8; Shiretown Books, Woodstock, January 11; and Quechee Library on January 12. Program information and contacts for the 15 conversation venues are available at, and are listed below. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in organizing a group in your town, faith community, workplace, or with your book group.

Sponsoring organizations for the 2012 discussion groups are the Catamount Earth Institute, Co-op Food Stores, the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club, Sustainable Hanover, the Upper Valley Land Trust, Upper Valley Localvores, and the Upper Valley Household Hazardous Waste Committee. 

We’re grateful to the Jack and Dorothy Bryne Foundation, the Mascoma Saving Bank Foundation, the Upper Valley Sierra Club, the Stettenheim Foundation, the Frank and Brinna Sands Foundation, and King Arthur Flour for subsidizing the discussion guides and providing set of books for loan by participating libraries. Thanks also to the Co-op Food Stores, the Upper Valley Food Co-op and Health Connections of the Upper Valley for purchasing sets of books to share with discussion groups.

Catamount will soon be on Facebook so that discussion group members can share their thoughts, concerns and information. See you there!

Current schedule of discussion groups. 
(You can register with these sponsors or click here to register.)

Baldwin Memorial Library, Wells River
Sundays, January 8 – February 2
 2:00-4:00 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
802-727-2693 or [email protected]

Shiretown Books, Woodstock
Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15
7-8:30 pm
Register and purchase books from the bookstore
802-457-2996 or [email protected] 

Quechee Library & VINS Nature Center
Thursdays, January 12 – February 16th
6:30-8 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library or VINS
[email protected] or [email protected] 

Dr. Robyn Jacobs Office, 24 Hanover St. Lebanon
Tuesdays, January 17 –February 21st
5:00-6:30pm, Register at 603-448-7344
Purchase book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Hanover Town (Etna) Library
Tuesdays, January 17 –February 21st
7:00- 8:30 pm, Register at 603-643-3086

Purchase book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Bradford Public Library
Thursdays, January 19 – February 23
7:00- 8:30 pm
Register and buy a book at North of the Falls
[email protected]

Hanover Food Co-op
Tuesdays, January 31-March 6
6-7:30 pm, Conference Room
Register and purchase a book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Upper Valley Food Co-op, Upstairs
Thursdays, February 2- March 8
6-7:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the UV Food Co-op
802-295-5804 or [email protected]

Norwich Public Library
Fridays, February 3 – March 9
7-8:30 pm
Borrow a book from the library
Register with [email protected]

Fairlee Public Library
Wednesdays, February 29 – April 11
7 – 8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
802-333-4716 or [email protected] 

Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC), Lebanon Mall
Tuesdays, March 6 – April 10
Noon- 1 pm
Register and borrow a book from the WHRC
603-650-2600 or stop in on the Lebanon Mall

Upper Valley Land Trust, Hanover
Thursdays, March 15 – April 19
Noon – 1:30 pm
Register and purchase a book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk
603-643-6626 or [email protected]

Blake Memorial Library, Corinth
Thursdays, March 15 – April 19
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library

Canaan Town Library
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9
7 -8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 4:30pm – 6:00p at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
Occupy Upper Valley General Assembly
The announce list is at .  There is also a discuss list:

Sunday, January 8, 7 pm, Thetford Congregational Church, Rt. 113 across from the Green
Carbon Nation“. This climate change documentary “celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.” The film shows “how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.” 

Sponsored by the Thetford Energy Committee. Free, refreshments providedThursday, January 12th, at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction
Seedsavers monthly meeting
Please bring a potluck dish to share—remembering that there are essentially no kitchen facilities where we meet—and your own plate and cutlery.  More info: [email protected]

Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 pm,  Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
VT YANKEE DECOMISSIONING FORUM and PANEL about the federal court case of Entergy vs State of Vermont, VY transition, clean-up, long-term waste storage and the role citizens can play in the process.
Panel: Deb Katz, Executive Director of the Citizens Awareness Network; Chris Williams, Organizer,Vermont Citizens Action Network; Robert Stannard, Citizen Lobbyist for the Vermont Citizens Action Network

Sunday, January 22 7 pm, Thetford Congregational Church, Rt. 113 across from the Green
Gasland”. This film by Josh Fox was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 2011 and won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Learn more about the spreading technology to drill for natural gas: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Sunday, February 5, 2pm, Black Center, Park St., Hanover
Green Firea documentary about the Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement
Sponsored by Hanover Conservancy, Donations requested.

Monday, February 6, 6:30, Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford
Growth Busters, 
Documentary on getting unhooked from growth,Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission
To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter, contact [email protected].
For Upper Valley Farm to School Network info. see
For Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) info. see  (also on Facebook)
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov. 1-April 30)  [email protected]
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