Summer is a great time for reading, but not a very manageable time for bringing discussion groups together for multiple weeks. Here are two Northwest Earth Institute books available as pdfs: The first is a new two-session book on energy called Powering a Bright Future. You can purchase it from www.nwei.org for $10; the second is a series of readings about our connections to energy use called Just Below the Surface: Perspectives on the Gulf Cost Oil Spill available from www.nwei.org for $5. Check out www.nwei.org for all of the discussion series. While it’s more fun to discuss these readings and topics with others, perhaps you’ll get together with friends, neighbors, book club members or colleagues for a Northwest Earth Institute discussion series in the fall.
Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar
Friday, July 27th, 7:30 pm, Hartland Public Library Community Room, 153 Rt 5, Hartland, VT
About permaculture, peak oil, climate change, and the “soul of the world.” 78 minutes. From the website:
“Many people do not realize that permaculture is much more than about growing fruit and vegetables, it is a whole view incorporating the environment, energy, resources, housing, technology, education, healthcare, the arts, spirituality, psychology, philosophy and agriculture. It provides a realistic alternative for our future sustainability, a gentler way that treads lightly on our Mother Earth. Anima Mundi is not a “How To” video, it is a “Where To” documentary showcasing alternatives like Earthship’s, Permaculture, Permablitz, retrofitting the suburbs, lifeboats, localized food production and currency’s, planned energy decent and Gaian philosophy.”
Sponsored by State of the World Films. Free admission. Donations accepted. 802 738-0215 for info.
Monday, August 6, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit, Upstairs
1st Monday Film: There Once Was an Island
“Three people in a unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?”
Come early, if you wish to order food or drink.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Donations welcomed, but optional.
Tuesday, August 7, 6 pm, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover, NH
Fukushima The Nuclear Industry’s Gift to our Planet
Talk by Cecile Pineda, the award-winning author of the highly acclaimed, new book Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step. In her latest book Pineda details the piecemeal release of data and the wholesale lack of comprehensive information that we need to fully grasp the depth and breadth of the still unfolding Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Ms. Pineda will share her personal reflections and the evolution of her own activism as well as the fruits of her investigative reporting in critically reviewing the nuclear industry and the connections between nuclear energy and nuclear weaponry.
Sponsored by the Upper Valley Sierra Club. Refreshments.
New England Environmental Education Grants Available
Catamount has been asked to spread the word of this EPA grant to expand their reach of potential grantees.
Be a part of one of the most far-reaching environmental education initiatives underway in New England!!
With a $150,000 grant from the U.S. EPA, the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) is soliciting proposals from non-profits, schools, and local or state agencies for sub-grants of up to $5,000. These grants will support projects that strengthen environmental education through capacity building on a state-wide level or that advance educational achievement by implementing the goals of state Environmental Literacy Plans.
NEEEA, in close partnership with the six professional environmental education associations that comprise NEEEA, will award at least 19 grants of up to $5,000 (three in each state) to projects that implement regional priorities such as:
Designing, implementing, and linking environmental education programs and leadership across New England to promote long-term sustainability of the programs
Developing replicable and sustainable professional development programs for teachers and trainers in Environmental Literacy
Implementing one or more objectives of Environmental Literacy or K-12 Environmental Literacy Plans in the New England states
Get your organization involved in this historic opportunity for EE in New England and help advance the vision of environmental literacy in New England. Download the Request-for-Proposals and application package at www.neeea.org. Proposal deadline is August 31, 2012.
Contact Jim McCracken, at [email protected] if you have questions about this opportunity.
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This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.
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