Happy New Year!

Catamount Earth Institute’s January E-Newsletter

            Here’s an invitation to participate in a Choices in Sustainable Living discussion series sponsored by the Quechee Library and VINS. It will start Thursday, Jan. 10 and run for seven consecutive Thursdays. This series covers ecological principles, food, purchasing, economics, and building a sustainable community. This is a brand new edition, with books available on loan from the library. For more information call the Library at 295-1232 or contact Kate Schaal at [email protected]. Read Session One for Jan. 10.

            Vermont’s Midstate Library has sets of 10-12 Northwest Earth Institute books that may be borrowed by local libraries for patron’s discussion groups. Contact librarian Greg McCandless at 802-828-2320 for more information.
Here are the available books, number of sets, number of sessions and description:
            Choices for Sustainable Living (1 set, 7 sessions on sustainable living)
            Menu for the Future (2 sets, 6 sessions on healthy agriculture and healthy diets)
            A World of Health (3 sets, 6 sessions on connections between human and environmental health)
            Voluntary Simplicity (1 set, 5 sessions on living simply and our relationships to money, stuff, time)

            Catamount Earth Institute is excited about two challenges. The first is the Home Energy Challenge to weatherize Vermont’s homes. This Efficiency Vermont project has Town Energy Committees and other local partners competing with other towns within their region to see which town can get the most homes weatherized in 2013. Each town will try to weatherize 3% of the homes. See more at Efficiency Vermont for more information. You can also contact Bob Walker of SERG at [email protected] to learn about taking on a Home Energy Challenge in your town.
            The second challenge is the Northwest Earth Institute’s Eco-Challenge. The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has an annual two-week EcoChallenge the first two weeks of October. We thought we’d try out this Challenge in early April. Participants choosea category: water conservation, energy efficiency, food, alternative transportation, or trash reduction.
            Here’s an example of one participant’s EcoChallenge: “This year, my EcoChallenge is to get out of the car. I will use only human-powered transportation (my legs and my bike) from Oct. 1-15.” In October 2012, NWEI had 192 EcoChallenge teams. To learn more about the NWEI EcoChallenge click here. There are blogs, participant videos and a Q & A section. Upper Valley Localvore leader Pat McGovern took on the challenge this fall and saved all of her trash for 2 weeks. See Pat’s EcoChallenge with a photo of the (very small amount of plastic) trash at Pat’s blog. Stories of other’s EcoChallenges are at the NWEI October 2012 blog. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you’d like to participate in the April Challenge.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Most programs are free and open to the public

Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm, Upstairs Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, VT
1st Monday film is “Bidder 70″ about Tim DeChristopher.

The film is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. It’s sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission.
  Here’s background information from the film’s website (www.bidder70film.com)
            On December 19, 2008 (University of Utah economics student) Tim DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.
            Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Patrick Shea, former BLM Director for Clinton, represented DeChristopher pro-bono.
            With the threat of prison looming, DeChristopher stepped up his activism and evolved into a charismatic and ingenious climate justice leader. He co-founded Peaceful Uprising, a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action. After two years and nine postponements, his trial began on February 28, 2011. Outside the courtroom, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Tim. Inside, Judge Dee Benson disallowed every defense his lawyers put forth. After a five-day trial, DeChristopher was found guilty. On July 26, 2012 Tim was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-8pm Quechee Library, Main St. Quechee, 295-1232
Choices for Sustainable Living, 1st of 7 sessions, Register and borrow a discussion guide at the Library, Read Session One for Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 15, 4-5:30 Dowd’s Inn, Lyme
Janisse Ray, Author of Ecology of the Cracker Childhood, winner of the American Book Award.
This book combines memoir and natural history writing, particularly descriptions of the ecology of the South’s vanishing longleaf pine forests. Ray is the author of four books, is an environmental activist, and teaches creative writing at Chatham University. This talk is sponsored by the Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT). The program is a celebration of  25years of service by UVLT’s president, Jeanie McIntyre. The program is open to the public. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to support the work of the UVLT.

Wednesday, January 16th, 7 pm, Downstairs, Kimball Library, Randolph
Talk by Andy Simon of 350.org on How BIG OIL Threatens Vermont
Sponsored by the Randolph Area Justice and Peace Coalition and the Sustainable Living Network

Winter Farmers’ Markets
Bradford, Grace United Methodist Church, [email protected]
Enfield Community Center, Route 4, 2nd Saturday, 10-1 pm

Lebanon, Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3rd Saturday, 10-1 pm
Norwich, Tracy Hall, Saturdays, 10-1 pm, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13

Sharon, Between The Sharon Academy Middle School and the Town Offices, Saturdays, 10-1 pm
   Sharon Sprouts food and activities at the Sharon Elementary School
Windsor, Windsor Welcome Center , 1st and 3rd Sundays, noon-3

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This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

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