Catamount Earth Institute’s February 2014 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s February 2014 Newsletter


It’s time to join a discussion group for Powering A Bright Futurea new two-session mini-course on energy. This course explores issues related to the current energy crises, and actions we can take as individuals and communities to enact sustainable use of energy. Powering a Bright Future contains solution-based readings on energy use and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and low carbon food tips. The Powering a Bright Future booklet includes discussion questions, facilitation guidelines, additional resources and personal and community action steps. The booklets are also available as pdfs. Thanks to the Byrne Foundation, booklets are available on loan to discussion groups.

Hartland Public Library is sponsoring a discussion group on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 Contact them to register and borrow a booklet. Please read Session One before Feb. 5.
The Sharon Energy Committee is a sponsoring a Powering a Bright Future discussion group starting March 5 from 7- 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Dee Gish at [email protected]. The group will meet at Sharon Baxter Library and will have books to loan.
VINS and the Quechee Public Library are sponsoring a Powering a Bright Future discussion group starting March 27 from 6:30- 8pm. For more information contact VINS’ Hannah Putnam at [email protected] or Quechee Library’s Kate Schaal at [email protected]
Catamount is working with other libraries and civic groups to start Powering a Bright Future discussion groups. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Booklets are available from Catamount for $10.

Upper Valley Sustainable Living
Check out this new website. It’s a resource by, for and about residents of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. The website is likely the best source for finding (or posting) sustainability and environmental events. Catamount posts monthly, but the Upper Valley Sustainable Living site posts daily!

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public (unless noted otherwise)

Friday, January 24, 3:30pm Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall, Dartmouth College 
Limits to Growth of Energy: Facts About Fracking in the US
Dennis Meadows, University of New Hampshire, co-author of Limits to Growth
Dennis Meadows was the Director of policy institutes at MIT, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire between 1972 to 2004. Watch this talk live at

Sunday, January 26, 6pm, Thetford Congregational Church at the top of Thetford Hill
NOVA film called “Power Surge”

Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and our poisoned planet in one bold, green stroke. Are we finally on the brink of a green-energy “power surge,” or is it all a case of too little, too late? From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture-and-storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, the movie “Power Surge” travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. The movie focuses on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?
SPONSOR: Thetford Energy Committee. This is part of its “Warmth in Winter” film and discussion series.

 Monday, January 27, 6:30-8 pm, Howe Library, Mayer Room, 13 South St., Hanover
Thin Ice, the movie
Continuing the Sierra Club’s focus on climate change, this film features researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets through measurements (from instruments, satellites, ice and rock) and computer modeling.
SPONSORED BY: Upper Valley Sierra Club
CO-SPONSORS: 350Vermont, BALE, Catamount Earth Institute, Donella Meadows Institute, League of Women Voters, Norwich Energy Committee, Occupy the  Upper Valley, SERG, Sustainable Hanover, Transition 5 Villages, Union of Concerned Scientists

Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT
The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community, a film by Anne McSoud
More information:  click here
SPONSORED BY: BALE (Building a Local Economy) in partnership with Randolph Area Community Development Corporation.
CO-SPONSORS: Donella Meadows Institute, Vital Communities, 350 Vermont, Vermonters for a New Economy, Black Krim Tavern, South Royalton Market, Bethany Church’s Advocacy Committee, Sustainable Woodstock, Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) and Catamount Earth Institute. 

Monday, February 3, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford, VT, 1st Monday film
The World According to Monsanto
This 2008 film directed by Marie-Monique Robin is the result of her three year research into Monsanto.
Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Friday, Feb. 7, 7-9 pm, Bugbee Senior Ctr., 262 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05001 (map
Jim Merkel, author, sustainability pioneer, and former Dartmouth College sustainability coordinator will give a free talk about how to build a meaningful life in “the age of Collapse.” Discussion to follow. Donations gratefully accepted.

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 10-5:30 pm, Ctr. for Transformational Practice, 149 Latham Works Lane, WRJ, VT
Jim Merkel workshop on the “Journey of Radical Simplification
 Part financial seminar, part meditation retreat, this workshop will also give participants practical insights about how to organize their lives so as to be free and available to serve the planet, while living in alignment with their spiritual values. Free lunch; $40 in advance or $50 at door (Optional Dinner $15 extra with reservation only)
SPONSOR: Transition Five Villages


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

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