Catamount Earth Institute’s March 2014 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s March 2014 Newsletter

Powering A Bright Future, a new two-session discussion groups on energy are being organized in the Upper Valley. This reading and discussion program explores issues related to the current energy crises, and actions we can take as individuals and communities to make 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. Click here for a Table of Contents of the readings. Thanks to the Byrne Foundation, booklets are available on loan to discussion groups. The booklets are also available as pdfs from [email protected] and for $10 from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk. Most discussion groups meet for 1-1 ½ hours for 2 sessions.

Here are the scheduled discussion groups.
Please register and read the Session I readings before the first meeting.

Baxter Memorial Library, Rte 14, Sharon, VT
Wednesdays, March 5, 12 and 19, 7 – 8:30 pm
Borrow booklets from the library, Register with the library or with Dee Gish at [email protected]

Tamara Morgan’s house, E. Randolph
Tuesdays, March 11 & 18, 6-8 pm
Email Tamara for more information and directions at [email protected]

Hanover Co-op Food Store Conference Room
Mondays, March 24 and 31, 6-7:30 pm
Register and purchase booklets for $10 at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Norwich Historical Society, Main St., Norwich
Wednesdays, March 19 and 26, 6:30-8 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the Cross School front desk

Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St.
Thursdays, March 27 and April 3, 6:30-8 pm.
Register and borrow booklets from the library
This series is co-sponsored by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Quechee Library
For more information contact VINS’ Hannah Putnam at [email protected] or Quechee Library’s Kate Schaal at [email protected] .

Latham Library, Thetford Hill
Sundays, March 30 and April 6, 4- 5:30 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the library
For more information contact [email protected]

Kilton Library, 80 Main St. W. Lebanon
Wednesdays, April 2 and 9, 6:30-8:00
Register at and borrow booklet from the library
For more information contact [email protected]

Catamount is working with about six other libraries and civic groups to start more Powering a Bright Future discussion groups. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Booklets are available for loan or for purchase ($10) from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk.

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.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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


Thursday, February 27, Chandler Center (Upper Gallery), Randolph, 6:30 pm gather; 7 pm program
Facing Climate Change: An Intergenerational Dialogue About the Future
This is the 8th Community Dialogue by BALE (Building a Local Economy)

Friday, February 28, 7pm, Hartland Library Community Room, 153 Rte 5
Bidder 70
This film is about an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Monday, March 3, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford, VT, 1st Monday film
Thin Ice, the movie
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. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Friday, March 7th 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Bugbee Senior Center; 262 North Main Street; WRJ, VT
Marta Ceroni will lead an interactive workshop on the topicBuilding A Narrative for Collective Action: Visioning and Acting from a Place of Caring”
Marta Ceroni is the director of the Donella Meadows Institute in Norwich, VT.  A forest ecologist turned economist, she is interested in social organizing for an economy that cares.
This interactive workshop will address such questions as:
How can we engage the true source of caring within ourselves for change?
What does caring really mean?
How do we shape new stories of the communities we want to live in?
HOSTED BY:  Transition Five Villages, Hartford, VT, and The Center For Transformational Practice, WRJ
SPONSORED BY:  Chelsea Green Publishing, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund,  Upper Valley Sierra Club, 350VT, Occupy the Upper Valley

Monday, March 17 6:30-8, Kilton Library, Main St. West Lebanon
GASLAND PART II -the movie
Gasland Part II argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.
SPONSORED BY: Upper Valley Sierra Club, free and open to the public
CO-SPONSORS: BALE, Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters,  Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee, Norwich Energy Committee, SERG.

Other business:  Long-time Upper Valley writer and environmentalist Audrey McCollum found herself in the awkward position of talking with someone who was a consumer of gas for recreation. It made her question how to broach the topic of fossil fuel consumption.  She asked Sierra Club members for their responses. The following link offers thoughtful responses about not judging and not being a hypocrite in our fossil fuel use.

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

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