New London, N.H. — A community-wide gathering to build self-reliance and resilience, while promoting sustainability and enhancing quality of life in the Kearsarge Valley Region, will be hosted in the Ware Campus/Student Center on the Colby-Sawyer College campus in New London on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m.
The event—Kearsarge Valley Going Local: Local Food, Local Business, Local Skills— is organized by the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative Task Force and students in the Environmental Studies Community-Based Research Project class.
The public is invited to attend.
Organizers want to draw upon the ideas, skills and experiences of area residents to develop positive localized solutions to discuss the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.
The day will begin with an optional brunch (noon to 1:00 p.m.) that will feature live music from one of the area’s favorite folk artists, Click Horning. Brunch is $6 for adults, $3 for children.
The activities to follow will offer opportunities to find shared interests, to learn about local resources, to network share contact information, and to develop practical strategies that can be implemented in the Kearsarge Valley.
The overall direction and focus for the day will also be guided by participants’ own ideas and strategies for:
- sustaining health and well-being,
- creating a strong regional food system,
- supporting a vibrant local economy and
- developing more resilience in our region.
Certified Transition Trainer Tina Clarke will be the guest speaker. Clarke, of Turner Falls, Massachusetts, has worked with over 120 Transition communities across the country, and has been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations.
Turner has directed citizen training programs for 17 national faith communities, and she directed Greenpeace USA’s national citizen Activist Network. She also founded and led campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins for New England Clean Water Action.
Most recently she was a consultant with 350.org, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute.
Turner’s passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic, largely locally-built “Power House” won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award.
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