UPDATE March 27, 2020 - PLEASE READ FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES
Due to the unfolding public health concerns regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Climate and Community Resilience series will be modified to a webinar format using Zoom until such time as it becomes safe to gather in public again. This decision is based on local health officials and CDC recommendations to limit public events and encourage self-distancing.
Please note, the length of the Sunday events (3/22, 4/5, 4/26, 5/17) has been changed to start at 3:30 pm and end at 6:00 pm. The timing of the Monday events (4/13, 5/4) remains 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person events, including the final event on May 17th, which we had previously scheduled for an in-person gathering. We hope to be able to host a 7th event for an in-person gathering in the future, but that remains to be determined.
We believe that now, more than ever, strengthening community and providing opportunities for people to connect and learn together is an urgent need. This is why we have chosen to move to a webinar format instead of cancelling the series altogether. The new format may increase access for more people to join and will remain available for future viewing on the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition website. We deeply apologize if the webinar format does not meet the needs of some of our community members who were planning to attend.
For those who are able, please plan to join us from your home, or in small groups in your community. Please register to receive updates - we will keep everyone informed to changes as the uncertain future unfolds. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link for each event prior to the event; the link will also be posted on the series website. Dates and adjusted timing are below, on our registration page, on the Facebook Event page, and on the series website.
The Climate and Community Resilience Series Organizing Team
Event 1: Sunday, March 22, 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Earth’s Cycles: Foundations of Energy and Matter
Event 2: Sunday, April 5, 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Historical Landscape: Learning from the Past
Event 3: Monday, April 13, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Here and Now: Human Impacts
Event 4: Sunday, April 26, 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Systems Collapse: Climate and Ecological Crises
Event 5: Monday, May 4, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Revolutionary Resilience: Creating a Different Future
Event 6: Sunday, May 17, 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Fertile Ground: Reclaiming Power and Possibility
6 Spring Events to Unpack What Creating Our Future Looks Like
A collaboration between:
Vital Communities, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition,
Hanover Food Co-op, Upper Valley Food Co-op,
Building A Local Economy (BALE),
Extinction Rebellion Upper Valley,
and Grow More, Waste Less
Join us for a 6 event deep dive into building healthy soil and resilient communities! Free and open to all. Events will be Online Webinars
What is good for the soil is good for our communities. Deep healthy soil governs flood resilience, clean water, strong local economies, and a myriad of ecological functions. Lessons from the soil--such as interdependence, biodiversity, and resource cycling--can help us to understand the past and create the future for the Upper Valley. In these times of great ecological, social, and economic transformation, this series of six programs will unpack the science of whole systems landscape function, explore how land and society change together, and offer practical ways to engage with the land around you for community resilience and social justice.
This series will introduce the functions of Earth’s energy, water, carbon, and nutrient cycles. It will center lived experiences, sometimes difficult truths, and social and economic justice. Attendees will collaborate with various presenters and facilitators to explore information about the land and inhabitants in the Upper Valley at different periods throughout time - the past, present, and future.
The format encourages an approach of thinking in whole systems rather than parts, of listening over speaking, of curiosity over knowing, and of participatory learning. A desired outcome is that people will take new ideas, new understandings, new questions, and new energies forward into the community to create positive change. This series aims to expand the base of active “doers” who work together toward a more livable, resilient region and planet.