Climate Reality: Transforming Fear into Hope


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Local farmer and environmental activist, Carol Stedman, is leading a Climate Reality Study Series at the Upper Valley Food Co-op to share her knowledge with the community and inspire change. The following is the event progression to be held at the Co-op. You do not need to attend all workshops in the series - Come for one or come for all! All workshops take place upstairs in the Classroom of the Co-op Community Center.

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March 14, 5:30 pm Special Movie Showing Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power

Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream cultureformer Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions.  Eye-opening and alarming, this compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.” 

March 22, 6:00 pm Slideshow & Discussion Climate Reality: Why We Must Change, How We Can Change, Why We Will Change

Join us for a comprehensive slideshow overview of 'Climate Reality Today.' You may be surprised to find that we are at a very exciting tipping point! 

April 11, 6:00 pm Slideshow & Discussion Climate Strategies: Renewable Reasons for Hope, 100% Renewable is 100% Doable

With Climate Change threatening our planet and our way of life, individuals and communities are taking action towards renewable energy. Find out the details of the 100% Committed and the Ready for 100% campaigns to solve the climate crisis. Despair is not a strategy! 

April 25, 6:00 pm Slideshow & Discussion Seeing With New Eyes: How to Transform Climate Trauma/Fear into Climate Inspiration/Action

In our current politics, inspiration can be hard to come by. During difficult times darkness can seem to block out our light. However, personal and political will is a renewable resource. By being present with our truth it is possible to experience a transformation that allows us to see with new eyes.

“ There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Carol Stedman is a farmer and an activist for Climate Solutions. She runs Clay Hill Corners Blueberry Farm in Hartland, Vermont with her husband, Marty Banak. Last summer she was inspired by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel to become a Climate Reality Leader. She went to Climate Reality Leadership School in Pittsburgh, PA in the fall with Al Gore and a group of world-class scientists, business leaders, policymakers and innovators to learn about climate change and what it means for our planet. Along with 1400 students from 30 countries around the world, she learned how this crisis affects everyone and how to join with others to develop and encourage real solutions. The Climate Reality Corps is tasked with having "Climate Conversations" with our local communities to move from awareness into action about the climate crisis. We can all take part in climate solutions that move us forward into a clean energy future.

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