The Real Story Behind Fracked Natural Gas and What We Can Do About It
March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon, NH.
Did you know that a fracked gas pipeline may be coming to Lebanon and Hanover? Did you know that the gas company says over 9,000 customers may switch to heating with "natural" gas? Is a 50-year pipeline system going to bring us closer to a sustainable future? How would such a system impact transitioning to renewable energy sources?
It’s time to get informed. Come to a series of short presentations that will provide you with all the information and inspiration you need to help our community make a healthy choice for our future. Discussion to follow. Sponsored by the Upper Valley Transformational Action Affinity Group. Free and open to the public. Opportunities for engagement galore.
Personal Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Occupation
March 31st, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Bugbee Senior Center, 262 North Main Street, WRJ, VT.
A Video Presentation followed by a Talk by Mohsen Mehdawi and discussion. A short video presentation will involve clips from a locally made movie chronicling a recent voyage of U.S. American Jews to Israel and Occupied Palestine. Mohsem Mehdawi, a 26 year-old resident of Wilder, will give his perspective on the video and share amazing stories from his experience growing up as a third-generation resident of the al-Faraa refugee camp on the Palestinian West Bank. Mohsen will also reflect as a Muslim on the country’s efforts to adjust its immigration policy. Tea and cookies provided, donations gladly accepted.
The Latest Climate News with Karl Rosengrant
April 14th 7:00 - 9:00 PM at The Bugbee Senior Center
“The good news is that the human race is not likely to go extinct as a result of climate change.” says recovering chemist Karl Rosengrant. But neither can we expect to continue in the hospitable conditions to which we have become accustomed. Many of us first woke to the realities of climate change by the 2006 IPCC Report and Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Both made predictions about how things would progress. In the decade that followed, findings have suggested that warming may progress faster than predicted. Drawing on the work of climatologists such as Paul Beckwith and James Hansen, Karl will refresh our understanding of modern climate science and share important news about dramatic changes predicted to occur in our lifetimes. Tea and cookies provided. Discussion to follow. Donations accepted. This talk is designed to precede the movie showing two weeks later.
How To Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
April 28th, 6:30 - 9:30 at the Bugbee Senior Center, 262 North Main Street, WRJ, VT
In How to Let Go, Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox continues in his personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Discussion to follow. Tea and cookies provided. Donations accepted. A follow-up to Karl’s Climate Talk two weeks earlier.
CTP’s 30/60 One-Day Meditation Retreats
7:00 am - 5:00 pm, May 13 and June 10th at CTP
The day's schedule is divided into 90-minute blocks each including 30 minutes of contemplative practice followed by 60 minutes of the activity of your choice. Great for writers and anyone with a list of overdue to-dos. Free of charge. Please bring a meal to share.
Revisiting 9/11, Emotional Support for a Shifting Worldview
May 19th 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Bugbee Senior Center
The events on September 11th, 2001 are almost two decades old, but today, two administrations later, the mysteries of 9/11 are more relevant than ever. A clear understanding of 9/11 can give us essential clues to understanding the current conspiracy among the mainstream media, the Intelligence Agencies, and the executive branch of the government. This presentation and the following discussion will involve short video clips to investigate the group’s personal experience of paradigm shift when confronting the recognition of massive state-sponsored deception. Tea and cookies provided, donations accepted. This presentation is intended as a prequel to the presentation on the Deep State two weeks later.
Perspectives on the Deep State
June 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Bugbee Senior Center
The consistency, despite significant differences in rhetoric, between the foreign policy of the second Bush administration and the Obama Administration, has led some to suspect the existence of a decision-making body that has persevered through this change in administration and has power beyond and over the president. This supposed body has come to be called the “deep state.” Due to the recent work of journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges, and senior statesmen, such as Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, the term, "Deep State", has come to the forefront of public discourse. Indeed references to the deep state are now coming out of the oval office for the first time since it was held by John F. Kennedy. Whether or not and in what ways a deep state exists is a matter of crucial importance to those of us wishing to engage in meaningful social action. In this presentation, Patricia Green, Karl Rosengrant and Simon Dennis will offer different deep state theories and observations about the social action strategies they suggest.
Summer Solstice Community Practice Retreat
June 17th at 9:00 am - June 18th at 2:00 pm @ CTP
A Note on Parking:
As events are filling up, parking is becoming more limited. To help us work with this, please carpool, come a bit early or call in advance to arrange for a nearby drop off spot. Your support on this is greatly appreciated.