Transition Town Montpelier March Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Third Thursday Talk

Thursday, March 16, 6:00-7:30, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier

Movie and Discussion – The Local Motive

Our vast, globalized industrial food system has provided for a more diversified diet and a great deal of cheap food.  Lost, however, is the connection between consumers and the people who produce their food.  This film explores the six aspects of Vermont’s local food system – Production, Processing, Distribution, Farm to Institution, The Consumer and Food Waste.

You can see a preview of the movie here.

This talk is free and open to the public

Community Events and News

Merchants of Doubt Film Showing in Montpelier – Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm in Fellowship Hall: Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier will be hosting VT Interfaith Power & Light’s (VTIPL) showing of Merchants of Doubt at 6:30 pm on Tues., Feb. 28. The film documents how the fossil fuel industry has for decades been paying “experts” to deceive the public about global climate change. Taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook, Exxon Mobil, and other companies have spread doubt so the public thinks there is disagreement among scientists about the causes and severity of global warming (when in fact, 97% of climate scientists worldwide agree). In this way, the fossil fuel industry has managed to block government action and continue selling oil and gas despite this being a major cause of global warming. The film showing is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Following the film, we’ll have a discussion which includes ideas for action. For more information, contact Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

Climate Politics in the Years of Trump with David Orr
Monday, March 6, 7:00 PM
At Goddard College in the Haybarn Theater

Visiting scholar David Orr will speak on climate change and climate policy in the Trump presidency, and how we can grow and implement practical visions of sustainability and resilience. This talk is free and open to the VT community. Copies of some of David Orr’s books will be available for purchase at the talk.
David Orr is the Counselor to the President and the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus at Oberlin College. He is the author of eight books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (Yale University Press, 2016.) In the past twenty-five years, he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bioneers, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently a Trustee of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the WorldWatch Institute. He has been awarded eight honorary degrees, a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, leadership awards from Second Nature (2012) and from the U.S. Green Building Council (2014), and a lifetime achievement award from Green Energy Ohio.  Transition Town Montpelier is a sponsor for this event.

Before the Flood
A Documentary about Climate Change, by Leonardo DiCaprio
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 PM

At Goddard College in the Haybarn Theater
Leonardo DiCaprio visits sites around the world that are being impacted by climate change – the Alberta tar sands, the Arctic, Miami, China, India, the South Pacific Islands, the coral reefs in the Bahamas, and the forests of Indonesia – and meets with climate scientists, energy experts, government leaders, entrepreneurs, and faith leaders to learn about solutions.
Free and open to the VT community.

Prospect Rock Permaculture Classes

March 11  Pruning the Edible Forest Garden hands on in VT’s most diverse tree crops collection
March 19 Sixth Annual grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange  Bench grafts and top-working- go home with your own grafted fruit tree
July 16 – 28  10th Annual Farm and WIlderness Permaculture Design Certificaiton Course
More info at

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9 AM – 3 PM    Event is FREE
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT  (5672 VT Route 100)
TOUR 75 EXHIBITS and talk with dozens of experts about solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, energy audits, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles, and much more
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
ATTEND break-out discussions on: Heat Pumps; Weatherization; and Going Solar.
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM
The Fair draws 600-700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year.
Hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP.  Visit for more details.

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