Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil

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Six Spring Events to Unpack What Creating Our Future Looks Like

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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 aims to expand the base of active “doers” who work together to build a more livable, resilient region and planet.

Sessions are Free and Open to All. Registration is encouraged.

All sessions will be recorded and available to view at Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition website.

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. If we are able to hold any of the events in person, you will receive an update through your registration.

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 48 hours and 2 hours prior to each event. Dates and adjusted timing are below, on the Facebook Event page, and the series website.

You will need to download Zoom (free) in order to participate. Learn how to use Zoom for the upcoming events here.

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Session 1: Sunday, March 22, 3:30-6 p.m.

Earth's Cycles: Foundations of Energy and Matter

Framing the entire series, this event introduces cycles of energy and matter that create a livable planet. The soil health principles provide a lens to understand how systems work together and to identify points of intervention where changes have been - and can be - made to influence climate and ecology.

Session 2: Sunday, April 5, 3:30-6 p.m.

Historical Landscape: Learning from the Past

Take a deep dive into the history of the Upper Valley to understand its watersheds, landscapes, climates, and inhabitants - and how they affect each other. Use the lessons of the past to envision a just future.

Session 3: Monday, April 13, 5:30-8 p.m.

Here and Now: Human Impacts

The world today has been shaped by human decisions to rearrange Earth's systems. Learn about how and why the world exists in its current unstable state and explore possibilities to make better decisions in the future.

Session 4: Sunday, April 26, 3:30-6 p.m.

Systems Collapse: Climate and Ecological Crises

The environment is destabilizing, along with societies, economies, and cultures. Understand the collapse through various lenses to explore adaptation and avoid false solutions.

Session 5: Monday, May 4, 5:30-8 p.m.

Revolutionary Resilience: Creating a Different Future

With the understanding of the impacts of human decisions for the planet, explore the intersections of justice, land, and life. Work together to envision and create “what could be” in terms of a just future in the Upper Valley and beyond.

Session 6: Sunday, May 17, 3:30-6 p.m.

Fertile Ground: Reclaiming Power and Possibility

This culminating event will bring us together on a local farm to reflect on the power of natural systems and community collaboration. Through discussion, activities and sharing with a team of change-makers and organizations from the region, explore what already exists and help realize next steps for the Upper Valley.

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