Monday, April 18, 2016

"Earthday Climate Change Expo" focus of day-long Village Lyceum in Petersham MA Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Earthday Climate Change Expo" focus of day-long Village Lyceum in Petersham on Sunday, April 24, 2016

One of the pressing issues facing the global community is climate change.  Despite misgivings by some, a consensus is prevalent among scientists that climate change does indeed exist - that earth’s climate is changing due to burning fossil fuels.  What does that mean in practical terms?  And if true, how can we prepare for these changes and stop or reverse the trend?  On Sunday, April 24, the Village Lyceum is presenting an “Earthday Climate Change Expo,” at the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian and Davis Memorial Center in Petersham, Massachusetts from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.  The purpose of the all-day, family-friendly event is to examine this dilemma called climate change.

Ridge Shinn, the "Carbon Cowboy."
The expos will open with an Ode to Spring performance by the Melody Salvadore dance troop, followed by Steve Alves’ film on the history of the food co-op movement, “Food for Change,” and a presentation by Margot Parrot on the Quabbin Harvest Food Coop in Orange.  The morning session continues at 10:30 am with Ridge Shinn, dubbed by Time Magazine as the "Carbon Cowboy," who will speak on 100% Grass-Fed Beef. Jack Kittredge, representing the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will present information on GMOs and Pesticide-Free Farming.  Tyson Neukirch, a teacher/grower at the Farm School in Athol will focus on Carbon Farming.  Following their presentations, Mick Huppert of the East Quabbin Land Trust and Rebekah Fraser, a climate change journalist, will join in for a panel discussion on farmland preservation and food security during a time of climate change.  

Starting at noon in the Memory Garden (between the church and Davis Center), For Spacious Skies’ Jack Bordon will lead a workshop on skywatching, and landscape architects, Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome and Jay McCrohon of Groundworks will demonstrate gardening techniques designed to attract pollinators. Hartman’s Herb Farm will hand out free tomato plants or Johnny-Jump-Ups on a first come first served basis. The Davis Center will also host a variety of activities. Larry Buell will don a 19th century guise as Petersham farmer, Lucius Spooner and drumming circles, poster making, poetry writing and reading to children about the wonders of the natural world will take place throughout the day.

Tom Sullivan of "Pollinators Welcome"
The Earthday Climate Change Expo continues at 1:00 pm with a viewing of the Naomi Klein film, “This Changes Everything” in the church dining room.  At 2:30 pm, speakers and panel discussions will continue in the church sanctuary focusing on the “Impact of Climate Change on Habitat and Wildlife,” followed by a discussion on “Renewable Energy’s Hope for Climate Change Reversal.”  Speakers include: Rosemarie Muzika, a Harvard Forest researcher, Dave Small, director of the Athol Bird and Nature Club, retired Division of Fisheries and Wildlife action plan coordinator, John Oleary.  Mary Canning, founder of Follow the Honey, Tom Sullivan of Pollinator’s Welcome, Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust executive director, Leigh Youngblood, Janice and Steve Kurkoski of North Quabbin Energy, one of Solar City’s solar energy consultant, Chad Halliday and Charles Thompson with the Massachusetts Forest Alliance will also present and join in for a panel discussion. The day’s activities will conclude with a protest song workshop akin to the ones Pete Seeger held.  Singer-songwriter, Ben Grosscup will conduct a workshop on Singing for Climate Justice.  Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to join in for a rousing, song-filled conclusion to the day. 

The Village Lyceum’s Earthday Climate Change Expo is sponsored by the Petersham, Athol, Barre and Orange Cultural Councils with funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The Athol Bird and Nature Club, East Quabbin Land Trust, Follow the Honey, For Spacious Skies, Hartman’s Herb Farm, James McCrohon’s Garden Designs, Greenworks, Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, North Quabbin Energy, Petersham Country Store, Pollinators Welcome, Quabbin Harvest, Salvadore Auto, Solar City and the University of the Wild at Earthlands are also sponsors. 

Refreshments will be provided by Solar City and The Petersham Country Store. The Climate Change Expo is free and open to the public.  Participants are also welcomed to share pot luck food and beverages. For further information, please contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872 or email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com




 SCHEDULE:


VILLAGE LYCEUM PRESENTS…
EARTHDAY CLIMATE CHANGE EXPO – SUNDAY, APRIL 24 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
UNITARIAN CHURCH AND DAVIS CENTER, PETERSHAM

9:00 am
Dance Troup welcome – Ode to Spring (outdoors, weather permitting, or Davis Memorial)

9:10 (Church Dining Hall) - Welcome and intro to the day’s activities
Steve Alves introduces film on the Coop Movement
Film - “Food for Change” (82 minutes)
Margot Parrot – Quabbin Harvest Coop

10:30 Ben Grosscup performs "This Changes Everything"
(Sanctuary) Farmland preservation and food security during a time of Climate change
Jack Kittredge
3 Keynote Speakers followed by 5-person panel discussion
          Ridge Shinn, the "Carbon Cowboy" – 100% Grass-Fed Beef
Jack Kittredge – NOFA - GMOs and Pesticide-Free Farming
Tyson Neukirch – The Farm School - Carbon Farming
Panelist Mick Huppert – East Quabbin Land Trust
Rebekah Fraser – Climate Change journalism

For Spacious Skies' Jack Borden

12:00
(Dining Hall)  Lunch
Jack Borden - For Spacious Skies presentation followed by activities outdoors

12:30
Memory Garden – (outdoors)
Tom Sullivan and Jay McCrohon – Plant pollinator-attracting shrubs
Hartman’s Herb Farm – Free tomato plants or Johnny-Jump-Ups (first come first served)

Davis Memorial (Ongoing)
Larry Buell’s Lucius Spooner – drumming circle – poster making – poetry writing– reading to children

1:00
Dining Room – Naomi Klein’s film, This Changes Everything – 1 hour, 29 minutes

2:30 Ben Grosscup performs "I'll be There"
Sanctuary - Impact on Habitat and Wildlife
Rosemarie Muzika– Harvard Forest researcher
Dave Small – Athol Bird and Nature Club
John Oleary – Div. Fisheries and Wildlife (retired)
Mary Canning – Follow the Honey – Bees in Tanzania
Tom Sullivan – Pollinator’s Welcome

Ben Grosscup performs "No More Sacrifice Zones"
Renewable Energy’s Hope for Climate Change Reversal
Leigh Youngblood – Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust
Janice and Steve Kurkoski – North Quabbin Energy
                    Chad Halliday - Solar City
                   Charles Thompson – MA Forest Alliance


Ben Grosscup
5:00 pm
Davis – Ben Grosscup Workshop – Singing for Climate Justice
BEN GROSSCUP will present a protest song workshop, "Singing for Climate Justice" at the conclusion of the day-long Village Lyceum "Earthday Climate Change Expo" on Sunday, April 24. The Climate Change Expo starts at 9 am, with the protest song workshop beginning at 5:00 pm in the Davis Memorial Center, in back of the Petersham Unitarian Church. Grosscup is an activist folksinger carrying on the tradition of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben is the executive director of People's Music Network, a group of activists and musicians using song to promote progressive politics and social change.

The Village Lyceum’s Earthday Climate Change Expo is sponsored by the Petersham, Athol, Barre and Orange Cultural Councils, Athol Bird and Nature Club, East Quabbin Land Trust, Follow the Honey, For Spacious Skies, Hartman’s Herb Farm, James McCrohon’s Garden Designs, Greenworks, Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, North Quabbin Energy, Petersham Country Store, Pollinators Welcome, Quabbin Harvest, Salvadore Auto, Solar City and the University of the Wild at Earthlands. 

The Climate Change Expo is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872 or email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com 










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