Embracing the Opportunities & Challenges of 2018
Our mission of renewable energy is complex, and more important than ever before. This year we continue to expand our success in showing that “Solar Works” and increase our focus on home heating, transportation and other climate change issues.
Our 2017 fundraising activities, including individual donation and our first Climate Ride cycling team, have greatly strengthened our fiscal status. Planning for the 2018 festival is underway and we are beginning to look for speakers, workshop presenters, and volunteers to help organize the festival.
Sending Energy Kits to Puerto Rico
When residents of Caguas, Puerto Rico found that power wouldn’t be restored to their city for nine months, SolarFest Boardmember Bill Laberge took action. In November he managed to get a prototype emergency energy kit, including panels, inverters, and electronics, on a flight in carry-on luggage. This helped one family but importantly demonstrated the viability of the immediate solution.
On Feb. 5 he’s arriving with more packages to train local electricians and hopefully do 100 more in a pilot program together with the local cooperativas and fiscal sponsor Neighborworks of Western Vermont. In the Manchester Journal, Laberge said, “This is being done on the grassroots level. We want to train people in Puerto Rico or Danby or wherever they are that they can actually do this. What we want to do is help them help themselves.”
Building a Culture of Peace
SolarFest Boardmember Dr. Steven Berry is hosting a two-day training in nonviolence over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The training is open to the public and will take place at the Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. In addition to a Sunday dinner and pancake breakfast, the three sessions include: Exploring Nonviolent Power, Structural Violence and Nonviolent Power, and Putting Nonviolent Power into Action.
SolarFest is pleased to be part of a distinguished group of sponsors for the event, including the Southwest Association within the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ, Pace e Bene, Campaign Nonviolence, Global Meetinghouse Enterprises, and Longshot Productions.
Since 1995, SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships and activism to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.
We need your help to make this happen! Please give some time, skills, and money as we continue working toward a more livable world.
“If there is any place that can lay claim to having started this revolution 20 years ago, it was Vermont and SolarFest.”
– Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org