Norwich Congregational Church
15 Church St
Norwich, VT, 05055
Date(s) - 04/24/2022
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Register Now for VTIPL Spring Conference – April 24, Norwich, VT
We are happy to share details of VTIPL’s Spring Conference taking place on Sunday, April 24, from 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Norwich Congregational Church, in Norwich, VT. The Conference, Limits to Growth: Finding Pathways to a Sustainable Future, features keynote speaker Dr. Jon Erickson, the David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy of The University of Vermont. Erickson has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. He is past President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, among other distinguished roles.
Erickson will give a preview of his soon-to-be-released book, The Progress Illusion: Reclaiming our Future from the Fairytale of Economics. In the book, he asks, “With the planet in peril and humanity in crisis, how did we become duped into believing the fairytale of economics? And how can we get past the illusion to design an economy that is socially just and ecologically balanced?”
The keynote will be followed by four workshops in two sessions featuring:
-Prof. Jon Erickson & Marta Ceroni, Co-Director, Academy for Systems Change;
-Bob Fireovid, Exec. Dir. of Better (not bigger) Vermont;
-Creative Activism Youth Workshop moderated by Sylvia Burkman, South Burlington High School senior & VTIPL Board member; and,
-Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Pastor of Unitarian Church of Montpelier & Jared Duval, Exec. Dir. of Energy Action Network (EAN).
Our Conference is dedicated to the late Donella Meadows, lead author of The Limits to Growth; this year is the 50th anniversary of the book’s initial publication.
Registration is now open on VTIPL’s website: https://vtipl.org/ where you can register and pay online, or print the registration form, complete and return it to our address. The Conference registration fee is $45 per person which includes a meal, snacks, and beverages. Student registration fees are waived thanks to a VTIPL Board member’s sponsorship of student participants. (Students still must register.) No one will be turned away for lack of funds; email us about a scholarship: Donna Roberts
COVID Safety Measures
We ask that Conference participants be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Masks are required; a limited number will be available on-site. Social distancing will be practiced.
Invite your youth groups to attend our Conference!
From Sylvia Burkman: “Are you interested in collaborating with other environmentally conscious youth? Join the youth environmental activism workshop at VTIPL’s Conference as we explore and engage with art as a medium for climate change awareness. Hear from inspiring activists and create your own artwork! Please come!”
VTIPL continues to welcome congregational sponsorship of our Conference. The minimum donation to sponsor is $50.00. Congregation’s names will appear in digital and printed Conference information. (Payment can be via check sent to VTIPL, P.O. Box 3095 Burlington, VT, 05408, or electronically using the secure “Donate” link on our website. We encourage pastors, members of congregations, and all interested individuals to join the Conference. We look forward to seeing you.
Register Now! https://vtipl.org/