Community Conversations: Education to fuel the future

Published: 3/1/2019 1:47:18 PM

We live in an exciting time that beckons all citizens to participate in creative engagement with the great challenges of today. Systemic injustice has become normalized and our climate is on a trajectory toward becoming less hospitable. Do you feel empowered to participate in being a part of the solution? And what does this look like to be the change we want for our town of Peterborough and in the greater Monadnock Region?

A couple of months ago, a small group of residents of Peterborough and nearby towns came together to contemplate the Sustainability Spoke of our Ecosystem Hub. Quickly, we decided to focus on addressing the most accessible solutions/actions as presented by the impressive work of Project Drawdown.

According to Paul Hawkins, drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawkins assembled a diverse group of qualified researchers from around the world who identified, researched, and modeled the best 100 existing solutions to reverse global warming. Subsequently, we dubbed our spoke the Drawdown group, as we seek how to best implement some of these powerful solutions locally.

During our most recent strategy session, we determined that education is the number one priority for this group’s mission and goals.

Moreover, after taking a look at the top 80 solutions presented by Project Drawdown, we had consensus on addressing women’s empowerment, energy and food/land as points of focus.

Presently we are considering how we can best promote drawdown. Would we act as a consultant to schools or mentor students on projects and/or skillbuilding? Collaborating with MAxT on sustainability and the school district will prove pivotal in educating the youth and wider community. Also, we hope to support Peterborough as the town considers joining more than 100 other towns and cities across the country that have committed to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy.

Additionally, we are looking to cultivate and leverage community partnerships to find the best ways to make Drawdown accessible to all.

For humanity to achieve true success in regenerating our environment, we need to strengthen our moral and social fabric, and everyone needs to be involved. If you are interested in learning more about our group, or participating in some way, please email

Caitlyn Hatzell teaches at the Crotched Mountain Farm School.

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