Keene State College symposium offers a broad range of perspectives on sustainability

November 07, 2011
Nicole S. Colson
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Sentinel Source

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Keene State College symposium offers a broad range of perspectives on sustainability

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The sustainability fair was part of the college’s seventh biennial symposium, “What Sustains Us? Envisioning Our Future.” The three-day event featured discussions and lectures focusing on sustainability, social justice and ecology.

Among the speakers were scholars, business leaders, journalists and community members focusing on a variety of topics — climate change, energy and transportation, historic preservation and urban planning.

Arguably the speaker who came the farthest to share his views was Luis Fernando Sarango Macas, whose trip from Ecuador to Keene was only his second to the U.S. It was also his first time seeing snow.

Macas spoke about wisdom — not knowledge — as the goal of education at the college he founded in Ecuador.

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Volunteers with the Keene Transition Movement talked at the fair Friday about the growing network of local people, organizations and businesses with that same objective — thinking of what’s best for the planet. The organization is working to reduce energy use, shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy and localizing the economy. One of the movement’s initiatives is to create a neighborhood food security program.

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