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MA Relocalization Conference Oct. 18, 2009 was Great Success

Massachusetts Relocation Conference Held October 18, 2009 in Roxbury, MA

Relocalization conference keynote speaker (L) Frances Moore Lappe with GBPSR's Dr. Jill Stein.

Relocalization conference keynote speaker (L) Frances Moore Lappe with GBPSR's Dr. Jill Stein.

GBPSR co-sponsored the inspirational Massachusetts Relocalization conference held Sunday, October 18th at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College. Despite a driving rain over 100 people from all corners of Massachusetts as well as other New England states attended to hear inspirational talks from keynote speakers including Frances Moore Lappe and Bill McKibben, and to participate in workshops addressing everything from green jobs to sustainable communities. The successful event was organized by GBPSR Steering Committee member Dr. Jill Stein’s organization Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities. Dr. Stein brought her medical perspective to the plenary and workshop sessions when she spoke about the public health imperatives for building local and sustainable communities and economies, and the environmental drivers of both chronic disease and climate change.

Presentations, panels, and workshops were also offered on peak oil, building local food systems and local healthcare systems, the green collar economy, the economics of relocalization, the democratization of our governance and our workplaces, and inspiring Transition Town initiatives. GBPSR brought materials to share including information on our environmental health projects as well as health effects of nuclear weapons and militarism, and participated in workshops and group discussions. We shared an exhibit corner with one of our favorite green businesses - Red Sun Press from Jamaica Plain!

 

GBPSR's Dr. Jill Stein speaks to over 100 at Relocalization conference organized by MA Coalition for Healthy Communities.

GBPSR's Dr. Jill Stein speaks to over 100 at Relocalization conference organized by MA Coalition for Healthy Communities.


Attendees at Relocalization conference at Roxbury Community College Oct 18 co-sponsored by GBPSR and organized by MA Coalition for Healthy Communities.

Attendees at Relocalization conference at Roxbury Community College Oct 18 co-sponsored by GBPSR and organized by MA Coalition for Healthy Communities.