ONE Fair: Steps To Sustainability Start At Basilica Hudson
It’s nearly impossible to live in or visit the Rural Intelligence region and not feel the importance of cultivating a sustainable environment. The area’s scenic beauty, the farms, the food — all of these elements contribute to the reasons why we live here. Most of us do what we can, in our own ways, to be good stewards of the environment. But we can always do more. Or do it in new ways.
On Saturday, April 7, Basilica Hudson and Virago Futures present ONE (Our New Energy) Fair, a new community event designed to connect local sustainability organizations with residents. The mission: to equip residents with affordable tools for environmentally sustainable living. ONE Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free to attend.
The location seems especially fitting: Basilica Hudson itself is a solar-powered, reclaimed 1880s industrial factory.
“There is an increased urgency to address issues around climate change and the disconnect between the way we live and the life of the planet,” says Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica Hudson co-founder and director. “The investment and engagement of local organizations gives us hope for the future.”
The fair will follow the pattern of old home shows, minus the bad popcorn and suspect hotdogs. A broad range of local environmental organizations are participating, with representatives from Catskill Mountainkeeper, Hudson Solar, Riverkeeper, Seeding Sovereignty, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Citizen Advocates for Sustainable Energy and others. Bread Alone, the Chatham, New York bakery, will be offering bread baked in solar-powered ovens.
ONE Fair will also screen “Seeds of Hope,” the latest film from Oceans 8 Films’ Hudson River Stories produced by Hudson Valley resident Jon Bowermaster. The writer, filmmaker and six-time National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee has produced a body of films including “Hudson River at Risk, “Restoring the Clearwater” and “City on the Water.” In “Seeds of Hope,” the documentary follows the Akwesasne Tribe of northern New York as they honor Native American seeds that are at risk of disappearing.
The fair aims to show how it’s possible for people to run their homes with renewable energy. Some of us may prefer to take baby steps toward that goal, but ONE Fair is a good way to get started on that path.
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