Get ready for the Global Transformation: Bill McKibben to provide event keynote Oct. 15 **UPDATED**

If recent environmental news has gotten you down — if you can’t believe the Obama Administration backed away from the chance to establish stronger smog regulations, or if you watch with a sense of helplessness as the NC legislature moves to weaken the permitting process for polluting industries — here comes an event that might help you recover your inner enviro-warrior.

The Global Transformation Festival, set for Saturday, October 15, is a free, day-long celebration intended to empower local folks on how they can help lay the foundation for a more sustainable world. Area environmental organizations, businesses and activists will be providing their expertise on a breadth of topics, including climate change, renewable energy and solar building, natural beekeeping, edible landscapes, clean air and water, livable communities, and “an evolving a new planetary consciousness.”

Special guest, acclaimed environmental author Bill McKibben of, will beam in to provide a keynote address live via Skype at 2 p.m..

The setting is definitely worth a visit: The Laughing Waters Community Center was recently constructed on a bold stream at the site of a 19th century gristmill. It’s a handsome structure built with sustainability in mind; like several of the homes in the community it anchors, it was built largely from wood harvested on-site. An enormous poplar trunk provides support for the roof at the center of the airy great room at Laughing Water.

The Center is the nexus of the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community, where founder/developer John Myers has led the development of a community of green-built homes emphasizing renewable energy and nestled in an extensive mature forest that’s contiguous with a network of protected lands in the area. Residents share the existing 10-acre organic garden and heirloom orchard.

Event organizer Jackie Dobrinska says she’s excited by the synergistic possibilities for action that may be spawned at the event. “Together — by sharing solutions, raising our awareness, making new connections and friends, and actively participating — the shift to a more sustainable future is inevitable,” she says. “Come join us for a fun, exciting day!”

WHAT: The Global Transformation Festival: Emerging Solutions for the Coming Shift to a Sustainable World
WHEN: October 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Laughing Waters Retreat Center at Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community near Asheville in Gerton.
CO-SPONSORS: Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, ECO-Environmental Conservation Organization, Equinox Environmental, Riverlink, Sundance Power, WNC Green Building Council, NC Sustainable Energy Association, and MountainXpress.

CARPOOLING is recommended as parking is limited.

For more info, point your Web browser to: or, or call: 712-4926.

UPDATE: Here’s a collection of short videos that provide a preview of festival speakers, all local experts:
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3 thoughts on “Get ready for the Global Transformation: Bill McKibben to provide event keynote Oct. 15 **UPDATED**

  1. chriscrosson

    As a Gerton local, this “laughing waters” guy is really just another developer. Rich homes for rich folks. Give me a break with the global nonsense; this guy is part of the problem.

  2. trthhappiness

    I too live in Gerton and in getting to know the owners of Laughing Waters do not believe that they and/or the Land Conservancy would be participants in wanting to promote that which you speak of.But we are all entitled to our opinions and I respect yours while adding my own.

  3. Gail Waldeck

    I attended the well planned and organized event today and came away enthused to get involved and be part of the solution to the many growing concerns within our environment and the diminishing protective laws. This was a most worthwhile program; I thank all those who made contributions of information, education and time and energy to make it a dynamic resource. I hope that the low attendance will not discourage from making this an annual
    offering. Eyes are opened; the word will get out and citizens will
    get more involved to protect our earth starting here at home.
    Thank you.

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