Portal to the Future

The 2019 festival will once again feature a Portal to the Future area at the north end of the site that will highlight some of the ways that art, food, small-scale farming, renewable energy, smart transportation, care for the land, and hand skills all contribute to community-building and local resilience.

In the Portal this year we are presenting this question:  What’s the Deal with the New Green? (…or what can YOU do to ensure there is a livable Earth for next generations?).

Young folks from the Worcester chapter of the Sunrise Movement will be on hand to answer questions and engage folks in some creative visioning for how good life could be, with no one left behind.  Sunrise is a nationwide youth-led climate movement fighting to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Older folks from the local group North Quabbin Energy will also be there to encourage folks to make clean and green changes in their own homes, neighborhoods, and towns.  On Sunday you can talk to the folks from the Center for Ecological Technology and see their presentation on their innovative programs and services for homes and businesses throughout the state.

Once again urine-collecting toilets will be provided in conjunction with The Rich Earth Institute, based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Rich Earth will be providing ecological sanitation with Best Septic.  They plan to collect approximately 1,200 gallons of urine at the festival, sanitize it with a pasteurizing unit, and then use it to continue their research into the feasibility of this process.

For more inspiration take a look at the Renewable Energy and Local Living Talks happening every day from 12:00 – 4:00.  Grab a bite or a Bart’s Homemade ice cream and join us in the Portal — the future is ours to create!

This Chevy Volt will power the Renewable Energy tent.

E-Bikes, Trikes, and full size Electric cars, such as this Chevy Volt, will again be on display.  Battery technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and Massachusetts still has great incentives for owning or leasing a variety of makes and models of brand new EVs.