Post by: Ben Trolio, Community Outreach Coordinator, Team New Hampshire
Delectable food, the New Hampshire Green Coalition and a close knit community. The combination of these three things during our week in Milford produced the type of experiences that will motivate me far past the end of this program. From watering ten types of potatoes with Brad the potato master of the organic Nomadic Farms to explaining our program in front of a church packed with open minds, the New Hampshire Green Coalition had mapped out the perfect week for us. On our last day, our team of sloths sat around the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford. The perfect ending to our packed week. If you had talked to me during the early part of that lazy Sunday afternoon, I would have told you that our week of events could not get any better. An hour later I would be proven dead wrong.
I meandered into the white walled room where the rest of our team is sitting. I have been summoned by Van and now I wanted to know why he had disturbed my peace on Sunday, MY DAY OFF. Van was clutching the phone like it was a piece of garlic (Van arguably loves garlic way more than he loves talking or smiling or laughing) and was speaking animatedly. Now, I had been bitten by a bug named curiosity. Van gushed “We would love to skype with Bill” and with those words my loftiest hope was confirmed. We would be picking the brain of Bill Mckibben, one of the most prolific voices of the climate movement. Are you jealous yet?
In the aftermath of our wonderful conversation with Bill Mckibben, I was struck by some major revelations. Ironically enough, these thoughts had nothing to do with the epic knowledge and words that Bill had just dropped on our collective heads. The shining highlight of my day was the fact that Gail Denemark, a member of the New Hampshire Green Coalition had gone completely out of her way to set up our meeting with Bill Mckibben. This single thoughtful act was representative of our entire week in Milford. The tremendous amount of hard work and care that the New Hampshire Green Coalition put into our week made our group feel wanted. These actions inspired me to not only be a better activist but to treat people as if they were related by blood. If our movement treated humanity the way our group was treated last week, we would see a stronger movement, we would have way too many friends and we would smile way too much.