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Community leaders from the Appalachian Mountain Club Berkshire Chapter and Westfield Transition Towns are presenting the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program at the Westfield Athenaeum on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM.

This program, a 30-minute film complemented by a personal discussion with the film’s central figure, citizen activist Marion Stoddart - provides a gripping profile of an ordinary citizen who realized her power to make a difference. The film, The Work of 1000, shares Marion’s exhilarating story of her work to clean up the Nashua River, once one of the most polluted rivers in America.

Our communities are facing real challenges. Economic uncertainty, global climate change, and other critical social issues are literally right at our doorstep. And now, more than ever, we need stories of hope, grit, empowerment and change. We need an inspirational model that engages people to make a difference in the world.

The presentation at the Westfield Athenaeum is part of Work of 1000’s campaign to help nurture a strong corps of engaged citizens, raise awareness, build leadership skills and give people confidence that they can make a difference. Come view the film, participate in the discussion and see how you can take specific actions to improve Westfield’s quality of life.

The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. We believe that mountains, forests, and waters have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, appreciate, and understand the natural world. Berkshire Chapter volunteers maintain about 300 miles of hiking trails in Western Massachusetts, including 90 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and the chapter sponsors hundreds of outdoor events throughout the year.

Transition Towns is a global movement tackling economic deterioration, climate instability, and increasing weather emergencies with creative local action. Over 100 towns, cities, suburbs and neighborhoods in the Northeast have started Transition Initiatives to increase local resilience and economic vitality.

For additional information, please see www.workof1000.org or contact Sabine Prather at 413-949-3914

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