How will the western U.S. be affected by global warming? Can we expect water scarcity, energy shortages, heat waves? We’ve heard a lot about how to mitigate the effects of climate change, but what about adapting to the new landscapes we will likely inhabit? Next weekend, May 18-20, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, an intergenerational group of experts, students, and community members will come together to develop this vision, during a retreat titled Transforming Mindscape and Landscape: Envisioning and Designing Hot Age Communities. Hosted by the Institute of Reverential Ecology, the focus will be on water management, the psychology of energy, community building, and environmental policy. Poetry, art, and music will complement the discussions to inspire creativity. Speakers will include Vandana Shiva, Randy Udall, and Randy Hayes. For info, visit reverentialecology.org/conference2007.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Carpooling info is available at zimride.com.