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  • Sustainable Concord Coffees:
  • "Dealing with Drought”
    Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room, Concord
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7:30-9 AM

  • Metrowest Node of 350 MA
  • Phone and text on behalf of the
    Clinton campaign as in conjunction
    with 350.org Action's organize for climate effort
    First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist,
    327 Concord Road, Sudbury
    Thursday, October 6,
    7:00 PM

  • Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative
  • Author Judith D. Schwartz talks about ecosystem restoration as a means of mitigating climate change in her book: Water in Plain Sight.
    See review on Get Involved
    Harvey Wheeler Community Center
    1125 Main St, West Concord
    Friday October 14th, 7 PM

  • Concord-Carlisle Community Education
  • Heat Pumps for your home heating, cooling and hot water
    Concord Carlisle High School,
    Room 242
    Monday October 24, 7:00 pm

  • REUSIT, Inc.
  • Concord DropOff and SwapOff Day
    Keyes Road, Concord
    DropOff collects a variety of specific reusable and recyclable items. Not cancelled in the event of rain.
    SwapOff is a free flea market. Open until 1PM - cancelled in the event of rain.
    More Information
    Saturday October 15,
    9:30 AM - 3 PM

  • Climate Solutions:
    Meeting the Challenge
  • Climate Justice Activist,
    Tim DeChristopher, speaker
    First Parish in Concord
    20 Lexington Rd, Concord
    Friday, October 28th, 7 PM


  • Massachusetts Peace Action
  • "Greening the Global Economy",
    (including Massachusetts)
    Open Forum with Dr. Robert Pollin, author of Greening the Global Economy
    Cambridge Friends Meeting,
    5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
    Wednesday, October 5,
    7:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Massachusetts Peace Action
  • Noam Chomsky with Wallace Shawn
    "Extinction or Internationalism"
    For more information and free tickets
    Old South Church,
    645 Boylston Avenue, Boston, MA
    Wednesday October 19, 7 PM

What's Happening

Sustainable Concord Coffees

"Dealing with Drought”

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30-9 AM
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room

Outdoor Water Use EmergencyThis topic will be addressed by a panel of two speakers: Alan Cathcart, Concord’s Water Dept. Superintendent, and Alison Field-Juma, the Executive Director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury Rivers.

Concord, and indeed a large part of Massachusetts, has been experiencing a prolonged and serious drought. As a consequence, the Water Dept. has put in place an emergency restriction on outdoor water use. This restriction has not always been honored despite a declared penalty for violations. As of this writing, despite some recent rainfall, the drought is still with us.

As Water Superintendent, Alan Cathcart is the Town of Concord’s best informant as to how our public water is and will be managed, Alison Field-Juma can speak authoritatively about how the decisions that are made about public water management can impact our natural local waterways. Both speakers are concerned about sustainability, but may have somewhat different perspectives.

Climate scientists have predicted that as climate change advances, much more frequent problems with drought and flooding can be anticipated, It is important that we know how our Town is managing these kinds of episodes and how they are preparing for the changing water emergencies that lie ahead. An informed citizenry can play a more active and effective role in shaping Town decisions.

These presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion. Come promptly at 7:30 to enjoy mingling with other sustainability advocates and partaking of our delicious hot beverages and local goodies.

Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative

Water in Plain Sight with author Judith Schwartz

Friday October 14, 7 PM
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1125 Main St, Concord

Water in Plain SightEnvironmental writer Judith Schwartz, author of the new book, Water in Plain Sight, will talk about best practices for creating resilient ecosystems that can weather extreme droughts, deluge floods, and increasing temperatures that our community faces in this time of climate disruption.

As Concord experiences one of its worst droughts and record heats, residents, gardeners, farmers, wildlife, insects, birds, trees, and plants, have felt the harsh effects. It is easy to frame the drought as simply a water shortage. However, Judith Schwartz’s new book Water in Plain Sight, not only points out the need to understand how land and water work together to sustain the water cycle but provide reasons for hope. Judith will share successful strategies for dealing with today’s water crisis.

This event is hosted by Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative (BioCAN) and Biodiversity for A Livable Climate. Co-sponsors include OARS, ConcordCAN!, Concord NRC, New England Wildflower Society, and Sudbury Valley Trustees. Reserve space now by contacting; biocanconcordarea@gmail.com.

Concord-Carlisle Community Education

Heat Pumps for your home heating,
cooling and hot water

Monday October 24, 7:00 PM
Concord Carlisle High School, Room 242, Concord

Hot/Cold HomeHeat pumps provide an exciting new option for water and home heating and air conditioning, and can save you money while reducing your environmental footprint.  The subject of heat pumps for these uses will be explored in a 90 minute interactive session, which will cover heat pump water heaters and air source heat pumps for home heating and cooling, including how they work, example products, typical installation costs and financial incentives.   Everything you should know and the questions to ask to choose products and installation contractors.  There will be time for plenty of Q and A with several heat pump owners and a contractor experienced in heat pump installations.

Presenters: Bob Zogg has over 25 years of experience in energy consulting, focused on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, and water heating for homes and commercial buildings.   He lives in Carlisle and is a member of the Carlisle Energy Task Force, with BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Brad Hubbard-Nelson is a Ph.D. physicist and consultant on technologies for sustainability. He is a Concord resident and member of the town Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee

For more information and to enroll, please visit this website.  

Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge

Climate Justice Activist, Tim DeChristopher

Friday, October 28, 7 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord

In his letter from a Birmingham jail, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

Tim DeChristopherRenowned climate activist Tim DeChristopher, will speak about his strong commitment to civil disobedience. Tim is a co-founder of the Civil Disobedience Center and believes passionately that the climate crisis is such a serious threat to life on this planet that civil disobedience is not only justified, but is a moral imperative. He is currently a divinity student at the Harvard Divinity School.

Tim is the title character of an award-winning documentary film, Bidder 70, which tells the story of how, in 2008, he disrupted a highly disputed oil and gas lease auction in Utah, seeking to protect thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, he entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels which were adjacent to national treasures such as Canyonlands National Park, winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million that he did not actually possess. As a consequence, he was indicted, tried, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Tim will speak in the Sanctuary at First Parish, and will respond to questions. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. More specifics will be publicized as they become available. Tim generally works at such events with a musician named Bryan Cahall, and expects to do so on the 28th.

Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge Speaker Series is co-sponsored by First Parish in Concord, ConcordCAN!, the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, Mothers Out Front, Musketaquid Arts and Environment, Trinitarian congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the West Concord Union Church.


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