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  • Sustainable Concord Coffees:
  • No December Coffee
    We will resume in January.
    Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room, Concord

  • Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative (BioCAN) and First Parish of Concord Environmental Leadership Team
  • Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities
    First Parish in Concord,
    20 Lexington Rd, Concord
    Friday, December 2
    (Doors Open 7 PM)

  • Metrowest Node of 350 MA
  • Common Street Spiritual Center
    13 Common Street, Natick
  • Thursday, December 8, 7:00 PM

  • Life in the Balance Film Series
  • "Racing Extinction"
    Concord Carlisle High School
    Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 PM,


  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • TiE Boston Deep Dive:
    Carbon Capture Use & Storage
    Phil Duffy, Executive Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.will present the case for why it is important to pay attention to carbon dioxide reduction in the atmosphere through forestry and other means. Leading MIT researcher, Howard Herzog will follow the presentation with a discussion of his research on carbon sequestration. While there is a large focus on reducing GHG emissions, there is also discussion about managing actual GHG levels in the atmosphere.
    MIT, 35 Ames St Building 66, Room 110 Cambridge
    Monday, December 05,
    6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • Nutritionism, ‘Big Food’ and the Corporate Capture of Nutrition.
    RSVP: Lisa Haushofer
    Dr. Gyorgy Scrinis, author of Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice will give a lecture on: ‘Big Food’ corporations—the manufacturers of highly processed foods and beverages—have responded to recent health concerns associated with over and undernutrition by developing and marketing a range of ‘healthy' or ‘healthier' products. Harvard University, Science Center 469, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
    Wednesday, December 7,
    NOON - 2:00PM

  • #NoDAPL Rally & Relay Run
  • Starting in Concord at the Army Corps of Engineers Office, 696 Virginia Rd. teams of runners will travel relay-style into Boston, spreading the word as they go. The day will end at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St, Boston(Roxbury), featuring local Native performers.
    Saturday December 17,
    10 AM - 4 PM

What's Happening

Sustainable Concord Coffees

Happy Holidays - We will resume in January

Climate Change Holiday TreeIn recognition that people are busy with family activities and celebrations, there will be no Sustainable Concord Coffee in December. The coffees will resume, as usual, in January, with a presentation by Town Manager Chris Whelan and selected members of his Senior Management Team. We are looking forward to hearing about how the Town is moving forward with its’ sustainability projects and planning. Sustainability has now become a central theme in Concord’s long range planning process.

Concord Area Biodiversity Collaborative (BioCAN) and First Parish of Concord
Environmental Leadership Team

Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities

Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM - doors open at 7 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road

Record breaking heat, drought, outside water bans, and rare weather events, such as a tornado, are some of the extremes this summer dealt. What will this winter hold in store? Will normal weather patterns restore our water supplies and green our landscapes or not? Join the Conversation. What can we do in the face of more intense storms and droughts? Local experts will show us how to work with nature to shape a more hopeful future. Alison Fields-Juma, Jim Laurie, Mark Richardson
Alison Field-Juma, OARS, will discuss restoring the water cycle.

Jim Laurie, Bio4Climate, will explain the process of restoring nature and living machines.

Mark Richardson, Garden in the Woods, will show us how to create sustainable yards and lawns.
Come join us and learn about YIMBY - Yes - in our backyard. For further information contact Concord Area BioCAN.


My Backyard, Our Backyard

Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common Street, Natick.

Climate Justice or Climate ChaosLisa Young, our state Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer at the Better Future Project, will lead an open discussion about environmental justice. Ms. Young has a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in City Planning, and great experience in the climate justice movement. .

My backyard links directly to your backyard when we think about the pain of our fossil fuel economy for Massachusetts and the world. But we must recognize that climate change does not affect all people equally. Many poor and minority communities disproportionately suffer the negative effects of environmental degradation. As advocates, we must be aware of the ways in which injustices intersect with one another. As we improve our energy sourcing, we can be conscious of the broader picture in order to improve our shared back yard and ensure a cleaner, more equitable future for everyone. We are in this together.  

Our 350 MetroWest node public meetings usually happen the first Thursday of the month with locations changing to accommodate learners, supporters, and activists around the region. All are encouraged to sit in on the subgroup meetings for the local initiatives as well as the informal steering group that meets at different times.  

Life in the Balance Film Series

Racing Extinction

December 13, 6:30 PM, Auditorium,
Concord Carlisle High School

Racing ExtinctionOscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, Racing Extinction reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

This film series is co-sponsored by CCHS Earth Science and Community Service and ConcordCAN! . Pizza is available by the slice, starting at 6 PM.

Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge

Speaker Series will Continue

Dry World Wet World Climate SolutionsThe Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge Speaker Series will continue, in the year ahead, to plan and arrange outstanding speaker events in Concord that often draw people from many other communities. In November 2016 we heard an inspiring call from climate activist, Tim DeChristopher, to stand up publicly and strongly for climate justice, engaging in conscience-driven civil disobedience when necessary to impede the proliferation of a climate-destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. We are now looking for a February or early March speaker who can reframe our climate action agenda in the wake of the recent Presidential election.


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