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Reduction of Food Waste Through Composting – Benefits for the Community and the Climate

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 – 9 AM 

Harvey Wheeler Community Center

1276 Main Street, Concord

Researchers have determined that reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change.  Through it people, companies and communities can all contribute to climate action and, at the same time, feed more of us, increase economic benefits and preserve threatened ecosystems.

At this coffee, the focus will be on reducing food waste through composting. A three-person panel will frame composting as a sustainable and carbon-reducing practice. The three panelists are:

The panel presentations will be followed by an ample opportunity for Q & A and discussion. This is a free public event. Hot beverages and delicious local goodies will be available at 7:30 AM at “The Climate Cafe.”

Climate Solutions Speaker Series

A Sunrise Town Hall on the Green New Deal with Representative Lori Trahan and a Panel of Local Youth Activists

Friday, April 26, 6:30 – 9 PM 

First Parish in Concord, 

20 Lexington Road

This Climate Solutions Speaker Series event, co-sponsored by ten local organizations, is also serving as a Green New Deal “Town Hall” for the Sunrise Movement. It will include a discussion with Rep. Lori Trahan; calls to action from a local panel of young climate activists; and information about the Sunrise Movement’s nationwide campaign to make the Green New Deal a legislative reality. The program will be followed by a reception in the church’s Parish Hall, with light refreshments and an opportunity to gather more information about how to get involved.

Resolutions for a “Green New Deal” have been introduced recently  in Congress by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  and Massachusetts  Sen. Ed Markey. These Resolutions outline  the first governmental climate action plan which truly mirrors the scope, scale, and urgency of the massive and accelerating threat climate change poses to the survival of all life on Planet Earth, including us.

The Green New Deal is not yet legislation and will not be unless enough legislators agree to co-sponsor it. The number of co-sponsors is rapidly growing, but more are needed. The proposal is being challenged, debated, and sometime ridiculed across the country. It is being pushed forward aggressively by the Sunrise Movement, driven by very young climate activists. ConcordCAN has endorsed it; and the Concord Select Board recently did as well, responding positively to a petition initiated by students from Concord Academy who are members of the Sunrise Movement

The Climate Solutions Speaker Series is a consortium of ten Concord organizations: ConcordCAN!, CCHS, and the Concord Public Schools, First Parish in Concord, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, Mothers Out Front, Musketaquid Arts and Environment, Trinitarian-Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and West Concord Union Church.

Protect Concord Center's Unique Character

Vote YES on Article 29

Town Meeting Begins:

Monday, April 8*

CCHS, 500 Walden Street

Please join us in voting YES! on Article 29 to protect Concord Center’s unique character from the unlimited growth of formula businesses. Article 29 will need a two-thirds majority to pass, so please help spread the word. To learn more about Article 29, visit:  Protect Concord Center

*(This website will post which night it’s coming up for a vote, once it’s announced.)

Concord Annual Cleanup

Remove Roadside Litter & Trash on Public Lands  

Saturday, March 30 – April 7 

major emphasis – April 6

The division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclables (bottles and cans only – no paper). CPW crews will pick up the bags along the roadsides beginning Monday, April 8. Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, clubs & organizations should contact the Division of Natural Resources for route assignments and bags.

Drop by the Division office at 141 Keyes Road between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or call 978-318-3285. Your participation is welcomed and appreciated.!

Monthly Meetings

Concord Natural Resources

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 AM 

141 Keyes Road,

1st Floor Meeting Room

Concord's Climate Action Advisory Board

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00PM 

Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 

1276 Main Street,

350Mass MetroWest Node logo

350 MetroWest Node

You say you want a Resolution

Thursday, April 4,  7 PM

Peace Lutheran Church

107 Concord Road,

Wayland

At this meeting, MetroWest node members will discuss the different ways a municipality can adopt such resolutions and share success stories. We aim to inspire and enable interested citizens to pursue for climate advocacy and movement-building.

Life in the Balance Film Series

Bag It! 

Is your life too plastic?

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 PM

CCHS, Room 401,

500 Walden Street,

Concord  

Bag It! starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? This film follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world.  Looking beyond plastic bags Jeb discovers that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When his journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it. Today.  Watch the trailer

Musketaquid Earth Day 2019

Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change

Saturday, April 27, 

10:30 AM – 2 PM  

Rain Date: April 28

EARTH DAY PARADE
10:30–11:30 AM 
The Umbrella to The Old Manse
Community groups, families, and friends parade  Main and Monument Streets.

RIVER CEREMONY
11:30AM–12:00PM
Old North Bridge, Minuteman National Historic Park
Singing, drumming, and the launching of Earth Floats at the water’s edge.

ARTS & ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL
Noon–2:00PM 
The Old Manse Lawn and Orchard
Featured performances, music, table exhibitors, and art activities

EARTH MONTH EXHIBIT
April 17-May 14
Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change,” multi-media exhibit at The Umbrella Gallery, 40 Stow Street, Concord
For more information: The Umbrella

St Anne's in the Fields Climate justice Film Series

Tuesday, April 30, 

6:30: Light supper,  7 PM: Film 

St Anne’s in the Fields Church,

147 Concord, Road, Lincoln

Lobster War is an award-winning feature film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. Watch the trailer.

Toxics Action Center and MCAN

32nd Environmental Action Conference

Keynote speaker:

Sandra Steingraber

Saturday, April 27, 9 AM,

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street, 

Worcester

Register here: environmental conference

Bringing together community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead.

The keynote speaker is biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted as a documentary for the screen in 2010. Living Downstream has won praise from international media.

SAVE THE DATE

Drop Off Swap Off

Volunteers Needed

Saturday, May 4,

9:30 AM – 3 PM

133 Keyes Road, Concord

Volunteer or learn more: dropoff@reusit.org

Volunteering is easy and fun! Volunteers needed 9 AM – 4 PM, volunteer just 2 hours or the whole day.

 

Concord-Area Interfaith Dinner

Environmental Potluck

Tuesday, May 7, 6 PM

First Parish in Concord,

20 Lexington Street

Volunteer or learn more: dropoff@reusit.org

Come meet and share a meal with concerned environmentalists from the different faith communities in the area. Bring a dish or drink to share, learn about current issues and activities, and discuss local environmental projects. This dinner is restarting a regularly repeating series which may rotate between different congregations. For more information or to RSVP please contact: Brad Hubbard-Nelson 

Sustainability & Energy Committee and Town of Concord

Sustainable

Landscaping Fair

Saturday, May 18, 10 AM – 2PM

CCHS, 500 Walden Street

Speak with organizations and practitioners to discover ways to make your own garden more sustainable. Visit local “open gardens” to see what sustainable landscaping looks like and to hear lessons learned in creating these gardens. More details soon!

 

Sponsored by the Comprehensive Sustainability & Energy Committee and the Town of Concord

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