Concord Sustainable Coffees
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.!
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,
350 MetroWest Node
You say you want a Resolution
Thursday, April 4, 7 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Road,
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
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 PM
CCHS, Room 401,
500 Walden Street,
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
The Umbrella to The Old Manse
Community groups, families, and friends parade Main and Monument Streets.
Old North Bridge, Minuteman National Historic Park
Singing, drumming, and the launching of Earth Floats at the water’s edge.
ARTS & ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL
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
Saturday, April 27, 9 AM,
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street,
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
Saturday, May 4,
9:30 AM – 3 PM
133 Keyes Road, Concord
Volunteering is easy and fun! Volunteers needed 9 AM – 4 PM, volunteer just 2 hours or the whole day.
Concord-Area Interfaith Dinner
Tuesday, May 7, 6 PM
First Parish in Concord,
20 Lexington Street
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
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