ConcordCAN

Sustainable Concord Coffees

Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 – 9 AM Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord

Conserving Rare Plants and Animals in Concord and across Massachusetts

Bryan Windmiller is a Concord resident with a Ph.D. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, both from Tufts University. He is currently the Director of Zoo New England’s Conservation Department, which is committed to preserving local biodiversity of rare native animals and plants, while also working to save species on a national and international level. He says that he has, from childhood, been “an animal nut.” In Concord he is well known for his work to preserve the Blandings Turtle.

Driven by his passion for biodiversity, Bryan, in 2012, founded Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, a nonprofit that integrated hands-on educational programs focusing on rare and threatened animals and plants in Eastern Massachusetts. More recently, this organization merged with Zoo New England, which is similarly committed.

At the February Coffee, Bryan will discuss Zoo New England’s efforts to conserve rare animal and plant species in Massachusetts, particularly focusing on the status of rare species conservation in Concord. The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A. Come early; network with other environmentalists; and enjoy our free hot beverages and local breakfast goodies.

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Climate Solutions Speaker Series

Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM, Trinitarian Congregational church, 54 Walden St, Concord

Pathways to a Green Economy

with Bob Massie

Bob Massie is a lifelong systems thinker, activist, and author, focusing on issues of global leadership and corporate accountability, social justice, and climate change. He has created or led the organizations, Ceres, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Investor Network on Climate Risk, and the New Economy Coalition. In 2018 he was a Democratic candidate of Governor of Massachusetts.

During his gubernatorial campaign, Massie took a very strong position on climate change. “The Commonwealth,” he said, “needs to take aggressive, comprehensive climate actions because they will help preserve our precious planet for our children and their children.” He stressed, however, that by doing this we will also strengthen our economy and “improve life right now for our Commonwealth and our Communities.” He said that vigorous climate action will produce jobs, increase revenue for the state, lower costs, and improve public health and safety.

Bob’s ideas about what might be accomplished in Massachusetts by shifting to a green economy overlap with a new federal proposal called “The Green New Deal,” put before the U.S. House this month by New York Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Massie will offer his views on how federal and state governments can best accomplish a rapid transition to a “green economy.”

Bob’s presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A session and a reception in the Parish Hall.

Concord Natural Resources

Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 – 9 AM 
First Floor Meeting Room, 141 Keyes Road, Concord

Monthly Conservation coffees  

Discussion of conservation issues in Concord

350MA MetroWest Node

Thursday, February 7, Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Concord Road, Wayland

Become a “Road Warrior”

350Mass as a state-wide activist network is now embarking on its “Road to a Green New Deal.”  The group now has a plan, with many details yet to be worked out as it unfolds. How will the MetroWest node engage with this plan? This month will begin by preparing for the state-wide legislative effort! Do you know who represents you at the Statehouse?  If not, 350MA will help you find out, and lay out some ways to engage in urgent advocacy aligned with 350Mass’ campaign priorities. For more information

Concord's Climate Action Advisory Board

Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 PM 
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord

Monthly Public Meeting

Help advise the Director of Sustainability and the Town on strategic implementation of Article 51 and town-wide climate goals. The public is encouraged to attend.

Life in the Balance Film Series

Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM, Auditorium, Concord Carlisle High School

Through the lens of national security and global stability, ‘The Age of Consequences’ look at the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity and migration. As part of a case-study analysis, admirals, generals and military veterans take viewers beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis — and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

St Anne's in the Fields Climate justice Film Series

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 – Light supper, 7 PM Film begins, 147 Concord, Road, Lincoln

The Devil We Know is the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. But new research hints at a much broader problem: nearly as Americans are affected by exposure to non-stick chemicals in food, drinking water, and consumer products. There is very little oversight on the chemical industry in this country. We invite you to learn more about the problem and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Thursday, February 7, 4 PM , Northwest B103, 52 Oxford, Street, Cambridge

Getting to Zero on Climate Change

with Hal Harvey

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation and author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy

Preventing dangerous climate change is an “area under the curve” problem, as total emissions over time must not exceed a trillion tons of carbon. The imperative, then, is focusing on strategies that offer speed and scale in carbon reduction. Ten policies, applied to 20 countries, can land us at a reasonable climate future.

This talk by Hal Harvey will lay out the policies that can put us on the path to a low-carbon future, describe the design elements that ensure success, and apply this focus on the “four zeros” –a zero-carbon grid, zero-emissions vehicles, zero-net-energy buildings, and zero-waste manufacturing. 

Hal Harvey is a senior fellow at the Paulson Institute, and received the Heinz Award for the Environment in 2016 as well as the UN Clean Air and Climate Change Award in 2018.

 

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