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THE STATE OF RECYCLING – WHERE IS IT GOING?

Tuesday, November 19th,
7:30-9 AM
Harvey Wheeler
Community Center
1276 Main St,
West Concord

Fred Serr – ReUsit.org
Rod Robison – Concord Public Works

Recycling will be the topic of November’s Sustainable Concord Coffee. Having heard that China no longer accepts our plastic waste, many people are concerned that what we are doing with plastics is much less sustainable than they assumed. Recent reports that only 9% of plastic materials are recycled underscores that point, and indeed the remainder does go somewhere, and, unless incinerated, it lasts a long time with very destructive consequences.

At this month’s event we will hear from three speakers. Two local experts: Fred Serr and Rod Robison. Fred is the organizer of the non-profit ReUsIt.org, which runs Concord’s biannual DropOff/SwapOff events. Just recently this event collected many container-loads of plastic, metal, electronics, oversized waste and more. Rod is the Environmental Services Program Administrator for the Concord Public Works, who can tell us how our curbside recycling is working. Where does this stuff go, and are there aspects of how we recycle that we could do differently? A third speaker from the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project will address the larger issues with plastics recycling, and what could be done to address the problems in Massachusetts and the Nation.

This is a free public event, occurring monthly, and offering hot beverages and delicious local goodies.

Concord Drives Electric
ELECTRIC VEHICLE RIDE
and DRIVE EVENT

Saturday, November 2, 11 aM-3 pM
Concord-Carlisle High School
500 Walden St, Concord

Test drive a wide variety of new electric cars from leading automakers. EV Specialists will be on site to answer your questions about the vehicles, charging and incentives. Save time by signing up in advance via e-mail to ev@ene.org. Valid driver’s license required, and all drivers and riders need to sign a liability waiver. For more information on the incentives which CMLP is offering for electric vehicles, visit ConcordDrivesElectric.org.

Mothers Out Front

FALL COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm
Hunt Recreation Center
90 Stow St, Concord

The Concord chapter of Mothers Out Front, now in its sixth year, is hosting a community discussion to lay out their initiatives and ways to get involved. If you are a mother, grandmother, or other caregiver concerned about how the climate crisis will impact the next generation, you are welcome to join their chapter.

Current initiatives include:
– Pushing the town of Concord to build a Net Zero Middle School
– Supporting town-wide efforts to create a climate action plan
– Fighting dirty natural (methane) gas infrastructure on the local and state level
– Raising awareness about the prevalence and danger of methane gas leaks

No experience is necessary, and no level of involvement is too small. Join an amazing group of women (and their male supporters) who are working on real solutions to the climate crisis in your community. Please RSVP – space is limited.

350Mass MetroWest

Node Monthly Meeting

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
= FIGHTING INJUSTICE

Thursday, November 7
7 – 9 PM
First Parish Sudbury
327 Concord Road

Come to this interactive meeting to examine the interrelationships between our climate crisis concerns and the concerns of others organizing against injustice. Knowing that there is common ground that current activist movements share, how do we connect with other non-environmental groups in a meaningful way? What does this mean for our intentions and future actions? The discussion will be facilitated by Jon Wishnie, who recently joined 350Mass as the Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer. Jon believes that it is impossible to fight climate change without fighting injustice and systemic oppression in all its forms. For Jon, that means following the leadership of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.

Conservation Coffee

MONTHLY MEETING

Tuesday, November 5
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Planning & Land
Management Building
141 Keyes Rd.
1st Floor Meeting Room
Concord

Life in the Balance
Film Series
THE GAME CHANGERS

Tuesday, November 12
6:30 PM 
CCHS Auditorium
500 Walden St, Concord

The Game Changers is a new film executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet – and it’s backed by them too – with additional EPs including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Directed by Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos, The Game Changers follows the story of James Wilks – elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter – as he travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists. Wilks’ journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance, but the health of the entire global population.

350 Mass
STATEWIDE SUMMIT

Sunday, November 3
10 AM – 5 PM
Hassenfeld Conference Center,
415 South St
Brandeis University, Waltham

This is the big annual meeting where 350MA integrates newcomers, discusses where they fit in to the bigger picture of climate work in Massachusetts and beyond, and get to know each other better to be more effective at working together across the state. There will be plenty of information to share and work for everyone to plug into. Plus, Senator Ed Markey will be present in the afternoon. RSVP here.

Climate Strikes Continue: Save the Dates

December Climate Strike
Friday, Dec 6, 2019

The Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20 drew 4 million participants at 2,500 events in 163 countries. In the US, a coalition of youth organizers, including the Sunrise Movement and Youth Climate Strike, pushed members of congress to pass a Green New Deal. This demonstration was the first in a series of planned climate strikes, designed to disrupt “business as usual” and spark the massive social, political, and economic shift needed to address the climate crisis.

Friday, December 6, youth climate leaders from the Sunrise Movement will strike again to demand political leaders back the Green New Deal. Save the date and stay tuned for more you can do to support youth leaders.

50th Earth Day Climate Strike – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand action on environmental degradation. On the 50th anniversary of this historic demonstration, youth climate leaders hope to lead a massive climate strike to demand immediate action to address the existential threat posed by climate change.

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