Dear Friends,
We hope you are staying well through this difficult time.  It is a challenging moment to think about much beyond the Coronavirus and the way it is shaping our lives and world.  If you have some bandwidth to think about climate issues, there are a number of ways to get involved locally, including webinars to watch, letters to write, articles to read, and changes for spring town meeting.
Whatever you’re able to do, we are sending you our wishes for good health and look forward to gathering in person again when we’re able.

The 100% Renewable Energy Warrant Article
has been postponed.  

The Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee has decided to postpone consideration of the 100% Renewable by 2040 Resolution, which was to be voted on at the spring town meetings, until a later date.  Town warrants are being condensed due to the challenges of holding Town Meeting during the pandemic.  We’ll let you know when the resolution will next be brought forward, and hope you’ll help us generate momentum and enthusiasm for this important resolution.
Vineyard Power Co-operative needs our help! 

Vineyard Power is seeking letters of support for their effort to build an offshore wind operations hub in Vineyard Haven that will employ up to 40 islanders in well-paid, year-round jobs.  The project is called the Tisbury Marine Terminal and will be located at the R.M. Packer facility on Beach Road.  The Tisbury Select Board has written in support of the project and now it is our turn.   

Please use the attached PDF for talking points and instructions on how to send comment letters to the State, which are due
by Tuesday, May 12.  

For any questions please contact Erik Peckar at erik@vineyardpower.com.
Plant for Pollinators:

At 7pm on May 6th, join IGI on Zoom for a webinar with Pollination Design Planner Evan Abramson, to learn more about how to design gardens, farms, and conservation lands to best support pollinators. 
Support our local businesses:  Help keep our local businesses afloat through these difficult economic times by purchasing gift certificates through the Martha’s Vineyard Bank Lift Certificate program.  You can keep the 10% savings in these certificates yourself or donate them to a local charity like the Food Pantry who are serving islanders in need.  Learn more in this Vineyard Gazette article.
Read:  Recent estimates suggest we could see an 8% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions this year, but it isn’t for the right reasons.  As we begin to emerge from the lockdowns of the Coronavirus, can we find ways to commit to economic recovery that invests in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and the infrastructure we need for a livable future, that keeps us on a path of emissions reductions and pulls as many people out of economic turmoil as possible?  This New York Times article discusses these questions.
WHRC has some online climte-related webinars available. 
Go here to check them out!
Watch: The Martha’s Vineyard Permaculture Guild and Island Grown Initiative are offering streaming of “Inhabit,” a film about Permaculture and its potential to address many of our environmental and social challenges online. 
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