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ICAN September Newsletter

From the Global Climate Strike on September 20th to the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23rd, the world is turning its attention to climate change this month.  There are an incredible number of local climate actions you can participate in here on the Vineyard too--please scroll through the options below and find ways to join the climate movement in our community.  Hope to see you soon!

ICAN Meeting September 16th
Please join us at our Island Climate Action Network meeting on Monday September 16th.   We'll focus on town-specific events we can work on together through the fall and winter to build voter support for climate change-related warrant articles at spring 2020 town meetings.  3:30-5:30pm  at the West Tisbury library.   And bring a friend!
Selectboard Presentations
Over the next two weeks, members of ICAN, the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee, the Martha's Vineyard Commission Climate Task Force and others will be presenting to all town selectboards on climate change adaptation.  We will talk with our selectmen about how they think we can best to move forward on adaptation both at the town level and island-wide.  Please join us for these discussions in your town:  

o   Oak Bluffs: 5pm September 10th
o  Vineyard Haven: 6:30pm September 10th

o   West Tisbury: 4:30pm September 11th

o   Chilmark: 5pm September 15th

o   Aquinnah: 4:30pm September 17th

o   Edgartown: 4pm September 23rd 

Free Outdoor Movie: The Biggest Little Farm on September 19th

Join Island Grown Initiative and the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of The Biggest Little Farm, a heart-lifting story about the positive potential of agriculture for climate, biodiversity, and community, on Thursday September 19th at the Chilmark Community Center.  The farmers featured in the film, John and Molly Chester, will be at the showing, along with film producer Laurie David.  BYO picnic starting at 5:30, and listen to live music out on the lawn.  The film will start at 7pm.  All ages welcome.
September 20th is the Global Climate Strike!
People across the world will be leaving their schools, jobs and homes to take to the street and call for climate action.  There are a number of local events happening in solidarity with this event, including a 7:30am gathering at the Aquinnah Circle followed by an 11am kayak flotilla to Menemsha, and a bicycle flash mob from Wasque to Chappy Point on Chappaquiddick at 4pm.  Click here for more information and to join an event.

Electric Vehicle Plug-In Day September 21st

Celebrate Electric Vehicles with Vineyard Power at Electric Vehicle Plug-In Day, Saturday September 21st from 10am-1pm at the Oak Bluffs Library.  Test drive electric cars and bikes, and learn about incentives that help make these vehicles increasingly affordable.  ICAN will be tabling--come say hello!

Explore climate issues with our local libraries the week of September 21st

All of our island libraries will be participating in Library Climate Week the week of September 21st, offering special events, films, speakers, and book displays.  Click here to learn more about library-specific offerings.  And please thank your local librarians for bringing climate awareness and education to the community!

Dutch Approaches for Climate Resilience on September 26th

Come learn how Holland is approaching large-scale climate resilience planning and infrastructure work in a presentation hosted by the Oak Bluffs Conservation Commission at the OB library on Thursday, September 26th at 5pm with Dutch planner Matthijs Bouw.

On Sunday, September 29th, join the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury and the Vineyard Conservation Society in a presentation about the vision and human story of Thomas Berry, a profound thinker about humanity’s relationship with the Earth. The talk will be from 2-3pm and will be followed by a “Climate Bazaar” with tablers, including ICAN, sharing information about local environmental efforts and action opportunities.

Climate issues have been in the local news this week.  Check out this letter from the editor of Martha's Vineyard Magazine about the Edgartown Conservation Commission's recent denial of an important permit for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind development, and this article from the MV Times about Martha's Vineyard being one of the fastest-warming areas in the United States.  Let our news outlets know that you appreciate their coverage of local climate issues and would like them to continue and expand the space in their publications they devote to climate; email the Vineyard Gazette at and the MV Times here.  
Learn more on the ICAN website

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