It's October and there's lots to report! Look below for events, films
and lots of other island climate activity that is underway!
The 100% Renewable by 2040 resolution is coming to Town Meeting this fall. West Tisbury, Oct 6, 4:00 at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.
Aquinnah will be voting on it either Nov. 10 or 14. TBD!
Please come out to support the resolution.
If your town does not have it on the warrant this fall, support its being on your spring town meeting warrant. It is an important step for our island's future.
FIRES are burning in the West. You may not be aware, but fire is also a big concern for us. Our State Forest and other large wooded properties could be the origin of wildfire in these prolonged periods of drought. The West Tisbury Climate Advisory Committee is working on a card to help people prepare for wildfire. Learn what you can do here.
EVENTS AND A FILM TO WATCH ONLINE
Combating Climate Change
October 13, 20 & 27, 4:00 on Zoom
An Elders Climate Action course will be led by Tony Lee and Bari Boyer.
Go to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Sponsored by the West Tisbury Library.
Terry Tempest Williams
October 18, 10:00 on Zoom
At this West Tisbury's Congregational Church service, renowned environmental thinker and advocate, Terry Tempest Williams, will share words and reading from her new book, "Erosion." Visit their website to join in.
KISS THE GROUND MOVIE
This inspiring movie, based on the book by Josh Tickell, explains how a new, regnerative, approach to farming can save our soils and sequester carbon besides. Watch this inspiring movie and ask farmers you know to watch it too!
The Martha's Vineyard Commission has prepared a climate change report for each of the towns. Please attend your Selectmen's Zoom meeting to hear these reports and show that climate action is important. October 19, 4:00, Edgartown
October 20, 5:00, Chilmark
October 21, 4:40, West Tisbury
When the other towns' meetings are set you will receive an email as to the date and time. photo by Albert Fischer
GRANTS RECEIVED AND CLIMATE-RELATED ACTION UNDERWAY!
The Vineyard won a Storm Tide Pathways grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management that will help all six towns better prepare for flooding and sea level rise. Falmouth and the Woods Hole science community are also considering flooding and the need for retreat from coastal roads and areas. Photo by Albert Fischer
West Tisbury has received a grant from the MA Clean Energy Center to study 6 town buildings and determine a way to make them more resilient in times of prolonged power failure using solar modules with battery back up. Aquinnah is working on doing the same for their cluster of town buildings.
UP AND COMING EV CHARGING STATIONS!
Aquinnah has two new charging stations almost ready for use. Look for them at their Town Hall and at the Cliffs! West Tisbury has received a Green Communities grant for a charging station by the Up-Island Council on Aging. To be installed Spring 2021.
MORE TO KNOW!
The MV Times is speaking out about climate. In addition to a great editorial by George Brennan, the MV Times and the Edey Foundation, are supporting a new Climate Solutions box that will appear every other week for a year. The first one was September 17th. Look for it to learn what you can do NOW to help with our climate crisis.
Felix Neck is offering afternoon programs for 3rd-8th graders that will focus on a range of environmental topics including climate action. For more information or to reserve a space for your child, contact them at
or call 508-627-4850.
For information on other programs,
go to their website.
Increased Savings for Businesses
on high-efficiency equipment and free energy assessments from the Cape Light Compact and Mass Save for a limited time. If you are a small business or restaurant owner, check out this opportunity for savings!
And finally, a 6-part podcast called "Heated" has been recommended that goes over how COVID-19 and the climate crisis cannot be separated. Listen to it here.
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