Too often, climate change is associated with the direct effects of natural disasters. But the effects of a changing climate are disruptive in many other ways, such as public health and food systems. These disruptions have devastating effects on population centers. Today, I attended a webinar on the "Global Climate Refugee and Migration Crisis," which … Continue reading The Global Climate Refugee and Migration Crisis
Today, I attended another rally opposing the manufactured narrative of a "national emergency" in order to secure funding to build a border wall. This one, hosted by Somerville's Welcome Project, was in my neighborhood. Our Mayor spoke, as well as our state representatives, and our newly elected representative in Congress, Ayanna Pressley.
Today, I gave a presentation to Conscious Capitalism Boston about how companies can take actions to address climate change. The talk was my adaption of the Climate Reality Project presentation and also built on some elements of my Greenovate Boston training, thus bringing together several organizations I've gotten involved with over the past two years.
When can a President invoke a national emergency to free up billions in funding for a project that Congress, which holds the power of the purse, has refused to fund? Only at times when national security is at risk. And this is quite clearly not one of those times. Today, I joined a President's Day rally, … Continue reading National emergency?
I got back from vacation in Puerto Rico two nights ago. Today, as I always do after airplane flights, I bought carbon credits at TerraPass to offset the emissions of my air travel. This visual is a good reminder about our lifestyle choices and their impact on emissions.
It feels like Somerville is becoming a news desert, a place where there is not enough news reporting to maintain an informed citizenry. Whether it's happenings across the city, investigative deep dives or just "heroes among us" stories, it's hard to find a reliable source for all the news that's fit to print in the … Continue reading Somerville Community Summit
One of the great things about vacation is a chance to catch up on some reading. This week, I read finished four books. But I didn't need to fly home with them. So I found the Libreria El Ciclo cultural project operating in a local coffee shop, and left all four books with them. It's … Continue reading Librería El Ciclo cultural project
World Central Kitchen recently announced another $2 million commitment to run its "Plow to Plate" program in Puerto Rico, where I'm currently on vacation, through 2023. Plow to Plate supports smallholder farmers and businesses with grants, to increase food security and sustainability in Puerto Rico. It also runs an agro-tourism volunteer program to connect visitors with farmers and … Continue reading World Central Kitchen’s Plow to Plate in Puerto Rico
Somerville is a Vision Zero City, meaning that it has committed to bring fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic down to zero. Notably, that involves pedestrians. Unfortunately, a long-time resident was struck and killed by a car Friday evening, in a hit and run just a few blocks from my house, in front of … Continue reading Letter to city regarding Powderhouse Blvd fatality
Today, I wrote a letter to the Washington Post, in response to an opinion piece about the Green New Deal. I'm not sure how likely the Post is to publish it, but it was worth getting my opinion across to them anyway.