This has been a record-setting year for wildfires in California. The Camp Fire in the Sierra foothills alone has killed 23 people and displaced thousands. Add in the fires currently burning in Southern California and the disruption to people's lives in California's population centers is immense. Today, I made a donation to the California Fire … Continue reading California Fire Foundation
The Climate Coalition of Somerville is a member of MCAN (Massachusetts Climate Action Network). MCAN is a connector of local climate activist groups, giving them tools to share information and best practices, and organizing campaigns that groups can sign on to. Today, I attended an MCAN focus group to provide some input on issues and … Continue reading Focus group for climate activists
Last year, I joined the National Association of Rail Passengers, to support its important advocacy work for rail in the United States. Now, there's a renewed optimism for infrastructure investment, after the mid-term elections. Today, I renewed my membership to NARP.
Today, I attended a rally on Boston Common. The rally was called on very short notice (thus it was dubbed an "emergency rally") by several activist groups concerned by the resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Today, I met with one of Somerville's aldermen, who approached the Climate Coalition of Somerville to brainstorm ideas for a sustainability tour through the city. the idea is for interested residents the chance to see first-hand different things that homes and businesses have done to address sustainability in their lives. Today, I also met with … Continue reading Somerville Sustainability tour
Today I voted in the mid-term elections. Voting isn't just a right, it's a responsibility. In the evening, I also went to three different election-watch parties. That's not all. Today, I also attended a Boston Area Sustainability Group meeting, focused on plastics (and their recyclability). Interesting to get more of a taste (no literally) of … Continue reading Election Day 2018
The election is tomorrow and turnout is important. In my view, voting should be compulsory, as it is in Australia. It's a responsibility, not just a right. Today, I spent some time textbanking, to try to improve voter turnout, specifically in Maine in this case.
Biochar is a well-liked soil amendment, that can help raise soil fertility and agricultural production. It's produced when wood undergoes pyrolysis; essentially, when you put wood under high heat, without oxygen, it will produce bio-oil and syngas, which can be used for energy, and biochar, which can be used as a soil additive. It kind … Continue reading Biochar
I'm in Los Angeles for a wedding this weekend. Today, I bought carbon offsets for 2.48 metric tons, to offset my air travel. This is my usual habit when I fly, because air travel has an enormous carbon footprint. I also watched A Plastic Ocean, which is an eye opening movie about our societal dependence … Continue reading Carbon offsets to Los Angeles
Today, I joined an advocacy group for Somerville pedestrians and transit users. Bicycle riders have a strong advocacy base, but few people speak up for pedestrians. Hopefully, we'll be able to give peds more of a voice in development activities.