Today was the first Climate Coalition of Somerville meeting of the year. And there's a lot going, with groups running campaigns for divestment and community choice aggregation, tree ordinances and building codes, among other things. It's going to be a busy year.
The federal shutdown just became the longest shutdown in the history of the United States. Its effects shouldn't be minimized by those who aren't federal employees. They affect everyone. To help make that point, there are articles about craft brewers, air travel and entitlement programs. You know who's still getting paid? Congress. Today, I signed … Continue reading Dock congressional pay
Today, I attended a panel discussion hosted by Sustainable Middlesex. The panel featured state senator Mike Barrett, state representative Jennifer Benson, and Michael Green, executive director of The Climate Exchange. They discussed the upcoming legislative agenda and different plans and strategy to pass legislation to put price on carbon in Massachusetts.
Today, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Somerville Times, highlighting -- and asking for more of -- the emphasis on climate change that the Mayor spoke about in his recent mid-term address.
Today, I helped to organize and facilitate the first quarter 2019 meeting of the Climate Reality Project Metro Boston chapter. Oh, and I was appointed co-chair of the chapter for 2019, as well.
Today, I rambled through an entire day of climate actions with different groups. I guess they break down to four. First, I attended a two-hour meeting to plan the upcoming Somerville Sustainability Tour, which is really coming together. Second I drafted and sent another letter to the editor, this time to the Boston Herald. Third, … Continue reading A day of climate actions
Today, I went to the monthly meeting of the Boston Area Sustainability Group and heard a talk from the National Network for Oceans and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCI). They've got a really powerful framework for climate change communications; very useful talk. I might even sign up for their trainings. Today, I also attended steering committee … Continue reading How to Become a Sustainability Magnet
Today, I attended Somerville's mid-term ceremonies, featuring Mayor Curtatone's mid-term address. There was also a reception, which gave me a chance to chat with a few aldermen (soon to be called city councilors). There's a webcast, if you're interested. https://youtu.be/L7_SS5AUf3o
Today, I went to a "cookie party" fundraiser, at the home of a board member of Community Cooks. Community Cooks, you may remember, mobilizes groups of people to offer home-prepared food to vulnerable neighbors seeking assistance from human service agencies. My community cooks team ended up disbanding when our team leader left last year, but it … Continue reading Cookie Party for Community Cooks and Dark Money
Today, I dropped off a contribution to a community-curated exhibit at the Somerville Museum. Called "Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville," the exhibit aims to tell stories from the community in a series of of objects and performances. Today, I also attended a talk by Byron DeLear, a historian who studies flags and their meaning. … Continue reading Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville and more