Last week, I spent a few days in Williamsburg, Virginia for work. Using this handy calculator, those flights add up to 0.23 metric tons (507 pounds) of CO2. That seems like a lot for a short hop! Today, as usual, I purchased offsets for that travel, through Terrapass.
We've made a lot of improvements to our home from an energy efficiency perspective, since we bought it a dozen years ago. We've insulated all the walls that we opened up (which is most of them), changed most of our lighting to LED and replaced most of our appliances, for example. But there are a … Continue reading Mass Save energy assessment
Today, my volunteer work with the Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter continued, with a planning call for the Programming Committee, which I'll now be chairing. We haven't gotten into our 2018 plans yet, but we have one more event in 2017 to plan, hoping to squeeze it into the fourth quarter of 2017. Stay tuned...
There are many human services agencies out there, all trying to support vulnerable, at-risk populations. From domestic violence shelters to homeless agencies to transitional housing to foster care to addiction services, they all do great work. And they all need one support. One support service is Community Cooks, which is an agency that partners with … Continue reading Community Cooks
I learn about new climate-related advocacy and activism groups quite frequently. Many are duplicative, of course, and many are a bit all over map in terms of the issues they try to address. Not so for the Citizens Climate Lobby. Citizens Climate Lobby is singularly focused on legislation for carbon pricing, which is possibly the … Continue reading Citizens Climate Lobby
Today, I went to a City of Somerville neighborhood meeting for Davis Square, to participate in the city's planning process for the area. I estimate around 75 people showed up and there was a facilitated "unconference" style process to break into small discussion groups on topics of interest. I joined a group that discussed how citizens … Continue reading Davis Square neighborhood plan
The Equifax hack has put hundreds of millions of people at risk of identity theft. Equifax's competitors, Transunion and Experian, stand to gain a lot of business. They will also make a windfall on people freezing their credit in reaction to the Equifax hack. The Identity Theft Resource Center’s petition is asking all three major … Continue reading Free credit freeze
Today, I added my name to a Greenpeace campaign to reach out to the leadership of major corporations and convince them to end plastic pollution. Let's face it, packaging waste is fouling our oceans, waterways and coasts, and these leaders are in the best position to reduce that waste by changing their practices. To be sure, … Continue reading End plastic pollution
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a trash vortex into which tons of plastic and other waste has gathered. We're not talking about a dumpster worth of trash -- the patch is as large as a decent size country: France. Some enterprising activists figured out that the France-size mound of trash could actually qualify as … Continue reading Citizen of the Trash Isles
Today, I went to the biweekly Indivisible Somerville energy and environment lab meeting. Good agenda today, planning some actions later in the Fall. There are really only four of us but we think we can activate a much larger IS community.