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Sustainable Concord Coffee Recap and Commentary

Sustainable Concord Coffee MeetingIf you were at the June Sustainable Concord Coffee, you know that it drew a large number of very interested members of the Concord community, including Town officials. The topic was “Living with our Landscape: Climate, Water, Carbon” The Biodiversity Climate Action Network managed the event which was recorded on a video created by ConcordCAN! steering Group member, Bob Lawson. Click here to view the video on You Tube

A brief introduction by Lori Pazaris was followed by two panel presentations. Sharon McGregor, a Concord resident and Board member of Bio4Climate was followed by Alison Field-Juma, the Executive Director of OARS. These two panelists comprehensively reviewed the evidence that has led BioCAN to advocate for making protection of nature a key element in community planning and decision-making. They talked about how protection of nature is related to climate change and should be included in an overall climate policy and plan.

BioCAN has a web page on the website for the Concord Food Collaborative. In a recent letter to the community at large they reported that they will be undertaking two new activities this summer: 1) They will be hosting a series of informal local “meet-ups” to discuss how we can all implement environmentally healthy practices in our own yards and communities; 2) A small group will be convened to discuss environmental articles for next year’s Concord Town Warrant. If you want to learn more about these activities or become part of the activities, email Lori Pazaris at BioCANConcord.


Climate Change and the Health of Nations

Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations Climate Change and the Health of Nations

By Anthony McMichael

McMichael bemoans the “Faustian bargain” societies struck ages ago, gaining improvements in personal wealth and comfort at the expense of Earth’s natural resources—before providing “a basic understanding of the climate system and the forces influencing it.” He deftly defines the greenhouse effect and explains such phenomena as El Niño, monsoons, hurricanes, and drought. As McMichael looks back at past changes in climate and their effects on humans, he notes, for example, the decline of ancient Mayan cities. Debilitating droughts in the eighth century “resulted in a water-supply crisis, falls in food production, and great stress on the social and political fabric.” Disastrous weather conditions in Europe during the mid-19th century wreaked similar havoc. He winds down his discussion by examining ways that risks associated with human-driven climate change can be mitigated, pondering what measures should be taken to avert “looming environmental and social crises” in the future. Offering hindsight as well as foresight, McMichael makes a strong argument for sustainability—a straightforward appeal with which many conservationists agree

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Get Involved

Concerned about the impact of climate change and other threats to our natural environment?


Put your representatives on speed dial. The civic sites GovTrack offers comprehensive details on members of Congress, including how to get in touch with them. Start with your lawmaker’s local district office as your main point of contact, since constituent relations is top priority for these offices. Include a few details you’ll highlight when you call, including a line about why the issue at hand matters to you personally. Be specific about the issue or bill number you’re calling about so you’re presenting a clear path to action—e.g., “Vote no on . . .” or “Support the bill to . . .”

Join The Biodiversity Climate Action Network (BioCAN)

BioCAN is organizing a team of experts, landscape designers, perm culturists, and landscapers who will share their expertise with you and show you how to convert areas of your yard for to maximize return of carbon to soil and restore nature. BioCAN’new program, YIMBY–Yes In My BackYard, aims for climate stabilization, water abundance, nutritious and high-yield local food, biological diversity, and healthy ecosystems. If you are interested in attending a “how to” session, learn more, or participate, contact BioCAN.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Satellite Map of a backyardThe YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. We connect you with your landscape details and provide tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.

Send Your Message to the Future

We are in the midst of the most important challenge in the history of human civilization: the transition to clean energy. Our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and our future children will look back on this moment and wonder how we thought about climate change and what we did. We are collecting letters, photos and videos about climate change and climate change action and sending them to the future. These messages will be archived and made available for future generations in the years 2030 and 2050. Be a part of this history. Add your voice to DearTomorrow."

• Join the ConcordCAN! Facebook Group

facebook logo If you haven’t done so, check out the ConcordCAN! Facebook group as an interactive way for people to be involved with ConcordCAN!. Just click the link and request to join. You’ll be able to share articles and events with the group, find out about upcoming environmental events in the area, and receive invitations to ConcordCAN! sponsored events, such as speakers, coffees and more. We hope you “Like” it, share with us what you are interested in, and invite others to join.

• Review ConcordCAN's Links to NRDC's Sustainable Living Suggestions

This Month: visit - GoodGuide -to find safe, healthy, green, and ethical product reviews based on scientific ratings wth over 250,000 products on our site, we can help you find what you're looking for.

• Make an Impact at Home - Green Tips for a Healthy Planet

Read suggestions from Global Stewards. First: Reduce The critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra. For a great overview of how raw materials and products move around the world, see the video The Story of Stuff

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• Join the ConcordCAN! email list

Receive announcements and updates. Send an email message to and you’ll get ConcordCAN’s monthly newsletter and special bulletins through the ConcordCAN Google Group.

• Become a change agent within your group

If you are a member of a church, civic organization, or business that is not yet committed to sustainability, climate action, or “green” goals, become active in raising consciousness. We will work with you to give you the help and support you need.


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