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Participate in Concord’s Long Range Planning Process

Town of Concord Map Concord is now working on its’ long range plan for 2018, entitled “Envision Concord-Bridge to 2030.” This is a very important process. It is critical for the usefulness of the plan that many different community views and opinions are included. Including the environmental community is essential to making sure that our values and priorities are integral to the plan, and to balance the views of other groups in town that may have different agendas. ConcordCAN! strongly encourages all of our Concord subscribers to express your views and opinions in as many ways as possible. Your options include:

  • For background, look over the documents that have been produced to date by CLRP and Civic Moxie, a consultant group hired by the Town to facilitate and organize the planning process. Go to the web page for CLRP to access these documents. Be sure to look at the Long Range Plan Committee’s covering letter about “the SWOT Analysis” to Town Boards and Committees, and then the SWOT analysis itself.

  • Submit your individual comments for the emerging plan using the public comments section of the CLRP website. Click here to go to that page.

  • Complete the online survey designed by Civic Moxie by clicking here . If you feel that the survey is poorly designed, let the committee know what you think about that. Please be aware that the deadline for completion of the survey is October 10.

  • Attend as many regular meetings of the Committee as you can. They are held regularly on Friday from 8-9:30 AM at 141 Keyes Road. There is always part of the meeting open for public comments and questions. The schedule for the remainder of this year is: October 13 and 27; November 17; and December 8 and 22.

  • Be sure to visit one of CLRPC's public information tables in West Concord or Concord Center on Friday October 20 and the public meeting to be held in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School’s Cafeteria on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.


Ends of the World:Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

Ends of the World:

Peter Brannen

As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future.

For more information: click here.

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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