Green Action

Find out about organizations who work to educate people about climate change and help the environment.

onearth magazine logo Climate CoLab is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. The goal of the Climate CoLab is to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all around the world to address global climate change. Check out the current contests to find proposals to support, teams to join, or where you can create your own proposal.

350 logo is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

better future project logoBetter Future Project accelerates the growth of a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis to make stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities by advancing a rapid and responsible transition beyond fossil fuels

Concord Food Network is a group of people actively working towards a resilient, sustainable food system in Concord, Carlisle, and surrounding communities in Massachusetts.

mcan logoThe Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis.

better future project logoWe are mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers who can no longer be silent and still about the very real danger that climate change poses to our children’s and grandchildren’s future.

climate wire logo Environment & Energy Publishing, the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets."

Natural Resources Defense Council is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

logo The Union of Concerned Scientists helps advance science-based solutions to curb global warming, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, generate clean and renewable energy, produce more fuel-efficient cars, and much more.

logo Food and Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

orion magazine logo Orion Magazine has been alert to the impact of climate change for some time, and these articles have each addressed the issue..

onearth magazine logo OnEarth is a quarterly magazine and website of thought and opinion about the environment.

Living Green

Cooler Concord - Transitioning from Summer to Winter

The Cooler Concord program run by Concord’s Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC) and supported by the Town and the Municipal Light Plant has been working to help residents lower their emissions and save money in a variety of ways:

  • The CoolerConcord website provides information and rebates for significant steps you can take in your home and transportation. Share your ideas and post success stories on the “Local News and Projects” blog.
  • A monthly newsletter can keep you informed on upcoming events and opportunities. Check out the most recent issue and subscribe for updates here.
  • A monthly newsletter can keep you informed on upcoming events and opportunities. Check out the most recent issue and subscribe for updates here.

The September 23rd Lawnmower Swap event at Concord Public Works was a big success, bringing together nearly 100 residents who recycled their gas mowers in favor of EGO electric mowers sold at a discount by Home Depot. Besides not having to deal with the smell and stains of gas and oil, nor the joy of pull-starting, participants will be saving money, reducing noise considerably, particulate pollution, and CO2 emissions by nearly 20 Tons/year in aggregate.

Now, with autumn’s arrival, Cooler Concord’s upcoming efforts will focus on home heating. Here in New England, this amounts to half of home energy use, and a big expense, but you can achieve big impacts with four steps:

  • Sign-up for a free energy audit to find out what your biggest savings opportunities are - and get your bulbs replaced with LEDs from CMLP (or MassSave if you heat with gas);
  • Have a contractor improve air sealing and/or insulation, with a rebate up to $1000;
  • Get rebates when you install programmable thermostats to save up to 10% on heating bill;
  • Upgrade your heating system with a super-efficient air-source heat pump, with a substantial new rebate available from CMLP, to cut your heating costs and emissions dramatically.

Although the town-sponsored rebates are for Concord residents, if you live in another town, you can be just as cool! You may have as-good or better rebates available to you from MassSave. Cooler Concord would like to extend this Cooler Community concept to other towns, because it is fun and local action is where it’s at.

Petition Gov. Baker to Halt construction of new natural gas infrastructure

Mass State HouseJoin hundreds in one or more of a series of creative, strategic actions at the statehouse in Boston this October and November. The objective is to get Governor Baker to issue an executive order that would effectively halt the construction of new natural gas infrastructure (pipes, compressor stations, power plants) in Massachusetts and instead invest in our communities and in renewable energy. A letter demanding that Gov. Baker do this has been delivered to his office. This Stand-In Campaign is backing up that demand with concerned people like you showing up at his office in an organized way. The campaign is organized by Mass Power Forward. Or contact your legislator online, click here. (Note: Find the blue circle on the right side of the screen - where it says, "not Alan." Click that and enter your contact information).

For fact sheets about the legislation, click here.


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