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..

Living Green

Will there be a Formula Business Bylaw Recommendation in the Comprehensive
Long Range Plan?

One important issue with Concord’s Draft Long Range Plan is how the plan addresses municipal support for local independent business. ConcordCAN! Has been informed that the Draft Plan recently contained a recommendation that the Town “extend the formula business bylaw, with caps, that exists in West Concord to include all four of the Concord Business Districts,” Recently, however, that recommendation changed to “Study the 2-4 remaining business districts…to identify the unique features and characteristics of each business district in order to consider incentives or other regulations to help retain existing characteristics of the village centers."

This is a significant shift in a piece of the plan that is important to many Concord residents and business owners who believe that local independent businesses contribute very importantly to a sustainable community and to maintaining unique town centers. The West Concord Formula Business Bylaw was created after extensive study and has been very successful, providing an excellent model for our other village centers.  Having a new study committee now seems unnecessary and will delay doing what needs to be done – especially in historic Concord Center, which is most vulnerable to encroachment by formula businesses. Only a ‘Formula Business Bylaw with Caps’ can ensure that these copy-cat stores do not increase to a detrimental proportion of the town’s businesses.

Be at the Long Range Planning Committee’s public hearing on April 25th, and ask the Committee to include explicit ‘Formula Business Bylaw with Caps’ as one of its recommendations for preserving our village centers.

If you feel strongly about this issue, you can also sign a petition and/or help collect signatures by contacting Kati, Save Our Heritage

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of local independent business, click on this link for a good article about the top ten reasons to support them.

MCAN Award Presented to “ConcordCAN! & Other Clean Energy Activists”

At the 2018, Annual Conference co-sponsored by MCAN (Massachusetts Climate Action Network) and the Toxic Action Center, a special Outstanding Activism award was presented to Concord residents Brad-Hubbard-Nelson and Brian Foulds. These two received the award on behalf of “ConcordCAN!" & Other Clean Energy Activists.” It specifically alluded to “their work with the Town of Concord and the Concord Municipal Light Plant to move to 100% clean energy.”

Brad Hubbard-Nelson is a member of both ConcordCAN! and the Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC). Brian Foulds is an independent energy consultant who was a member of the Town’s Energy Futures Task Force last year and has consulted extensively with the Light Plant. At a recent meeting of the ConcordCAN! Steering Group, the whole group stood proudly with the framed award certificate.

ConcordCAN steering CommitteeThe group from left to right: front row: Berni Jenkins, Lori Gill-Pazaris, Janet Lawson, Lyell Slade, Mary White, Susan Frey, back row: Bob Andrews, Jim Pazaris, Brad Hubbard-Nelson, Garret Whitney, Bob Lawson.

Video Captures Highlights of McKibben Talk

Save Clean Power PlanBill McKibben, the foremost leader of the climate movement, spoke recently in Concord as part of the Climate Solutions Speaker Series. This talk was given in January 2018 from the pulpit of Ralph Waldo Emerson at First Parish in Concord. It is entitled: "What Now? The Climate Fight at a Desperate Moment". This link will bring you to Youtube to hear the highlights of this compelling message. Bill continues to inspire us all! A video of the event may be viewed by clicking on this link.


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