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  • LOCAL EVENTS:


  • Sustainable Concord Coffees:
  • Protecting Open Space and Natural Resources: A Priority for Concord
    Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room, Concord
    Tuesday, January 16,
    7:30 - 9 AM

  • Concord Natural Resources
  • Concord Concervation Coffees
    1st Floor, Conference Room, Department of Planning and Land Management, 141 Keyes Road
    Tuesday, January 9,
    7:30 - 9:00 AM


  • The Climate Solutions
    Speaker Series Coalition
  • “What Now? The Climate Fight
    at a Desperate Moment”

    Evening with Bill McKibben:
    First Parish in Concord,
    20 Lexington Road, Concord
    Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Interfaith Environmental
    Pot-Luck Dinner
  • For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brad Hubbard-Nelson.
    First Parish in Concord,
    20 Lexington Rd, Concord
    Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 PM

  • Life in the Balance Film Series
  • Divide in Concord
    Concord Carlisle High School,
    Auditiorium,
    Wednesday January 24, 6:30 PM

  • St Annes in the Fields
    Climate Justice Film Series
  • Film: More Than Honey
    St Annes in the Fields,
    147 Concord Road, Lincoln
    Tuesday, January 30,
    6:30 - Light supper
    Film - 7:00 PM



  • REGIONAL EVENTS:


  • 350 Mass Metrowest Node
  • First Parish Sudbury,
    327 Concord Road, Sudbury
    Thursday, January 11, 7:00 PM

  • 350 Mass Metrowest Node - Film
  • "Minimalism!" A Documentary about the Important Things"
    St. Paul’s, Episcopal Church,
    39 East Central Street, Natick

    Monday, January 15, 7:00 PM


What's Happening


Sustainable Concord Coffees

Protecting Open Space and Natural Resources: A Priority for Concord

Tuesday, January 16, 7:30 - 9 AM,
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room

The title of this coffee event mirrors the stated mission of the Division of Natural Resources of the Town of Concord; and the speaker at this coffee will be Delia Kaye, the Director of that Division.

The mission of the Natural Resources Division is to protect and enhance the natural resources in Town, including wetlands, ponds, streams, riparian corridors, open space, and farmland, and to provide environmental outreach and education to Concord residents.

Ms. Kaye will speak about recent actions undertaken by the NRD to carry out its’ mission as well as recommendations made by the Natural Resources Commission to the Long-Range Planning Committee for making protection of open space and natural resources a high priority in the plan. She will spell out specific goals and actions that she believes will make Concord a more resilient community, better able to survive and thrive as climate change advances.

Ms. Kaye”s presentation will be followed by ample time for questions and comments. Hot beverages and local breakfast goodies will be provided at "the Climate Cafe.” This is a free public event. Plan to arrive early to get your food and drink and connect with other sustainability advocates.



The Climate Solutions Speaker Series Presents

“What Now? The Climate Fight at a Desperate Moment” Evening with Bill McKibben

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 - 9 PM (Doors open at 7)
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Street Concord

Bill McKibben

Who is Bill Mckibben?

 

We in ConcordCAN! have sometimes been surprised recently by this question about a man that all of us consider an icon of the climate movement. Called “the world’s most effective environmental activist” by author Tim Flannery, Bill McKibben is the person who in 2008 spoke to almost 500 people at Concord’s Trinitarian-Congregational Church, awakening us to the looming threat of global climate change and the need for a worldwide movement to combat that threat.

Bill McKibben founded 350.org, a worldwide group which, in 2009, organized a global day of action in advance of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. On that day, there were over 5200 simultaneous demonstrations in 161 countries calling for drastic cutbacks in the consumption of fossil fuels. One of these was at the Old North Bridge in Concord, attended by at least 500 people. Repeatedly, Bill inspires and organizes such demonstrations.

As a premiere American environmental activist, Bill is a prolific author, and a journalist who has written extensively on the current and future impact of global warming. He has authored sixteen books about climate change and the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” in 1989, the first book about climate change written for a general audience. His personal activism has included civil disobedience aimed at stopping the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, for which went to jail for three days in 2011.

After being released from jail, Bill was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; has been awarded the Gandhi Peace Award; and was named by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2009 as one of the most important global thinkers of that year.

There will be ample time, after he speaks, for interaction with the audience. This is a free public event, although donations are always very welcome, and will be used, in part, to support Bill’s work with 350.org.

Parking around First Parish in Concord is scarce. Unless you are handicapped or of limited mobility, please use public parking. Click on this link to access a map of the Concord Center area, which shows First Parish Church on Lexington Rd. and three public parking lots nearby. Parking may also be available along the streets, behind the stores directly across Main Street from the church.

The Climate Solutions Speaker Series is a coalition of local organizations with a common understanding that solving the climate crisis is the most important challenge of our times. This coalition includes eight organizations: ConcordCAN!, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, First Parish in Concord, Mothers Out Front,  Musketaquid Arts and Environment, Trinitarian Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and West Concord Union Church.



Environment - Interfaith

Interfaith Environmental Pot-Luck Dinner

Wednesday, January 24 6:00 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord

interfaithCome meet and share a meal with concerned environmentalists from the different faith communities in the Concord area. Bring a dish or drink to share, learn about current issues and activities, and discuss local environmental projects. This dinner may become a monthly event rotating between different congregations. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brad Hubbard-Nelson.


St Annes in the Fields Climate Justice Film Series

More Than Honey

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 PM- Light Supper, 7:00 PM - Film

More Than HoneyThe film More Than Honey describes how over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. E

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.


350MA Metrowest

"Minimalism!" The Movie

Monday, January 15, 7:00 PM
St. Paul’s, Episcopal Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick

Minimalism, A Documentary About the Important ThingsHow might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.



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