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It is hard to believe that January has already passed us by. But onward we go. Take a look below at this month's Climate Action Plan events, including a special opportunity to hear a presentation from a leading climate resilience designer that is not to be missed. 

February Climate Updates

When you wake up and you see that the Earth is not just the environment, the Earth is us, you touch the nature of interbeing. And at that moment you can have real communication with the Earth… We have to wake up together. And if we wake up together, then we have a chance. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday February 7th at 5 pm,
a Special Presentation by Matthijs Bouw
We are incredibly fortunate that Mr. Bouw is an advisor to the MVC Climate Action Plan team. He will talk about innovative ways to live with sea level rise and flooding and how addressing climate change is an opportunity for change for the better, for our island. This is an incredible chance to hear from an expansive thinker who tackles seemingly insurmountable issues with beauty, creativity and innovation.

Mr. Bouw is the founder of One Architecture and Urbanism, and a Professor of Practice with a focus on climate resilience at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a world renowned architect whose current projects include a redesign of lower Manhattan to address sea level rise and climate related weather impacts.
See event link below
CAP - Transportation & Infrastructure Month
This month there is a great line up of Climate Action Plan related events. Links or in person locations are provided below and on the ICAN website.
Monday, February 7, 5:00 pm
Climate Change Resilience with Matthijs Bouw

See description above. 
Zoom link here.
Thursday, February 10, 5:00 pm  
Wrangling Rainwater on the Homestead – And other Landscape Choices for a Changing Climate
Kristen Andres, Associate Director for Education
at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod
There are practical ways to manage stormwater on your property including attractive landscape design choices.
Zoom link here.
Sunday February 13, 10:00 am
Climate Cafe at Rosewater Market
Gather IN PERSON and participate in a high school environmental club led discussion of how climate change is impacting land use, natural resources and biodiversity. This event is OUTDOORS on the patio, dress warmly.
Monday February 28, 5:00 pm
Innovative Approaches to Municipal Stormwater

James Houle, Program Director for the Stormwater Center at the University of New Hampshire will give an overview of green infrastructure and low impact development strategies relative to climate change impacts.
Zoom link here.
Edgartown Residents: Make Climate Resilience and the Environment a Priority in Your Master Plan!
Edgartown residents, you have the opportunity to participate in your town's Master Planning process. A number of open design studios will occur February 16th - 19th. These will happen in person at the Edgartown Library and virtually. The town has not created a Master Plan in over 30 years. Please add your voice to make sure that climate resilience and environmental protection are top priorities for the town. A schedule of events and registration here.
Film Showing & Discussion, Edgartown Library
Woman at War (Iceland, 2018)
Monday, February 21 at 11 am
Original and well played, Woman at War has a serious environmental message as well as quirky humor. A beloved teacher leads a double life and... well, you’ll just have to watch it, since any synopsis of this Cannes Festival winner will be riddled with spoilers. Stream the film for free (with your library card) and at your leisure on Kanopy.  Register to watch and join the Zoom discussion.
Reading Suggestions for Snowy Days and Winter Nights

Saving Us by Katherine Hayhoe
Learn specific ways to make the climate crisis more relevant to your people.
Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, by Thich Naht Hanh
Gain perspective and learn tips for taking care of yourself while you endeavor to help the planet.
All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson
Hope, inspiration and practical thinking are found in this anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.
Bringing Nature Home  by Doug Tallamy
Is for the individual who wants to garden working with Nature rather than against her and thereby restore carbon and micro organisms that we need for healthy soil and a healthy environment.


-Installing a heat pump this year.  

- Removing invasive plants. 

Use my wifi thermostat to turn heat way down when not home or sleeping

Work harder at eliminating single-use anything, especially packaging. Buy only unbagged potatoes, carrots, onions and other veggies.

Buy and use a countertop induction burner to reduce LP use.

Unplug vampire loads (clocks, TVs, etc.) when gone for more than a month.

Buy things with lowest supply-chain miles (local).

Use cloth napkins all the time.

Use bar soap and bar shaving cream.

Buy more bulk food and split it with friends

- Stop using a dryer, fabric softener or scented products for clothing, instead hang outdoors or indoors on hangers.

- Eat less non-local red meat 

- Replace plastic items in my life with more earth friendly choices. 

Fossil fuel free Fridays! Plan outings more thoughtfully and reduce emissions from car travel.

Go solar, and button up our house to be more economically effective.

- Plant our own veggies & compost

- installed a bidet to reduce TP consumption

-Use reusable feminine hygiene products

-Use rags instead of paper towels

-Use energy saving appliances

- Increase plant based diet

-Get a small countertop dishwasher

Share the full ICAN list with everyone I know!
We received this resolution from the MV Shellfish Group -- an inspiration for the organizations that you participate in! 

MVSG is searching to replace plastic items with better options. Unfortunately marine aquaculture uses a lot of plastic because it is light and durable in sea water. More and more plastic replacements are coming on the market all the time! MVSG is also finding creative and updated ways of saving energy. We hope to put solar panels on the Hughes Hatchery before 2023!

In Case You Missed Last Month's CAP Land Use, Natural Resources & Biodiversity Events

...recordings are now available of all of these events.
Pond Data & Climate Change
The Great Pond Foundation presented the third talk in a series examining Island pond health. This presentation featured MVC Climate Planner Liz Durkee and GPF's Julie Pringle as well as a panel discussion of how scientists and managers can work together on data driven solutions to combat the impacts of a changing climate. Recordings here.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and Climate Adaptation Planning
The Tribe's Natural Resources Department gave an impressive presentation including videos showcasing their work in the Menemsha Pond Complex, and discussed additional projects in the community with a Q & A. Recording here.

Land and Climate Snapshot
Vineyard Conservation Society Executive Director Brendan O'Neill gave a moving presentation about the Island's efforts to protect land -- what has been accomplished, where we are headed with current rates of development, and how this relates to our current and future climate resilience. Recording here
Town Meetings Are Coming
There will be multiple climate related initiatives to consider at spring town meetings. Keep your eye out for details about what is happening in your town. 

The Aquinnah Energy Committee has taken the lead and drafted two articles that would add to the General Laws of the Commonwealth.  One asks that all new construction and major renovations be all-electric (with the exception of cooking stoves and emergency generators). The other asks that these same sites be set up to be ready for the installation of EV chargers. The thinking behind this is that houses last 50 years or more so if we want to meet our 2040 goal, we need to stop building structures that are reliant on fossil-fuel use. West Tisbury has put these articles on their warrant as well.

If these articles are met favorably, they will be sent up to the Legislature as Home Rule petitions and join other Massachusetts towns who have done the same:  Acton, Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord and Lexington. 
Thank you for being a part of our Vineyard initiative to take meaningful climate action.  Please do all you can in your life, our community, and beyond to make all the difference possible on this critical issue. 
And please share this newsletter with family and friends and encourage them to join the ICAN mailing list--the more of us we have working together for climate, the stronger we will be!
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