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New Normal for Nor'easters

Significant storms, especially stronger nor'easters that resemble hurricanes in their impacts, are becoming increasingly common. This past week's events were a powerful reminder of the level of preparedness that our community needs to establish. Read below to learn about things you can do and climate action planning for the community and beyond. 

MVC Begins a Climate Action Plan
This month the Martha’s Vineyard Commission begins development of the Vineyard and Gosnold Climate Action Plan (CAP). The planning process will be locally led, and community working groups will focus on the following six areas: land use and natural resources; infrastructure and transportation; public health and safety; food security; economic resilience; energy transformation.  
Planning for coordinated action on climate is an exciting step for our community! Learn more about this process at the ICAN Blog and this MV Times story and stay tuned for related community events -- beginning next week with those in the box below! 
 Climate Action Plan - Food Security Month
Each of the next 6 months will feature events focused on one of the CAP themes.  November leads off with three events related to Food Security. Learn more and register through links below. 
Wednesday November 10th at 6 pm
It's Not the Cow, It's the How with Eric Glasgow at Grey Barn Farm
Saturday November 13, 12:00 -1:30 pm
Backyard Composting from A-Z with Roxanne Kapitan at IGI Farm
Thursday November 18, 4 pm
The Past, Present and Future of Farming on MV with Noli Taylor as part of the MV Museum One Island, Many Stories series. 
 Climate Cafes Mirror Climate Action Plan
On Sunday November 14th, from 10-11am, high school students kick off their now annual hosting of monthly Climate Cafes -- conversations open to all, to focus on particular climate issues. This year the students have organized their talks to align with the MVC Climate Action Plan, beginning with Food Security. Please attend to help create a robust community dialogue and inform the climate action planning process. Full schedule here.
Welcome New ICAN Newsletter Readers!
The Island-wide Energy Survey has resulted in a number of new ICAN newsletter subscribers. We hope you enjoy being part of this community and find helpful information in our monthly updates. 
If you have NOT taken the Energy Survey yet. Please do!
It takes just a minute and the responses are important to your town's Energy Committee. Links for your town survey below:
Chilmark, Tisbury and West Tisbury (all hosted by the West Tisbury site)
Oak Bluffs
Aquinnah CERT Team Learns and Leads by Doing 

Aquinnah has established a Community Emergency Response Team with protocols and trained volunteers for: town shelters, checking in on neighbors, communication systems, and organized CPR and First Aid trainings.  
In each of our latest storm events the team has learned about what is needed to be better prepared the next time, underscoring the importance of getting teams set up across the island as soon as possible.
If you're interested in forming or joining a CERT team in your town, please reach out to your Town Clerk, or email to join the Aquinnah CERT team email list.

Photo: Rich Saltzberg, MV Times
Five Corners Underwater from Second Storm 

A second storm doused the Island in heavy rain last Friday night causing Five Corners to flood and close through much of Saturday. The watery intersection was not just a spectacle (as it was earlier this summer, pictured above) it was truly impassable, giving food for thought to anyone on the wrong side of the intersection who might need to get to the hospital or the ferry. This is again a lesson to our community that climate impacts are real and increasing. We need to recognize our vulnerabilities and get to work!

COP26 - What Do We Need to Happen?
Far from our local sphere, but not unrelated to our recent stormy events, world leaders are currently gathered in Glasgow at the UN Climate Change Conference. If we are going to keep warming to 1.5 C (we are already at 1.1 degrees) we desperately need this to be more than just the latest political gathering, but rather a real turning point for unified action. To learn more about aspirations for the summit try these links.
COP 26 Website
COP 26 Council on Foreign Affairs
If reading about or tuning into COP 26 leads you to wonder what you can do to make a difference, take a look back at the ICAN website or download
our 9 year individual roadmap.
Chappaquiddick Climate Impacts and Advice 
Chappaquiddick residents have prepared a great package of resources created for their community, but largely applicable to all of the Vineyard. View a digital copy of their informative booklet here.
MVC Releases Wildfire Study
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is now available. This plan assesses our wildfire risk across Dukes County into four tiers, and includes a series of recommendations to dial back our vulnerability. You can find the study here, the portion that is most pertinent to homeowners begins on page 244. 
West Tisbury's Path To 100% Renewable
SAVE THE DATE: December 5, 2:30-3:30 pm
West Tisbury Energy Committee will provide information about their 5 year plan to address the goal of 100% Renewable by 2040. In addition, committee members will share some of their personal experiences transitioning to 100% electric and will be looking for people who might like to join their efforts.  Look to the West Tisbury Library website for a Zoom link. 
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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