August Climate Updates

The Climate Bill Needs Your Voice!

Last Thursday the Massachusetts Legislature passed a comprehensive Climate Bill (H.5060) and sent it on to Governor Baker to sign into law or veto by July 31-- which is this Sunday! The bill needs our support. It would be a major step for the State, and a legacy for Baker. If Baker choses to veto it on the 31st that would leave lawmakers mere hours to override. We need to urge Baker to sign this important bill into law now. We all often wonder what we can do about climate change, these are the moments when we need to act!
Please call the Governor's office today.
Main number: (617) 725-4005
If the voicemail is full call: (888) 870-7770, (413) 784-1200 
For email, Environment Massachusetts has a great template to make it easy. 
Community Action Works is a great resource for all of this information as well as the basics about the bill. 

Storm Tide Pathways Presentation

Wednesday, August 3 from 4-6 pm, the Center for Coastal Studies, will share details from their study,"Mapping Storm Tide Pathways in the Six Towns of Martha’s Vineyard: Assessing Coastal Resiliency to Storms and Sea Level Rise". This study provides our community with important information about where and how much flooding to expect as sea level rises and storms become more frequent and powerful.
The presentation will be given at the Sailing Camp Park. The event is free but requires registration. Read the MV Times story to learn more about the study and presentation. 

Earth Emergency Film Screening

On Thursday August 11 at 7:30 pm, the Woodwell Climate Research Center will present the new film Earth Emergency at the MV Film Center. This 50 minute film explains climate feedback loops and how human caused warming is turning on and interacting with natural systems in a way that is accelerating climate change impacts.

After the showing, there will be a panel discussion with Woodwell's Jennifer Francis, Acting Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Wayne Walker, Carbon Program Director and Associate Scientist, Chris Neill, Senior Scientist, Adam Moore, Executive Director of Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, and moderated by Ben Robinson, Member of the Tisbury Planning Board and Martha's Vineyard Commission. 

Visit the MV Film Center website to reserve your tickets!

Climate-Related Events at Polly Hill Arboretum
August 10     5:30-6:30 pm
Why Native Plants Matter: Beauty, Biodiversity, and Resilience
Learn more about how important native plants are in supporting our local ecosystems and by extension our climate resilience. For more details visit the Arboretum's website and register here. 

August 14      5:30-6:30 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life: Citizen Science and Biodiversity
The Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life project seeks to enlist a broad community of nature enthusiasts to document the distinctive biodiversity of Martha’s Vineyard. Program Director Matt Pelikan will explain how the Atlas of Life is engaging the community in protecting our ecological diversity through tapping both archival information and the power of “citizen science” websites. Learn more at the PHA website and register here
Grab Your Take Out, Skip the Trash
Take out food is an Island summer staple, but thanks to a new project called Island Eats, the significant trash generated every time we order food no longer needs to be part of the tradition. Started by Chilmark resident Jessica Mason, the pilot began earlier this spring and already has nine participating restaurants. Sign up on their website and you are eligible to receive your take out food at any of the nine restaurants in one of Island Eats' beautiful, reusable stainless steel bowls. Return the bowl to one of the restaurants and swap it to get your next meal the same way. Island Eats takes care of all the washing and logistics: all you have to do it remember to drop one off so that you are eligible to take another one!  This is a delicious way to help reduce our single use plastic and paper waste. 
Looking for an EV Charger?
Look no further. Thanks to the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee there is now a helpful chart listing all of the chargers and locations. The Island currently has 30 charging ports. You can find them from Edgartown to Aquinnah! Most of the chargers are free, but even those that require a fee compare favorably to gasoline. Driving 30 miles with a conventional car might take a gallon of gas and cost about $5.70 on the island, but adding 30 miles of range to an EV would cost about $1.80 instead. One more reason for all of us to become EV owners!
Cape Light Compact Offers
No-Cost Energy Assessments for Businesses!
Summer is busy, but as things calm down the Cape Light Compact has a great opportunity for business owners. A business energy assessment, available to building tenants and owners, will provide insight into areas for potential cost and energy savings for your business. Plus, you’ll get access to incentives of up to 80% off recommended efficiency upgrades! 

Learn more or schedule your assessment here.  

As always we end with our thanks for your care and action on climate issues. Please share this newsletter with friends and encourage others to join our mailing list.
There is much to be done.
"Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it." 
– Bill McKibben
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