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January Climate Updates

Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2022 climate resolutions! We have a great list below. Check it out for more ideas of things you can commit to for the climate in the new year. 
And please keep your resolutions coming; you can submit them to us any time between now and the end of January and we will share them with the ICAN community.


-Eat more plant-based foods

- Replace paper towels with reusable cloths

- Add more solar panels to the system on my house

- Compost my food scraps

- Advocate for my town to adopt a bylaw change that would require all new construction to use all electric energy for heating, cooling and hot water

- Reduce the amount of red meat I eat

- Advocate for my town to require that all new building sites be wired to accommodate an electric vehicle charger

- Nudge everyone I know who has investments to divest from fossil fuel stocks

- Reduce my lawn footprint

- Get help making a plan that prioritizes the projects I can chip away at to make my house fossil fuel free

- Save seeds to plant for next year

- Buy fewer new things

- Use less plastic

- Stop using leaf blowers in my landscaping business

- Make sure to turn off lights when we leave the room

The Cape Light Compact’s Resolution for 2022...
is to help Vineyard residents and businesses continue to decarbonize their water and space heating systems through the use of heat pump technology. As part of the new Statewide Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, currently under review with the Department of Public Utilities, the Compact proposes robust incentives to fully decarbonize homes and businesses.
To learn more about the Compact’s offers, visit
Ending the Climate Crisis In One Generation
If your outlook or engagement on climate issues needs new inspiration it might be time to find a copy of Paul Hawken's book Regeneration, which claims to be "The world’s largest, most complete listing and network of solutions to the climate crisis. And how to do them!"
You can also visit the website that explains the main tenets of the book and houses a growing collection of punch lists -- essentially climate resolutions -- made by individuals and institutions. It is a great place to get additional ideas for climate action. 
A New Year's Message For Our Climate 
MVC Climate Action Task Force founder and chair Ben Robinson wrote a powerful piece in the Vineyard Gazette at the close of the year. Take a moment to read his commentary underscoring some of the climate impacts we observed this past year, how we are responding and our need to rapidly grow this response.  
Climate Action Plan - Land Use, Natural Resources and Biodiversity 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.
Sunday, January 9, 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.
Thursday, January 13, 1:00 pm
Pond Data & Climate Change

Join the Great Pond Foundation at their third event in a series examining Island pond health. This talk will feature 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.  
View the event flyer for more information or email GPF to register and receive a Zoom link.
Thursday January 20, 4:00 pm
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and Climate Adaptation Planning
Join the Tribe's Natural Resources Department for a presentation of videos showcasing their work in the Menemsha Pond Complex, and discussion of their additional projects in the community. This will be followed by a Q & A and is a great opportunity to learn about the sensitive ecosystems in Aquinnah that are directly tied to the health and well-being of all.
Thursday January 27, 4:00 pm
Land and Climate Snapshot

Join Vineyard Conservation Society Executive Director Brendan O'Neill for a conversation 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.
Monday January 10 at 5:30 pm West Tisbury Discusses a Big House Bylaw
Join the WT Planning Board and its Preserve West Tisbury subcommittee to learn more about plans for a new town bylaw that places limits on house size. This is the first public information meeting to discuss the draft bylaw that will be presented to voters at town meeting this spring.
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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