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August Climate News 

"As a heat dome persists over the American West, an untamable wildfire rages over southern Oregon and record hot temperatures and water shortages make life in the West difficult, floods in much of Europe — Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, parts of England and now China — have also had a devastating effect.

We on the East Coast of the United States remain blessed, at least at present...
Climate change is happening faster than we had expected and its effects are only going to magnify."

This essay by Kate Warner appeared in the Vineyard Gazette.  Read the full piece here.  Her message is an important one -- we cannot delay in taking action. We need to scale things up quickly so our collective efforts are rapidly substantive.  Click here for suggestions as to what you can do now.

Our newsletter tries to report on positive changes but we cannot have our heads in the sand, watching eerie yet beautiful sunsets while ignoring the record setting heat and the numbers and scale of the fires across the country whose smoke has thus far altered our summer sky.  

Make Sure You Are Storm and Firewise!
With both hurricane and fire season upon us, we encourage everyone who has not done so to sign up for CodeRED, the emergency notification system, and download the island Storm and Fire Safety Cards.

Storm Preparedness
Storm Preparedness - Portuguese
Fire Preparedness
photo credit: Rich Saltzberg/MV Times
Undersea Cable Failure Raises Questions about
the Security of our Electrical Supply
On July 16th, one of the four submarine cables that brings electricity to the Island failed. Eversource had planned to build an Island battery energy storage system, but has since rescinded that plan. We need these batteries, both for voltage stabilization and to allow us to add more solar to the grid. We also need a fifth cable - or more. Our electrical demand is increasing and will continue to, as we strive to address climate change by transitioning to an all-electric island.
Eversource has brought over diesel generators to fill the gap, but with significant noise and air pollution, diesel generators are not a solution we want to rely on. 
A subgroup of the MVC Climate Action Task force is urging Eversource to plan for our island's electrical future. This is important for climate adaptation and mitigation and our island's resilience and safety. Read more at the MV Times and Vineyard Gazette.  
Opportunity for Action: Electrify Your Yard Care!
Summer weekends need not be punctuated by the noise of lawn mowers and leaf blowers. With better battery life and competitive pricing, electric options have become solid alternatives to their fossil fuel, emission heavy counterparts. According to the Department of Transportation, lawn and garden care was the single biggest non-highway use of gasoline in 2019. Read more in this Washington Post article
Quiet to run and with no emissions, electric equipment is good for the climate, the operator and the peace of the neighborhood.
Polly Hill Arboretum talked about the electrification of their suite of machines in their recent newsletter; Fullers Landscaping is offering a fully solar electric lawn and landscaping option; Indian Hill Power Equipment sells electric equipment.
This story from Vermont highlights another landscape electrification transitions happening and making a notable difference.
(Please share other examples if you know of them!)
Help Slash the Trash at the 2021 Ag Fair
In 2019, volunteers and kids helped Island Grown Initiative staff divert 12,000 lbs of compostable material, 16 yards of recycling and 17 yards of cardboard from the landfill. Sign up for to be a volunteer for the 2021 Fair! The waste stations are important part of greening the Fair and it takes many hands to make this effort work! 
 There are a variety of jobs this year, read the job descriptions in the sign up link. Feel free to email Sophie Mazza with any questions.
IGI Hosts Regenerative Farming Tours
August 10th and 24th, 5:30 pm
Island Grown Initiative has been working hard to transition its Farm Hub fields using regenerative farming strategies. These techniques can also be applied in our own gardens. Sign up to learn more about this exciting work that helps mitigate climate change, lessens the challenges of growing food during droughts and aids local food security and community resilience!
Share Your Climate Action Stories With Us!
ICAN is working with WMVY radio to share community stories about how people on the Vineyard are taking meaningful action to address climate change in their lives.
If you have a story about anything from getting an electric car to reducing energy use in your home to making climate-related changes in your business, 
please reach out to us.
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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