Climate Updates for March

Economic Resilience Month

Monday, March 7, 4:00 – 5:30
Let’s Talk About Climate Change and the Island Economy – Presentations and Public Input – A panel including a local climate change specialist, businesspeople, and planners will discuss climate change impacts to the economy, climate change-related job opportunities, diversifying the economy, and the big picture of economic sustainability. Public input and questions will follow.  Zoom link here.

Wednesday, March 23, 3:00 – 4:00
The Cost of Not Adapting to Climate Change – A look at estimates of losses and economic impacts to the Vineyard based on sea level rise and storms
Charles Goodhue, Senior Economist and Project Manager at ERG
MV Climate Action Plan economic resilience consultant. Zoom link here.

Climate Cafe (Student Led) – Economic Resilience

Gather IN PERSON at Rosewater in Edgartown and participate in the High School's Protect Your Environment club's discussion of how climate change is impacting our economy.  This is the fifth session of their 6-month climate cafe series.  
Go here for information.  
This event may be held OUTDOORS on the patio, dress warmly.

Come! Learn about and Discuss
Aquinnah and West Tisbury's 100% Electric articles
that will be at their Town Meetings

Aquinnah's Energy Committee is leading the way, followed by West Tisbury, with two articles moving us towards all-electric, for consideration at Town Meeting. The articles apply only to new construction and major renovations and ask that these buildings be 100% electric for heating and hot water.  A second article asks for these same sites to set up for future electric vehicle charging.  Zoom link for both meetings is here.
March 10, 6:30 via Zoom

We can all do our part to eat in a more climate-responsible way.  In the US, 40% of food is wasted and sent to landfills, contributing by emitting powerful greenhouse gasses to our atmosphere.  In this series of classes, we will learn to save food in our own households by examining purchasing, preparation, preservation and storage methods.  Cooking demonstrations and clever, delicious recipes and techniques will be shared. Additional classes April 7th and May 12th. Register here

Questions can be e-mailed to Ann McDonough at the Vineyard Haven Library or  Karen Roberts Mort at CCE Albany.

Cape Light Compact offering Significant Savings 
if you convert to ALL Electric heating!

CLC, the Vineyard’s local Mass Save sponsor, announces a brand-new offer for 2022. Customers currently heating with oil, propane, or electric resistance can now receive up to $10,000 when they weatherize their homes and switch to heat pumps as their primary source of heating. Details can be found here.
With fuel prices on the rise,
there has never been a better time to make the switch.
Katharine Hayhoe, Christian Evangelical climate scientist and author of the book "Saving Us" encourages us all to find common ground with friends, neighbors, colleagues and talk about how climate change impacts things that you both care about. This can make the connection and inspire action.  She also writes about how what YOU do influences others.  If you get an EV and tell others how you did it, that makes it easier for them to make the switch. 
Get the book from the Library to learn more! 
See her TED talk here. 
"The most important thing an individual can do right now is
not be such an individual."--  Bill McKibben

As always, we end with our thanks for your care and action on climate issues.  Please share this newsletter with friends and encourage others
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