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OCTOBER CLIMATE NEWS 

Equinox = Equal Night

As we pass the Autumnal Equinox and swing into a new season with lengthening nights and cooling weather, we share workshops, tours, readings and speaker opportunities below. Of particular note is tomorrow's MVC Community Wildfire Protection Plan presentation. Consider tuning in and offering comments, as they are hoping to gather community feedback. 

Thursday (tomorrow!) September 30th at 5pm
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will be presenting the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for Dukes County. The CWPP identifies and mitigates wildfire hazards, with a goal of reducing wildfire risk by recognizing priority areas for protection efforts and providing recommended actions to reduce vulnerability. Please consider joining this Zoom presentation to offer comments, and take the related survey. We have seen how devastating wildfires have been in the American West. Although we have not experienced wildfire in recent history, the Island actually has a surprising high level of wildfire risk. Community preparedness and individual knowledge play a critical role in the Vineyard's resilience in the era of a changing climate.
Support An Island Carrying Capacity Study 

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) is partnering with the US Army Corps of Engineers research division and Nantucket for a Carrying Capacity study of the Islands. The study will address issues including infrastructure, growth, wastewater, supply chain needs, pond and groundwater quality, energy and climate change-related impacts. 

Read more in the Vineyard Gazette from Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) executive director Brendan O'Neill and in the MV Times from VCS board member Jack Fruchtman about why this study is so crucial.

One way to support the study is to contribute funds to the required local match by giving to the new Climate Action Fund, which the MVC’s Climate Action Task Force set up through the MV Community Foundation to support island climate activities.  

Contributions can be sent to:
Climate Action Fund
c/o Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation
PO Box 243
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Climate Lecture Series, October 6th and 20th
With the help of Zoom it is now even easier to engage with offerings available at the world class research institutions just across the water in Woods Hole. One such opportunity is the Kaneb Lecture Series. The next two discussions, on October 6th and October 20th at 3pm, will focus on tipping points and carbon capture. To register or view past lectures visit the Woodwell Climate Research Center website.  
 

Food Policy & Indigenous Climate Advocacy
The Boston-based climate advocacy group Climate XChange is offering two interesting deep dive webinars this fall. Both webinars are free!

On October 14th, 3-4pm they will discuss policies to reduce food waste, the benefits of regenerative agriculture, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture. 
On November 18th, 3-4pm they will look at how to support and what can be learned from indigenous climate advocacy. Register through the links below.  
Passing State-Level Food Policy
Learning from Indigenous Climate Advocacy
October 11th, Celebrate Indigenous People's Day 
From 2-4 pm, join Sassafras Earth Education and the Aquinnah Cultural Center at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to honor the continued legacy of indigenous peoples. See this flyer for more information. 
October 29th, Join the Net Zero 2021 Virtual Conference
The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative is hosting its annual Net Zero virtual summit on Friday October 29th from 8:30 am to 4pm. Citizens, business leaders, policy makers, elected officials, environmentalists, clean energy providers, nonprofits, and youth and faith community activists from around the region and beyond will meet to explore innovative policies and tools that will accelerate our region’s journey to a clean and equitable energy future. The event is free but you need to register to attend.
 Regenerative Farming Tour and Talk
On October 12th, 4:30 pm
As the outdoor growing season comes to an end take advantage of one more opportunity to visit and learn about the regenerative farming strategies in use at Island Grown Initiative's Farm Hub. Many of the techniques used on the farm scale can also be applied in our own yards. 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!
The Latest Headlines on Electric Vehicles
The week, The Atlantic's climate newsletter, The Weekly Planet, pulls together a number of headline making news pieces about EVs, such as Norway possibly selling its last gas powered car as soon as next year. Follow this link to read more! 
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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