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Welcome to the First Edition of Our Newsletter - January 2022

Welcome to the first edition of Westford Climate Action’s Newsletter! We will be publishing on a regular basis in an effort to keep our community up-to-date on news and activity related to climate and sustainability. Please share this newsletter with your friends and neighbors!

Our mission is to drive climate action. We promote sustainability and advocate on a local level for actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health of our community for future generations.

Climate Change Webinar Presented by Members of Westford Haystack Observatory on Thursday, January 27 at 7:00pm, Zoom
 
Westford Climate Action presents “Meeting the Climate Challenge: The View from an MIT Observatory.” a free Climate Seminar by professional staff from MIT Haystack Observatory, located in Westford. On Thursday, January 27 at 7:00pm, Dr. Colin Lonsdale, radio astronomer and Haystack's director, will present general information about the Observatory’s work and climate change science. Then Dr. Pedro Elosegui, leader of the geodesy team at Haystack, will talk about his polar geodetic research, which includes global climate and sea-level change. His current efforts are focused on measuring the flow, drift and deformation of the cryosphere and various forms of ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic systems. A Q&A will follow with the audience.

MIT Haystack Observatory is a radio science research laboratory based in Westford whose mission includes the advancement of scientific knowledge of our planet and its atmosphere.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Westford Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the League of Women Voters of Westford.
Register Here
A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Chew, Westford Public Schools Superintendent on Thursday, January 20 at 7:00pm, Zoom
 
On Thursday, January 20 at 7 pm, Dr. Christopher Chew, the new superintendent of Westford Public Schools, will join Westford Climate Action to share his vision for the schools and any plans for new environmental and climate studies in the curriculum. Presently, climate-change-related topics are part of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in grades 3, 5 and 8 as well as in the high school. Previously, Dr. Chew served as Principal of the Stony Brook School in Westford. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting. Photo courtesy of Westford School Department.
Register Here
Westford Climate Roadmap is Ready for Review!
 
The Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee completed the first version of Westford Climate Roadmap: A plan to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The document’s purpose is to plan specific and measurable actions to guide Westford’s Town government, residents, and businesses to achieve net zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2050. Presentations and discussions are underway with the Westford community to share the Roadmap’s goals, communicate actions and incorporate feedback. The Roadmap will be revised and updated on a regular basis.

Please take a look at the Roadmap here! Contact Beth Perkins here with any comments or questions.
Take Action for the Climate!

In addition to advocating on climate issues locally, Westford Climate Action recognizes that state legislative action is also needed to reach net-zero by 2050. We urge our friends and neighbors to contact state legislators about the following bills to let them know that voters feel deeply about climate issues and want the legislature to take action now!

Call or email the legislative leaders below this week to urge them to vote these bills favorably out of their committee in order to meet a February 2nd rules deadline.

Green Future Act H.3292. A bill to assure that MA hits net-zero emissions by 2050 by charging fossil fuel importers and using the funds for green infrastructure. 

Contact Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee leadership:
  - Sen. Mike Barrett, co-chair, 617-722-1572, Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov
  - Rep. Jeffrey, co-chair, 617-722-2030, Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov
  - Sen. Marc Pacheco, vice chair, 617-722-1551, Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov
  - Rep. Paul Mark, vice chair, 617-722-2304, Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov

Printed Paper and Packaging – Producer Responsibility (PPP-PR) H.878. A bill to reduce packaging waste and improve recycling by creating a “polluter pays” model of producer responsibility for packaging and printed paper.

Contact Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee leadership:
  - Sen. Carolyn Dykema, co-chair, 617-722-2680, Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov
  - Rep. Becca Rausch, co-chair, 617-722-1555, Becca.Rausch@masenate.gov
  - Sen. James Eldridge. vice chair, 617-722-1120, James.Eldridge@masenate.gov
  - Mindy Domb, vice chair, 617-722-2400, Mindy.Domb@mahouse.gov
 
Also contact our State Representative, James Arciero (617-722-2012, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov), to thank him for co-sponsoring both these bills and to urge him to contact the committees’ leadership to vote these bills out favorably.

State Senator, Edward Kennedy (617-722-1630,  edward.kennedy@masenate.gov)has not co-sponsored either of these bills. Contact him and ask him to become a sponsor of both bills. 
 
Earth Day Activities

Members of Westford Climate Action have begun planning for Earth Day, Friday, April 22, with a celebration on the Town Common from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Throughout the month of April. WCA, the Fletcher Library, and a growing list of co-sponsors will host a number of events and activities, from nature walks, climate presentations, kids workshops and more. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more details.
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