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April 18, 2022 - Issue 2


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Westford Climate Action In Partnership With Many Other Organizations Has a Full Week Planned To Celebrate Our Planet and Work For Positive Climate Change - Join Us!
Children and Teen Events:
All week: Children can make posters at home about Earth Day and bring them to the Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 22, or make them at the Common on Earth Day, to be eligible for a free drawing for prizes.
 
Terrific Turbines with Katharine Hinkle, Two sessions: Tuesday April 19 at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
A major threat to the health of the Earth is greenhouse gas pollution. Did you know that the town of Westford is working towards reducing our greenhouse gas pollution to zero by the year 2050? One of the many ways that we can do this is by getting the electricity that we use every day from renewable sources that produce no greenhouse gases. Wind power is an important part of that plan. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to learn about wind power with Katharine Hinkle, a member of Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee. This is a make-and-take event. Learn about how wind turbines generate electricity and make a working turbine that will power an LED light. Please register for one session only.
 
Events For School-Aged Children:
 WBZ-TV Meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski: Tuesday, April 19 at 11 a.m. For school-aged children.
Sarah will be Zooming in to tell us about her career as a meteorologist, how meteorologists make a forecast and tell us all about weather and the difference between weather and climate, clouds, and extreme weather. Q&A if time allows – she must be on air at noon! Please register through the Library Events Calendar to receive the Zoom invitation.
 
Turn Pizza Boxes into Pizza: Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Mushrooms are for more than eating! Explore the curious world of fungi with Farmer Elizabeth Almeida from Fat Moon Mushrooms. Learn about the lifecycle of mushrooms and see how they can solve our waste problem by turning pizza boxes into pizza. Attendees will take home their very own mycelium starter to begin decomposing pizza (and shipping) boxes. Please note that this program takes place outside and in-person so dress for the spring weather! Space is limited so please register children only (grades K and up) – adults of course can stay to watch and help your child. Please register through the Library Events Calendar.
 
Teen & Tween Blackout Poetry: Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Create unique and artistic poems using a sharpie and an old book or newspaper! Snacks will be provided. Email here if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Please register through the Library Events Calendar.
 
For Adults:
Adult Virtual Mushroom Program: Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.
In this 90-minute Zoom class, Elizabeth Almeida, owner/farmer at Fat Moon Farm, covers everything from the lifecycle of mushrooms to the latest research on their nutritional and environmental benefits. Stop by the library this spring to see an Oyster mushroom “grow kit” from Fat Moon in action! Registration is required: Register. Please consult the library website and social media for any changes to this program resulting from Covid impacts.  Questions? Email here.
 
Westford’s Earth Day Festival: Friday, April 22 from 3-5:30 p.m. on the Town Common. 
Come join us for music, face painting, poster-making starting at 2:30, and see a display of Native American artifacts from the Westford Museum. Check out a Tesla Model 3 battery-electric car. Pet a lamb, baby goat, a piglet, chicks, duckling, and baby bunny. A knowledgeable farmer will introduce the animals and help children feed, brush, and hold them.

Tree seedlings will be given away and free drawings will be held for a composter and rain barrel. Come talk with experts on alternative energy, sustainability, heat pumps, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates. Speakers will also provide updates on the State’s and Town’s climate goals. 

Our final Saturday Walk Is At the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary on April 23 at 9 a.m. (rain date April 24, 9 a.m.)  
Sponsored by the Westford Conservation Trust, Marian Harman will lead a nature walk, moving very slowly to identify wild plants and birds. The walk will be easy, but not entirely flat. Some areas may be wet. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Meet at the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary sign across from 120 Lowell Rd. A map and write-up of the area can be found on the Westford Conservation Trust website WCTFrancesHillWalk  Walk is free of charge; no sign-up required. For more information, call Marian at 603-533-4095.
 
For more information on all of Westford Climate Action’s events this week, please click here.
 
Westford Litter Cleanup
The Healthy Westford Committee encourages residents and workers to do a small task to help the earth and our lovely town to recover from the accumulated litter formerly hidden by snow. HWC is encouraging folks to walk around their neighborhood or business grounds anytime close to Saturday, April 30 and pick up litter. Please dispose of properly by recycling or in the trash.
 
Sponsors 
Organizations co-sponsoring Earth Month with WCA include - Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, Recycling Commission, First Parish Church United, J.V. Fletcher Library, Indivisible Westford, League of Women Voters of Westford, Mass Heat Smart Alliance, MassSave, Sustainable Westford, Westford Conservation Trust, Westford Museum and the Westford Boy Scouts. The Earth Day Festival is being partially funded by a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to Sustainable Westford in collaboration with Westford Climate Action.
 
Attend the Westford Climate Roadmap Forum! Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm
 
Westford has a plan to fight climate change! Register for this webinar to find out about the specific steps residents, businesses and municipal leaders can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve sustainability. The Roadmap was developed by Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee (CEASC).

All are welcome to attend the presentation, ask questions and provide feedback. This event is sponsored by the CEASC and Westford Climate Action. Register now!
Students Support Local Climate Action
 
Westford’s youth is making it known they are well informed on how the climate crisis could affect their future and want a place at the table. For the second year, WCA members have been interviewed by students from Derek Parker’s 8th grade social studies class for a project on civic action in response to social concerns like the climate. Many students said they believe the climate crisis is the greatest issue facing their generation. They also expressed their desire regardless of their age to be part of solution. Last year Parker’s students wrote a letter to the Select Board expressing their concerns and asked for their leadership in addressing climate action at the local level. Recently a student initiative was brought before the Westford Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee with a request for student representation on the committee. Members of the WA Environmental Club will be speaking at our Earth Day Festival on their views and what they believe adults should be doing. Westford Climate Action continues to work with students on Senior Capstone projects and various internships providing a way to explore areas they may be considering studying after high school.
 
Mass Cultural Council Grant Funds Westford Earth Day Festival
 
Sustainable Westford, in collaboration with Westford Climate Action (WCA), has received a grant of $1,500 from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Festivals Program. The grant is earmarked to support this Friday's Earth Day Festival, organized by WCA.
 
This grant signifies that Sustainable Westford and Westford Climate Action provide significant public value through their programs and services. Sustainable Westford is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting the economic and environmental sustainability of Westford. WCA is deeply grateful for the significant and vital financial support Sustainable Westford has provided since our inception in February 2020.
 
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