Sign up for Chelmsford's Curbside Composting Program
Reducing food waste is one of the best actions you can take to reduce green house gas emissions.
Sign up for Chelmsford’s new curbside food waste composting program in partnership with Black Earth and get more information at this page which will be updated as the program progresses:
Help to Stop Private Jet Expansion at Hanscom and Everywhere
A Concord-based advocacy group is spearheading a coalition of area organizations in opposition to a massive hangar expansion on the north fringe of Hanscom Field off Hartwell Road in Bedford. Elders Climate Action, an organization which inspired CCAT, and many MA environmental groups are taking this issue on because it could have big repercussions throughout the country.
We all need to work toward reducing (planet warming) carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. A passenger jet has an enormous carbon footprint, but distributed across 100s of passengers, the per-person footprint is much smaller. Private jets result in excessive amounts of carbon pollution per person. Until these jets incorporate green means of propulsion, they should not be expanded.
See the coalition’s website dedicated to stopping private jet expansion for its compelling advocacy against private jet expansion.
Here is an article about this coalition that will help inform you about what’s going on in our own backyard.
- Kannan Thiruvengadam of Eastie Farm in East Boston highlighted the urgency of action to fight climate injustice.
- Neil Rasmussen, president of Save Our Heritage, presented recent research on the impacts of the proposed development on state and municipal climate goals.
- Bill McKibben, internationally recognized climate change expert and activist, addressed why he calls Hanscom a “zombie project from the fossil fuel era.”
- Dan Zackin, Legislative Coordinator 350 Mass, briefly discussed the Make Polluters Pay campaign.
Please Sign the Petition
Review and Act on the CEAS Climate Action Plan
The Clean Energy and Sustainability (CEAS) committee’s plan will help us meet the “2050 Net Zero” goals established by the Commonwealth and adopted for Chelmsford at Spring Town Meeting 2021. Following the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Municipal Net Zero Playbook, the plan describes five primary actions we can take in Town over the next 25 years: 1) increase use and generation of solar energy; 3) increase energy efficiency of our buildings; 4) electrify heating and cooling of buildings; 5) drive more electric vehicles.
Use Renewable Energy
Educate Yourself and Family
Getting to know more about climate change, the environment, and sustainability, is fun! There are so many great books and YouTube videos for you to experience. Take a look at this collection put together for you and your family. Check our recommendations, for information and/or inspiration!
Here’s a snip from the top of the graphical list put together by Tamar.
Go Zero Waste
It takes resources to make things. As an individual action you, can waste less. You can try to get to zero waste. Read the “Going Zero Waste” pamphlet to get a better understanding about how you can embark on a journey toward zero waste.
Rethink Your Lawn
You can also give pollinators a better chance by mowing less. See No Mow May
Buy Less Stuff
Eat Less Meat
Eat Food with Lowest Supply Chain GHGs
Talk about Global Warming!
People often argue that “talking” doesn’t provide any solutions but there’s no way to get to a solution if people don’t believe in the problem. In the video below, you’ll hear how to get people to believe there’s a problem so that they want to accomplish a solution. The objective is to “win the hearts and minds” of people who may not be aware of environmental issues, or who may be on the other end of the political spectrum. You are here on this page now because someone talked to you about environmental issues. Simply providing people with action items (like the list above) won’t accomplish anything unless the people reading that list actually believe what you’re saying and understand they can play an active role in helping to find a solution.