Kelly Caiazzo

We’re grateful to everyone who joined us for Sustainable Wellesley and the NRC’s screening of Before the Flood.

I’m all about what’s possible. We saw that it was possible to fill a room with people who wanted to watch a documentary about the environment while serving a plant-based meal with no single-use plastics and entirely compostable or reusable serving ware.

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Facing the reality of climate change and thinking about the way it impacts human and animal life on the planet is a heavy topic, but there are ways we can shift our behavior so that we contribute less to the problem. And when others see us making changes and prioritizing the environment when we vote, eat, consume, drive or entertain, public awareness increases and our efforts can compound.

Here are some resources:

Join the “Power to Choose” Program in Wellesley to get your electricity from renewable sources: https://wellesleyma.gov/261/Voluntary-Renewable-Energy

Eat some meatless meals. See our guide with links to recipe blogs, a list of great vegetarian meals at local restaurants and other resources for adding some plant-based meals into your week: http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/food/

Get a Home Energy Assessment: Mass Save has free home energy assessments that can lower your home heating costs and make your home more environmentally friendly by increasing its efficiency. https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/energy-assessments/

Consider an electric / hybrid / carpool / alternate transit option: 

Sustainable Wellesley Mobility rEVolution slides.

Great list of available Plug-in Electric Vehicles PlugInCars.com

  • Anyone interested in further discussion or a test ride in a Tesla Model 3 should contact Scott Bender at Scott@MyBlueDot.net

  • Anyone interested in further discussion or a test ride in a Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X can contact Kelly Caiazzo at kelly.caiazzo@gmail.com

  • Drive Green” initiative by Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance has a great feature that allows you to easily compare various EVs, and has pre-arranged discounts on EVs with car dealers.

View the resources from the film: Includes information on supporting carbon taxes, maps of coastal flooding projections, and links to specific environmental initiatives. https://www.beforetheflood.com/act/

Visit the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission page: Find information about the Gas Leaks initiatives , the Healthy Yard campaign, and other ways the NRC encourages Sustainability in Wellesley and protects our green spaces and natural resources.

Take a quiz on your “footprint” for personalized reduction strategies: Several sites offer this.

 

Vote with the environment in mind. 

 

Share what you’re doing: We need a shift in public opinion and awareness on climate change. Sharing what you’re doing and why, whether it’s telling someone about your home energy assessment or suggesting you carpool to an event together.

Have other ideas we missed? Want to continue the discussion? Have personal experience with solar panels or carbon offsets you want to share? You can:

  • Come to the next Sustainable Wellesley meeting on April 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 at 161 Oakland St. in Wellesley – the studio above the garage

  • Join a local Facebook group that discusses sustainable living strategies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372633353537543/

  • E-mail us at info@sustainablewellesley

Thanks so much for joining us last night, and we hope to see you again in the future! Our next film is Stink! on May 21st and we’re serving burritos. RSVP here

Thank you for being part of the solution!

Phyllis Theermann

 Sustainable Wellesley’s favorite Stand-up Economist, Yoram Bauman, will be back in the area on Sunday, March 25, from 4-6 pm at TCAN (The Center for the Arts Natick). This “Comedy & Climate Change” event is entertaining and thought-provoking and will be followed by a reception with the speaker.  Yoram will be including material on a carbon tax as well as other environmental and climate related subjects.

Don’t miss this free event, part of the Jean R. Stone Memorial lecture series, sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pre-registration is free, but re-quested.

For more information and to register:
Visit www.massaudubon.org/broadmoor or call 508-655-2296 during Nature Center Hours.

Phyllis Theermann

citizen climate lobby

Sunday, October 27th   7:00 – 8:30 pm

With climate change already upon us, we need to act swiftly if we hope to maintain the balance of the planet that we know and love today.

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit group that aims to offer simple, practical ideas to bridge the political divide that must be closed for the world to come together on this very important issue.

Gary Rucinski, Northeast Regional Coordinator of Citizens Climate Lobby, will present and host a discussion focused on how human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is causing global warming and what needs to be done to stop it, namely transitioning from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy economy.

The material will cover a range of topics from pros and cons of subsidies and tax breaks, to an explanation of cap and trade vs. carbon fee and dividend. There will also be a discussion of what the Citizens Climate Lobby has, is and will be doing and how members of the audience can help.

The event will be on October 27 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at  Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Rd. This event is hosted by TBE Green.