Phyllis Theermann

Thursday, April 26, 7:30-9 PM (Doors open at 7)
Willard School, 185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord
The Climate Solutions Speaker Series Presents
Are We Prepared for the Storms of the Century?
Climate change is happening now, causing increasing and very serious damage to our world. What exactly does that mean for the Concord area? Our vulnerabilities need to be realistically identified, along with strategies to increase the likelihood that we can rebound. This speaker series event features a three-person panel, designed to inform us about what is likely to happen as climate change advances and how to prepare for it. Speakers are Stephanie Covino (Mass. Audubon) Barry Keppard (Metropolitan Area Planning Council), and Linda Booth-Sweeny (local writer and educator). Click here for more information about the topic and panel.

April 26th-29th, 2018
Friends of the Wellesley Free Library’s Spring Book Sale. Reuse pre-loved books! The sale is open to members on Thursday evening, followed by three days of a public sale of which the last day is a $7 a bag sale. Not a member? Join Thursday evening! More information here.

Saturday, April 28, 9 AM – Noon
Join the Natural Resources Commission for the Charles River Clean up. Help pick up litter, pull invasive weeds and enjoy time near the water. Sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association, this annual event brings together more than 3-thousand local volunteers from Wellesley and neighboring communities. The NRC provides shirts, snacks and supplies. Sign up at

Saturday April 28th (Framingham) Earth Day Festival
The theme of this years festival will be “Local,” emphasizing local vendors and entertainment as a way to lessen the impact of the festival while fostering connections that extend beyond the day of the festival.

Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley College student group Enact invites you to a variety of Earth Day Events!

Tuesday, April 17 12.30-1.30 in Sci 396 (Location Tentative)
Career Panel: Panelists include sustainable energy, climate science and local food movement professionals

Tuesday, April 17 from 4:10-5 PM
Hug a Tree: An interesting, fun forest appreciation, sensory awareness, empathy activity

Wednesday, April 18 12.30-2 PM in the Lulu Cow Chair Room
Phone banking: For the Carbon Tax Omnibus Bill in the Massachusetts State House

Wednesday, April 18 8-10 pm in the PNE Atrium
An Inconvenient Sequel Film: screening of Al Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth in advance of his visit the following week.

Thursday, April 19 12.30-1.30PM meet at the Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden (Behind OBS)
Nature walk: Nature walk through arboretum with the app: Inaturalsists with the Botanistas (Wellesley Botany org).

EnAct (Environmental Action at Wellesley College)’s mission is to engage students and the broader Wellesley community in direct action to combat climate change and other local and global environmental issues. Email with any questions.

In addition, the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative at Wellesley College invites you to:

April 24th at 4:30pm
Enjoy a Terry Tempest Williams reading and conversation with Elena Creef at Wellesley College in the Hay Amphitheater (Tishman Commons rain location) with reception, sustainable local food, and book signing following the event. Williams – a writer, a naturalist and a fierce advocate for freedom of speech — has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Phyllis Theermann

march for science

April 22 is both Earth Day 2017 and a day to celebrate science at the Boston March for Science on the Boston Common! Family friendly activities start at the Parkman Bandstand at 1:00 pm and run until 4:00 pm. The rally for science runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Beacon and Charles Streets. This diverse and non-partisan event celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as essential to the success, health, and safety of the human race. Publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge is a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

Earth Day Is 47 Years Old!

The March for Science is co-organized with Earth Day, which started 47 years ago in the United States and is now celebrated in all 193 United Nations member states. This year’s theme is environmental and climate literacy. The Earth Day Network is also promoting the Trees for the Earth campaign, which aims to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by the year 2020 – one tree for every person projected to be on Earth.

You can help right here in Wellesley by planting a tree! Just sign up to get a free tree planted in your yard through the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission. Contact

Honoring Trees

The single largest living thing in the world is the giant sequoia tree. Sequoias live for hundreds – sometimes thousands of years. The age of one sequoia was calculated to be 3,500 years – determined by counting the rings in the trunk after the tree died.

The tallest known sequoia trees live in the Sierra Nevada Desert in California. “General Sherman” is the tallest at 275 feet high. The second tallest is known as “King Arthur” and is 270 feet high. The widest tree trunk belongs to a sequoia called “Boole” that is 113 feet wide. It would take 23 adults or 42 children to form a circle around Boole.

During this past year, the Wellesley Free Library has exhibited photos of favorite Wellesley trees to commemorate Earth Day. Catch the exhibit before it ends on April 22, 2017!