Free First Aid Training with Aquinnah CER
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Free First Aid Training with Aquinnah CER

Please join the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team for the second in a two-part First Aid training series at 9am on Saturday October 26th at the Aquinnah Town Hall. No problem if you missed the first class—this will be a whole new class on a different set of skills.

At this training Aquinnah Emergency Manager Gary Robinson will cover:

o   Heat stroke, Frost bite, Hypothermia, Geriatric care, Infant care, Head injuries, Narcan, Epilepsy, Winter storm preparation

Phew! Come learn skills that can help you keep yourself, your family, and neighbors safe in emergency events. Please email aquinnahcert@gmail.com to reserve your free spot. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Climate Solutions:  Adapt to the Impact
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

Climate Solutions: Adapt to the Impact

Elizabeth Durkee, Oak Bluffs’ Conservation Agent will speak about adapting to the impacts that the climate crisis will have on the island. Sea level rise, extreme weather events-both storm and drought- and increased flooding will require changes to our infrastructure, economy and other aspects of island life as we adapt to these changing conditions.

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Climate Solutions-Adapt to the Impact
Nov
23
2:30 PM14:30

Climate Solutions-Adapt to the Impact

Elizabeth Durkee, Oak Bluffs’ Conservation Agent will speak about adapting to the impacts that the climate crisis will have on the island. Sea level rise, extreme weather events-both storm and drought- and increased flooding will require changes to our infrastructure, economy and other aspects of island life as we adapt to these changing conditions.

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Smith College Student Presentation on Climate Change on MV
Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Smith College Student Presentation on Climate Change on MV

On Saturday October 19th at 4pm, join the Martha's Vineyard Museum for a special viewing of ongoing research by Smith College architecture students on sea level rise and climate change on Martha’s Vineyard.

The students, lead by Assistant Professor of Architecture + Urbanism Elisa Kim, will present drawings and models imagining possible futures for our Island. They seek engagement from the community before they initiate the design phase of problem solving.

The presentation will take place in the Museum classroom and refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to Beth Seabourne at bseabourne@mvmuseum.org

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Steamship Authority Mission Statement Feedback Session
Oct
17
4:00 PM16:00

Steamship Authority Mission Statement Feedback Session

Thanks to all who spoke up to the Steamship Authority to encourage them to prioritize climate and the environment in their revised mission statement. They just released a new draft mission statement, and it includes the word "sustainability!" That is a good step forward, but there's still much to be done to help them focus on reducing their carbon footprint.

The SSA will hold a public listening session on their new draft mission statement on Thursday, October 17th at 4pm at the MV Museum. You can also email them at missionfeedback@steamshipauthority.com with your comments before October 25th.

Things we'd like the Steamship Authority to commit to:

  1. "Environmental sustainability"--not just "sustainability"--prioritized in their mission statement;

  2. A full-time Sustainability Coordinator on their staff;

  3. An electric fleet conversion study (both buses and ferries); and

  4. An adaptation plan for SSA terminals and access roads.

The SSA has an opportunity to be a leader in committing to climate action in their operations. We can support them in taking on that role by letting them know our community is deeply invested in climate action and ready for a real conversation about what these necessary changes will look like.

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Reducing our Carbon Footprint by Consuming Less
Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Reducing our Carbon Footprint by Consuming Less

Vineyard Conservation Society and Nina Hitchen will lead a discussion about how our consumption habits can make an impact on our environment on October 16th at 5pm at the Chilmark Public Library. They will discuss some general principles and also share tips and tricks to help us keep our carbon footprint low, have less plastic in our lives, and make less waste. Please come to learn, listen and share your knowledge!

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Climate Solutions Series begins!
Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Climate Solutions Series begins!

Please join us for the first in a series of Climate Solutions talks sponsored by ICAN, focusing on Emergency Preparedness. This talk will be led by Russell Hartenstine. He is West Tisbury’s Emergency Manager and he has a wealth of information about what we need to do to prepare for extreme weather events, what to do during them and what services we might expect afterwards.

Each of the talks in the series will be held twice, first at the West Tisbury library and next at the Oak Bluffs Library. For Russell’s Emergency Preparedness talk, the first will be a the WT Library at 4pm on Tuesday October 15th, and the second will be Saturday October 26th at 2:30pm at the OB Library. We hope to see you there!

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Faith and the Environment: a book presentation with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Faith and the Environment: a book presentation with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Join the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury and the Vineyard Conservation Society in a presentation about the vision and human story of Thomas Berry, a profound thinker about humanity’s relationship with the Earth. This presentation aims to “help all of us find our voice as we face some of the most pressing environmental issues in human history.” The talk will be from 2-3pm and will be followed by a “Climate Bazaar” with tablers, including ICAN, sharing information about local environmental efforts and action opportunities.

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Climate Week at our island libraries
Sep
21
to Sep 28

Climate Week at our island libraries

All of our island libraries will be joining with other libraries across Massachusetts to raise community awareness about climate change issues during Library Climate Week, the week of September 21st.

Each library on the Vineyard will be recognizing this week in different ways. Please see below for library-specific information and stop by your local library to thank them for helping our community grow our understanding of climate issues.

Oak Bluffs: A field trip to WHOI on Tuesday September 24 9am-4:30pm, and Town of Oak Bluffs Conservation Commission presentation on Dutch Approaches for Climate Resilience from 5-7pm on Thursday September 26.

Vineyard Haven: A talk: "The Basics of Global Warming” by Dr Peter Neilley, September 24 7-8pm. Peter Neilley is director of Weather Forecasting Sciences and Technologies for The Weather Channel and Weather Company (TWC), now part of IBM. He is responsible for the weather forecasts used by several billion people around the world every day.  Dr. Neilley has both Master’s and PhD degrees in meteorology from MIT.  Also a weather-related book display.

Edgartown: Two film showings on Saturday, September 21st:

1pm: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?  The latest documentary from filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and considers the broader impact of this industry on the climate. (US, 2017)

2:30pm: The Age of Stupid Filmmaker Franny Armstrong imagines the world in 2055, devastated by climate change. Humanity's sole survivor (Pete Postlethwaite) tries to figure out what went wrong. (New Zealand, 2009)

Aquinnah: Film showing: An Inconvenient Sequel Tuesday September 24 at 5pm. The follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.

West Tisbury:  A climate display.

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Vineyard Electric Vehicle Day
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Vineyard Electric Vehicle Day

Join Vineyard Power to test drive electric cars and bikes and learn about the affordability and convenience of electric vehicles, and how to get EV rebates and tax credits. ICAN and Cape Light Compact will also have information tables at the event. Hope you can join us!

For more information, email info@vineyardpower.com

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Global Climate Strike on the Vineyard
Sep
20
7:30 AM07:30

Global Climate Strike on the Vineyard

Across the world people will be leaving their jobs, schools and homes to take to the streets and call for climate action. Join local events on the island during the Global Climate Strike:

The day before the Climate Strike, Thursday the 19th, come make signs, flags and banners at Barn House, 451 South Road in Chilmark, starting at 3pm. If you can, bring along paper, markers, paint, paintbrushes, old sheets or tablecloths that could be used as flags and banners, or whatever you have on hand.

Then on Friday:

7:30am: The Aquinnah Cultural Center will help host a gathering at the Aquinnah Circle, raising an Earth flag on the flagpole, with music, baked goods from the Orange Peel Bakery, and more. Stand in solidarity with one another and with others around the world to kick off the Climate Strike day.

11am: Kayak flotilla from Aquinnah to Menemsha. Text 917-670-7214 to sign up to join or for more information.

11am: The West Tisbury Congregational Church will join with other churches across the Cape and Islands to ring their church bell for 11 minutes in solidarity with the Climate Strike.

11:30am: Protect Our Oceans celebration on the dock in Menemsha; meet the kayak flotilla and share a wish you have for the future of our oceans or something you love about the ocean. Wear any ocean-related costumes and bring a noise maker! All ages welcome.

12pm: Join We Stand Together for a climate strike rally at Five Corners!

3:30-4:30pm: IGI’s Farm Hub at Thimble Farm will hold an event celebrating regenerative agriculture and food waste reduction as key climate solutions. There will be time to talk and share together, and we will hold signs in the regenerative fields and take photos.

4pm: Bike flash mob on Chappy! Bring bikes, electric bikes, and other electric vehicles to Wasque at 4pm or join at any point along the Chappaquiddick Road as we pedal together to Chappy Point and call for sustainable transportation in our community.

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Free outdoor screening of The Biggest Little Farm
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Free outdoor screening of The Biggest Little Farm

Join Island Grown Initiative and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival for a free screening of the new documentary The Biggest Little Farm, about one family’s journey into regenerative agriculture and the positive potential of food production for climate, biodiversity and community. 5:30pm BYO picnic, sit on the lawn, and listen to live music; 7pm the screening will begin. The farmers featured in the film, John and Molly Chester, will be with us, as will film producer Laurie David. Hope you can come!

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ICAN end of summer meeting
Sep
16
3:30 AM03:30

ICAN end of summer meeting

Our quarterly full group meeting will be held on Monday, September 16th from 3:30-5:30pm at the West Tisbury Library. We will focus on the local events happening around the September 20th Global Climate Strike, the roadmap of events leading up to spring 2020 town meetings, and the 100% renewable energy warrant articles that the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee will be presenting in all towns. We hope you can join us!

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Selectboard presentations
Sep
10
to Sep 23

Selectboard presentations

Throughout the month of September, members of ICAN, the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee, the Martha's Vineyard Commission Climate Task Force and others will be presenting to all town selectboards on climate change adaptation. We will talk with our selectmen about how they think we can best to move forward on adaptation both at the town level and island-wide. Please join us for these discussions in your town:

o   Oak Bluffs: 5pm September 10th
o  Vineyard Haven: 6:30pm September 10th

o   West Tisbury: 4:30pm September 11th

o   Chilmark: 5pm September 17th

o   Aquinnah: 4:30pm September 17th

o   Edgartown: 4pm September 23rd 

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Robin Wall Kimmerer August 9th at the Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aug
9
4:00 PM16:00

Robin Wall Kimmerer August 9th at the Aquinnah Cultural Center

Come hear celebrated botanist and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawtomi Nation Robin Wall Kimmerer speak and read from her beautiful book, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” at the Aquinnah Cultural Center on August 9th at 4pm. This book teaches a powerful and inspiring perspective on how to live on earth today. This event is sponsored by the Aquinnah Cultural Center and Island Grown Initiative.

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Jun
26
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Nantucket Coastal Conference- SOLD OUT!

Join experts, regulators, consultants, researchers, and partners from  
across the region to discuss a range of critical issues such as  
coastal resilience, sea level rise, ocean acidification, water  
quality, storm flooding and erosion.  Our keynote speaker will be  
Ruperto Chaparro Serrano (Director of the Puerto Rico Sea Grant  
Program) who will discuss the damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017  
and his work to prepare, adapt and respond to future events.

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