Turning Point: Climate Week 2017

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Monday, March 27th through Sunday, April 2nd

FREE: All events are free and open to the public. WEATHER: events are held rain or shine unless the town declares a weather emergency or cancellation by event organizer. CLIMATE WEEK is produced by Climate Action Brookline with community partners, organizations, businesses and individuals.

Web:www.climateweek2017.org  Contact: info@climateactionbrookline.org
Twitter: #climateweek2017
Facebook: Climate Brookline 

For ideas on how to take action, download this handout.


Past Climate Week 2017 Events

MARCH 27, 2017
Tactics And Strategy In Urban Design
Responses To Climate Change
6:15PM - 8:00PM
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, Hunneman Hall, 2nd floor

As a designer and urbanist since 1999 and contributor to Tactical Urbanism guides, Russell Preston will discuss the book, Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change by Michael Lydon and Tony Garcia. Tactical urbanism is an approach whereby quick, low-cost, creative community-based projects can to lead to public and government support for permanent inspiring projects that improve urban living and promotes action from the bottom up when strategies and policies from the top move too slowly. How this and other urban approaches can be applied to climate change will be compared.

MARCH 28, 2017
Climate Café 2017
Finding Your Place in the Climate Movement
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline, Ehrenfried Hall

Do you think about working for climate service and justice but want to know how to get started or continue to engage given what we now face? Climate leaders Anne Goodwin and Ben Hellerstein present TED talk style presentations about their own personal journeys into the climate movement. Following the presentations we will break into small groups and explore ways to deepen our commitment to address climate change personally and in society.

Refreshments 6:30-7pm Program 7-8:30pm

MARCH 29, 2017
Activism In Massachusetts Cities And Town
What’s Happening?
7:00PM - 9:00PM
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline, Entry via Parish House door via courtyard to the right

Local climate initiatives are the roots of broader political action. Gas pipeline leaks are mobilizing active citizens at the town level across the Commonwealth. Hear about about what is being done to identify and mitigate the worst gas leaks. Learn about townwide net zero goals being applied to schools and individual buildings. Find out how Somerville incorporated climate change into urban planning. Discover how these efforts came to be and what level of success has been achieved. Discuss in group sessions how you can contribute to that effort.

MARCH 30, 2017
Fighting For Climate At The Massachusetts Statehouse
Will Massachusetts Lead the Nation?
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, House Members Lounge 3rd Floor.

Join for refreshments 5:30-6 pm. Program starts promptly at 6 pm.  
NOTE: Enter through the main Beacon Street entrance (Hooker Entrance).  Door closes at 7pm.

We can affect our state’s energy outcomes for years to come and work for an impactful 2017. Find out how statehouse legislative leaders, staff, and citizen groups are fighting for this year's climate bills. What are the bills? What has worked so far and why? What can we do right now? Learn how to apply tools to power Massachusetts and the nation forward. Help keep our state in the forefront of climate action.

Co-hosted by the office of Representative Frank Smizik and Climate Action Brookline.

MARCH 31, 2017
Broadening The Outlook – Two Views On Screen
Where To Invade Next and Time To Choose
6:30PM - 9:00PM
United Parish, 15 Marion St.,Brookline, Willett Hall

In Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore goes on a European invasion, looking for ideas that he can steal and bring back home. He finds social norms in foreign cultures that would seem bizarre to many Americans but which have American roots. The contrasts are entertaining, but they also raise moral questions and challenge U. S. social convention. Time to Choose, on the other hand, points to the role of technology in stopping climate change. But is a transformation in American life style, western values, and sense of community not also required? We will discuss the messages of these two films with Dave Pantalone of Climate Action Brookline and the Green UP Team of United Parish in Brookline.

APRIL 01, 2017
Green Routes Bike Tour Of Brookline
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Meet at Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington St., Brookline

Want to make bicycling part of your daily routine? Brookline is improving safety for bicyclists. Join our tour of recent and planned bicycle infrastructure improvements. Riders high school age and older. About 8 miles. NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this tour has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 8, same time and meet up location.

APRIL 01, 2017
Pitch in to Reduce Reuse and Recycle! Education, action and fun for the whole family
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Pierce School and Town Hall Parking Lot , Pierce St and 50 School St. entrances

LEARN ABOUT: the new Pay as You Throw trash program, bike safely in Brookline, progress in fixing gas leaks, emergency preparedness and more.

SHARE: recycle your cell phones, eyeglasses, soda pull tabs. PICK UP: used sports gear at the Annual Sports Gear Exchange. You can drop off your gently-used sports gear with the Brookline Recreation Department through March 28th.  Check this flyer for details.

LISTEN: The library’s Book Bike and story hours.

MAKE ART: Brookline Arts Center recycled materials event

EAT: at the Carbon Cafe and learn about the hidden environmental costs of your food.

TRY OUT: drive an electric car (bring your driver’s license).  Unfortunately, electric cars not available due to impending inclement weather.

DONATE: old bicycles to Bikes Not Bombs.

BRING: paper for shredding $5/box.

Unfortunately, no styrofoam collection this year.

APRIL 01, 2017
Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge
An Art and Science Fair
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Pierce School Cafeteria and Auditorium, entrances from both Pierce St and 50 School St., Brookline

Join budding scientists, artists, and performers as they step up to the challenges brought about by climate change using nature inspired innovation in art and science. Brookline students from K-12 crank up their creativity to address problems of our changing climate using biomimicry, eco-art, and more. You be the judge!

APRIL 01, 2017
Youth In Action
Advocating For Their Future
2:30PM - 4:30PM
Pierce School, Pierce St and 50 School St. entrances, Brookline; Auditorium

Young people ​have been advocating for climate change action and getting standing ovations all over the country. ​A short video of work from many corners of the United States will be followed by a lively discussion with a panel of local youth activists who describe their path to activism and current work. The discussion will include audience participation and will end with concrete suggestions for taking action today! Suggested audience ages ages 8-25

APRIL 02, 2017
The Muddy River Project
Phase 2 in Brookline
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Meet at Longwood T Station, Chapel Street & Longwood Ave., Brookline

A walk led by Fran Gershwin, chair, Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC), will start at the Longwood T Station, and follow the Brookline side of the Riverway to Leverett Pond in Olmsted Park. The focus will be on the Brookline features of Phase 2 of the Project and current project status. The event will end with refreshments in the lobby of the Brook House, 33 Pond Avenue.

APRIL 02, 2017
Nature Walk At D. Blakely Hoar Sanctuary
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Meet at the sanctuary entrance sign, Baker School, 205 Beverly Road, Brookline

Join Brookline Park Ranger Alex Cassie for a guided walk through D Blakely Hoar Sanctuary, one of three nature sanctuaries in Brookline. The sanctuary showcases a wetland environment and unique rock formations and is home to a diverse population of plants and animals. This easy-pace walk through a picturesque New England ecosystem offers some insight into how climate change can affect our local natural areas. Walk will be held rain, snow or shine, so please dress accordingly.

APRIL 02, 2017
The New Era Of Planet History
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, Room 103

Human behavior has so impacted our global ecology and climate that scientists have declared we are in a new era of planet history. What do we know about this new era? What can we do given the politics our nation faces? This forum highlights essential actions to direct the zeitgeist. Break out into small group discussions following the presentations.

Come for refreshments 2pm  Program 2:30-4PM

APRIL 08, 2017
Green Routes Bike Tour Of Brookline
John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Committee
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Meet at Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington St., Brookline, MA

Want to make bicycling part of your daily routine? Brookline is improving safety for bicyclists. Join our tour of recent and planned bicycle infrastructure improvements. Riders high school age and older. About 8 miles.

Climate Week 2016 - "Spring into Action" - presented opportunities for citizens of all ages through a series of events over the course of one week (see the list of events below).  It was designed to bring us together in hope around the climate crisis, and to identify different ways to take direct, purposeful action. The sixth annual Climate Week was held in early spring, March 28 - April 3, 2016.

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Mobilizing the Energy Revolution: Mara Prentiss, Harvard University, Professor of Physics

March 28, 6:30–8pm, Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall
How do we convert our entire energy supply to renew-ables? Mara Prentiss, author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology, tells us about the opportunities and choices that must be made. “Most people aren’t aware of the enormous positive oppor¬tunities for change. I wrote the book to encourage people to embrace some of those changes.”

Climate Café: Exploring Your Place in the Climate Movement

Dan Ruben, Boston Green Tourism & Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, Asst. Rabbi Temple Sinai & MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action (MAICCA)

March 29, 7-8:30pm program, Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave.
Facing climate change can be overwhelming. It is also a pro-found opportunity to come together for service and justice. Join two pioneering climate leaders for their TED talk style presentations about their journeys into the climate move¬ment. After the presentations, break into small groups to explore ways to deepen our commitment to address climate change personally and in society.  Fossil Fuel Free Action: bring your electric bill and switch to clean renewable electricity.

Local Action, Big Results

Carol Oldham, Exec. Dir. MA Climate Action Network; Dr. Tommy Vitolo, Sr. Assoc., Synapse Energy Economics; Audrey Schulman, Pres. & Co-Founder HEET; Nathan Phillips, BU Professor of Earth and Environment; André LeRoux, Exec. Dir. MA Smart Growth Alliance.

March 30th, 6:30–7pm refreshments 7-9pm program, All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon St. 
Municipal climate initiatives are accelerating now across the Commonwealth. Leaders examine three ways communities are innovating: implementing options for local renewable electricity, eliminating methane gas leaks, and promoting smart growth through long range community vision to raise the bar on sustainable town and school expansion. Break out into workshops for developing impactful actions.

Powering Our Statehouse Forward: Will We Break Away from Fossil Fuels?

Mass. Power Forward coalition members: Joel Wool, Clean Water Action; Eugenia Gibbons, Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance; Marla Marcum, Climate Disobedience Center; Isaac Baker, Coop Power

March 31st, 6:30–8:30pm program, Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St.  
We are currently making decisions regarding our state’s infrastructure that will determine how our energy is delivered over the next sixty years. Join Mass. Power Forward leaders who are fighting for our future. Break into workshops for powering the state toward clean, renewable energy, stopping new gas lines, and developing community owned power.

This Changes Everything: A Film based on Naomi Klein’s book

April 1st, 7–9pm, Lawrence School, 27 Francis St., Auditorium
What if confronting the climate crisis is about much more than just using less energy and emitting less carbon? Naomi Klein, noted journalist and climate champion, points out that the challenge the human race faces is not just about atmospheric science, but also about the very socio-economic institutions of Western civilization.


Green Routes Bike Tour of Brookline

John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Committee
8–9:30am, Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington St.
Want to make bicycling part of your daily routine? Brook¬line is improving safety for bicyclists. Join our tour of recent and planned bicycle infrastructure improvements. Riders high school age and older. About 8 miles.

3R Depot: Pitch In to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

10am–2pm, In & Around Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
Education, action, & fun for the whole family. Enjoy 3R De¬pot stations, lunch at the Carbon Café, & Youth Science Fair at the Pierce School.
LEARN Locate Brookline’s 351 methane gas leaks with a scav-enger hunt and art installation; Brookline Community Solar; Register to vote; Urban transit of the future; Climate Action Plan
KIDS CORNER Out of the Box creations with recycled goods; Story Hour
EAT The Carbon Café offers sample dishes from local produce and learn about hidden environmental costs of food.
SHARE Sports Gear Exchange: pick up or trade in used sports gear for all ages; Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts Recycling; Composting; Eyeglasses, cell phones and soda can pull-tabs.
TRY Electric cars and innovative bikes. Bring your bike and helmets. Free bike safety checks and advice. Donate your unused bikes to Bikes Not Bombs.

Youth Climate Adaptation Science Fair

11am–2pm, Pierce School, Pierce St. and 50 School St. entrances, Cafeteria
Join budding scientists as they step up to the challenge in a science fair that addresses climate change and adaptation. Brookline students from K – 12 put on their thinking caps as they address energy transportation, biodiversity, food supply, eco-friendly fashion. You be the judge!

Complete Streets for a Livable Brookline?

Chris Dempsey, Transportation Board; Scott Englander, Complete Streets Comm.: Jane Gould, Public Transportation Advisory Comm.; Bob Sloane, WalkBoston; Cynthia Snow, Brookline Bicycle Advisory Comm.
2–4pm, Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall
Transportation leaders describe a planning vision: Complete Streets, that safely integrates travel by foot, bicycle, and tran-sit. Learn how Brookline marks its place in the region by ap-plying this vision to our community.


Muddy River Project Walk: From Olmsted to the 21st Century

Fran Gershwin, Chair Muddy River Restoration Project Main-tenance and Management Oversight Committee

10–11:30am meet outside, Landmark Center. 401 Park Drive, Boston
Gershwin leads a walk highlighting project objectives: flood control, climate mitigation, water quality, habitat enhance-ment & historic landscape restoration followed by project viewing & refreshments upstairs at the Landmark Center.

Lost Pond Sanctuary Walk

Alex Cassie, Brookline Park Ranger

12–1:30pm, Lost Pond Sanctuary, Arlington Rd. entrance
Enjoy a guided walk through Lost Pond Sanctuary. This easy-pace walk shows a great snapshot of natural New England ecosystems and offers insight into how climate change can affect our natural areas. Walk held rain or shine, so dress accordingly.

What Voters Need to Know: Our Climate and the Elections of 2016

Gov. Michael Dukakis

3–4pm followed by reception, United Parish, 15 Marion St., Willett Hall  
Can America break free of fossil fuels? Governor Michael Du-kakis steps up debate on the consequences of the fossil fuel industry’s face off with climate champions in upcoming elections. Shaped by candidates, parties, the press, money, activists and voter turnout, the outcome will determine policy for years to come. Tune in for a lively discussion.

Climate Week 2015 - "Stand Up Now for our Future".  Brookline's 5th annual Climate Week offered inspired ideas and energetic thought leaders working toward renewable energy and climate justice, and away from fossil fuel dominance.  Events were held February 2 - February 10, 2015; the full list is below.

Putting Money Where Our Future Is: Strategies for Divesting and Investing

Monday, February 2

Find out what you can do to challenge the fossil fuel dominance of our economy and climate future by making both ethically based and smart economic decisions now. Leaders from Divest Harvard, Fossil Free MIT and Ceres, a renowned Boston based sustainable investments pioneer, inspire individuals, institutions, and communities to make strategic investment decisions.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street

Sustainable Business Strategies: Lessons from Local Businesses & Non-Profits

Tuesday, February 3

Join Dennis Carlberg, Boston University’s Sustainability Director and Abe Faber, owner of Clear Flour Bakery and member of Local First and other businesses to share strategies about reducing your carbon footprint while increasing your bottom line. Sponsored by Newbury College.
Newbury College, 129 Fisher Avenue, Student Center Auditorium

On the Move: Innovative Ideas for Local Transportation

Tuesday, February 3

Special viewing of Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change, a compelling documentary by award winning filmmaker Bob Nesson. The film features the story of a human powered, Boston based, freight delivery business and the woman behind it. Then transportation thought leaders open a discussion about oppor¬tunities, issues, infrastructure, and regulations needed to build a better future. Whether you walk, bike, take public transportation, drive a car, or envision ways to grow green jobs, get inspired to make change and take action.
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street. Admission free. Donations welcomed.

Community Solar! Opportunities to Grow and Share Solar Gardens

Wednesday, February 4

Community Shared Solar is ideal for those who don’t have a sunny roof, renters, houses of worship, non-profits, and businesses. Costs have come down on photovoltaic technology and solar renewable energy and generous incentives and attractive financing are now available. Panelists include: Thomas Vitolo, Synapse Energy; Emma Krause, Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources; Lisa Raffin, Sunbug Solar; James Nail, Pres., Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall

Adapting to Climate Change: Is Brookline Ready?

Thursday, Feb. 5

Many communities are already planning to become more resilient to extreme weather events, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The panel will present various aspects of adaption as it relates to Brookline and Greater Boston. Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Planning Director, Metropolitan Area Plan¬ning Council; Alan Balsam, Brookline Public Health Director; Tom Brady, Brookline Conservation Director; Jim Newman, Principal Linnean Solutions LLC.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall

Brookline Commission for Women – Children’s Clothing Drive

Friday, February 6-7

Support the Commission’s 6th Annual Drive. Small children often grow out of their clothes long before the clothes wear out. Join our yearly reuse initiative by donating clean and wearable children’s clothing and shoes appropriate for ages zero to 5 years old. Newborn items especially needed. As always, we also accept nonperishable food, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.

Public Safety Building, 350 Washington Street

3R Depot: Pitch In to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Saturday, February 7

Come to Climate Week’s hub for climate education, action, and fun. Visit a tiny Solar House in the parking lot, pick up used sports gear, donate and drop off eyeglasses, cell phones, chargers, Styrofoam, pack¬ing peanuts (collected separately) and bicycles even if they need repair. Bring a copy or camera photo of your electric bill to join the Green Up Your House with the Click of a Mouse local renewable electricity campaign. Bring papers to be shredded and stay for activities for kids, sustainable fare at the Depot Food Court, and information about cutting home energy costs, composting, pay-as-you-throw recycling, gardening in containers and more. Visit 3R Depot Stations inside and outside Town Hall.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street

What Does Parking Have to Do With It?

Saturday, February 7

Join Jason Schreiber from Nelson/Nygaard and other experts to learn about the wide-ranging impact of parking policies on our community. Find out how parking reform can achieve diverse community goals such as greater mobility, improved parking availability, more parks, affordable housing , and cleaner air.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall

Sunday, February 8

The Muddy River Project: From Olmsted to the 21st Century

A walk led by Fran Gershwin, chair, Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) will articulate project objectives: flood control and climate change mitigation, water quality improvement, enhancement of aquatic/riparian habitat, landscape and historic restoration and best management practices and end with warm beverages and an overview of the project in construction from upstairs at the Landmarks Building.
Meet at the Longwood Green Line T Stop, Chapel St.

Sustainability Day at the Rink

Join Brookline Recreation at the Jack Kirrane Rink to skate and see how the rink goes green! Skate and find out about choices that make a difference and reduce your fossil fuel emissions in your everyday life.
Jack Kirrane Rink, Larz Anderson Park, 15 Newton St.

Global Warming, the Crisis of our Time and the Carbon Tax Solution

Don Hnatowich, Citizens Climate Lobby, 350MA, and Climate Reality Project, presents the unfolding of the climate crisis and what you can do about it. Jessica Langerman, Pres. Climate XChange, explains why climate solution-oriented economists agree that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the best solution.
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Meeting Room

For Pete’s Sake

Add your voice to new and old songs Pete Seeger would want us to carry on in his name. Learn sim¬ple ways to continue his environmental legacy. Join singer and guitarist Alan Balsam, who also serves as Brookline Department of Public Health Director, for an inspiring sing. Enjoy sustainable refreshments.
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Meeting Room

Green Up Your House with a Click of a Mouse: Mothers Out Front Campaign Kick Off Party

Join the Brookline team of Mothers Out Front, CAB, and community leaders as we launch our new campaign with a mid-winter mingle. Enjoy refreshments and music and learn about Mothers Out Front and the movement to switch 1,000 Brookline residents and businesses to Boston based, renewable green electricity. It’s the easiest and fastest way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. It takes only 5 minutes and a picture of your electric bill! In the side room we’ll show the movie “Disruption”: inspiration for you to tip the balance toward a clean energy future.
Brookline Teen Center, 41 Aspinwall Avenue

Germinating Social Change: How Ideas Grow and Spread!

Monday, February 9

MIT professor and author, Alex Pentland discusses his book Social Physics and its relevance to the climate movement. His work taps “big data” to decipher patterns that show how ideas spread through social networks and ultimately drive human behavior.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street

Broken Cities: A Game to Test Your Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Solutions

Tuesday, February 10

Eureka Puzzles hosts a game night in collaboration with Brookline’s Economic Development Division. Will you be a polluting, profit chasing slumlord, or a green-minded real estate mogul? The choice is yours. Sustainable snacks sourced locally. Limited Seats! RSVP to amartineau@brooklinema.gov by January 30 to secure yours.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street