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Medfield Climate Week is coming...

Last year's one-day Spring Greening Fair has grown and evolved into an entire week of events related to environment, climate, and sustainability. 

MEA is organizing Medfield’s first ever ‘Climate Week’ from Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, May 7.

Many neighboring towns have held similar ‘Climate Weeks’ with great results, and community stakeholders are coming together to plan this in our town! There are several other events happening alongside Medfield Climate Week, including Bellforge’s Fairy Walk, Daffodil Days, and Medfield Town Meeting.
Any community group, business owner, individual resident, town department, churche, club, school, or classroom may host their own public event. MEA will support you by coordinating and publishing the week’s schedule and will help to advertise your event. Plans are already in the works for a clothing swap, electric car show, and several solar panel open houses. 
Do you have a sustainable garden, a home heat pump, a rain barrel, compost bin, or other sustainable environmentally friendly practice that you can show others?  All it would take is an hour or two of your time. 
Use this online form to let us know what you would like to offer.
Thank you.  We are so excited!
Free lunchtime learning opportunities
Feb. 21 at 12 noon -- From our friends at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, a webinar about what new electric cars will be coming out in the next year or so.  Register here.
Feb. 22 at 12 noon + Mar. dates -- The first of the series "Conservation in Action! from the Trustees.  Did you know there are five Trustees properties in Medfield? This series gives information about the Trustees' work.
Mar. 1 at 12 noon -- "Mass Save Electrification Incentives," this webinar reviews Mass Save incentives for commercial, multifamily, and single-family new construction, as well as incentives for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Register here.
A smattering of good news, maybe good news, and not so good news
Good news
Earthjustice reported earlier this month:  Two years after the Trump administration opened the door to large-scale logging in the Tongass National Forest, the Biden administration closed it by restoring the Roadless Rule and protecting “the lungs of the country.”  The Tongass, an old growth temperate rain forest, is located in southern Alaska and is the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples. Learn more about why this news is important.
According to BBC news, single-use cutlery and plates will be banned in England.
From Recycle Smart:  "In MA, if you recycle only the containers pictured in the Smart Recycling Guide, you can rest assured that 90% of them will be sold to recycling reclaimers to begin their next life."  In other words, plastic recycling is still alive.  Read this Recycle Smart Newsletter.
Maybe good news
The New York Times' David Gelles reports:  " The World Bank chief [David Malpass] has handed in an early resignation. That gives the president a chance to install a new, climate-focused leader."  For years, global development experts have complained that the bank was not doing enough to help vulnerable nations adapt to climate change.  Read about it in the Climate Forward newsletter of the NYT.
Not so good news with some maybe good news
Jeff Brady, from NPR, has an informative piece about gas stoves titled  "Gas stove makers have a pollution solution.  They're just not using it."  In fact, they have known about the solution for the past forty years, ever since studies began to show that emissions from gas stove burners were harmful to people with asthma. That's the bad news-- that the harm now known from gas stove emissions could have been prevented, along with saving significant gas consumption.  The maybe good news is now gas companies and gas stove manufacturers might face more scrutiny, including regulation, of which there is none for gas stove makers.
For a real treat, watch and/or read 'Earthrise,' a poem by Amanda Gorman.
Have you visited Sustainable Medfield's Action Portal yet?  Join the 318 other households who have!
Learn about ACTIONS you can take and hear from your fellow residents on their experiences taking ACTION.
The next MEA meeting is March 1, 2023 at 7:30pm by Zoom.  Email for the link. 
All are welcome!  Hear about upcoming programming and/or help with Climate Week.
Our Mission
Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents.  We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action.  We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is that those informed citizens support each other and work together for solutions.
MEA will work to:
  • initiate and support measures by our town and state governments that will positively impact our environment;
  • help reduce energy consumption and render the consumed energy renewable/sustainable
  • reduce other environmental impacts in our community.
Adopted July 9, 2020
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