To our members who are concerned about effects of climate change, especially on Cape Cod:
The Education (AEO) Committee is planning a series of public interactive talks, complete with relevant handouts. We will need lots of help. We need “curators”…individuals who will take on the planning and communication around each presentation. Please find the one which appeals to you and let Rand Burkert know you’d like to participate!
Here is the series as we now conceive it. Some of these have committed speakers + and others are in early planning stages.
Lower Cape Indivisible Climate Change Series
The Education Committee of LCI believes Climate Change is the issue which we cannot let slide! We begin with the assumption that Climate Change is fact.
Our goal is to answer the question “What Can I Do About…?”
We hear much frustration among fellow Cape Codders who feel they don’t know what to do, and we observe a lack of understanding about the relevant work being done and possibilities for work to be done.
+ The first meeting will set the stage: Climate Change (hereafter CC) as it exists in the microcosm of Cape Cod. What changes have we seen already? What is threatened in the future? This first interactive talk will bring the issue close to home. Presenter is Mon Cochran of 5c’s.
Following this, several subjects will be covered complete with handouts detailing what we can do personally; locally; at county, state and federal level.
First set will cover existing unavoidable effects on various important aspects of our lives
+ Effect of CC on Cape Cod nature: Bob Prescott
+ Effect of CC on Pleasant Bay, a surrogate for the many Cape Cod estuaries: Carol Ridley, director PB Alliance.
Effect of CC on Cape Cod fishery: Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance.
Effect of CC on development and RE sales: Cape Cod Commission environmental economist
Effect of CC on tourism and business: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Then a series on how to actually cut back on carbon loading
+ Carbon footprint. What does it mean? Carbon reduction possibilities using clean energy. Review 5C’s personal carbon footprint calculator. Pat Hughes. If attendees bring ipads, can actually do there.
+ Carbon reduction possibilities with native trees and shrubs and minimizing of fertilizer: Kristin Andres of APCC. Handouts: town fertilizer regs, native plant lists. Role of Conservation Commissions/Bds. of Health.