Rising to the Challenge: Adapting to Life in a Changing Climate
February 22, 7pm: Virtual screening of "Decoding the Weather Machine," a PBS NOVA production
Many scientists agree that the Earth is warming and it is a result of the weather and climate machine called Earth. Join scientists as they travel the globe to see the real and demonstrable effects of climate change.
February 23: Energy Star’s How Big is Your Carbon Footprint? Activity Kit. Answer the questions in the survey and color in the lines around your footprint to see how big your carbon footprint is and your impact on the environment! Supplies limited.
March 8, 12pm: Building Community Resilience for Emergency Weather Preparedness, presented by Rev. Vernon K. Walker
Join Rev. Walker for a talk about building community resilience to strengthen the capacity to respond to climate emergencies. He will discuss the impacts of climate change on all and in particular, those who are disproportionately affected. Rev. Walker will share some of the ways to prepare for extreme weather as a community. Rev. Vernon K. Walker is the Program Manager of Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (CREW). View the presentation HERE.
Thank you to CREW for providing the following information sheets on various preparedness topics for you to download and print:
- Severe Weather Preparation: Flooding
- Severe Weather Preparation: Winter Storms
- Severe Weather Preparation: Extreme Heat
- Severe Weather Preparation: Hurricanes
- Extreme Weather Preparation: Wildfires
- Tickborne Illness
- Are You Prepared for Extreme Weather? (trifold pamphlet)
March 9: “Prepare with Pedro” Activity Kit. Supplies limited.
March 22, 7pm: Climate Change in Metrowest and Beyond, presented by Joy Marzolf, Owner of The Joys of Nature
Massachusetts has changed much in the last 400 years: from forest to farm to town and now in many places, suburbs. Now, more recently, we are seeing rapid changes going on around us. From weather extremes like warmer winters and colder, wetter springs to spells of drought and extensive heat, torrential downpours and tornado warnings. How are these and other changes affecting our area wildlife and us? Find out more and discuss what each of us can do to make a difference. Click HERE to view this presentation.
March 23: Bee House Take & Make Kit. As of Monday, March 23, we have run out of kits. We apologize for any inconvenience.
April 5, 7pm: Framingham is Preparing for Climate Change, presented by Shawn Luz, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Framingham and Aimee Powelka, Lead, Energize Framingham
Join Shawn to hear about how the City is working to improve the energy resilience of critical facilities through energy efficiency and resilience projects. Then, hear from Aimee about ways to make your own home more prepared for climate emergencies through energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. Click HERE to register.
April 6: Sun Tea Take & Make Kit. Supplies limited. Click HERE to order your kit starting March 30.
April 19, 7pm: Climate Change, Resilience and the Healing Power of Nature, presented by Deb Markowitz, Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Deb will share the many ways that nature can help us address the climate crisis and can contribute to healthy and safe communities. She will tell us about some of the ways that TNC has been leading in this effort and how you can get involved. Click HERE to register.
April 20: Grow a Bean Plant Take & Make Kit. Supplies limited. Courtesy of the Seed Lending Library. Click HERE to order your kit starting April 13.
Little Libraries within Framingham Public Library
- Fundamentals of Sustainable Living Series, The Great Courses. Available as a digital video from Kanopy HERE, or on DVD, HERE.
- Going to green. Volume 1, Towards a more sustainable community, DVD. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Garden girl. Urban sustainable living, with Patti Moreno, DVD. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- The biggest little farm. On DVD. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- 20 Ways to Reduce Waste: Easy Sustainable Lifestyle Hacks, Zero Waste for Beginners. On YouTube HERE.
- 12 Cheap and Easy Tips for Reducing Your Waste. On YouTube HERE.
- A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist. On YouTube HERE.
- Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change: discover how it impacts spaceship earth, by Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change, by Peter Benoit. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change: our warming Earth, by Carol Hand. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change, by Cheryl Jakab. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change, by Sally Morgan. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate change: the choice is ours: the facts, our future, and why there's hope!, by David Miles. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Living Green: Your Questions Answered, by Amy Hackney Blackwell. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- The Zero-Waste Lifestyle Live Well by Throwing Away Less, by Amy Korst and Bill McKibben. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. Ebook. Click HERE.
- Sustainable & Water Wise Gardens, Digital magazine. Click HERE.
- Sustainable: houses with small footprints, by Avi Friedman. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- The archipelago of hope: wisdom and resilience from the edge of climate change, by Gleb Raygorodetsky. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Climate justice: hope, resilience, and the fight for a sustainable future, by Mary Robinson with Caitríona Palmer. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Extreme cities: the peril and promise of urban life in the age of climate change, by Ashley Dawson. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Sustainable urbanism and beyond: rethinking cities for the future. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- All we can save: truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson. Click HERE to request from the catalog.
- Green Eco Tips for Sustainable Living
- 12 Ways to Live More Sustainably
- Top 100 Sites for Going Green
- 100+ Simple Tips to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle
- 17 Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts Projects (for kids and adults alike)
- 25 Fun and Easy Nature Crafts and Activities
- 15 Sustainability activities and ideas for the and the classroom
Communities Responding to Extreme Weather: CREW is a network of local leaders building grassroots climate resilience through inclusive and hands-on education, service and planning. Together we are working to equip families and communities with the resources to prepare for and respond to local climate changes equitably, sustainable and collaboratively.
- Mass Energize: Provides community leaders in Massachusetts with tools, resources and support to motivate and help their residents and businesses, schools and congregations, to take actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate.
- Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy is bringing a spirit of innovation to preserving life on Earth. In Massachusetts, we’re working with diverse partners to bring back healthy rivers, estuaries and fisheries; protect forests and the benefits they provide; transform the city landscape; and fight the causes of climate change, while working with communities to use nature to adapt to its impacts.
- Mass Renews: A coalition of grassroots organizations working together so that everyone in Massachusetts - Black, brown, and white, Indigenous and immigrant - has a dignified job with a liveable wage, can afford a comfortable home and enough food, and can walk or play outside in clean air.
- Mothers Out Front: Mothers Out Front mobilizes people to come together for climate, racial, and social justice. The Massachusetts chapter is led by volunteers working collectively to make change at the local and state level. They meet with elected officials, testify at hearings, and organize rallies, community discussions, and other events. Connect with a local chapter HERE.
- 350.org: An international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Get involved and find a local group near you HERE.