Gallery Of Art Hosts Talk On Why Climate Change Is True On Sunday, Sept. 29 @ 2PM

Photo: David L. Marino

Join the Belmont Gallery of Art’s a special hour-long family friendly event with Science Communicator David L. Marino: “Climate Change: How We Know It’s True.”

The talk will take place at the Gallery on the third floor of the Homer Building (located off Moore Street in the Town Hall complex in Belmont Center on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Marino’s presentation will address the difference between weather and climate, how we know what we know, and possible solutions to the warming trend.

A principal of DLM Communications, Marino has written and produced presentations most recently for the Museum of Science, Harvard, MIT and the Union of Concerned Scientists among others.

The talk coincides with the gallery show: “Impact Climate Change: Contemporary tapestry from Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers in New England.” The show continues until Oct. 13 than opening in San Francisco’s Mills Building on Dec. 16.

Students through adults are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. And it’s free.

Belmont Energy Committee’s Forum: Taking Local Action To Stop Climate Change

Belmont is on the forefront of local communities who have taken action to reduce its part in global climate change. More than a decade ago, Town Meeting in 2008 adopted a climate action plan to reduce the town’s green house gases by 80 percent by the year 2050. Since then, the town and Town Meeting has pushed policies and measures that has strengthened its role as a leader in mitigating carbon emissions in Belmont.

But according to the Belmont Energy Committee, the town can do better to achieve the goal of becoming a 100 percent carbon free community by 2050.

On Wednesday, April 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Belmont Art Gallery, (Homer Building) 19 Moore St., the Energy Committee is holding an educational forum on what are the most important steps residents and the town can take to make a difference in preventing global warming and climate change. Hear from experts about how the world of 2035 can and will differ from the world we know today.

Speakers will include:

George Bachrach: Former president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and one of the leading environmental voices in Massachusetts. Bachrach is a former state Senator whose district included Belmont. 

Peter Fox-Penner: Director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. The Institute’s Smart Cities Initiative focuses on promoting smart, sustainable cities through new methods of urban planning, infrastructure development, mobility, and built environment energy use.

Belmont Energy Committee along with Belmont Light General Manager Chris Roy, will explain Belmont’s Roadmap toward achieving Belmont’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The presentation will include an explanation of current ongoing action steps, the long-term action plan, and the Climate Change Resolution to be presented to Town Annual Town Meeting in the spring of 2019.

Talk On Increasing Climate Resilience This Wednesday, Sept. 26

Photo: Flooding at Clay Pit Pond, March 2018.

Julie Wormser, deputy director of the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), will speak Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Belmont Public Library on the organization’s Climate Resilience program and working with municipalities, businesses, and community organizations on a regional climate resilience strategy for the watershed.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Assembly Room.

The talk will discuss ways Belmont groups, businesses, and the town can help increase resilience to both drought and flooding from climate change. This is a meeting of the Belmont Stormwater Working Group, a collaboration between the Belmont Citizens Forum and Sustainable Belmont.

US Sen. Markey Holding Climate Crisis Summit At Belmont High, June 28

Photo: Massachusetts US Sen. Ed Markey

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is inviting residents and the general public to a Climate Crisis Action Summit at Belmont High School’s auditorium on Thursday, June 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Markey and three leading climate change experts will discuss what they believe is the greatest crises of our time. Following a discussion of the current state of affairs of climate policy and possible solutions, questions will be taken from the audience.

The expert panelists are:

  • Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and current Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • Dr. John Holdren, former Chief Science and Technology Advisor to President Barack Obama and current Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
  • Todd Stern, former U.S. Chief Negotiator for the Paris Climate Accord and current Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Distinguished Fellow at the World Resources Institute.

The summit is asking interested attendees to RSVP in order to gather an estimated headcount. Please note that registration here does not guarantee a seat, as attendees will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Though we do hope to accommodate each and every individual who attends.