June 24, 2020
Environmental lawyer and Boston College Law School professor Zygmunt Plater recently remarked that government and individual responses to the coronavirus pandemic show that actions “that may have seemed radical in the very recent past now seem necessary for societal survivability.” In that way, Plater said, the pandemic and our responses to it should give us a new way to look at the actions we need to take against climate change.
Quincy Climate Action Network agrees with Plater that both crises require novel and multipronged responses, and yet the actions required to fight climate change, while numerous and varied, aren’t nearly as radical as what societies have done in the last few months. Compared to closing down economies or staying shut up in our houses, climate solutions are generally painless. Continue reading
March 10, 2020
If you’re like other Quincy residents, you’ve been getting even more phone calls and marketing letters than usual from energy suppliers touting cheaper and sometimes greener electricity, claims that have often proven deceptive according to a 2019 report by Attorney General Maura Healey.
We wonder if the accelerated pace of these offers has anything to do with progress being made on the Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) plan that was recently approved by our city council. Continue reading
February 11, 2020
Five of QCAN’s Ward 5 residents met with City Councilor Chuck Phelan during his office hours on February 5th to discuss local issues related to climate change. We encouraged Councilor Phelan to vote for an amendment to the single-use plastic bag ban that would incorporate a modest surcharge for single-use paper bags, which contribute several times more climate-warming gases than single-use plastic bags. We hope that such an amendment can be proposed and approved before the plastic bag ban takes effect on March 1st. Continue reading
January 10, 2020
The office of Quincy Energy Manager Shelly Dein hosted a presentation last night by Harvard Extension School graduate student Vanessa Goh of her inventory of current greenhouse gas emissions generated within city limits – along with a proposed mitigation plan. This type of report helps set a baseline for all the sources of our community’s emissions so that we can set – and hopefully meet – future targets. Continue reading
Dear Governor Baker:
I urge you on behalf of the Quincy Climate Action Network to convert the MBTA buses that operate in and around our city to battery electric buses. As climate activists QCAN members are working first of all to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that threatens the property and lives of Quincy residents, and converting the fleet to electric buses is a critical part of achieving that goal. Electric buses have one quarter the carbon footprint of diesel hybrid buses, a footprint that will grow increasingly small and eventually disappear altogether as the electricity supply comes more and more from renewable sources. Today one Quincy bus route alone, the 215, daily emits 2,000 pounds of CO2 equivalent. Continue reading
In his shameless attack on a group of concerned Quincy citizens (letters, January 23), Councilor Brian Palmucci accuses Quincy Climate Action Network of making up facts in our push to amend the city’s plastic bag ban, though he conveniently neglects to identify any made-up facts we have disseminated.
We suggest that the councilor check his own facts. For example, in his letter, at the city council meeting where the ban was passed, and in emails between the councilor and QCAN members, he has repeatedly asserted that QCAN members want an outright “ban” on paper shopping bags. In fact, we are calling for a modest charge on paper bags, of a kind that’s been enacted in Boston, Cambridge, and several whole states, including California, Oregon, Vermont, and Maine, as a way to encourage the adoption of reusable shopping bags. Continue reading
The year 2019 has seen massive floods and wildfires in the US and around the globe. Glaciers and the polar ice caps continue to recede, raising sea levels ever higher. A summer heat wave in Europe caused killed thousands of people. Crops died in the fields from lack of rain or too much of it, and from increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Plant and animal species went extinct, with the World Wildlife Fund estimating up to 100,000 extinctions per year in recent years–between 1,000 and 10,000 times the natural extinction rate. Continue reading