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Good news for bicycling in Quincy

Some of the roads in Quincy look different lately – they are decked out with green paint and green posts. What’s going on? The answer is that Quincy streets are slowly becoming more complete. A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – foot, bicycle, public transit, and vehicles – to people of all ages and abilities. If a street has bike lanes like the ones newly installed in Quincy, biking is the fun choice to get where you’re going – as well as the environmentally friendly one! 

In 2018 Quincy adopted a new Complete Streets policy, and in 2019 the Commonwealth awarded Quincy over $300,000 of Complete Streets Grant Funding. The locations redesigned with that funding include:

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QCAN political committee update

The QCAN political committee has gotten off to a strong start in 2021. We’ve outlined our goals, including: 

  • Try to meet with every Quincy elected official or environmental policymaker and begin a dialogue about collaborating on our shared goals. 
  • Alert our network to important climate legislation and the opportunities to contact legislators to ask them to act in favor of our climate.
  • Hold community forums to highlight opportunities for positive mitigations for the environment.
  • Be a resource to the community, leaders, and other environmental groups.
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Book review: Finding the Mother Tree

A forest ecologist who grew up in the logging area of British Columbia, Dr. Suzanne Simard has found that forest trees share carbon and nutrients, and even communicate, via a network of underground fungi. In Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forestan extension of her well-loved TED talk – Simard chronicles her journey of discovery, where she begins to see trees as interdependent, cooperative creatures rather than solely a source of timber and pulp. 

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A hunger for more plant-based school lunch options

QYouth Climate Movement, QCAN’s youth chapter, has been working to bring more vegetarian and vegan lunch options into QPS schools. More than a third of the world’s greenhouse gases come from food production, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Beef has by far the largest carbon footprint, followed by lamb, mutton, and dairy. Scientists say that a shift in our diets is necessary if we hope to keep global warming under 1.5ºC.

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About Quincy CAN

Quincy Climate Action Network acts locally to fight climate change by promoting climate-friendly practices among residents, businesses, and government.

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Energy Bill 2018: A Letter to the Quincy Sun

August 16, 2018

Dear Editor:

Last month, our state legislature enacted a bill that will help Massachusetts lower its emissions of greenhouse gases and slow the climate change that has been causing or exacerbating devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, record-breaking wildfires in the West, and sea level rise that contributed to the flooding from which we’re still recovering here in Quincy. Continue reading

QCAN to Screen New Film on Food

March 27, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, Quincy Climate Action Network will cosponsor, along with the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, the new documentary film Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.

In the film, solid-waste experts, along with celebrity foodies such as TV chef Anthony Bourdain and writer Mark Bittman, discuss how Americans can help save money, lives, and the planet – and experience some great new dishes – by taking a more thoughtful approach to food.  The movie will screen at 7 p.m. at the library’s main branch at 40 Washington Street in Quincy.

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