On October 17, 2019, QCAN held a Candidates’ Night at United First Parish Church exploring local environmental issues. Eleven city councilor candidates participated, along with mayoral candidate Brenda Ryan and Mayor Koch’s chief of staff, Chris Walker. They discussed responding to climate science, recycling and food waste collection, net-zero building standards, electric vehicles in Quincy, climate preparedness, and leading by example. Several incumbents mentioned QCAN’s advocacy in connection with the city’s progress in addressing climate change.
Update: Dr. Templer’s talk is online here.
New England is known for its forests. For the blaze of color that explodes every fall, the dazzling stillness of a newly fallen snow, the austere refuge that drew Thoreau to “live deliberately” by Walden Pond.
But what will become of these iconic landscapes in a warming world? Pamela Templer, a biology professor at Boston University, will discuss her research on the topic at a free public lecture on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 7 pm. The talk will be held at the Thomas Crane Library at 40 Washington Street in Quincy and is co-sponsored by the Quincy Climate Action Network, Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, and the library.
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The research has important implications for New England. “I think of our forests as natural filters,” says Templer. Trees pull pollutants out of the air, draw the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and lock it in their wood and roots, and soak up pollutants from soils, preventing them from contaminating waterways.
Save the date! QCAN will once again be hosting a Candidates’ Night focused on environmental and climate issues for city council and mayoral candidates. Join us at the Church of the Presidents at Quincy Center from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019. If you can’t make it, check out our YouTube channel after the event for videos of candidates’ answers.
September 10, 2019
Quincy Climate Action Network, Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station, and the Thomas Crane Public Library will celebrate Climate Week 2019 with a lecture by John Rogers, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Rogers will speak on the promise of offshore wind power for the New England economy as well as the global environment. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 24 at the library’s main branch, 40 Washington Street in Quincy Center. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
QuincyCAN volunteers meet monthly, and our meetings are open to the public. They normally occur at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Houghs Neck Community Center. But on September 11, 2019, the meeting will be held in the upstairs community room at the Stop & Shop on Southern Artery at 7 pm.
The proposed ban on single-use plastic bags, which will soon come before the city council, can be a big win for the environment—if the councilors make a small but important tweak.
Single-use plastic shopping bags have a bad name, which they richly deserve. They contribute to unsightly litter; end up in the ocean, where they harm marine life; and contaminate our city’s recycling stream, leading to heavy surcharges from our recycling contractor. Quincy Climate Action Network enthusiastically supports their banning. Continue reading
QCAN organized the first Quincy Environmental Fair on July 27, 2019, in collaboration with the Thomas Crane Public Library. Hundreds of people came to participate in green activities, enjoy local entertainment, and learn what they can do to fight climate change and protect the environment.
It was also a wonderful opportunity from a range of different groups to meet each other and find out about each other’s work. We appreciate the support of the library and the City of Quincy and hope to make this an annual event! Continue reading