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Earth Day at 50

 

We inhabit the same planet, so please, let's...

Honor our Mother, today and Every day

April 22, 2020


 


Fifty years ago today, Senator Gaylord Nelson (D, Wisconsin) and Representative Pete McCloskey (R, Calif; D since 2007) organized teach-ins, about the deteriorating state of the environment, on college campuses throughout the US.  As news of the teach-ins spread related events popped up in streets, parks and auditoriums across the country, to protest the negative effects of 150 years of industrial development. Fifty years later, people living near industrial areas still suffer negative health consequences and folks from these neighborhoods are falling fast to COVID-19...

Back in 1970, "Groups that had been fighting individually against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife united on Earth Day around these shared common values."

In 2019, like-minded groups from areas surrounding the Blue Hills Reservation came together similarly, so we might work together to plan "Earth Day @ 50" events throughout this month and year.
The Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition (BHCAC) was born.  Unfortunately COVID-19 has postponed, for the time being, most of the events we had hoped to host.  Stay tuned for details and revised dates.  In the meantime check out the inspirational Earth Day 50 videos on the BHCAC website and 11 great things to do below.

While the current pandemic may be preventing us from gathering to celebrate the golden anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020, remember folks throughout the world celebrated the activism of Earth Day last year, with Global Climate Strikes inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.  Milton High School's newly formed Earth Club hosted a Climate Strike as well, to raise awareness of the hazards of excessive carbon in our atmosphere.

 

 



How can we help achieve an atmosphere that looks more like the Feb satellite photo above than the Jan one without a painful loss of human life and economic meltdown?  Live simply, drive less and self-locomote more (aren't we all doing that now?  Keep it up), eat lower on the food chain like your grandparents did, and get further inspiration from several of the 11 events/suggestions below. 


1.
Fri April 24 is Arbor Day.  Planting trees is an important tool in Mother Nature's kit for climate change mitigation.  Think about where you might be able to plant a tree in your yard.  Checkout the Shade Tree Advisory Committee's list for recommendations, and see what the Wakefield Estate Arboretum is up to this spring. 

2.
Saturday, April 27 NepRWA's Annual Spring Cleanup - DIY style this year: wear your mask and gloves, pick your spot, maintain a safe distance from others and clean it up!  Please share your photos with NepRWA :-)

3. Improve your soil in preparation for those BCF seedlings (see #5 below) and other things you might have growing in your yard.  The Milton Garden Club is taking pre-orders for their 
Annual Composted Aged Cow Manure Sale; pickup date for orders, pre-paid by April 27, is Sat, May 9 from 10 AM - Noon.  Contact Anne: apride1@comcast.net for more info

4. Attend a
webinar to learn more about getting building codes closer to Net Zero (making homes more efficient and more comfortable to live in) Thurs April 30, 7-8 PM

5. Support local farms and enjoy food that is grown locally:  Sign-up for summer and/or fall CSA shares from Brookwood Community Farm.  Prefer to grow your own?  Pre-order seedlings and signup for a safe social-distance pick-up time at the annual BCF Seedling Sale in early May.  Visit the link above for more info about CSA veggie, fruit, egg, flower and granola shares. Seedling Sale info will be posted soon.

6.
Monday, May 18, BHCAC and Milton Public Library are co-sponsoring a lecture by Boston University professor, Richard B. Primack, about his book Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods (2015).  Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust coordinated all the planning, and Milton Junior Woman's Club grant funding made the event possible.  It will happen either live or digitally and is free to all.

7. Plan to attend Neponset River Watershed Association's
Virtual Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. Visit https://www.neponset.org for more info. 

8. Visit our Town's
Stormwater Management webpage to learn about what the Town is doing and what you can do to increase the infiltration of water and reduce runoff.

9. Visit the
Milton Garden Club's Sustainable Gardening page to learn how to create beautiful gardens that help support nature

10. Read some good books, such as the Friends of the Blue Hills Book Club pick -- 
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

11.  Mark your calendar for "Climb It 4 Climate", a large public event culminating in a walk to the summit of Great Blue Hill, rescheduled to Saturday, September 26.

 

Be well and stay that way!!  Wear a mask,

Sustainable Milton

Pres. Louie Pierro, VP Didi Emmons, Treasurer Greg Naviloff, Secretary Fred Taylor; Board Members:  Erick Ask, Henry MacLean, Jeanne Bronk, Solveig Ask (MHS student), Tara Manno Richer, Teresita Cochran and Tucker Smith

Reach us: info@SustainableMilton.org.  Sustainable Milton is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit org

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