Climate Conversations – CACC

Over the transom from CapeAnnClimateCoalition:

From: Cape Ann Climate Coalition
Subject: Coastal Relience and Cape Ann event on Jan. 19
Hi Cape Ann Climate Coalition Members,
Here is an event we are co-sponsoring on Wed., Jan. 19 at 9am about Cape Ann and coastal resilience. We hope you can join us!

The Gloucester Marine Station and Cape Ann Climate Coalition present Climate Conversations:
Building Resiliency within our Coastal Community on January 19, 2022 at 9:00am (remote event) To register for the conversation, follow this link:…/tJApcOmtrz0qGNO7nS5lJ3R…

This “Climate Conversation” is intended to be a remote information session that encourages dialogue around the potential impacts of climate change and solutions (both mitigation and adaptation) for Cape Ann communities.

Paul Kirshen, Professor School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts
Boston, and Director, Stone Living Lab
Michelle Rowden, Northeast Regional Coordinator, Municipal Vulnerability Pre- paredness Program, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Marta Vicarelli, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Adrian Jordaan, Associate Professor, Director of the Gloucester Marine Station, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Opening remarks by Darci Maresca, Assistant Director, School of Earth & Sustain- ability, introducing the Northeast Center for Coastal Resilience (NCCR)–

Paul Kirshen is a Professor in the School for the Environment at the University
of Massachusetts Boston. He is also Director of the Stone Living Lab – a
partnership of the university, Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service,
the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental
Affairs, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
focused on research on nature-based solutions for coastal resiliency
and flood risk reduction. He is a Principal investigator and serves on the Executive Committee for the Northeast Center for Coastal Resilience. He has considerable experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research
related to water resources, coastal zone, and infrastructure management, and climate variability and change. He was a Lead Author for the IPCC Assessment Report and the US National Climate Assessment. He works at scales ranging from local to international. He has been conducting research on the integrated vulnerability of metro Boston and Massachusetts to present and future climates and adaptation/ management strategies since 1990. He received his ScB in Engineering from Brown University and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michelle Rowden is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In this role, she assists cities and towns in this region to join the MVP program and successfully obtain funding for and manage grant projects that will increase climate resilience for the community and region. Michelle has more than 20 years of experience, most of that time serving as the Conservation Agent for the Town of Salisbury. Before that, she worked in various roles at the Southwest Florida Water Management District supporting regulatory and research programs. She holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida.

Marta Vicarelli is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a Principal investigator and serves on the Executive Committee for the Northeast Center for Coastal Resilience. Her research focuses on: (i) the risks and the socio-economic impacts of climate variability and climate change; (ii) renewable energy economics and policy analysis; (iii) the economics of green infrastructure, nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based disaster risk-reduction. From 2004 analysis; (iii) the economics of green infrastructure, nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based disaster risk-reduction. From 2004
to 2010, she worked as a research fellow at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies investigating observed impacts and responses to climate change. She is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II, on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She is the recipient of the Peccei Fellowship (2007) awarded by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna for her work on integrating inter annu- al climate variability forecasts into weather-indexed crop insurance. In 2009 she was awarded the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship by the Harvard University Sustainability Science Program and she worked as a research fellow at the Harvard University’s Center for International Development from 2009 to 2011. She joined the Yale University Climate and Energy Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011 until 2013, investigating the impacts of climate change and weather extremes on human capital formation.

She holds a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure in Par- is, a Master of Environmental Economics from the École Polytechnique, as well as a Master of International Affairs and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

“I took on the role as Gloucester Marine Station Director in 2015, inherit- ing a location with a long history of high-quality science but facing an uncertain future. I have been honored to serve the University of Massachusetts in developing partnerships with the Cape Ann community and stakeholders across the Commonwealth.
Decades living on islands from Newfoundland to the Caribbean has exposed me the wonders of the ocean, but also the socioeconomic and ecosystem upheavals brought on by extreme weather and ecosystem collapse. Experiencing these dual aspects of living on the coast shaped my career pathway, my approach to research, and my values as the Direc- tor, by providing me an understanding of how linked we and our livelihoods are to the health of coastal ecosystems and aquatic communities.
Trained as a Marine Biologist and Quantitative Fisheries Ecologist, I have studied and researched organisms inhabiting a variety of water types over the past two decades. Currently my research focusses on river herring and winter flounder ecology, ecosystem functioning and effects of climate of phenology, all in search of solutions to improve populations under management. Central to my approach is finding “sweet spots” where science can help guide management strategies that improve or increase ecosystem services.
This often includes aspects of climate-organism interactions, ecosystem connections and organismal biology. Experiences along the way, including living in different cultures, and currently as the GMS Director and as an appointed member of the New England Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee, have pro- vided me exposure to a diversity of philosophies, cultures, and approaches to problem-solving.”

Acknowledgments and Statements
The Gloucester Marine Station is committed to fostering dialogue around complex issues by leveraging the State University system for knowledge and solutions. We would like to recognize the partnerships among UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell and other institutions such as GMGI and Tufts University for working towards common goals of economic growth and sustainable resource use.
UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station is committed to the success and well-being of every individual in our community regardless of group identity and to the development of a commu- nity that recognizes and encourages inclusion, the power of diverse perspectives, and mutual respect.
The University of Massachusetts and the Gloucester Marine Station gratefully acknowledge the Native Peoples on whose Indigenous homelands and waters on which our faculty and students conduct research and engagement, as well as where our community live
and work. We also invite you to deepen your relationship to these living lands and waters.
Cape Ann Climate Coalition Essex-Gloucester-Manchester-Rockport, Massachusetts

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Martin Luther King Car Caravan – Jan 17

Many Rockport Dems have expressed an interest in BLM activities and goals. One way to show support for voting and other rights in Rockport is to take part in the annual Rockport MLK parade run by the Rockport UU church. Due to COVID, this year’s parade will be switched to a car caravan.

Note from the UU Social Justice Committee:

MLK Car Parade Monday Jan 17 
Will start gathering at 10am along Back Beach with cars aimed in the Granite St direction (roughly north). The car parade will officially leave Back Beach at 10:30 am.    
Posters are good (balloons tend to become litter ). Promote celebration, peace, love!

RDTC Meeting – Jan 5, 7pm Zoom

Happy New Year, Rockport Dems!                                                                                                                

We are looking forward to seeing you (via Zoom) for the first meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 5th at 7:00 PM.  For your convenience I have placed the Zoom link for the meeting at the end of this message. 

We will be discussing:

* The date and procedure of the RDTC Caucus (virtual), between 2/4 and 3/12, to elect delegates and alternates to the state convention.

* The date and procedure of the RDTC Organizational Meeting, between 1/1 and 4/15, to elect officers for the next two years. 

* We have at least two candidates for office, Senator DiZoglio and Chris Dempsey, who are running for state auditor and would like to speak with the group. 

* Important Committee notes will be shared with the group. 

We hope to see you there!

Suellen Wedmore

Corresponding Secretary RDTC

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Virtual Town Hall – Rep Moulton – Dec 16

(Re-post of recent update email from Team Moulton.)

Hello from Team Moulton,
We just wanted to reach out and provide a couple quick updates, most importantly, about an upcoming virtual town hall with Congressman Moulton. The focus will be on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Build Back Better Act. 

What: Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Seth MoultonWhen: Thursday, December 16th, 6pmWhere: Facebook Live

*Please visit the “Congressman Seth Moulton” Facebook page to submit any questions beforehand, as well as to tune in at the time of the event.

In other news, Seth teamed up with Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina to co-author an op-ed on why their GI Bill Restoration Act is needed. As many might not know, Black WWII veterans were denied the raft of benefits afforded to their white counterparts under the GI Bill. This legislation, introduced by Reps Moulton and Clyburn along with Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia, seeks to remedy that by providing the families of those Black veterans a transferable benefit that their descendants can use to attend college, secure housing, start businesses, and build generational wealth. 

And, on the elections front, Seth was proud to endorse Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards in her upcoming special election contest for State Senate, as well as endorsing the successful campaign for now State Rep. Jamie Belsito. Congratulations Jamie, and best of luck to Lydia!
P.S. We want to thank everyone who joined Seth last month for the Team Moulton MA06 Political Roundtable. The feedback we got from you and your organizations and committees was clear and actionable. We hope to do this again in the future.
Matt Chilliak
Campaign Manager 
Moulton for Congress
Phone:(978) 809-2757

1.2 Trillion infrastructure bill signed into law!

Heather Cox Richardson said it best this morning…

“Since 1981, we have badly underinvested in our infrastructure as we turned to private investment to develop our economy. In order to stimulate that private investment, we have focused on cutting taxes on the wealthy, but the promised investment never materialized. Now our bridges are crumbling, and some of our water pipes are still leaching lead into our drinking water.

The new law commits $550 billion in new spending, along with monies from other appropriations, to rebuild the hardscape of our infrastructure. It provides:

$73 billion to upgrade the country’s electrical grid,

$66 billion for high-speed internet access across the country,

$47 billion to fight wildfires and protect coastal zones from flooding in the new global climate conditions,

$21 billion to clean up contaminated rivers and lakes and other polluted sites (including abandoned mines, whose private owners left poisons behind when they left),

$15 billion to get rid of lead pipes in drinking water,

$75 billion to build charging stations for electric vehicles, and

$2 billion to bring transportation to rural areas.

To accomplish all these things, it will create good jobs across the country.”

Great work everyone! Now we have the funding to build for the future. Let’s get to it.

More Virginia GOTV opportunities from Swing Left North Shore

Dear Swing Left North Shore/ Cape Ann – 

We sent about 10,000 postcards to VA – to encourage early voting, get out the vote for Virginia Beach House of Delegate candidates and test a message to motivate voters concerned about climate change to oust their Republican state Delegate who had voted against important climate measures.

Everyone is focused on VA for the next 12 days and there are a lot of great actions to join. e will have postcards for the Freedom to Vote Act the week of Nov 8, but please try to join in at least one of the activities below being conducted by the most effective grassroots organizations to make sure we win in VA:


Getting out the core voter is critical in low-turnout elections like Virginia’s upcoming elections on November 2nd. Republicans are working to win back the governor’s seat and the state legislature. Early voting has already started! Swing Blue Alliance is working with Sister District MA/RI to call voters to give them information about early mail-in and in-person voting and recruiting volunteers to canvass.

Join a Sister District MA/RI phone bank Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.


We only have two weeks remaining in this election, and voter turnout is in need of a boost, especially in communities of color, the focus of our phone banks!

Start making calls on your own time, 9am-8pm ET or, if you’d like to make calls with others at another time, or need a more personalized training, come and join any of our guided phone banks on mobilize – –  sign up for our current phone banks here.PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY

Glenn Youngkin’s extremism stands at stark opposition to the values of Virginia voters, but unless we’re able to increase voter turnout in the upcoming election, he has a chance of beating Terry McAuliffe!

Sign up now to help get out the vote in Virginia by calling or texting voters – the election is just a few weeks away! 

Let me know how it goes – if you send a brief report of your experience I can share them and hopefully that will encourage others to give it a try.   Let’s head in to 2022 with a big win in VA!!

Thanks! Alix

Rockport Democratic Town Committee Meeting, October 16th, 10am

How exciting!  We are going to meet in person on Saturday, October 16th!  😊

The Rockport Democratic Town Committee will gather at 10:00 AM in the Community Room of the Rockport Police Station, 168 Main Street, on Saturday, October 16th, to hear reports from the recent State Democratic Convention  and to plan for the next few months of 2021.

All Rockport residents registered as Democrats are encouraged to attend. 

(Please remember that mask wearing is currently required for those entering public buildings in Rockport.)

We look forward to seeing you then!

Suellen Wedmore, Communicating Secretary for RDTC

Swing Left Climate related Postcard event – Rockport, Sept 21

Our local Swing Left group is organizing another round of postcard writing. The Rockport event is on Sept 21st, but there are events around the Cape.

I will let the group explain in a letter that came over the transom this morning, from Swing Left.

… I think that most of our projects between now and November will be geared toward the VA state elections – to make sure we hold the VA House of Delegates and elect Democrats to statewide office.

Through our Swing Left Greater Boston (now Swing Blue Alliance) contacts, I have signed on to a project being conducted by Sister District Action Network.  The project is a well-designed experiment to determine if voters who have high scores in support of a specific issue and who don’t always vote will turn out in greater number (and hopefully in opposition) if they know that their Republican incumbent votes against their position on that issue. If this turns out to be effective it could be a great tool in 2022. If you want the details, go to the last section of these slides (the section entitled “Votes and Values):  Sister District Postcard Program training slides.  

Our postcards will be to voters who are strongly in favor of addressing climate change.

I have 100 packets of 25 postcards and hope to get them all out next week so we can do another round.  You will need to return them to the pickup host or me because they will be sent to a central location and mailed from VA. $2.50/packet to me and you will need 25 postcard stamps (and let me know if you want more than one packet in the convenient spot at the sign up link!).Pick up schedule and RSVP links:

SALEM:  Monday, Sept 20, 10am-6pm, at Chris Malstrom’s, 45 Essex St (Pick up on patio off Hardy Street), RSVP

MARBLEHEAD: Tuesday, Sept 21, 10am-6pm, at Lynn Nadeau’s, 10 Surf St, RSVP

ROCKPORT: Tuesday, Sept 21, 3pm-6pm, at Diane Vella’s, 17 King St, RSVP

BEVERLY: Wednesday, Sept 22, 10am-6pm, at Ruth Rich’s, 63 Baker Ave, RSVP

MANCHESTER: Wednesday, Sept 22, 10am-6pm, at Sandy Bodmer-Turner’s , 89 School St, RSVP

GLOUCESTER: Thursday, Sept 23, 10am-6pm, at Elizabeth Bish’s 18 Perkins St, RSVP

SWAMPSCOTT: Thursday, Sept 23, 10am-6pm, at Alix Smullin’s, 22 Woodbine Ave, RSVP

Thanks!!! Chris, Lynn, Diane, Ruth, Sandy, Elizabeth and Alix “

Martha Gach Trees & Climate Change

This is a great presentation about the value of trees in the fight to control the effects of climate change, that was given recently to the Rockport Garden Club

A big contribution to the future of your neighborhood, street and the world can be made simply by planting and nurturing the right trees and bushes in your own yard.

If you are a new homeowner in town, our local garden club is not just the group that makes the town properties look so fabulous, although they are that. They are also leaders in town efforts to combat climate change, preserve wetlands, and reduce contamination of our water table and runoff into the ocean.

And, they have a hardworking volunteer Invasive Species group that helps homeowners follow the proper process necessary to rid their property of invasive growth in a safe and legal manner and plant service providing trees and bushes in its wake.

INVEST in America Act – working its way through the Senate

The US Senate worked through the weekend to advance HR 3684, the INVEST in America Act. This page describes the current state of H.R. 3684, its Cosponsors, Text and Amendments.

Brief summary from

Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act or the INVEST in America Act

This bill addresses provisions related to federal-aid highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Among other provisions, the bill

  • extends FY2021 enacted levels through FY2022 for federal-aid highway, transit, and safety programs;
  • reauthorizes for FY2023-FY2026 several surface transportation programs, including the federal-aid highway program, transit programs, highway safety, motor carrier safety, and rail programs;
  • addresses climate change, including strategies to reduce the climate change impacts of the surface transportation system and a vulnerability assessment to identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of the surface transportation system and ensure the efficient use of federal resources;
  • revises Buy America procurement requirements for highways, mass transit, and rail;
  • establishes a rebuild rural bridges program to improve the safety and state of good repair of bridges in rural communities;
  • implements new safety requirements across all transportation modes; and
  • directs DOT to establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee to restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and achieve and maintain a state of good repair in the surface transportation system.’