EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator

Looking for action to take to reduce the impacts of climate change? A successful response to the climate crisis takes action at all levels.


Big action is required. We finally have news that the XL Pipeline project has been stopped after years of organizing and protest.

Local action is needed. We have some great opportunities on Cape Ann to work on Climate Change mitigation through the Green Community Taskforce, and the Cape Ann Climate Coalition.

But even if you can’t get to a pipeline to protest against, and you don’t have the extra time to work on a town or Cape Ann committee, you can still contribute with small measures around your own home.

What parts of your lifestyle are still contributing to greenhouse gasses and what can you do about it?
The EPA provides this tool to calculate your carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint Calculator


One great feature of this tool is that it provides a means of downloading the model as a spreadsheet so that you can see both the assumptions and all of the ways that the results are calculated.

Meeting Saturday October 17, 2015

The Rockport Democratic Town Committee held a meeting on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 10:30 at the Rockport Police Station, 168 Main Street.  We received excellent reports from our committee members who attended the State Convention in September.  We heard from a supporter of the MA initiative for humane treatment of farm animals.  We also heard from a supporter of the Fair Share Amendment. Both presentations were quite informative.  Attendees had a chance to sign petitions for each.

Fair Share Amendment resource links:
Basic summary on the Fair Share Amendment campaign:  http://raiseupma.org/constitutional-amendment-campaign/

Signature Collection Toolkit (which includes the basic fact sheet on the campaign):  http://raiseupma.org/signature-collection-toolkit/

Mass Budget and Policy Center’s short report on the campaign’s funding goals and tax reforms that improve fairness:  http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Fair_Share_Tax_Reform_Factsheet.html

Humane Treatment for Farm Animals:  More information on the initiative – http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/massachusetts-ballot-initiative-seeks-curb-farm-animal-confinement

New Issues Links Section

On Saturday August 1, 2015 The Rockport Democratic Town Committee voted to add Issues links to our site. Our committee is committed to work on the issues of: Education, Labor, Energy and Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Safety, Ethics and transparency in Govt, Justice, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Health and Human services.  We are soliciting members of the committee to submit links to news stories, legislative initiatives and public actions related to these issues, which we will display on the site.  If you have a a link to suggest, please send it to the web-mistress and we can post it for the public.

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Fair Share Amendment Related Links:
Basic summary on the Fair Share Amendment campaign:  http://raiseupma.org/constitutional-amendment-campaign/

Signature Collection Toolkit (which includes the basic fact sheet on the campaign):  http://raiseupma.org/signature-collection-toolkit/

Mass Budget and Policy Center’s short report on the campaign’s funding goals and tax reforms that improve fairness:  http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Fair_Share_Tax_Reform_Factsheet.html