Recycle almost anything; navigate a climate maze, visit with the polar bear; read the same book as the rest of town and meet the author; shop for winter veggies—and more! Climate Week returns to Brookline January 26 to February 3 and will focus on sustainable, local farming while also offering dozens of ways for every resident to help reduce their wastes and carbon footprints.
Climate Week kicks off January 26th, with a gala event at Town Hall entitled The 3R Depot (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Families can swap outgrown sports and formal wear for better-fitting duds, bring Styrofoam to be recycled and building materials for re-use, and take in "Be A-Mazed," a climate/ art/ science maze between the library and Town Hall. Information sessions for those interested in learning more will also be open throughout the day.
The Public Library joins the fun with a Brookline Reads (one town/one book) selection of The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. Events connected with the book include an art exhibit (Farm2Table2Farm) at the main library, and an author event with Kimball herself on January 31.
If reading about farming and food isn't enough, the Winter Market, held every Sunday from noon-5 in the Arcade Building sells provisions from local farmers and will also host information on how to cart everything home on foot or by bike.
For those who want to take bigger steps toward trimming their greenhouse emissions, Brookline Adult and Community Education is holding three workshops on home and community energy efficiency in dwellings and neighborhoods—Residential Building Science 101 on January 29, Do It Yourself Home Energy Efficiency on February 12, and Community-Driven Energy Efficiency on Februray 26. Details are available online at brooklineadulted.org.
More events and a listing of art exhibits and displays at climateactionbrookline.org.
by Andreae Downs