The sixth annual Brookline Climate Week begins on Monday, March 28. This is an opportunity for Brookline residents to address environmental concerns in their communities. The following events are free and open to the public. Regarding weather, events are held rain or shine unless the town declares a weather emergency or cancellation by event organizer. For more information, go to brooklineclimateweek.org or follow activities on Twitter at #BrooklineClimateWeek.
Monday, March 28
Mobilizing the Energy Revolution
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall, 6:30–8pm
How do we convert our entire energy supply to renewables? Mara Prentiss, author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology, tells us about the opportunities and choices that must be made. “Most people aren’t aware of the enormous positive opportunities for change. I wrote the book to encourage people to embrace some of those changes.”
Tuesday, March 29
Exploring Your Place in the Climate Movement
Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., 6:30–7pm refreshments 7-8:30pm program
Facing climate change can be overwhelming. It is also a profound opportunity to come together for service and justice. Join two pioneering climate leaders for their TED talk style presentations about their journeys into the climate movement. After the presentations, break into small groups to explore ways to deepen our commitment to address climate change personally and in society. Fossil Fuel Free Action: bring your electric bill and switch to clean renewable electricity.
Wednesday, March 30
Local Action, Big Results
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., 6:30–7pm refreshments 7-9pm program
Municipal climate initiatives are accelerating now across the Commonwealth. Leaders examine three ways communities are innovating: implementing options for local renewable electricity, eliminating methane gas leaks, and promoting smart growth through long range community vision to raise the bar on sustainable town and school expansion. Break out into workshops for developing impactful actions.
Thursday, March 31
Powering Our Statehouse Forward Will We Break Away from Fossil Fuels?
Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St., 6pm refreshments 6:30–8:30pm program
We are currently making decisions regarding our state’s infrastructure that will determine how our energy is delivered over the next sixty years. Join Mass. Power Forward leaders who are fighting for our future. Break into workshops for powering the state toward clean, renewable energy, stopping new gas lines, and developing community owned power.
Friday, April 1
This Changes Everything: A Film based on Naomi Klein’s book
Lawrence School, 27 Francis St., Auditorium, 7–9pm
What if confronting the climate crisis is about much more than just using less energy and emitting less carbon? Naomi Klein, noted journalist and climate champion, points out that the challenge the human race faces is not just about atmospheric science, but also about the very socio-economic institutions of Western civilization.
Saturday, April 2
Green Routes Bike Tour of Brookline
Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington St., 8–9:30am
Want to make bicycling part of your daily routine? Brookline is improving safety for bicyclists. Join our tour of recent and planned bicycle infrastructure improvements. Riders high school age and older. About 8 miles.
3R Depot Pitch In to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In & Around Town Hall, 333 Washington St, 10am–2pm
Education, action, & fun for the whole family. Enjoy 3R Depot stations, lunch at the Carbon Café, & Youth Science Fair at the Pierce School.
Youth Climate Adaptation Science Fair
Pierce School, Pierce St. and 50 School St. entrances, Cafeteria 11am–2pm
Join budding scientists as they step up to the challenge in a science fair that addresses climate change and adaptation. Brookline students from K – 12 put on their thinking caps as they address energy transportation, biodiversity, food supply, eco-friendly fashion. You be the judge!
Complete Streets for a Livable Brookline?
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall. 2–4pm
Transportation leaders describe a planning vision: Complete Streets, that safely integrates travel by foot, bicycle, and transit. Learn how Brookline marks its place in the region by applying this vision to our community.
Sunday, April 3
Muddy River Project Walk From Olmsted to the 21st Century
Landmark Center. 401 Park Drive, Boston, 10–11:30am
Meet outside Fran Gershwin leads a walk highlighting project objectives: flood control, climate mitigation, water quality, habitat enhancement & historic landscape restoration followed by project viewing & refreshments upstairs at the Landmark Center.
Lost Pond Sanctuary Walk
Lost Pond Sanctuary, Arlington Rd. entrance, 12–1:30pm
Enjoy a guided walk through Lost Pond Sanctuary. This easy pace walk shows a great snapshot of natural New England ecosystems and offers insight into how climate change can affect our natural areas. Walk held rain or shine, so dress accordingly.
What Voters Need to Know Our Climate and the Elections of 2016
United Parish, 15 Marion St., Willett Hall , 3–4pm followed by reception
Can America break free of fossil fuels? Governor Michael Dukakis steps up debate on the consequences of the fossil fuel industry’s face off with climate champions in upcoming elections. Shaped by candidates, parties, the press, money, activists and voter turnout, the outcome will determine policy for years to come. Tune in for a lively discussion.