MVC to host climate change presentation 

Woods Hole Research Center director Phil Duffy will give a presentation on climate change on Dec. 12. — Courtesy Martha's Vineyard Comis

A special Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, will feature Dr. Philip Duffy, director of the Woods Hole Research Center, and a leading thinker on climate science and policy.

Duffy will give a presentation on the current state of the climate crisis, and discuss strategies for how the Island can reduce its greenhouse emissions and create more resilient communities. For the past 30 years, Duffy has been addressing climate change, speaking with Congress members and the U.N. He also serves on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and advises state and local policymakers.

The MVC has made climate planning a top priority, and has recently formed a Climate Action Task Force to develop master plans for both eliminating greenhouse gas emissions on-Island and adapting to the projected changes to our environment.

“Martha’s Vineyard acknowledges the impacts that we are going to see in the next 20 to 30 years,” MVC executive director Adam Turner said in a release about the event. “But this has to be a pragmatic, step-by-step process for the Island. That means identifying the hazards, identifying the priorities, and coming up with realistic solutions that people can agree on.”

Duffy’s presentation is on Dec. 12 at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven. The event is free, will include a discussion with MVC commissioners, and will be followed by regular MVC business. 


  1. ‘’Schoolchildren, young people, and adults all over the world will stand together, demanding that our leaders take action – not because we want them to, but because the science demands it. That action must be powerful and wide-ranging. After all, the climate crisis is not just about the environment. It is a crisis of human rights, of justice, and of political will. Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all. Our political leaders can no longer shirk their responsibilities….we will not tolerate inaction.’’

    • Andrew–Thanks for the inspirational quote from Greta — I will certainly share it .
      She really is awesome, isn’t she ?

  2. Quotes by the ignorant but supposed grown-up PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES who, among everything else he has no knowledge of, can’t distinguish weather from cimate:

    “Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”
    “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
    “It’s freezing and snowing in New York — we need global warming!”
    “We should be focused on magnificently clean and healthy air and not distracted by the expensive hoax that is global warming!”
    “Wow, it’s snowing in Isreal and on the pyramids in Egypt. Are we still wasting billions on the global warming con? MAKE U.S. COMPETITIVE!”
    “Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air – not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.”
    “When will our country stop wasting money on global warming and so many other truly “STUPID” things and begin to focus on lower taxes?”
    “It’s late in July and it is really cold outside in New York. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING??? We need some fast! It’s now CLIMATE CHANGE”
    “Just out – the POLAR ICE CAPS are at an all time high, the POLAR BEAR population has never been stronger. Where the hell is global warming?”
    “I believe in clean air. Immaculate air. But I don’t believe in climate change.”
    “I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I’d be—received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change. They burn everything you could burn; they couldn’t care less. They have very—you know, their standards are nothing. But they—in the meantime, they can undercut us on price. So it’s very hard on our business.”
    “I’m not supposed to be using hair spray. But think of it. So Obama’s always talking about the global warming, that global warming is our biggest and most dangerous problem, OK?”

    • All True statements from Trump. Thank you Jackie for these inspirational quotes. These reflect pretty much the thoughts of the people in fly over country who have to work for a living and need cheap fossil fuels to survive. Those on both coasts who eat quiche and drink kir and who fly private are really really panicked that the world is ending. I wont be taking a sailboat to Europe anytime soon.

      • “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them… It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait….When you’re a star, they let you do it… Grab ’em by the p****. You can do anything.” ~another quote from Trump to inspire his sycophants

        Hearing spewed, ugly, word salad ignorance is inspirational to those who have been indoctrinated into cults and can’t think. They swallow anything. Trump is a corrupt, delusional, deranged, and incredibly ignorant liar, and poor Andrew admires him. This is what the religious right has come to.

      • Andrew– I am quite flattered that you are taking my tact of throwing a quote back at ‘cha ( as Sarah Palin would say) . I have bad news for you.. you are one of the elite– and an intellectual one at that– My guess is that you are panicked at the movement to forcibly reduce your carbon footprint. Eat your steak and caviar, drink your sake and fly wherever you want. You will not have to answer to your great grandchildren. You will not be there to look them in the eye, and explain to them why you willfully allowed people like Donald trump to lower their standard of living, and why you did not care that they will never see a whale.

        • Dondondon. I dont want a government that forcibly as you say, reduces my carbon footprint. You show your colors when you use the word ”forcibly”. You also say that Trump is lowering our standard of living. What planet are you on? Standard of living has gone up. As for Whales there will be lots of them but if your vision for the great grandchildren is for them to see whales, mine is for them to live in a country free from drug addiction , crime, illegal immigration and prospering. I havent ”allowed” Trump anything, He was voted in. Perhaps you really dont like democracy. I am not panicked at all. The climate people appear panicked.

          • Andrew, I know you’ve been indoctrinated, but climate change is real. Maybe this will help you.

            10 Symptoms of cult indoctrination sufferers:

            1. The leader is the ultimate authority; (He didn’t do it, but even if he did, we support him)

            2. The group suppresses skepticism; (You’re just a Trump hater with TDS if you notice the corruption, lies, delusions, racism, sexism, etc)

            3. The group delegitimizes former members; (Trump never met him/her, nut job Comey, dumb as a rock Tillerson, etc)

            4. The group is paranoid about the outside world; (Mexicans are rapists, fine with separating children from parents, s-hole countries, believe science is a hoax, etc)

            5. The group relies on shame cycles; (put down people’s appearance, weight, disability, service to our country, “bleeding from her whatever”, RINOS, etc)

            6. The leader is above the law; (the leader abused power to bribe an ally to interfere in the 2020 election, illegal and impeachable, but ok with the cult)

            7. The group uses thought reform (brainwashing), like citing scripture, to enforce the cult groupthink; (they insanely cite scripture to atheists and agnostics and repeat “it’s a hoax, a nothing burger, fake news” as a mantra, no matter all the corroborating evidence)

            8. The group is elitist (conservative christian born-again evangelicals are waiting for the you-know-what when all the rest of the world will accept the elitist “one and only” fairy tale that matters)

            9. There is no financial transparency (several bankruptcies, scam businesses like Trump U, no tax returns and the leader lies and changes his story about why, and likely he’s a fake billionaire)

            10. The group performs secret rites. (The only thing I’ve seen is religious Christians laying on hands on a seated Trump, which totally helped, (not), but not secret. Who knows what secret stuff goes on a cult?)

          • Andrew– read my comment carefully please. I did not say that trump is lowering my standard of living. Please comment on what I actually say and not something you would like to think I am saying. I insinuated that trump is lowering the living standards of future generations…What makes you think that since the whale population has been reduced by about 80 % over the last 200 years, that there will “be lots of them” how is that going to happen ?
            And what is the correlation between allowing oil corporations to pollute the planet, or nation states hunting whales into extinction, and having your descendants being free from crime and drug addiction. . Excuse me for using the wrong word, and saying you “allow” a wanna be megalomaniac to trample on the christain values and the rules of law and civil order this country was founded upon.
            You are compliant.

      • The quiche thing is a new one to me. I work for a living, and I like quiche – spinach quiche especially. I tried to buy one at the Stop n Shop in Edgartown, but was forced to put it back on the shelf when the manager found out that I do not fly privately. This brings me to the point. Andrew, how do you know what people who fly, either privately or publicly, are thinking? Ya’ gotta watch out for those kir drinkers; they are a rowdy bunch at that.

  3. On Monday, dec 2, I drove through perhaps 4 inches of water between 5 corners and winds up. Yeah, it had rained a little but the water was from a high tide. I have been here for 33 years, and this is something that has been happening more often in recent years. So I was thinking that if sea level is rising at 1/8 inch a year, that’s just over 4 inches since I got here in 1986. And there it was. 33 years ago, the same conditions would have left the road dry.
    That 4 inches of water on the road is not “fake news”, or a hoax.

  4. Donx3….just to be clear…did the ocean’s rise 1/8”/year while President Clinton was in office, or is the meteoric rise of the ocean’s due to Republication President’s or maybe just President Trump alone? I know the ocean’s did not rise during President Obama’s term, because if I remember correctly, during his first inauguration, he said today is the day the ocean’s stop rising, or something to that effect. So, based on your scientific analysis, please tell me what years the ocean’s were rising and what years they were not.

    • tq– Just to be clear– the ocean has been rising at measurable levels for the last 40 years or so– since modern technology acquired the ability to measure it — It is estimated that it started rising at rates quicker than can be explained by natural phenomenon near the beginning of the “industrial revolution” . The industrial revolution was, of course, powered by fossil fuels.
      The RATE of sea level rise has been increasing every year for at least the last 40– year over year.
      It is now over 1/8 inch per year.
      based on my scientific analysis,and the analysts of every single institution in the world that studies this , the oceans were rising every year. there has not been a single year when sea level has fallen. Am I clear ?
      The oceans of the world do not rise or fall on the whims of a presidential speech.
      Please tell me if the federal budget is balanced today–
      “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump promised he would eliminate the nation’s debt in eight years.1 Instead, his budgets would add $9.1 trillion during that time. It would increase the U.S. debt to $29 trillion according to Trump’s budget estimates.2”
      And trump had a republican house and senate, a booming economy, and it only concerned the U.S.
      I can tell you what years the deficit fell, and rose — Take a guess when the last time we had a surplus was. Yeah, you know.
      Should i send you a few dozen trump promises that were not kept? — Just ask — Who is paying for that wall ?

Comments are closed.

Previous articlePeter Temple steps down from MVNC role
Next articleShotgun season for whitetail deer begins