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Climate Change Connections: Blooming beauty

“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival; it just blooms.” –Matshona Dhliwayo Think of all the occasions where flowers set a certain desired tone: weddings, funerals, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries, hospital stays, commemorations,...

Climate Change Connections: Water

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” —C.S. Lewis In considering the effects of climate change on water, the bottom line is that...

Climate Change Connections: Tipping points

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein When looking around, especially after these last storms, it would be hard for there to be any denial about climate change, but...

Climate Change Connections: Valentine for Mother Earth

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” —Rachel Carson It all started with my sandbox, my irrepressible love...

Climate Change Connections: Trees

“Keep close to nature’s heart.” —John Muir As a young lad, John Muir was in a welding accident, and lost his eyesight. As he lay in his bed resting for weeks on end, which was...

One tree at a time

Some might argue that the “one person can change the world” theory is simply wishful thinking, but Islander Claudia Macedo is proving them wrong. Macedo is stepping up in a big way, making significant...

Climate Change Connections: Taking action

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” —Chinese proverb Listening to all that is out there in the news and in everyday conversations, the amount of...

Climate Change Connections: Blessings in a storm

All around us is news about climate change, and as it pounds away at us, it can get very disheartening and frightening — a giant comes to slay us. Fear does keep the species...

Climate Change Connections: Thinking outside the box

The concept of rewilding is a broad subject, certainly thinking out of the box, and can take on many forms. To better understand and visualize this concept, I sought out a pair of Islanders...

Climate Change Connections: It takes the Vineyard

In the last column, young people were interviewed. In this column, people from the older generation are asked the same questions. This is so we can substantiate once again that it will take all...

Climate Change Connections: Teach your children well

It is ironic that the very words “climate change” are using two different meanings of the word “change.” The first is present, the other is future. The present is well-established and foreboding; the other...

Climate Change Connections: The past is the prologue

We are an Island that threatened to secede from Massachusetts over reduced representation in the legislature. We even created our own flag! It is clear that we are a feisty lot. The beauty of...

Climate Change Connections: All hands on deck

When my friend Liz Durkee and I first met, it was pure curiosity that drew us to each other. Who is this woman who knows so much about climate change? I wondered. I want...

Woodland wonders

If you worry about climate change, hearing Bob Perschel, Chilmark resident and executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF), share about the organization’s work is a comfort. NEFF’s exciting forest restoration initiative,...

West Tisbury looks toward renewable future

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The West Tisbury energy committee introduced three main strategies toward attaining the town’s goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 — support West Tisbury’s transition toward having all electric vehicles and...

Climate Solutions: Moving toward a circular economy — a regenerative approach

Linear vs. Circular — What does it Mean? We have designed a linear, extractive economy: we take resources, make them into products, use them, and discard them. The focus is not on making things durable,...

‘Our Island is shrinking’

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The natural erosional processes that inevitably shape Martha’s Vineyard are being sped up by increased climate change and sea level rise. With significant amounts of beach being taken back by the sea each year, and...

Nature Conservancy restores sandplain grasslands

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The sandplain grasslands of Martha’s Vineyard are a rare and imperiled ecosystem that exist almost exclusively on islands in Massachusetts, and some of the most outstanding examples of these unique systems are right here...

Climate Solutions: Regenerating soil — a key strategy

A Climate Solutions series would be remiss not talking about the importance of soil: its role as a carbon sink, and how caring for it helps both the planet and our species. Food, agriculture,...

Three towns to vote on climate action article

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Voters in Edgartown, Chilmark, and Tisbury will be asked to adopt the 100 Percent Renewable Martha's Vineyard warrant at upcoming town meetings, an article that supports the Island's goal of becoming powered by 100...