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Climate Preparedness Week

September 23–30, 2020 is Climate Preparedness Week. Join us for an online discussion of the film Call of the Forest on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.. Take a walk in the woods with beloved Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet. Screen the film in advance between 9/23 and 9/29 by registering here and we will send you a link to the film and the Zoom discussion. 

See below for more events scheduled for the week -

The Climate Ribbon Project
All week 9/23-9/30 - Outside the Concord Free Public Library, the Climate Ribbon is an arts ritual to grieve what each of us stands to lose to Climate Chaos, and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it. Write and share what you most love and don’t want to lose to climate change on a 2-foot long ribbon. Use a ribbon or strip of fabric from home or pick one up from the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area. Drop off your completed ribbon in the collection box at the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area, or tie your ribbon with the other ribbons on display.

The Climate Reality & How to Talk to Your Kids About It: Virtual presentations by long-time Climate Reality mentors: Keith Bergman, Concord Resident, retired municipal manager, MAPC past president & Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of Climate Mama and Author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action
Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM (Premiering on Facebook Live - details coming soon)
Tune in for virtual presentations from two influencers and leaders in the climate movement, Keith Bergman and Harriet Shugarman-- both long-time mentors with The Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Through a Climate Reality “Truth in 10” presentation, learn about the climate crisis and its solutions from Concord resident Keith Bergman, one of the first fifty trained by Mr. Gore in 2006, and a leader of Climate Reality’s Boston Metro Chapter. Learn how to talk to your kids about climate change from author Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of ClimateMama, chair of Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, and recipient of Climate Reality’s 2017 Green Ring Award. For the second year, the Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

Community Idea Session - Sustainability and Climate Action for the Concord Free Public Library  
Friday, September 25, 12:00 p.m. (Zoom Meeting) [Register for Zoom LInk]
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom Meeting) [Register for Zoom Link]
Join us for a 1-hour online community input session about the Library Corporation's sustainability planning work. Learn about the sustainability baselining that the sustainability committee has done and share your ideas for a sustainable Concord Free Public Library.

Children's Story Hour
Wednesday September 30, 10:00 a.m.
Join Library staff on Zoom for some short stories, songs, and rhymes! This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join. The stories this week will focus on sustainability and gratitude for our earth. 

Climate Preparedness Workshop 
Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems. This Zoom program is geared to ages 11 and up. [Register for Zoom Link]