Climate Change in Bedford: Impact and Response

The Bedford Energy and Sustainability Committee and Mothers Out Front invite you to join a discussion about the local impact of climate change on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Reed Multipurpose Room at Bedford Town Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about actions the Town is taking to respond to environmental changes occurring due to the warming climate. Michael Griffin, Director of Programming for Science, Engineering, and Technology at Bedford Public Schools, will explain how Bedford is currently impacted by climate change. Taissir Alani, Director of Facilities Management for the Town of Bedford, will share the Town’s energy plan and vision for community resiliency in the wake of a significant natural disaster. Heidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services for the Town of Bedford, will present the Town’s current mosquito and tick surveillance and control plan, as vector-borne disease has become more prevalent over the past decade.

Climate Change: A Global Problem Requiring Local Action

The Bedford Energy and Sustainability Committee and Bedford Mothers Out Front invite you to join a discussion about the local impact of climate change, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Reed Multipurpose Room at Bedford Town Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from three Bedford employees about actions the Town is taking to respond to environmental changes occurring due to the warming climate:

Project Drawdown: Film and Panel Discussion

Mothers Out Front and the Bedford Energy and Sustainability Committee are co-sponsoring a showing of the film Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever
Proposed to Reverse Climate Change.  This 20-minute film will be followed by a panel of experts presenting the problem of food waste.  Project Drawdown was devised by distinguished researchers who modeled substantive solutions already in place. This well-received plan resulted in a compilation of 100 climate change solutions, ranked both by the amount of greenhouse gases they would cut and by their cost. One of the more surprising conclusions reached is the focus of our panelists–food waste. It is estimated that up to 40% of food raised in the USA does not make it from farm to fork.

Info Session on Home Energy Assessments

Join BEST PTO and Bedford Mothers Out Front for a presentation about no-cost home energy assessments. You will learn about why it’s important to get one for your home, how it will benefit Bedford schools and your children, and some of what an assessment will give you.

Celebrating Mothers Tea Party

Mothers do so much for children, for our community, and for the world! Come gather with other Bedford mothers to sip tea and enjoy delicious treats/finger foods as we celebrate all that mothers can do together to give our children a livable climate. Please RSVP as soon as you can so that we will know for how many to set up. Hope you will join us for a fun and informative afternoon! http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2018/05/local-moms-rekindle-the-radical-spirit-of-mothers-day/

“Bedford Saves Energy” – Home Energy Assessments

What is an energy assessment? How can I save on my home energy bills and still have a warm, cozy home? What is Mothers Out Front? Carlough Faulkner-Carroll, founder of Bedford’s Mothers Out Front team, will give a slide presentation about Mothers Out Front and their new campaign Bedford Saves Energy…One House at a Time. The campaign includes a goal of assisting families in obtaining energy assessments done on their homes (at no cost!) performed by Revise Energy, a MassSave vendor. Come and learn strategies for saving both money and energy.

Bedford Mothers out Front Delivered ‘The Earth’ to the 2015 HONK! Festival

Submitted by the Bedford’s Mothers out Front Community Organizing Team

If you were out for a bike ride on the Minuteman bike path the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, you may have passed a giant papier-mâché earth on a pedal-powered float ridden by Janet Powers from Bedford. “I heard every cliché and song in the book on the way. People would sing ‘It’s a Small World After All’ and say ‘You’ve got the whole world on your shoulders!’” She and friend Joel Parks took turns pulling the giant papier mache earth 26 miles to Harvard Square and back to represent Bedford’s Mothers out Front group in HONK!, the annual activist marching band festival. The Mothers out Front groups are mothers and other caregivers working to transition society away from fossil fuels to clean energy and speaking out about the danger climate change poses to future generations. HONK!

Bedford Climate Activists: Modern-Day Minutemen Will Bicycle to Concord on April 19

Submitted by Carlough Faulkner for “Mothers Out Front”

Concerned citizens who recognize the alarming implications of global climate change will bicycle from Bedford to Concord and join the Shout Heard ‘Round The World Rally, just as the original Bedford Minutemen answered the urgent call to action 240 years ago.  The SHOUT Rally will be held at the Old North Bridge at 2 pm on Sunday, April 19. 

Bedford residents are invited to muster on Bedford Common at 12:15 pm. Cyclists will depart at 12:30 and arrive at the North Bridge in plenty of time for the SHOUT festivities.  The initial group of riders includes members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Bedford and organizers of a fledgling community group, Mothers Out Front (www.mothersoutfront.org) According to organizer Carlough Faulkner,  It would be useful to have a head-count, so people interested in riding should send an email to mothersoutfront.bedford@gmail.com.”

Groups of cyclists are expected from other sites connected with the start of the American Revolution. A group will leave Charlestown at 10 am (see map and schedule); walkers will leave Lexington at 8:30 am (see map and schedule), and others will gather at First Parish in Concord for a BYO picnic at 12:30 pm before an easy, mile-long procession by foot (or pedal) to North Bridge. The SHOUT rally for climate action will feature drumming, singing and speakers including Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, Rabbi-in-Residence Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore; Rabbi & Educator at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School; Rev. Polly Jenkins Man,UCC (retired);West Concord Union Church Environmental Stewardship Team and SHOUT!