By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton President
Full disclosure: I'm going to ask for money. So, I owe an explanation of why you should give to Sustainable Newton. But, if you're in a hurry or already convinced, just visit our Giving page. Or look for more information on how to contribute, become a member, etc. on our Connect page.
For those still reading, I've got good news and bad news. But, we can do something about the bad, which is why we need your help.
The good: Every day, more Americans agree climate change is happening, that it's caused at least partly by human behavior, and we need to do something about it. This is true even in Newton County, where the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication published the following findings about climate attitudes:
But, for the people who are Sustainable Newton, there's much more to it. We trace our roots together to multiple like-minded conversations in recent years about climate concerns and a strong, shared desire to "do something!"
Our first something as Sustainable Newton was a March 2018 screening of the documentary film "Chasing Coral" at Oxford College, for the Atlanta Science Festival. With hundreds of attendees and a round-table afterwards with scientists, activists, and participants in the film, it was a worthy debut in the community.
By the summer of 2018, we were partnering with local and statewide stakeholders to develop a solarize program launched last September. The Solarize Newton-Morgan campaign runs through December 31 this year, but has already added 85 kilowatts (kW) of residential solar capacity in the area and prompted policy changes in the City of Oxford and the City of Covington to make solar installations more affordable. Sustainable Newton Vice President Theodosia Wade explained the program and recapped highlights in a recent blog post.
This year, we've hosted other film screenings and discussions -- most recently "The Human Element" and "Paris to Pittsburgh" -- to keep the dialog alive and growing. On November 21, at 6 pm, as part of the Climate Reality Project's "24 Hours of Reality" event, we will be give a presentation on the climate crisis, what it means in our everyday lives, and solutions already in our hands.. Learn more on our calendar and in the press release.
Going forward, the possibilities are limitless. Sustainability cuts across nearly every phase of our lives: our food supply, drinking water, energy sources, transportation system, development and land use, solid waste management, etc. We want to make an impact on all of these areas. To do that, we need your help. So, again, please visit our Giving page, get involved on our Connect page, or donate directly now using the button below.
On behalf of our board and the future generations we're working for today, Thank You!