Climate Week 2018

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Saturday, April 7th through Saturday, April 14th



As we experience floods, droughts, fires, fierce storms, and sea level rise resulting from Green-House-Gas emissions and the warming of the earth, citizen recognition and action continues to be essential and grows in urgency. Brookline Climate Week is an opportunity created to encourage collaboration amongst all in discovering the truths about global warming and the consequences of climate change. Working together we find solutions for a healthier world. Bring family, friends, and neighbors to maximize the impact of the 8th annual Climate Week.

National Public Health Week and Climate Week Collaboration

In 2018, National Public Health Week runs April 2 to April 8, the week before Climate Week. The Brookline Dept. of Public Health, under the leadership of Dir, Dr. Swannie Jett, has teamed up with Climate Action Brookline to create two events that highlight the connection between health and climate. These two events are listed at the top of the program. Not only is the connection between health and climate a truth and a consequence, the need for collaboration is another urgent truth and consequence, as exemplified in the National Public Health week mantra, “Changing Our Future Together.”

What Is Climate Week?

Now in its 8th year, Climate Week is a series of events focused on climate education and action. Climate Week is produced by Climate Action Brookline with community partners, organizations, businesses and individuals. We invite citizens of all ages to learn and engage in personal, local, state, national, and global actions.  

Website and Contact

The link for this page is Check here for general Climate Week background. Click the footprint icon in the upper right hand corner of this page to go directly to a separate page that lists all Climate Week 2018 events in detail. The latter event detail page for 2018  is inn the process of being created and populated at this very moment, so check agan in the future for full and current detail. For contact with Climate Action Brookline in general via email, click the following link        


FREE: All events are free and open to the public. WEATHER: Events are held rain or shine unless the town declares a weather emergency or cancellation by event organizer.

About Climate Action Brookline (CAB)

CAB is a 501c3 that advocates for drawing down carbon emissions, breaking free from fossil fuels and growing clean energy. We partner with citizens and advocacy groups to build the climate movement all year long. CAB is a member of Massachusetts Climate Action Network and MA Power Forward, a statewide climate coalition. Sign up for our newsletter and see our meetings and events schedules at

Related Events During and Following Climate Week

For ideas on how to take action, download this handout.

Local Physicist, contributor to the IPCC Climate process, Dr. Rich Rosen, will meet with Brookline High Schoolers to address the science of climate change and discuss the challenges they face as a new generation moving forward.

Thanks to Climate Week 2018 Organizational Friends


All Saints’ Parish

Brookline Bikes Not Bombs

Brookline Arts Center

Brookline Bank

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee

Brookline Select Board

Brookline Select Board Climate Action Committee

Brookline Building Department

Brookline Department of Public Health

Brookline Dept. of Public Works

Brookline Parks and Open Space

Brookline Public Library

Brookline Recreation

Brookline Schools

Chobee Hoy Associates

Climate Action Brookline

Environment Massachusetts

Friends of the Muddy River

Korean Church

League of Women Voters

MA Power Forward

Mass Climate Action Network

Mass Energy

Consumers Alliance

Massachusetts State Representative Frank Smizik’s Office

Mothers Out Front

Sierra Club Massachusetts

United Parish Church Brookline

And special thanks to dozens of dedicated individuals, organizers and volunteers for your planning and skills

Climate Action Brookline and our Climate Week Steering Committee:

David Pantalone, Pat Maher, Michael Berger, Judy Narosny, John Harris, Lynne Karsten  

Climate Week 2018
  • #NOTFAKENEWS Public Health and Climate Change Download as iCal file

    Monday, 02 April 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The health impacts of climate change come in many forms. Dr. Duffy will discuss the growing health consequences of climate change and argue that more people have died as a result of climate change than have died from terrorism.

    Featured Speaker: Phillip Duffy, Ph.D., Exec. Dir., Woods Hole Research Center

    Location: Main Library Hunneman Hall 2nd floor, 361 Washington St., Brookline


  • Movie Night: STINK! Download as iCal file

    Friday, 06 April 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    STINK! opens with a foul smell, a pair of kids pajamas, and a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. Instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on a bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe - by design. There will be a discussion after the film with an opportunity to learn how to make your home safer and less toxic. Suggested audience: 10 and over.

    Featured Speaker: Discussion to follow with Prof. Michael Berger, Simmons College, chemical toxocology students, and environmental advocate, Kathryn Rodgers - Silent Spring

    Location: Lawrence School Auditorium, 2nd floor, 27 Francis St., Brookline


  • Morning Bike Ride Download as iCal file

    Saturday, 07 April 2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Join John Dempsey and others on a bike ride through Brookline highlighting recent safety improvements for bicycle riders on public ways. The buffered lane on Beacon Street and other current and planned infrastructure improvements for bicycle safety will be part of the route. Riders should be high school age and older.

    Featured Speaker: John Dempsey, long time bicyclist and bike advocate, Chairman of Solid Waste Advisory Committee, former Brookline school principal.

    Location: Meet at Town Hall parking lot. 333 Washington St., Brookline


  • 3R Depot: Pitch in to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Download as iCal file

    Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Bring the family and learn about:

    • zero waste living,
    • biking in Brookline,
    • composting, and more.

    For short or long trips, try out:

    • cargo bikes,
    • electric bikes,
    • box bikes,
    • adult tricycles,
    • scooters,
    • late-model electric cars


    • your cell phones,
    • eyeglasses,
    • soda pull tabs.
    • Drop off and pick up gently used sports gear at the Annual Sports Gear Exchange.
    • Donate old bicycles to Bikes Not Bombs.
    • Bring paper for shredding ($5/box).
    • Make art with the Brookline Arts Center using recycled materials.
    • Check out the Library Book Bike
    • (Unfortunately, no Styrofoam collected this year.)

    Have lunch at the Carbon Café and find out the hidden environmental costs of your food. 

    Featured Speaker:

    Location: Pierce School and Town Hall Parking Lot, Pierce St. and 50 School St. entrances, Brookline


  • 3rd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge Download as iCal file

    Saturday, 07 April 2018 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

    This unique environmental fair celebrates nature’s inspired innovation and is a showcase for sustainable solutions, experiments, and ideas using art & science Everyone is welcome to view solutions to climate change through the eyes of Brookline youth (K-12) who will be present to explain their projects. Categories include Biomimicry, Art (eco art, poetry, dance or play), and Water.

    Featured Speaker:

    Location: Pierce School Cafeteria and Auditorium, Pierce St. and 50 School St. entrances, Brookline


  • Youth in Action: A Panel of Local High School Students Working to Make a Positive Impact on Our Environment Download as iCal file

    Saturday, 07 April 2018 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

    Do you wonder what you and your family could do to ensure a livable climate for all? Come to this panel presentation to hear what some of our high school students are doing to make a positive difference. Projects include large-scale composting of cafeteria food waste at Brookline High School, lobbying state legislators for more wind and solar clean energy for MA, reducing the sale and usage of plastic bottles, and more. You will learn and be inspired by what our youth are achieving to reverse the negative effects of climate change. Ideal for middle school students and their families.

    Featured Speaker: Moderated by Mothers Out Front Brookline

    Location: Pierce School Auditorium, Pierce St. and 50 School St. entrances, Brookline


  • Updates and Plans for Riverway Park in 2018 and Beyond Download as iCal file

    Sunday, 08 April 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    The guided walk will follow the Brookline path past the Michael and Kitty Dukakis installation and the Carlton Street Footbridge with information about the anticipated features of Phase 2 of the Muddy River Project. Refreshments.

    Featured Speaker: Fran Gershwin, Chair, Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC)

    Location: Meet at the D Line, Longwood T station, Brookline


  • “Green” House Fest: A Tour of Energy Efficient and Renewable Housing Features Download as iCal file

    Sunday, 08 April 2018 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Discover the elements of a “green” home up close. Talk with Brookline homeowners who have lived with and benefitted from renewable and energy efficient features such as solar panels, heat pumps, electric cars, on-demand water heaters, and home energy use monitors. Neighbors talking and sharing solutions is a powerful tool for change. Join us in our efforts to make grassroots progress in the fight against climate change. Families welcome.

    Featured Speaker: Presented by Mothers Out Front Brookline, local homeowners and contractors

    Location: Go to for locations throughout Brookline.


  • Healthy Soil, Healthy Gardens: Small Scale Practices for Soil Improvement and Carbon Sequestration Download as iCal file

    Sunday, 08 April 2018 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Maintaining living plant cover is one of the essential practices of building soil health. This workshop provides practical guidance on using cover crops in a small-scale, no-till context to improve soil health for growing more nutritious food and for sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil.

    Featured Speaker: Sharon Gensler-homesteader, organic grower, educator, NE Organic Farming Assoc. (NOFA)

    Location: Coolidge Corner Branch Library, Meeting Room, Lower Level, 31 Pleasant St., Brookline


  • Walkable City Download as iCal file

    Monday, 09 April 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Walkability: what is it, why is it important, and how does it relate to the challenges of climate change? Join Jeff Speck, Brookline resident, for a lively discussion of a topic close to his home and heart. Families welcome.

    Enter a drawing for a free copy of Jeff's book: "Walkable City" and get his autograph.


    Featured Speaker: Jeff Speck, Former Dir. of Design, National Endowment for the Arts, was the principal writer of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His latest book, Walkable City, and best city-planning book of 2013-2016. Jeff has recorded TED talks and other online lectures.

    Location: Town Hall, Room 103, 1st Floor, 333 Washington St., Brookline


  • Green Chemistry! One Path to a Sustainable Future Download as iCal file

    Tuesday, 10 April 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    John Warner is one of the founders of the field of green chemistry and has been named one of the 25 Visionaries Changing the World by Utne Reader. After a brief introduction to the nascent field of Green Chemistry, Dr. Warner will share his ideas for improving how we evaluate the toxicity of artificial chemicals, to make it easier for the general public to decide which chemicals to allow into our foods, our possessions, and our environment. High school ages and over.

    Featured Speaker: John Warner Ph.D., recipient 2014 Perkins Medal in American Industrial Chemistry

    Location: Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 2nd floor, 361 Washington St., Brookline


  • Making Progress on Climate Change in the Town of Brookline: Where Are We? Download as iCal file

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Brookline Town Government is working to be a leader on climate change. Hear about the progress on the Climate Action Plan (CAP) that Brookline will submit as part of the Paris Climate Accord process. Learn about Brookline’s climate vulnerability study done by Massachusetts Area Planning Council (MAPC) and other policies being developed within town government. The town needs collaboration from the business sector, citizen organizations, and individuals in order to meet the urgent demands of adaptation and mitigation. Lend your voice and be a part of our future.

    Featured Speaker: Members of the Select Board Climate Action Committee, Town Staff, Citizen Organizations

    Location: All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline. Enter on right via courtyard path to Parish House door.


  • Climate Puzzle: Where Does Massachusetts Fit In Now? Download as iCal file

    Thursday, 12 April 2018 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    How can Massachusetts drive climate action and policy in the face of national and international setbacks? What can we learn from climate advocates and State House leadership? Legislators, staff, and advocates will discuss state-level initiatives and how we can move forward together. Question and answer to follow the panel.


    5:30-6 pm. Refreshments & Reception honoring Representative Frank Smizik, Chair, House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change,  

    6-7:30 pm. Panel discussion

    Featured Speaker: Moderator: Claire Müller, MA Power Forward & Lead Community Organizer, Toxics Action Center. Panel: Senator Mike Barrett, Senate Chair, Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE); Amy Laura Cahn, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF); Michael Green, Exec. Dir., Climate Action Business Assoc. (CABA); Serafina Zeringo, Staff Dir. House Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA).

    Location: MA State House, House Members’ Lounge, 3rd floor, 24 Beacon St., Boston. Use Ashburton Park Entrance, Bowdoin St.


  • Movie Night: Tidewater Download as iCal file

    Friday, 13 April 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is vulnerable to sea level rise, just like greater Boston. The region experiences regular instances of “sunny day flooding” putting homes, hospitals, roads and the electric grid at risk of permanent flooding. The film demonstrates that a community wide problem solving approach involving citizens, local businesses and governments is the only way to ensure the continued prosperity of a region. Because the area is home to the highest concentration of naval bases in the country, nothing less than the strength of our national security is at stake. In follow-up discussion, hear about how Boston is planning to deal with its own sea level rise.

    Featured Speaker: Discussion: Rebecca Herst, Dir., Sustainable Solutions Lab, U Mass Boston

    Location: United Parish Brookline, Willett Hall, 15 Marion St. Entrance, Brookline


  • Hall’s Pond Herb Walk Download as iCal file

    Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Come take a walking tour of Hall’s Pond, one of Brookline’s three nature sanctuaries, with a professional herbalist! We will learn about many local plant species and how we can work with them to create a healthy future. Great for families.

    Featured Speaker: Katja Swift, Clinical Herbalist & Dir., Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism

    Location: Hall’s Pond Nature Sanctuary, 3 Amory Street, Brookline. Meet at entrance gate near tennis courts.