Pepperell's Climate Change Committee, (CCC) Chaired by Ken Hartlage and populated with highly skilled members, recently gave it's annual report to the Select Board. Highlights of their presentation included receiving grant funding for a consultant to advise on a business model for a solar power source situated on our closed land fill site, an inventory, with recommendations, of our forest resources, educational materials distributed to the public on strategies to reduce residential carbon footprints and progress on measuring our town's total carbon footprint.
I felt it was a very encouraging report and it left me assured that these first steps will lead to a quickening pace for Pepperell on climate change actions to reach 0 Carbon by 2050.
At the conclusion of the CCC talk, in the Select Board meeting, I gladly exclaimed that "this committee is the best one in town!". I hold that opinion because I consider the climate change disaster facing us, both current harms and future catastrophes, the most difficult problem humanity and Pepperell residents has ever faced. I admire all of our board and committee volunteers, as well as meeting attendees that participate in our local governance. They are a hard working, sincere, dedicated group, and the foundation of our community. However, the successful work of our CCC and the outcome they work for, in my opinion, far outreaches the importance of any other municipal concerns. They are, I hold, the best committee we have. I invite all to hold them in the same regard. There meetings are public, advertised on our town web site. I encourage you to attend their meetings and help them to meet their, and our, goals.
Coming next on my Blog, NC4, North Central Climate Change Collaborative, Who are we, What are we doing.