Monday, October 9, 2017

Livestream of Bill McKibben’s talk at Yale Tues. 10/10/2017

Bill McKibben, award-winning and world-renowned author and environmentalist, will give the next Chubb Fellowship Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
His talk, titled “Simply Too Hot: The Desperate Science and Politics of Climate,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. It is free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed on Yale's YouTube channel.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Earth Knows


Earth Knows

by Lynn Johnson

Earth knows how to heal herself,
if we just let her.
She knows how her worms
can turn newspaper
into black soil.
She knows how her trees
make a canopy of shade,
bring oxygen to the ones that breathe it
in exchange for carbon.
She knows how leaves that fall
fertilize the ground beneath
if we just let them.
She knows how her tender grass
has the strength to crumble concrete.
She knows the heat of her Sun
could warm every home,
If we just let it.
She knows the power of her wind
could accomplish multiple tasks
If we would harness it.
All with no harm to her.
All with no harm to us.
If we don’t remove the poisons,
reduce the carbon
and let her heal,
If we don’t face the fact
that there are way too many of us,
using way too many resources,
way too fast,
If we don’t start following her lead;
She will shake us all off like a giant Mare shooing away flies

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 HOUSEHOLD HAZWASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE

2017 HOUSEHOLD HAZWASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE


All Collections are held on Saturdays from 8AM to 1PM unless noted.  
For list of acceptable items and other dates available to Newington Residents and in other towns: 

All Collections are held on Saturdays from 8AM to 1PM unless noted.  
Date                                 Town                                           
Location                                                                                     
May 6, 2017+                     Newington
Town Garage, 281 Milk Lane (off Fenn Road)

May 13, 2017                     Hartford
MDC Operations Facility, 125 Maxim Road

June 3, 2017                     Windsor
Poquonock WPCF, 1222 Poquonock Avenue

June 17, 2017                   Wethersfield
wethersfield High School, 411 Wolcott Hill Road

June 25, 2017*                 West Hartford
Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive

July 1, 2017                     Rocky Hill
Stevens School, 322 Orchard Street

September 9, 2017+         Bloomfield
Public Works Building, 21 Southwood Drive

September 16, 2017         West Hartford
Public Works Garage, 17 Brixton Street

October 7, 2017               East Hartford
East Hartford WPCF, 65 Pitkin Street

October 14, 2017+         Windsor Locks / East Granby  
Public Works Garage, 6 Stanton Road, Windsor Locks
(WPCF = Water Pollution Control Facility)
* One collection is held on Sunday June 25, 2017

+ Used oil is accepted at this collection date

ONLY RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATING TOWNS MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY MDC SPONSORED COLLECTION DAY:

Bloomfield, East Granby, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks

CT Environmental Legislation Scorecard for 2016

CTLCV is tracking for our 2016 legislative scorecard



For sixteen years, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has helped elect pro-environment lawmakers and hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. The CTLCV publishes the annual Connecticut Environmental Scorecard which rates the actions of every state legislator on the state’s environmental priorities each year. The 2016 Scorecard is paid for by the CTLCV Political Action Committee. This message was made independent of any candidate or political party. Contributions to the CTLCV PAC of $5,000 or more were made by CTLCV, Inc and David Bingham. Additional information about the CTLCV PAC may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's internet website. ​

​​Find out how your Connecticut General Assembly members voted on the environmental issues that matter to you!
For more info: http://www.ctlcv.org/2016-scorecard.html

For Scorecard:
http://www.ctlcv.org/uploads/6/2/0/1/6201942/2016_scorecard_sept_16c.pdf

Find how you State Senator voted:
http://www.ctlcv.org/uploads/6/2/0/1/6201942/2016_senate_votes_as_of_9.9.2016.pdf

Find out how your State House Representative voted:
http://www.ctlcv.org/uploads/6/2/0/1/6201942/2016_house_votes_as_of_9.9.2016.pdf

CT Environmental Legislation for 2017 - Status

Many bills and funding priorities this session will greatly affect how our state protects the environment. CTLCV has created an "Environmental Watchlist" of bills we are tracking this session at the Connecticut General Assembly. Sign up to receive information as the session progresses by clicking the Get Action Alerts button on this page. Read background informationand CTLCV's testimony on key issues.


http://www.ctlcv.org/2017-legislative-session.html

Sign up to receive environmental action alerts from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. You’ll receive emails when there is an urgent action you can take on an environmental issue specific to your district, enabling you to call or email your state senator or representative about issues close to home. We’ll also keep you up to date with CTLCV events across the state.

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2448495840080366336

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lazarus, come out! A Christian response to the climate crisis.

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, 2017, delivered by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas at The Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA.

John 11:1-45 What a blessing it is to be here this morning and to join your Lenten exploration of “Fierce Love”!  Thank you, Rob (Rev. Robert J. Mark), for inviting me to preach, and thank you for your steadfast witness to God’s love for the Earth and for all its communities, human and other-than-human. I was arrested with you last spring at an interfaith ...

Read the full sermon:
http://www.macucc.org/blogdetail/lazarus-come-out-a-christian-response-to-the-climate-crisis-7882341

Beyond Earth Day 2017

Here are several questions for reflection to consider as you move forward. 
  1. What do you care most about now? Why do you care about taking action? Take a moment to clarify for yourself. Consider writing it down. 

  2. What steps are you taking daily, weekly and monthly to show your support for the issues that matter most? Identify at least one action you can take. 

  3. How do you stay inspired, even in light of discouraging news? What practices can you weave into your life that will help you to maintain your energy and commitment? 

  4. What actions will you commit to in the next month that will move you toward your goals? Clarify. Invite others to join you. 
Whatever you do after Earth Day and the marches, find ways to stay involved and engaged! As naturalist and writer Wendell Berry says, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” Let’s do our part to be the change we wish to see.