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Climate Preparedness Week 2020

September 24 - September 30

During September 24–30* each year, we mark Climate Preparedness Week, dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. By coming together to host events, we provide the resources and space to think about the ways that climate change disadvantages some communities more than others.

*Sundown Sun 9/27 through sundown Mon 9/28 are Yom Kippur, and we advise hosts to avoid scheduling events during this holy time of year for our friends of the Jewish tradition.

This Year – We’re Virtual!

Last year, we were excited to count over 134+ events as part of Climate Prep Week. Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, we have decided to transition Climate Prep Week to a virtual setting to ensure the safety of our community members. We realize that many of us are still getting adjusted to this new normal so, in order to ease the workload, CREW will be hosting some centralized virtual events that any organization can co-opt and participate in.

Our Theme this Year is: Social Resilience is Climate Resilience

In light of the recent critical conversations around racial justice in society, we will be focusing several of our central events around the intersections of climate resilience, racial justice and social resilience and encourage Climate Prep Week hosts to consider doing the same.

See below for the full calendar of events hosted by partners.

Resilient Agriculture: Climate Impacts on Our Foods Systems and How We Can Respond: Lessons from the frontlines in Zimbabwe

A panel discussion led by Enet Mukurazita and hosted by the Yale School of Forrestry’s Library with women farmers in Zimbabwe on their experiences dealing with climate impacts
September 24th at 1pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
Palaces for the People: A Community Discussion with Eric Klinenberg

A virtual discussion with acclaimed writer Eric Klinenberg with CREW Founder Craig Altemose on the role of social infrastructure in building climate resilience. Eric Klinenberg is an internationally renowned scholar known for his novel Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and his more recent book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.
September 24th at 7pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
Neighborhood by Neighborhood: Mapping Our Resilience

Which neighborhoods of Boston are most vulnerable to climate change? How do we leverage social infrastructure in these neighborhoods to enhance their resilience? Join to hear an overview of a mapping project between the Conservation Law Foundation, the city of Boston, and CREW to explore the community assets that exist within the city of Boston and how they can be leveraged to create a more climate-resilient future, with a particular focus on how we can serve communities of color and other marginalized neighborhoods.
September 25th at 10am – Register in advance for this webinar:
The Economics of Climate Change with Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD

Our economic system has fostered individualism over community and competition over collaboration, because simply, these are the channels that promote economic growth as we measure it in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We sell more when everyone has to have their own. But, individualism and competition results in unequal distribution that mimics the inequitable distribution of access to resources in our country. In many cases, inequity is a moral issue because the basis of it is exploitation of the vulnerable in a myriad of forms across historical time. In our discussion we will focus on the relationship between economics and sustainability: social justice, environmental justice and economic equity and also how our focus on economic growth has facilitated the speed of global Climate Change and exacerbated social justice issues along with the other two components of sustainability.
September 26th at 7pm Register in advance for this webinar:
How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture

A conversation on How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture with Elizabeth Knight and John Wackman, authors of Repair Revolution. This event will look at how repair events in libraries and other spaces are helping bring people together around common goals of sustainability, stewardship, community resilience, as well as social and climate justice. This conversation will be led by Blue Marble Librarian, Gabrielle Griffis.
September 29 at 6:30pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
The Linked Fight for Racial Justice and Climate Justice

Join us for a conversation with CREW Program Manager Reverend Vernon K. Walker as he speaks to Reverends Karlene Griffiths Sekou and Hajar Logan of Alternatives for Community and Environment about how there is no climate justice without racial justice and how the fight for equality has to be led by those who have been most impacted.
September 30 at 6:30pm – Register in advance for this webinar:
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10:00 am

How We Decide to Get Serious About Climate Solutions: Politics, Communication, and Framing

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join us for the next Climate Adaptation Forum Friday, September 25th! Date: September 25th, 10:00AM-1:15PM Location: Online (Webinar login information will be sent in the registration confirmation email). Climate change has evolved into a hot-button, politically charged issue whether you are on the right or left. Communicating messages across audiences is challenging not only because […]

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1:30 pm

Justice for Breonna Taylor

September 25 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Black lives matter. In the name of Breonna Taylor. I and others will Stand and Protest because ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We have lost too many and the system is not giving a damn about Our Black and Brown brothers and sisters #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor please join and lets make our voices heard. 1:30-6:30pm across the St. from the Mass Mutual Center at Court Sq. Springfield,Mass. Water and snacks will be provided and please wear your Mask.

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5:00 pm

Unite Against Racism: Weekly Vigil supporting Black Lives Matter

September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020

Field Park, Williamstown, Field Park
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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You are invited to join in a weekly gathering to mourn and deepen our collective resolve to promote justice.
We will gather weekly on Fridays at 5 pm, starting this Friday, June 12, at Field Park in Williamstown (the green on the rotary). Together, we will join in respectful silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in honor of George Floyd and the countless other Black people killed by police brutality and other forms of white supremacist violence. We aspire to practice this every week until the November election.
All are welcome. We hope that this weekly gathering may serve to deepen our commitment as a community to dismantle systemic racism. We recognize that Williamstown, too, must uproot white supremacy. Williamstown, too, must change so that those of us who are Black can breathe. We gather on Fridays to recognize these truths and recommit ourselves to the work.
Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and invite your friends and family.
You are invited to bring signs or works of art if you are so moved. Anger is welcome. Rage is welcome. Grief is welcome. Exhaustion is welcome. We welcome all heartfelt expressions in honor of Black liberation and ending white supremacy.
Parking is available at the Williamstown Public Library and the Old Williams Inn.
Please spread the word!
Questions? Contact Rachel Payne at 617-309-0186 or

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