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Quotes of the Week
Excerpts from a writing assignment in Elaine Cawley Weintraub’s global history class at MVRHS, as reported in the Vineyard Gazette:
"I care about preserving our national forests, the extinction of wildlife, taking care of each other and our children."
"I hope that in the near future I can play college baseball, get an
education in biology and help to bring an end to deforestation,
poaching, extinction of species caused by humans, and try to make the
world a better place."
"Innovative societies are key to progress in our world: socially,
economically, technologically and medically. We must not fear change."
"My dream for the future is to live in a simpler and more peaceful place."
Polly Hill Winter Tours
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00 am, West Tisbury.
the PHA staff for a winter walk and look at the plants in a whole new
way. At this time of year bark and tree structure stand out, along with
fruits and berries. Tours are free with the $5 general admission to the
arboretum (free for members and children 12 and under). For more info
see website or call (508) 693-9426.
Benefit Concert for Standing Rock Sioux
Saturday, Nov. 12, 6:00 pm, Chilmark.
"Water is Life" benefit show featuring local musicians, in support of the Standing Rock Tribe's campaign against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. At the Chilmark Community Center, $20 suggested donation.
Offshore Wind Public Info Sessions
Monday, Nov. 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Vineyard Haven.
An important informational meeting at the Tisbury Senior Center (see map).
Representatives from the state Coastal Zone Management office and the
Mass. Clean Energy Center will present, answer questions, and discuss
recent and upcoming planning and assessment activities related to future
offshore wind projects. Topics include an overview of the new energy
diversity law and updates on marine mammal and bird studies, Metocean
data collection, geological surveys, and transmission planning.
Representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be in
attendance. For more information on the offshore wind activities for
Massachusetts, see the EEA website.
Island Wildlife: Myths and Misconceptions
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Edgartown.
Island naturalist Gus Ben David leads an engaging conversation challenging misconceptions about the Vineyard's wildlife. At the Vineyard Gazette newsroom, free, but preregistration is required.
Guided Walk: Menemsha Hills
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Chilmark.
staff lead a moderate-to-strenuous hike along Menemsha Hills to the 2nd
highest point on Martha's Vineyard. Learn about the geology of the area
and enjoy the fall colors and a view of the historic Chilmark
Brickyard. The route will include walking on rocky beach & some
moderately steep trails. Free, but donations accepted; for more info see
website or call (339) 927-8778.
Winter Walks Return with a Visit to Flat Point Farm
join us this Sunday (Nov. 13) at 1:00 for the first VCS Winter Walk of
the 2016-17 season, a visit to Flat Point Farm. This beautiful piece of
farmland, located directly on the Tisbury Great Pond, was saved from residential development just a few years ago through the combined efforts of the landowner, neighbors, the Land Bank, and VCS.
Today, the farm
raises beef and lamb, egg-laying chickens, and dairy goats, who provide
milk for making cheese and artisanal soaps. Sunday's walk will include a
tour of the farm studio, where we will learn how their goat's milk soap
Directions: From the Edgartown Rd in
West Tisbury (near the village), turn onto New Lane. After 0.4 mi, just
as New Lane bears to the left there will be a dirt road straight in
front of you – take this road (Road to Great Neck) all the way to its end at Flat Point Farm. It's easy to confuse the side driveways with the main road, so watch for the VCS signs and flags.
Students Bring Enthusiasm and Creativity to BYOB Initiative
Oak Bluffs 4th graders show off their new creations (Photo by Holly Thomas, click for full-size)
shown by our “quotes of the week” above, often the best spokespeople
for our natural environment are those young enough to see – and care –
further into the future. After decorating their own reusable canvas bags
in class, Holly Thomas’ fourth graders led the weekly Oak Bluffs School
community meeting, sharing what they had learned about plastic bags and
ocean pollution. To help keep the audience engaged, the kids decided to
present their information in a Q&A format, quizzing the assembled
students and parents on statistics like “How many plastic bags are used
on Martha’s Vineyard each year?” That question caused a ripple to move
through the crowd, as the guesses climbed ever higher before the correct
answer was revealed.
It was an incredible experience, with one parent even commenting, “I
got chills when the audience – including the parents I was sitting with –
would gasp at the facts as the kids presented them.”
The Life of Trash, Visualized
It's like a subway map for our Island's waste stream! (Click to see the full map – Image and research by Max King)
The "Life of Trash" project, a large informational map created by Max
King for this year's Living Local Harvest Festival, is a great way to
visualize and better contemplate the complexities of our waste
You probably already knew that all of our waste – regular trash,
recycling, and everything else – is trucked off-Island, but you might be
surprised just how complicated the big picture is. For example, did you
know that, at the moment, seven different companies process our
recycling? Or that garbage from Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven is sent to
a landfill in New Bedford, while the rest of the Island ships it off to Rochester (just west of Wareham), where it’s burned to produce electricity?
It’s strange to think that the same sorts of stuff gets on the same
boats at the same docks only to head to two very different fates located
just 30 miles apart.
To the extent that we must choose between incineration vs. landfilling, there are environmental costs to both.
It would probably be safe to conclude that a modern, efficient
waste-to-energy facility is better than an old-fashioned landfill (but
also vice-versa – modern, safer landfills can be less harmful than older
incinerators). On our Island, though, the more important consideration
is the wasted energy and pollution involved in trucking tons of garbage
long distances just to get it to either of these sub-optimal
destinations. Until we can open an efficient waste-to-energy facility
here on the Vineyard, the best option remains, as always: Reduce – Reuse