Open Air Celebration: SUNDAY OCTOBER 31, 1 TO 2
New Perspective on Climate Change: Remembrance of Climate Futures/Arlington
Students recruited from Arlington High School have explored how civic and activist groups envision the impacts of climate change, and what ideas they have for increasing resiliency. Based on attending meetings, zoom conversations, and hearing from guest speakers combined with research, the students have developed 18 markers which will be wheatpasted to the exterior walls of the Fox Library in October as a temporary project. In the spring, our hope is to complete a longer term version of the project in the form of aluminum markers sited around town at locations related to the events “commemorated” in the markers.
The interns are finalizing climatefuturesarlington.org. This project website includes their weekly blogs – some of which are below – the text of all their markers, and written descriptions for each marker with more information and links
Student interns learned about the impacts of climate change – flooding, extreme storms and heat, species extinctions – but they also researched strategies to combat climate change. In addition to addressing the crisis by reducing carbon footprint, they learned about resiliency strategies such as white roofs, cooling centers, wetlands preservation, tree planting, and green infrastructure. Implementation of some of these resiliency strategies appear in the markers as future actions.
Climate Futures/Arlington is organized by ACAC in collaboration with Arlington Public Schools Sustainability Initiatives and Arlington Planning and Community Development. Cecily Miller, ACAC’s Public Art Curator, and Rachel Oliveri, Arlington Public Schools Sustainability Coordinator, served as project coordinators and mentors. Climate Futures/Arlington is generously funded by a grant from MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) and contributions from Arlington DPW, Sustainable Arlington, and individual supporters.
Many thanks to our partners
In addition to our primary partners – the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development and the Arlington Public Schools Sustainability Initiatives – we are grateful to the many community groups, town commissions and town personnel who generously participated in making this project a success, and to the Fox Library for hosting our wheatpaste installation! In particular we would like to thank the project partners who took the time to meet with our interns:
Arlington Department of Planning & Community Development
Arlington Tree Committee
Arlington Open Space Committee
Arlington Conservation Committee
Everywhere Arlington Livable Streets (formerly East Arlington Livable Streets)
Friends of Spy Pond Park
Green Cambridge (incorporates Friends of Alewife Brook)
Mothers Out Front/Arlington Chapter
Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways
Mystic River Watershed Association
Unitarian Universalist Climate Working Group
Zero Waste Arlington
a betrayal of the comfortable, the familiar.
An animal that has known only the cage
will cringe in a corner if the door opens suddenly
squealing on ancient, rusted hinges.
If I have but one wish for you, for me,
for us all, it’s to remember that our own cages
are locked only by the fear of change
that we have the power to shove the doors open
and take one step, then another,
into a new world.