Students pitch in for Zero Waste Week

Clothing designer Angela Sison offered multicolor threads, buttons, and slender needles from a flower pincushion to students at the West Tisbury School during their half-hour WIN (What I Need) period. She taught them how to sew buttons onto fabric, how to mend a tear, and how to sew a running stitch. The workshop was one […]

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Emergency preparedness talk kicks off climate solutions library series

West Tisbury emergency management director Russell Hartenstine posed four questions to a group of about 30 people at the Oak Bluffs library Saturday afternoon:    Are you registered to receive emergency alerts from your town? What is your shelter plan? Do you have an evacuation route? And what is your communication plan?   Hartenstine took […]

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Warming trend heats up in Dukes County

Martha’s Vineyard is a hot spot — literally.  Early last month, the Washington Post published a climate change report disclosing the fastest-warming states and counties in the nation, with Massachusetts and Dukes County ranked among the highest. Shaded ruby red on a temperature change map, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, and mid- to lower […]

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An Island rich in black gold

It’s just before 10 on a Monday morning when Aaron Lowe arrives at Thimble Farm in Vineyard Haven. He parks his teal Subaru in the dirt lot; his phone balances between his shoulder and ear. “It’s just one thing after another,” he says in between calls, before quickly picking up the next one. He climbs […]

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Climate summit called a success

Martha’s Vineyard Charter School senior Aiden Donovan wasn’t sure what to expect at Friday’s first annual Youth Climate Summit. “Will there be enough people?” he asked. “Will we get everything together in time?” We walked toward the Fern and Feather barn on the Felix Neck campus, which hosted the all-day event. The 200 or so […]

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If ICAN do it, so can you

Cut carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, move toward solar and alternative energy, advocate for environmentally-minded legislation and people in office, and increase emergency preparedness — these were among the proposed ideas that came out of the first quarterly Island Climate Action Network (ICAN) meeting hosted Monday, May 6, at Felix Neck. ICAN is a “reincarnation” […]

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