MIT's Independent Activities Period is offering 4 courses on Climate Action Hands On: Harnessing Science with Communities to Cut Carbon. These free, fun, and practical courses focus on local engagement with climate action. The courses are as follows:
Overview of citizen science - Jan 18 1:00 PM -3:30 PM
Introduction to citizen/community science networks in operation, including PublicLab; future of community science and why climate science could benefit from a community approach.
Hackathon on methane leak visualization - Jan 23 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mini-hackathon on database building, app development, data collection equipment design/construction, data visualization, GIS data processing, animation/infographic design, and emissions modeling. Details on the history of natural gas infrastructure nationally and in Boston area, protocols for reporting and fixing leaks, methane monitoring methods, opportunities for community involvement.
Sniffing out urban methane leaks - Jan 31 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hands-on activity collecting data on real-word methane leaks from natural gas infrastructure across Cambridge.
Putting citizen-collected data to use - Feb 1 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Debrief data collection on methane gas leaks and understand the value, uses and cautions of citizen-collected data. Discuss problems of field data collection and implications and explore the policy questions for which citizen science data can be used, including the history and record of results of environmental law in practice, science as evidence in legal battles, and leveraging media attention.
We hope you'll join us!
Join MCAN for the Boston Women's March!
On January 21st people from all over New England will come together in the Common to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation. These include those impacted by climate change, women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA.
All are welcome and are encouraged to attend. To register, visit their website here.
When you register, type "MCAN" as the group to be apart of our team.
We will have hot chocolate and banners at our office building at 10:30 and the march starts at 11. Email us to let us know if you are coming: info at massclimateaction dot net (emailed structured that way to prevent spam).
Hope to see you there!
Local action and state policies will make the difference on climate change and clean energy for the next 4 years.
Join us to let your state senator and representative know that you care about clean energy and climate change!
We will train you and give you materials. This will be a great way to move MA forward on clean energy and make sure we don't backslide on dirty energy.
RSVP here so that we can get you set up with a meeting and so we know how many people are coming.