2019 Events

For Climate Preparedness Week 2019, CREW is partnering with over fifty community groups, libraries, faith groups, city governments, unions, and more to bring you a wide variety of events throughout the week.

Use this page to find events near you, learn who's up to what, and invite your friends to join you in talking about extreme weather preparedness, climate change, and more!

  • Exhibit on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning

    • Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    • LaChance Library, Mount Wachusett Community College

    The La Chance Library at Mount Wachusett Community College will be hosting an exhibit on emergency preparedness and disaster planning. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 20th, at 10:00 AM and be open for the following week--closing on the 30th. 

  • Dia-Logs: Encouraging Climate Conversations

    From September 21st - September 30th

    Front Lawn of Hunnewell Visitor Center Daily 

    Dawn to Dusk

    Have a seat on one of our Dia-Llogs and strike up a climate conversation. We’ll provide discussion prompts and facts. You take it from there to share your thoughts and hear those of others. Are you hopeful or fearful? Paralyzed by negative news or motivated to change how you live? Our Dia-Logs offer an opportunity to connect within our human community in response to our rapidly changing climate. We’ll have Dia-Logs for adults and for children, with age-appropriate conversation starters.


    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    • Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA

    Daily, September 21-30, 2019

    Landscape StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Two stories will be posted in the landscape for families to enjoy. Spring after Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement, by Stephanie Roth Sisson Katie, Who Tamed the Wind, by Liz Garton Scanlon & Lee White StoryWalk® Anne Ferguson and Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

  • West Bridgewater will be hosting a conversation with Blake Dinius from the Plymouth County Extension Service to talk about just what's going on with honeybees and what we can do to help them.

  • The celebration (our tenth annual) will be focused on the United Nations’ theme for the 2019 – Climate Action for Peace – and the need for peace with justice for all in our community and around the world. The program will include brief presentations by local peacemakers about their work, performances of music, dance, song, and poetry, and activities for children. It will conclude with the reading of a list of recent local victims of violence. We will then walk to the nearby Garden of Peace to pray for peace among stones engraved with the names of local victims of violence.

  • Climate Change World Cafe

    • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    • Wilbraham Public Library

    The Wilbraham Public Library will be hosting a Climate Change World Café on Monday, September 23rd. This event will take place in the Brooks Room and will begin at 6:30 PM. 

  • Join the Berkshire Environmental Action Team to speak about local resilience projects and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to discuss issues brought up in the North Adams Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report. 

  • "Caring for Our Common Home" Interfaith Rally for the Earth

    Sign-making and vegan chili bar at 5pm; rally starts at 6pm

    Join us in Shalom, Peace, Salaam, Shanti! Local faith leaders will speak at each stop, with reflections on caring for our campus and each other as we enter a new year together. 

    Sponsors: Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, McQuade Library, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Grace Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry, Department of Social Justice

    Free and open to the public

  • Book Reading and Discussion

    Join us for a discussion of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. "Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

  • What can Henry David Thoreau tell us about how climate change is affecting local plants and animals today?
    For the past 15 years, Professor Richard Primack and his team have been using Thoreau’s 1850s records and other Massachusetts data sources to document the increasingly early flowering and leafing out times of plants, variable responses of migratory birds, and changes in plant abundance caused by a warming climate. Learn about Professor Primack's research and the ways in which climate change is impacting the nonhuman beings with whom we share this region.
    Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University with a specialization in plant ecology, conservation biology, tropical rain forest ecology, and climate change biology. He is the author of two widely used conservation biology textbooks, was for nine years the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation, and has served as the President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. His research has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, National Geographic, and other publications, and he is often interviewed on National Public Radio. Primack also frequently gives talks and writes for the general public on issues of climate change and ecology, most recently the popular book Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods.