Climate Preparedness Week 2020

What is Climate Prep Week?

During September 24–30* each year, we mark Climate Preparedness Week, dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. By coming together to host events, we provide the resources and space to think about the ways that climate change disadvantages some communities more than others. 

*Sundown Sun 9/27 through sundown Mon 9/28 are Yom Kippur, and we advise hosts to avoid scheduling events during this holy time of year for our friends of the Jewish tradition. 

This Year - We’re Virtual!

Last year, we were excited to count over 134+ events as part of Climate Prep Week. Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, we have decided to transition Climate Prep Week to a virtual setting to ensure the safety of our community members. We realize that many of us are still getting adjusted to this new normal so, in order to ease the workload, CREW will be hosting some centralized virtual events that any organization can co-opt and participate in.

Our Theme this Year is: Social Resilience is Climate Resilience 

In light of the recent critical conversations around racial justice in society, we will be focusing several of our central events around the intersections of climate resilience, racial justice and social resilience and encourage Climate Prep Week hosts to consider doing the same.

Here are some of the centralized virtual events we have planned so far:

9/24 at 1pm

  • A panel discussion led by Enet Mukurazita and hosted by the Yale School of Forrestry’s Library with women farmers in Zimbabwe on their experiences dealing with climate impacts

9/24 at 7pm

  • A virtual discussion with acclaimed writer Eric Klinenberg with librarians and community members.  Eric Klinenberg is well known for his novel Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and his more recent book Palaces for the People.

9/25 at 10am

  • An overview of a Boston mapping project with the Conservation Law Foundation and the city of Boston. This event will explore the community assets that exist within the city of Boston and how they can be leveraged to create a more climate-resilient future, with a particular focus on how we can serve communities of color and other marginalized neighborhoods.

9/28 at 6:30pm

  • A panel discussion on the intersection of racial justice and climate justice featuring Rev. Irene Monroe and others to be announced.

9/29 at 6:30pm

  • A conversation on How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture with Elizabeth Knight and John Wackman, authors of Repair Revolution. This event will look at how repair events in libraries and other spaces are helping bring people together around common goals of sustainability, stewardship, community resilience, as well as social and climate justice. This conversation will be led by Blue Marble Librarian, Gabrielle Griffis.

How you can participate:

  • Join us as a Partner, and help advertise the centrally organized events
    • This would include advertising the events to your membership over email and social media. 
    • Partners will be recognized on our website and at the start of our events
    • To sign up as a partner, please fill out this form.
  • Join us as Host and host your own event with and for your community!
    • We will advertise your events on our central website, and are happy to support you with suggestions for content or speakers if that is helpful
    • To sign up to host an event, please fill out this form.

Get inspired by checking out an interactive map of our partners and hosts who have already signed on here, and check out some pictures of Climate Prep Week 2019 below:



From left to right: Community Visit from the New England Aquarium at the Lynn Public Library where kids could start to get hands-on experience; "Climate Change: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?" a bilingual talk in Holyoke, MA that explored individual and communal solutions; Emergency Prep Kit Preparedness Workshop in Duxbury, MA that showed people how to best prepare for all types of disasters.

In 2019, we held over 130 events that featured contributions from dozens of community partners throughout Massachusetts, including...

The Boston City Council, Boston May Day Coalition, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Cambridge City Council, the Cambridge Public Library, CultureHouse, Eastie Farm, several branches of the Massachusetts Library System, Mayor Narkewicz of Northampton, Speak for the Trees Boston, the Somerville City Council, UMass Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab, and more.

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