Somerville is hosting six New England Climate summer student riders who are spending their summer biking from town to town. The goal is to raise awareness about the climate crisis and energize communities to do something about it. They will attend public events, meet with community leaders, and lend a hand to make Somerville a climate-friendly city. First Church Somerville will house the students.
All are welcome to meet the students and hear their stories Wednesday, June 23, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Davis Square Farmers Market; Thursday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Somerville Living Green Festival; and Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union Square Farmers Market and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Growing Center. Climate riders will talk with attendees about the state of the climate, their climate summer project, and the need for science-based legislation.
Climate riders will facilitate a grassroots organizing training session, the Somerville Climate Café, Wednesday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Community leaders will gather to learn how Somerville will be impacted by climate change, what initiatives are underway to address this, and how to build on these to make the community climate-friendly and resilient in the face of coming changes. Co-sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost and Groundwork Somerville.
A Somerville Living Green Festival will be held Thursday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Argenziano School at 290 Washington St. in Union Square. Topics will include saving energy and money, gardening, eating local, reducing waste, learning about green building and reducing toxics. An energy-efficiency workshop in Spanish will be presentation by Climate student riders at 7 p.m. There will also be children’s crafts. Co-sponsored by the city’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
A grassroots organizing training will be held Saturday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Growing Center. Climate Riders have been trained in community organizer Marshall Ganz’s organizing model and will be sharing these skills at this training. All are welcome to learn how to be a new or more effective community organizer.
A screening of “A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish,” will take place Saturday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Church Somerville, 80 College Ave. This film is about ocean acidification, climate change and solutions. Co-sponsored by First Church Somerville, Somerville Climate Action and Ocean River Institute.
A student goodbye ride-off will be held Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m. All are welcome to bike off with the students on their way to their next town. The ride will leave from First Church Somerville.
For more information, visit www.newenglandclimatesummer.org.