ClimateCongress2016 – Green Cambridge


OPENING Presentation


The congress will gather 100 volunteer delegates from throughout the Cambridge community to make practical recommendations on how all residents can participate in responding to climate change. Grassroots groups Green Cambridge, Mothers Out Front, the South Asian Center and HEET, the Home Energy Efficiency Team support the call for the congress.

“In 2009 at the first Cambridge Climate Congress, the goals were to build awareness of the urgency of climate change and to get the City to do more. Now, most people are aware that climate change is here to stay, and Cambridge and governments at all levels have begun to respond in earnest,” said Quinton Zondervan, president of Green Cambridge and a lead organizer of the Climate Congress.

“The issue facing everyone today is how to respond in the best possible way whatever our circumstances and differences. We can’t all be climate activists, but there are steps we can all be taking to play a more active role in protecting our environment. Our hope is that this Climate Congress will help us all be more mindful of what those individuals’ roles will look like,” said Mayor Simmons of her vision for the Congress.

The Congress will open with a plenary session on October 1st in Cambridge City Hall with informative presentations on the climate situation and the many ways governments and people are responding to it. In a series of focused discussions, interested delegates will then consider the responses available to people from different backgrounds, in different circumstances and with different beliefs. In a closing plenary session on November 12, delegates will convene to adopt a final statement on climate citizenship.

To nominate yourself, or an individual from your group, organization, business, or community, please click on one of the links below.

Visit our FAQ if you have any questions.

Agenda for the 2016 Cambridge Climate Congress

Saturday, October 1st – Cambridge City Hall
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Opening Session (will be videotaped for later viewing)

9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 AM Climate Change Now
9:45 AM COP21 and US National Policy
10:00 AM Massachusetts Policy
10:15 AM City of Cambridge Policy
10:30 AM Individual and Community Response
10:45 AM Local Business Response
11:00 AM Climate Education
11:15 AM Soil Eco-Restoration
11:30 AM The Role of the Arts
11:45 AM Climate Citizenship
Mayor E. Denise Simmons
Dr. Paul Kirshen:
the state of the climate and its implications for Cambridge today and tomorrow
Michael Green: Energy and Climate Policy, their reliance on policy and actions at “lower” state and local levels
Rep. Marjorie Decker: Massachusetts’ Climate and Energy Policy and implications for Cambridge.
Susanne Rasmussen: Cambridge’s Climate and Energy Policy and their implications for residents.
Quinton Zondervan: Individual and community actions, in response to climate change and energy policies.
Susan Labandibar: Actions taken by businesses in response to climate change, climate and energy policies.
Kristen Middleton: What children are being taught about climate change and local community responses.
Seth Itzkan: Soil carbon and why it is important for Cambridge residents.
Dr. John Fernandez: The role of the arts in building a common response to climate change.
John Pitkin: The challenge of climate citizenship

Move to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch (Provided by the South Asian Center)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM First Discussion Group: Ages and Generations

  • Wednesday, October 5thCitywide Senior Center
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Second Discussion Group: Origins
  • Thursday, October 13thSt. James Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Third Discussion Group: Faiths
  • Wednesday, October 19thCitywide Senior Center
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Fourth Discussion Group: Personal Resources
  • Wednesday, October 26thCitywide Senior Center
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Fifth Discussion Group: Political Values
  • Wednesday, November 2nd – Location TBD
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sixth Discussion Group: Climate Action and Activism
  • Saturday, November 12thCambridge City Hall
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Closing Plenary Discussion
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Closing Plenary Overflow, as needed

Further information is available at:

as well as:

and other Cambridge Forum activities relating to climate change and the environment.

For further discussion of climate change and environmental issues see:

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