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Learn about TownGreen2025's Climate Change Curriculum

Climate change is a reality, and is affecting all of us now, and is projected to intensify during the coming decades. The changes will affect how we all live our lives, from where we live and the fuel we use, to how and where our food is grown. Most of us have bits and pieces of information surrounding climate change, some of it well founded in science, some not. Every student, from the brightest most engaged future scientist to our less academically involved students, needs well designed climate change education to understand, and adapt to the scientific, social, and economic realities of our changing climate.

Over the past year there has been an increase in climate change information available, but well-designed instruction within most schools has not kept pace. In addition climate change is a new topic for many teachers, and a complex topic that encompasses many disciplines.

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The mission of TownGreen2025 is to create a carbon footprint for Gloucester and Cape Ann that is as low as possible. We believe Cape Ann can become a model of how one can achieve a clean energy and sustainable community in a decade.

The climate change that is already affecting our lives and communities is mostly caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere, resulting in global warming, and all its related effects. The amount of carbon dioxide that each community adds to the air is known as its “carbon footprint”.

The mission of TownGreen2025 is to create a carbon footprint for Gloucester and Cape Ann that is as low as possible.  We believe Cape Ann can become a model of how one can achieve clean energy and a sustainable community in a decade. This is something we owe our children and our planet.

Our developing ten-year plan is multifaceted, and includes efforts to improve efficiencies in energy use, increase the number of PV solar systems on homes and businesses, develop collective solar farms, and explore additional clean energy options such as offshore wind farms and tidal energy systems. We will support carbon sequestration (the absorption of carbon dioxide by trees) through our partner, Reforest The Tropics, which uses a unique and powerful replanting of tropical forests in Costa Rica. And lastly we will address the need for continuing education in multiple areas of sustainability by developing a K-12 climate change education program, which can be integrated into the existing curricula of the local schools.

These efforts have potential benefits for Gloucester, such as reducing and stabilizing energy costs, increasing local clean energy related jobs, and creating an attractive business and innovation climate. And Gloucester residents can continue to be proud of their contribution to mitigating global climate change for future generations.

TownGreen2025 is a program of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF), an independent non-profit, affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church. The Co-Chairs of the TownGreen2025 steering committee are Dick Prouty, representing the GMF, and Candace Wheeler, the Chairman of the Gloucester Clean Energy Commission, a TownGreen2025 partner.

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