Pascal Mittemaier at the Cape Ann Climate Coalition All-Member Meeting

Pascal Mittermaier talk: Lessons learned from the Green Recovery of Freiberg, Germany

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting, September 25, 2019

Climate Action Survey

Dear Friends.

The Vision, Policy & Legislation (VPL) Group is asking everyone who has expressed an interest in the Cape Ann Climate Coalition (and provided their email address) to complete a short survey. Our aim is to inform and engage coalition members in supporting climate-related legislation, or other initiatives that will benefit Cape Ann, and the planet as a whole.

Please take the time to fill out this important survey at the following link:

Mark Nelson wrote up an excellent introduction to the work of the Cape Ann Climate Coalition. It appears on's website here, and we are placing it here as well. Thanks, Mark.

Organizing to Respond to the Climate Crisis

Along with the Associated Clergy of Cape Ann, TownGreen2025, and others, Sweeping Heart Zen is at the forefront of organizing collaboration and coordinated action to respond to the climate crisis on Cape Ann. The organization that is at the heart of this shared organizing effort is called the Organizing Committee.

The Organizing Committee (OC)

The OC is an unincorporated nonprofit association of organizations and individuals who volunteer to participate in its work.  The OC began to take shape in May 2019 when Rev. Mark Nelson approached the Associated Clergy of Cape Ann and the TownGreen2025 Steering Committee about organizing more collaborative and coordinated action on the Climate Crisis on Cape Ann.  The OC holds weekly planning and business meetings that are open to the public.

The OC’s meetings focus on two things.  First,  the OC’s meetings and work are focused on how to increase Cape Ann’s human, network, and resource capacity to mitigated and adapt to the Climate Crisis.  Second, a portion of the the OC’s meeting time is focused on how to increase the effectiveness of the OC itself.

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting

As the first step in the OC’s work, it organized the exciting and highly successful September 25, 2019 Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting.  The meeting was held at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester.

Thanks to every organization and person  who participated in the September 25, 2019 Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting.

Cape Ann Climate Coalition Sponsors

TownGreen2025, Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, the Associated Clergy of Cape Ann, and Sweeping Heart Zen sponsored the Cape Ann Climate Crisis Meeting. In total, 80 Cape Ann organizations and many Cape Ann individuals gathered for this important event.

Special thanks to Jane Panicucci.  Jane is the owner and principle of The Active Learning Group. Jane’s pro bono guidance in designing and facilitating the Climate Crisis Action Meeting (and follow up meetings) has been invaluable to the work of the OC.

Cape Ann Climate Coalition Goals

The goals of the meeting were to:

  • Share what attendees are currently doing to address the climate crisis
  • Build relationships among attendees working on climate crisis solutions
  • Share and prioritize the actions that attendees believe can make a difference for Cape Ann citizens
  • Explore how a formal coalition of those attending can develop coordinated and more powerful actions to address the climate crisis as well as leverage coalition member networks
  • Develop next steps for our work together

The First Follow Up Meeting

In the wake of the Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting, the OC planned a fellow up meeting.  The follow up meeting took place in the vestry at  the Gloucester UU Church. As a result of this October 23rd, 2019 follow up meeting, there are now 6 Working Groups of individuals and the representatives of various organizations from around Cape Ann focused on setting goals and taking action on:

  • Renewables
  • Efficiency
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Vision/Policy/Legislation
  • Communication/Spirituality/Personal Action
  • Community Building/Education

And these Working Groups are exploring their potential to add capacity and energy to the Cape Ann community’s ability to mitigate and adapt to the Climate Crisis in manifold ways.

The Second Follow UP Meeting

The Organizing Committee is planning the second follow up meeting.  It will be held at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Thursday, December 12th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

PowerPoint Presentations

If you would like to see Jane Panicucci's excellent slide decks from the three most recent Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meetings, they are available below in PDF format.

Participants Directory

We have created a list of organizations and participants who have contributed to the Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meetings. It is a password protected list and intended for those who attended the meetings. If you would like access to this list, please contact Susan Hoague by sending her an email here.

Event Images

Bold Steps Gallery

Get involved

Would you like to join a cause? The Cape Ann Climate Coalition consists of working groups of individuals focused on setting goals and taking action on the following issues: