Category: environment

Opinion: Immigration = Emigration

Climate Refugee

Immigration is in the press and in our politics: people from Central and South America coming to our southern border, people from Syria fleeing to neighboring countries and to Europe. We tend to view immigration as something that is being foisted upon us, but what we don’t adequately appreciate is the other side of the coin – emigration. The person we view as an immigrant is also an emigrant – someone who is no longer able to live in their homeland. We attribute all this to political conflict, poverty, declining agricultural productivity, corruption, poor governance, and opportunism. But, if we drill down to the actual root cause, it is most often climate change. Belmont’s Monte Allen, a former senior director of development at CARE USA in this op-ed.

Support the Belmont Community Path? Attend July 16th Virtual Meeting

Belmont Community Path

An upcoming meeting this Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM (via Zoom) will review design proposals for the path. Also a new survey seeks resident feedback on the proposed plans. If you support the plan, attend the meeting and take the resident survey.

Striking Solar: An Open Letter to the Belmont Middle and High School Building Committee

Planned Belmont Middle and High School

The Belmont Middle and High School Building Committee is considering the elimination of a planned solar array from the new building, reneging on its commitment to build a Zero Net Energy building. Write to the committee and urge them to keep the solar array!

Bring out your (broken) Stuff! Belmont Fix-it Clinic Saturday!

Belmont’s second Fix-it Clinic will be happening this Saturday, May 25th from 1PM to 4PM in the Assembly Room at Belmont Public Library.

For Community Path Supporters: Bennett as Selectwoman is the choice

Fitchburg Cutoff Path

If the Belmont Community Path is your issue, Jessie Bennett is your choice for Selectwoman in the Town Election April 2. A strong advocate for safe roads, Jessie has been a clear, consistent and vocal supporter of the Community Path. …

Earth Day Prep: here are Two Belmont Climate Events to Check Out in April!

The Belmont Energy Committee is hosting a series of forums where residents can learn the most important steps YOU and the Town can take to prevent global warming and climate change. Please join us!

Northern Disclosure: How the Community Path Meeting Went Down

Mass DOT Letter Page 2

The low-down on Mondays Board of Selectmen meeting to discuss the proposed change to the Community Path, after the MBTA raised safety concerns about a proposed route that crosses the tracks at Brighton Street.

You to the Rescue: Critical Selectmen’s Meeting Monday to support Belmont Community Path

Fitchburg Cutoff Path

The Selectmen will have a tough vote on the Community Path again Monday evening. Once again Community Path supporters need to turn out in force to the Selectmen’s Hearing Room at Belmont Town Hall on Monday to voice support for a safe, off road route connecting Belmont to the Minuteman Path and Alewife MBTA station.

Two words Benjamin: ‘No Plastic’

Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils “Plastic” May have been the one word of advice given to Dustin Hoffman’s wayward college graduate ‘Benjamin’ in The Graduate.’ But 50 years later you might be more prescient encouraging…

Belmont Leads Bay State in Electric Vehicle Adoption

Belmont has adopted more electric vehicles (54) than any other community in Massachusetts – just the latest evidence of the Town’s commitment to renewable energy and reducing our climate footprint, writes Marty Bitner of Belmont Drives Electric.