W2O Board Members

Boston Globe October 21, 2012

By Cindy Cantrell

DRIVING CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Since founding W2O (Women Working for Oceans) last year, Weston residents Barbara Burgess and Donna Hazard have raised awareness of the importance of sustainable fishing practices and the danger of plastic residue to fish and seabirds.

On Tuesday, they will host a discussion of how limiting fuel consumption and car emissions can lessen global climate change. The event, “Roadside Assistance: Driving Change on Our Streets and in Our Oceans,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New England Aquarium Simons Imax Theatre at Boston’s Central Wharf.

A panel discussion will feature Arlington resident Ray Magliozzi of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio; Herbert Chambers, owner of Herb Chambers Companies; Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar; and Eric Evarts, associate auto editor of Consumer Reports. The moderator will be WBZ-TV news anchor Lisa Hughes, with additional remarks by Boston resident Bud Ris, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium.

A selection of environmentally friendly cars will be displayed outside the aquarium, courtesy of Herb Chambers, which is also donating a blue Vespa to be raffled off.

Hazard and Burgess, whose husband, Bill Burgess, is the aquarium’s trustee chairman, said their nonprofit organization’s mission is to inspire and empower families to make responsible consumer decisions.

“Buying a ‘green’ car isn’t a sacrifice anymore,” Hazard said. “It’s smart and innovative, and with gasoline selling at about $4 per gallon, it can also save you a lot of money.”

Tickets, including a vegetarian boxed lunch, cost $50 and may be purchased at 617-226-2143 or womenworkingforoceans.org.

Bud Ris

Bud Ris, President and CEO of The New England Aquarium

Women gathering to talk about cars?  A novel idea that is the focal point of the upcoming “Roadside Assistance” event sponsored by W2O,  but not surprising, since women increasingly are making the decisions about what kind of vehicles to buy for their families.  This event will “connect the dots” between climate change, the oceans, and the choices people make every day about buying cars and trucks. I look forward to outlining the ways in which the oceans and marine life are being impacted by climate change, how humans will be affected, and why personal decisions about cars and trucks are so important.  That will set the stage for a conversation with the other panelists about “green” cars:  What are the choices out there? What do consumers look for when buying a new car? Do they work? Are they safe?  It should be a very informative discussion – something that can provide a lot of hope for the future.

See you on the 23rd!   (And by the way, men are welcome to attend also.)

 

 

Yup, I think I might hate my car.

When I moved from Australia back to America with my three young children, I looked around my neighborhood for clues about what car I should purchase. The market here was new and different to me and I was overwhelmed with the amount of choices.  In the parking lot of our school there was a row of SUVs, as far as the eye could see, at drop off and pick up.  I bought one. Liked it. Loved being high up, loved being able to load the neighborhood kids into the car with all their gear and loved loading groceries in the back.   Now I think I might hate my car.  I hardly use the third row of seats, I cringe when I am filling the tank at the gas pump, and I wonder how my car emission is contributing to pollution and climate change as one of a gazillion of these cars in the burbs of MA.  I have started telling my teenagers that I can’t possibly drive them down to our town center and that they will have to walk…and they do!!

I need a new car. I need a car that I know will just contribute a tiny bit to curbing the huge catastrophe of climate change affecting our oceans and our planet.  But what to buy?  Can I afford one?  Hybrid? Diesel? Electric?  Hopefully I will have a better sense of all of these choices after the W2O event “Roadside Assistance: Driving Change on our Streets and in Our Oceans.”

NEAq Chef Bill Bradley

W2O’s October 23rd event, Roadside Assitance: Driving Change on our Streets and in Our Oceans is coming up quickly and today we met with NEAq’s executive Chef, Bill Bradley to figure out how to feed our guests a fabulous lunch out of a paper bag!  Chef Bill, who just joined the aquarium this year, used his experience and expertise to give us several unbelievable choices of savory and sweet possibilities. But wait, how is this going to work? We will be seated in the Imax Theater learning from our expert panel about Climate Change and how to consider the Environment and the Ocean when choosing our next car….we will be eating a gorgeous Paper Bag lunch?-well, yes!  Here are some of the tasty masterpieces that we had to consider: Sublime Chocolate Bark with Cranberries, Pistachio, Crystallized Ginger and Thyme, Crispy Vegetable Chips with Oregano and Garlic Sea Salt, Decadent Fig and Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions, and a Vietnamese  Bahn Mi sandwich with marinated mouthwatering pickled Veggies topped with a creamy Yuzu Mayo…yum.  Ahh, I can’t forget the Kale chips-sounds crazy but they were my personal favorite-salty, crunchy and slightly healthy!  I won’t tell you what we chose but I can promise that you will be delighted and will be begging for more.

 


 

 

We hope you can join us on October 23rd for our Climate Change event, Roadside Assistance: Driving Change on our streets and in the oceans. There is so much to talk about and we are excited to have the expertise of Bud Ris, Pres. and CEO of the New England Aquarium to guide us through the basics of the concerns about climate change and its effects on our oceans and on us.  Before you come, visit the NEAq’s quick reference guide to the issues of climate and how it is already impacting New England.

 

Our panel, moderated by Emmy award winning journalist Lisa Hughes and featuring some of New England’s best known, car savvy professionals will inform, debate and educate about car emissions and what you can think about when making your next car purchase to insure that you have made the decision that will help protect our oceans and our health.

 

Join us! We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd!!

 

 

The New York Times today gives us information from every prominent scientific organization on climate that now is the time to pay attention to the signs of warming in our oceans.  This article, primarily about the decline of the ice in the Arctic, talks about the significance of the ice melt as a catalyst for trapping the sun’s heat as the white of the ice is replaced with the dark ocean, in turn, melting more ice.  Research scientist at The Snow and Ice Center, Walt Meier, says that “the Arctic is the earth’s air-conditioner” and that “it’s not just the polar bears might go extinct, or that the native communities might have to adapt, which we’re already seeing-there are larger climate effects.”  Dr. James E. Hansen, a prominent NASA climate scientist, warns that “the scientific community realizes that we have a planetary emergency.”  Time for all of us to take emergency action by reducing “human release of greenhouse gases” and take responsibility for the part we all play in this scenario.

Women Working for Oceans wants you to know about the importance of the Plastic Free Campus program from Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Women Working for Ocean’s (W2O) March talk “Plastics in the Ocean, Plastic in You”, powerfully presented by Dianna Cohen, artist and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC), inspired an avalanche of ongoing behavior change here in M.A.  We learned so much from Dianna and PPC and we are thrilled with the initiatives in our communities and schools that have taken root because of their guidance.

PPC continues to make major strides in its work towards a world free of plastic pollution. PPC’s project, Plastic Free Campuses, has been short-listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a grant, and several other organizations have expressed their commitment to support the program.

Currently, PPC is raising funds for the kick off of the next phase of Plastic Free Campuses: 1500 campuses around the world working to reduce their plastic footprint. It is a great time to support their work. There are all levels of giving that make a huge impact on the success of this program.

Please use the links below and consider supporting the great work of this organization! They are making our oceans a healthier place for generations to come.

https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c66093

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org

 

Mark your calendars for the most exciting evening September 15th at the New England Aquarium. Cocktails around the Great Ocean Tank, dinner with food by renown chef Ming Tsai and dancing at the most beautiful of Boston’s water front venues, the Harbor View Terrace Pavilion.  Be part of the celebration as the New England Aquarium begins its transformation of the Great Ocean Tank.

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The New England Aquarium and other “informal science venues” such as zoos and other aquariums will be ready to educate visitors about the very complex topic of climate change thanks, in part, to a grant of 5.5 million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help The New England Aquarium, a leader in climate change research, communicate the science of climate change and its impact on marine ecosystems. http://news.neaq.org/2012/08/55-million-grant-for-climate-change.html

Read about how we are effected by climate change here in New England, (including information on the coastal waters here in M.A.)

Heather Tausig, Associate Vice President of Conservation at the New England Aquarium, shared this special announcement with W2O and we are happy to pass it on to you!

The New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund will be hosting a special guest speaker at the Aquarium on August 21st. Mr. Didiher Chacon Chaverri, Director of the Latin American Programs for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), will discuss the sea turtle protection programs WIDECAST has spearheaded on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica, efforts that were supported by MCAF grants in 2011 and 2012. Mr. Chaverri will speak about the diverse methods WIDECAST uses to improve the plight of sea turtles, including, nightly patrols to protect sea turtle nests from poachers, rescue and rehabilitation of injured turtles, and outreach and education programs for local communities. He will also speak about volunteer opportunities available through WIDECAST to do hands-on sea turtle conservation work in Costa Rica.

The New England Aquarium is honored to host Mr. Chaverri and to share an inspiring example of the important conservation impact being made by MCAF grantees all over the world. We hope you will be able to join us for his talk at 7pm on August 21st at the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab. The web-link to RSVP for this event can be found on the Aquarium’s “Lecture Series” page: http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/programs_and_classes/aquarium_lecture_series/index.php.