Solving environmental problems in residential neighborhoods.
PLEASE JOIN US WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10th AT 3:00 pm Eastern Time for a conversation with Rob Moir and college student interns from the Ocean River Institute.
Emerald Bracelets to Solve Three of the World’s Greatest Environmental Problems: Lessons from Boston’s “Emerald Necklace.”
Three of the world’s greatest environmental problems are increasingly being met and abated in residential neighborhoods. The dastardly trio are nutrient pollution causing harmful algal blooms (ocean dead zones), degradation and loss of natural places (habitat loss), and climate change (global warming). Imagine a car with a flat tire, busted battery and no spark plugs. Fixing the more obvious one or two issues will not get us very far down the road. The solution involves fixing all three at once.
One of the best nature-based solutions, one often overlooked and trampled on, is the grasses. Plants photosynthesize, take in carbon dioxide and water to manufacture carbohydrates including plant fibers and give out oxygen. Grasses surpass all other plants sharing the wealth, pushing out as root exudate about 50% of the carbohydrates to build soil and feed soil critters. More soil means more biodiversity, more water retained in landscapes, less polluting runoff, and when chemically converted into humus, carbon storage for thousands of years.
What you will learn and experience during this conversation.
- How local actions can make a big difference for climate change.
- How to look at your place holistically and take an ecosystem-based thinking approach to find nature-based solutions.
- How plants communicate and collaborate to live well despite the setbacks
- How to stop nutrient pollution that causes harmful algal blooms (ocean dead zones).
- How to stop degradation and loss of natural places (habitat loss) to rejuvenate and restore nature.
- How, in our yards and neighborhoods, to address climate change (global warming) to draw more carbon dioxide out of the air and store more carbon for thousands of years.
- Boston’s Emerald Necklace is composed of 1,100 green acres linked by parkways and waterways. Discover and create emerald bracelets in your neighborhoods linking natural habitats, increasing wildlife diversity while slowing the rise of sea level and averting the climate crisis.
Who is this for?
- Individuals, families, and wildlife enthusiasts
- Households, landowners, and tenants
- Community and place-based groups
- Watershed, lake associations, and river advocates
- Journalists and media makers who want to learn using nature-based solutions to improve our quality of life (often while saving money)
- People from all parts of the spectrum who are concerned about the health and well-being of their community and who want to take action to restore the quality of health in their natural surroundings
College student interns (Anand Fedele, Ken Stephens, Sophia Dipietro, and Zeke Cochin) talk about how they increase civic engagement with friendly town rivalries in the Natural Lawns with Healthy Soils Challenge and the top sixteen reasons for not spreading quick-release fertilizer on lawns. Got lawn grass?
Boston’s Emerald Necklace is composed of 1,100 green acres linked by parkways and waterways. Discover and create emerald bracelets in your neighborhoods linking natural habitats, increasing wildlife diversity while slowing the rise of sea level and averting the climate crisis. Together we can, naturally.
Rob Moir is Executive Director of the Ocean River Institute.
Dr. Rob Moir is an educator, scientist and activist with a proven history in institutional management and marine policy success. He holds a PhD in environmental studies from Antioch University and previously held the positions of assistant scientist at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and natural history curator at the Peabody Essex Museum. He is currently the executive director of the Ocean River Institute.
Through diligence and dedication, Dr. Moir initiated collaborative ecosystem-based management that featured citizen science by bringing together the six municipalities around Salem Sound with a vision for clean waters. In 2003, he co-founded Ocean Champions and in 2007, the Ocean River Institute. He was active in the passage of the Massachusetts Ocean Planning Act and the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap.
In 2021, Dr. Moir and two colleagues met with scientists and engineers from around the world in Glasgow, inviting them to back the Scientists Warning to Humanity paper in order to draw action on six key stressors: food, pollution, the empowerment of women, sustainable economies and energy. This resulted in signatories from more than 100 nations. Dr. Moir also spoke with financial managers to consider following the lead of the UN Pension Fund investment in Entelligent Smart Climate® methodology of integrated patented climate scenario analysis and machine learning into ESG investment solutions.
While in Glasgow, Dr. Moir urged the United Kingdom and Norway to commit o net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 — a very ambitious goal that would position a nation ahead of the pack. If successful, the nation would own the cutting-edge technologies and could potentially move
the goal posts for nations that wished to be at the end of the pack.
Back in his home state of Massachusetts, D r. Moir is hard at work on global warming solutions by advancing the Downing Climate Plan to achieve 100% clean electricity generation by 2030 and 100% clean energy (heating, transportation) by 2040. These solutions would also require 50% of climate spending be allocated directly to benefit environmental justice communities and would reform utilities and modernize the grid. Further, the initiative aims to create a climate mandate across every department of state government and maximize the economic benefit of a clean energy economy in Massachusetts.