Hikers in the meadow at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island Sunday | Jeanne Merkel photo
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Climate Local Now: Missing the Forest for the Trees

Pictured above: Hikers in the meadow at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island | Jeanne Merkel photo by Leonard Green As Long Island’s suburbanization moves relentlessly eastward, we are clearing native trees and entire plant communities. But we are not just removing trees and all their benefits, we are dismantling ecosystems.  Ecosystems are interactive, mutually dependent biological communities that support plant and animal life crucial to sustaining life on Earth. We
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Climate Local Now: Bailing Out with Buckets… Of Money

by Mark Haubner In the early stages of the great changes brought about by climate disruption, we are seeing the retreat of insurance companies away from flood zones in the coastal regions, and away from fire zones in the mountain regions. When a private enterprise is free to walk away from a market segment, the result is that the government (and by extension, the taxpayer) is forced to assume the
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Climate Local Now: Keeping Our Riches in the Community

Pictured Above: Southold Town's yard waste composting is just the tip of the iceberg of the types of composting that can be done by municipal governments. by Mary Morgan Keep here or truck away? Making the case for keeping our riches in the community I’ll admit it....I’m swayed by my home gardener friends, healthy-yard advocates and pollinator-pathway champions crowing about their compost bins. Why do they love compost so much?
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Climate Local Now: All You Have To Do Is…

by Mark Haubner I worked with a guy in construction for a while whose motto was, ‘Just slap it up.’ It could be painting a room, installing patio blocks or hanging siding, but with that motto everything was supposed to be really easy and problem-free, home by 4 p.m. Like the old joke: “cheap, fast, good—pick two,” slapping things up never worked. And so it is with ‘All you have
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Climate Local Now: How We Get East Enders to Eat Leftovers

by Mary Morgan Seven people sent me the January 1st New York Times article “How Central Ohio Got People to Eat Their Leftovers”.  It’s the story of a mom reaching into the back of her fridge to pull out a leftover dinner, stuffed peppers, and scraping it into the garbage. Watching, her 10-year-old daughter burst into tears. The 4th grader had learned about the impact of food waste on the planet.
At the groundbreaking for the East Hampton Town Hall Pollinator Garden |. Richard Lewin photo for ChangeHampton.
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Climate Local Now: Restoring Habitat, One Yard At A Time

Pictured Above: At the groundbreaking for the East Hampton Town Hall Pollinator Garden |. Richard Lewin photo for ChangeHampton. By Leonard Green Think about how our island has changed. In my 70-plus years, there’s been a complete transformation. I remember the first “garden apartments” built in my hometown, constructed on “reclaimed” swampland. The word, “reclamation,” was popular back in the 50s, when the island’s population ballooned 141 percent. In those
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Climate Local Now: How To Live A Low-Emission Lifestyle

by Brianne Briggmann Imagine you’re looking to take a vacation.  You open Airbnb and scroll through an expanse of homes, everything from gorgeous getaways to bizarre bungalows, searching for the perfect in-budget paradise.  You scroll past the Malibu villa of your dreams. Entertain a passing “that would be nice” thought at the sight of a private island home off the coast of Colombia. There’s an adorable A-frame tiny home well
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Climate Local Now: If You Build It… It Will Still Be Here in 50 Years

by Mark Haubner The average life span of a regular house is over 100 years. Skyscrapers are built to have a life span of 75 years. And our thousands of commercial buildings stick around for only about 50 years before they are more cost-effectively crushed to bits, put into a 30-yard container and driven by a diesel-fueled truck to places in Ohio and Pennsylvania 350 miles from here to be
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Climate Local Now: East Enders Are Composting. Here’s Why.

Photos: There are many ways to compost — from a homemade cinder block enclosure to a rolling science-fiction inspired ball. The best thing to do is find a method that works for you. By Mary Morgan What’s the “sweet secret sauce for gardeners?” Compost, says East Marion’s Robin Simmen. She knows her stuff. Previously head of the Urban Composting Project at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and community horticulture specialist for Cornell
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Climate Local Now: Climate Change, Meet Carbon Crew

by Brianne Briggman “The greatest threat to our planet is the idea that somebody else will save it.” — Robert Swan I first heard this during my third Carbon CREW session. We always started and ended with a quote. It stuck with me. While there are still a small number of people who don’t believe in anthropogenic climate change, and a bit larger number who think it won’t be as
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Climate Local Now: Compost: It’s Not Just Dirt

by Mark Haubner If you want to annoy a sailor, call the deck a “floor” and the line a “rope”—and don’t be surprised if they stuff you through that little round window in the wall. The same goes for a farmer friend of mine. I was using a pitchfork (SPADEfork!) and digging in the dirt (SOIL!) and was amazed at how loose the soil was around the plants. This wasn’t