Madhavi Venkatesan started the Sustainable Practices film series in the fall of 2017 and screened Divide in Concord in the spring of 2018. The film documents the first plastic water bottle ban in the U.S., in Concord, Massachusetts and this screening was a turning point for Sustainable Practices Ltd. The film’s embodiment of all the elements of sustainability literacy, stewardship, environmental activism and courage inspired and helped the group understand what is needed to make the individual behavioral and system-wide economic changes required of us today. In many ways, Divide in Concord influenced the Sustainable Practices Cape Plastic Bottle Ban campaign and the filings of the 2019 Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban and the 2020 Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban. Madhavi will share information about these efforts, along with the motivation for the environmental activism that defines the actions of Sustainable Practices.
Madhavi Venkatesan is the executive director of Sustainable Practices Ltd. She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Madhavi resides in Brewster and is on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston.
The news about the plight of local journalism is alarming. The losses to civic life, community, and democracy that come with the shuttering of so many papers is real. But there is a part of the story that is under-reported. Many local papers in communities that have reasonably vibrant economies are succeeding. And there is a movement going on across the country to rebuild local journalism, too. Teresa Parker, publisher of the Provincetown Independent and Ed Miller, editor, tell about what they think is missing from the current narrative on journalism’s demise, why they’re launching the Provincetown Independent, and their public benefit mission to bring the Outer Cape into the movement to restore local newsrooms.
Teresa Parker is a founder of the Provincetown Independent, and is the publisher. She ran her own small travel business, Spanish Journeys, on Cape Cod for 15 years. Before that, as a senior manager at the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation. She was a founding board member of SPAT, the organization behind the Wellfleet OysterFest, and now enjoys cooking at the 246 Community Kitchen in Wellfleet.
Ed Miller is the editor of the Independent. He has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and publishing as a founder of two independent weekly newspapers, the Harvard Post and the Bolton Common; a book publishing company, the Harvard Common Press; and a magazine, Highwire, which was nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He has been honored by the Educational Press Association of America, has taught writing at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College, and has authored or co-authored five books, including How to Produce a Small Newspaper: A Guide for Independent Journalists. During his three-year tenure as associate editor of the Provincetown Banner, it was twice named New England Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association.
Since the start of the millennium,Don Wildinghas been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word.
An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod,” from The History Press. T
Several years ago, Beth Avery of the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, designed and had printed a bumper sticker advertising that congregation with the legend “Make a UU Turn!.” This program tries to tease out what the words mean in the context of the ongoing UU movement. Reverend Robinson’s sermon is part of Nauset Fellowship’s ongoing series exploring what Unitarian Universalism means to us and might mean to those interested in joining the fellowship congregation.
Reverend Edmund Robinson recently retired from the position of minister of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Chatham, after eleven and half years there. He has also served congregations in Staten Island, NY and Wakefield and Belmont, MA. Before entering the ministry, he was a trial lawyer in South Carolina. He lives in Brewster with his wife Jacqueline Schwab, awaiting the next turn of events in his life.
Melissa Lowe has been working “for the love of nature” her entire professional career which spans almost 30 years and several environmental education and research organizations. In September 2019, she became the new Sanctuary Director for Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, only the third person to hold that title since the sanctuary was established in 1958. Please join us for a conversation with Melissa to get to know her better, find out what projects she has been engaged with during her first 6 months on the job, and share your thoughts on what the new year holds “for the love of nature” in our community.
Scott Landry has been working at the Center for Coastal Studies for over 20 years on whale research and conservation. He will discuss our current understanding of how entanglement in fishing gear impacts individual whales and whale populations.
Scott directs the Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) program at the Center for Coastal Studies, in Provincetown Massachusetts. Scott trained with David Mattila and Stormy Mayo starting in 1999, later helping to coordinate and train responders for the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network. The MAER team responds to entangled whales and sea turtles off southern New England, a region with a diverse and high number of entanglement sightings, year-round.
The Community Development Partnership (CDP) is a nonprofit community development corporation helping people live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape since 1992. CDP supports a vibrant year-round economy by working with small business owners, including fishermen and shellfishermen. Andrea Aldana, CDP’s Director of Housing Advocacy explains what CDP is doing to preserve and create affordable housing opportunities. Get a big picture overview of the affordable housing crisis on the Lower Cape, what is being done about it and how you can be a part of the solution.
Andrea Aldana was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, a first generation US-born daughter of Colombian immigrants. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from New York University with a minor in Environmental Science. She first joined the Community Development Partnership in 2011 as a volunteer, then as Office Manager and now as the Director of Housing Advocacy. Her primary focus is supporting the creation of affordable housing by managing the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership. She also manages CDP’s homeownership education program including the in-person First Time Homebuyer Workshops and Online Homeownership education. Andrea serves on CHAPA’s (Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association) Policy Leadership Council and is on the Board of the Wellfleet Farmer’s Market.
Sculptor Robert Marcus discusses two different methods for making bronze sculptures by “Lost Wax” casting methods, sharing his aesthetic considerations in using these methods to create sculptures.
Robert Marcus enjoys the texture, appearance and strength of bronze, and most of his sculptural ideas find their final form in bronze metal. Marcus is inspired by the flowing curves of the human form and the negative spaces they create. His work ranges from wall reliefs of wistful biomorphic shapes to life-size bronze abstractions, often including playful topological shapes. Bob’s sculptures have won prizes in competitions and shows over many years in the New Jersey-New York area, and many of his pieces are in private collections in this country and in Canada.