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Cindy Kane Unpacks The Baggage of Climate Change

In her latest work, the artist asks: "What does ecological grief look like? What does it mean to carry our psychological encumbrances through the world?" As the impacts of climate change become more apparent on Martha’s Vineyard and around the world, artist Cindy Kane has stayed grounded by tending her...

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Right at Home: Two Sisters Build Green

Editors’ note: The sisters preferred not to be named in this story.  The story begins in a familiar way. Martha’s Vineyard is the site of a family member’s honeymoon. Then the Island becomes an annual vacation location for this branch of the family. Soon, the whole extended family — brothers, sisters, cousins, all of whom had heard about the wonderful...

Right at Home: The Sun People of Vineyard Haven

Emily and Steve Solarazza are really committed to solar power.  When I walk up to Steve and Emily Solarazza’s 600-square foot Vineyard Haven home on...

Lawn and Disorder: Battle of the Blades

Can a couple with competing yard ideals achieve a green new deal? My husband, like so many North American men, loves a lush green lawn....

Rebecca Gilbert: Foraging Farmer

The owner of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark is the author of the new book, Weed Wisdom Rebecca Gilbert remembers living through Hurricane Bob...

Sweet Dreams: Ginny Bee Honey Keeps it Local

This family operation is getting quite the buzz.  Brent Brown has found the perfect way to realize his dreams of farming the land. Rather than...

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Field Notes: Sustainable Staff Housing

To: Bluedot Living From: Polly Hill Arboretum Subject: Sustainable staff housing  The Arboretum has embarked on a staff housing initiative using sustainable building design, including solar, and...

Field Notes: Take Back the Tap!

To: Bluedot Living From: Vineyard Conservation Society Subject: Take Back the Tap! The Vineyard Conservation Society has been working to make fresh potable tap water more readily...
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Local Hero: Annabelle Brothers

Seventeen-year-old Annabelle Brothers is not yet of voting age, but that hasn’t stopped her from influencing climate policy and...

What’s So Bad About … Private Jets?

The “Celebrity Jets” account appeared on Twitter in October of 2021. Using publicly available aircraft transponder data, the account generated travel reports for private jets owned by celebrities and other wealthy people. It included the carbon emissions of each...

What’s So Bad About … Private Jets?

The “Celebrity Jets” account appeared on Twitter in October of 2021. Using publicly available aircraft transponder data, the account generated travel reports for private jets owned by celebrities and other wealthy people. It included the carbon emissions of each flight.  The account...

What’s So Bad About … Pavement?

It’s easy to overlook that stuff beneath our feet and our vehicles. But reimagining our paved spaces can go a long way toward not only reducing urban heat but also creating community and restoring justice. In 1894, according to Vineyard historian Chris...

In Search of Greatness: Martha’s Vineyard’s Great Ponds

Islanders are hard at work conserving Martha’s Vineyard’s Great Ponds — what exactly is a Great Pond? And what's at stake? Reporter Sam Moore dives into these brackish waters to explore the history of Great Ponds conservation.

Weather Report: Why Do the Seas Rise?

A certain amount of sea level rise is locked in. So what are we going to do about it?  The phrases “climate change” and “sea level rise” nearly go hand in hand, particularly when discussed in coastal communities like Martha’s Vineyard. Many of the cliché images of global warming often...

Room for Change

Room for Change: Rugs

I have never liked wall-to-wall carpeting. But a night on the carpet of the Delhi airport sealed the deal. I landed in Delhi around...

Cruising with Currier

Melinda Loberg and Her Rivian R1T

*Updated to reflect increased mileage range When I heard that my friend Melinda Loberg was getting a new Rivian R1T electric truck I knew...

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