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Varshini Prakash, National Leader of the Sunrise Movement, to Speak in Concord

Varshini Prakash, National Leader of the Sunrise Movement, to Speak in Concord

On Tuesday evening, January 21st, Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of The Sunrise Movement and a TIME MAGAZINE NEXT 100 2019 Rising Star will speak in Concord at Willard School as the kickoff event of the 2020 Climate Solutions Speaker Series. The Sunrise Movement is a youth-led grassroots organization founded in 2014 by Varshini Prakash and her sister Sarah Prakash, two young women who grew up in Acton. The Sunrise Movement now has over 500 local youth “Hubs” nationwide including one at CCHS and one at Concord Academy. During the last few years, Sunrise has mobilized millions of people nationwide to push for aggressive climate change legislation through a series of climate strikes. Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, recently wrote: “I find the leadership of Varshini Prakash and the Sunrise Movement to be some of the greatest sources of hope in our fight against the climate crisis. The young people are leading this fight and because of them we will all win.” Senator Ed Markey praised Sunrise at his recent Green New Deal Town Hall in Acton and said “they are the cavalry coming over the hill. They are the reinforcements coming to save the day!”

Varshini Prakash will speak at 7:30pm Tuesday, January 21 at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, in Concord. The event is free and open to all, but donations supporting Sunrise will be gratefully accepted. Doors will open at 7:00pm and a reception will follow the program.

The Climate Solutions Speaker Series is a coalition of local organizations with a common understanding that solving the climate crisis is the most important challenge of our times. This coalition includes ten organizations: ConcordCAN!, Concord Public Schools, CCHS and the Center for Parents and Teachers, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, First Parish in Concord, Mothers Out Front, Umbrella Arts and Environment, TriCon Church, Trinity Episcopal, and West Concord Union Church.

Legislative Actions

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Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

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