Northfield activist Emily Koester lives by ‘repair the world’ philosophy
Jan14

Northfield activist Emily Koester lives by ‘repair the world’ philosophy

Editor’s Note: This profile is the second in a week-long series focusing on female activists from across Franklin County, timed in advance of the coming weekend’s Women’s March. NORTHFIELD — Emily Koester has thought of herself as “a member of the community of Earth,” who shows compassion for all living creatures, since Thanksgiving in 1972, when she was only 8. “I sat down for Thanksgiving, looked at the turkey and said ‘I can’t eat...

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Northfield book, film discussion group grapples with environmental issues
Jan13

Northfield book, film discussion group grapples with environmental issues

NORTHFIELD — Two things have always been close to Northfield resident Emily Koester’s heart: supporting children and the environment. Though she pursued a career in early childhood development, Koester has been able to focus on her other passion, too, helping to found an environmental discussion group five years ago.“In my mind, climate change is the fundamental issue,” Koester said. “I’ve been passionate about the environment most of...

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Land conservation gifts launch new decade
Jan05

Land conservation gifts launch new decade

Land protection is documented as one of the most critical ways to mitigate the impact of climate change on wildlife, and land owners in the North Quabbin region are stepping up to the challenge.In the face of dire news about the climate and declining bird populations, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust can celebrate two recent victories, including increased conservation land, added wheelchair access at the Eagle Reserve Conservation...

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Recycling contract has local officials worried about environmental, fiscal impacts
Jan01

Recycling contract has local officials worried about environmental, fiscal impacts

HOLYOKE — One city official is sounding the alarm about the terms of a new contract that could see Holyoke pay for recycling, instead of receiving money for it. “It’s not chump change,” said Mike Bloomberg, the chief of staff to Mayor Alex Morse. He said that Holyoke makes around $50,000 dropping off recyclables — but the new contract would see the city pay around $160,000. That cost could disincentivize recycling across the region,...

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Confronting climate change: Facing down the emotional and psychological costs of environmental chaos
Dec24

Confronting climate change: Facing down the emotional and psychological costs of environmental chaos

As the digital revolution has sped up the pace of life, with cell phones, Twitter, Facebook and 24/7 news coverage seeming to leave no “off” switch, so does the news of climate change seem to come at an ever-increasing clip.Glaciers in Greenland melting faster than had been predicted? Check. Worldwide carbon dioxide levels reaching record new levels? Check. Animal species going extinct faster than had been expected? Check. July 2019...

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Conservation partnership protects 1,000 acres of forestland in 4 towns
Dec13

Conservation partnership protects 1,000 acres of forestland in 4 towns

Heavily deforested during the Colonial period, New England forests had been rebounding for the last 150 years. But, according to a Harvard Forest Report, reforestation in the region has peaked, and New England is now losing 65 acres of forest to development every day.In an effort to reverse this trend, local conservation groups, state agencies and landowners often form partnerships to help protect important natural habitats and...

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