The Sandwich Climate Crisis Coalition (SCCC) began with a post on the Sandwich Board, our town’s public listserv, which is really like a small town newspaper. Everything gets posted there from lost dogs, to things for sale, to news about events like the Sandwich Fair to discussion of topics of more substance.
A couple of months ago, people were trying to convince a denier that global warming was human caused. Back and forth they went. Leonard Witt, a Sandwich resident, jumped in said he had enough of the arguing about a settled issue. Argument was just what the fossil fuel companies wanted. Witt instead made a call to action. He was joined by Katherine Thorndike, another Sandwich resident. Together, using the Sandwich Board as their invitation vehicle, they called an ad hoc meeting at the local cafe . They expected maybe three or four people. Instead 23 showed up, including nine students from the Community School in adjacent Tamworth, N.H. Today we have more than 50 people who have opted into our database, not bad for a town of 1,300. We have subcommittees interested in (1) liaising with other regional, state and national groups, (2) education, (3) communication and public relations (4) research and (5) legislation. It didn’t take us long to realize we are not alone. Grassroots organizations are forming throughout New Hampshire and through the country. Follow our blog here at this site to learn and act with us. And, of course, if you live nearby, join us. We can and we will make this a better world for our children and their children.