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THE CAPE COD CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK

 

The Cape Cod Climate Action Network (CC-CAN) was formed in July 2020, when residents of 13 Cape towns came together and discussed ongoing efforts to (1) approve climate emergency declarations at town meetings across the Cape and (2) next steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including local campaigns already being planned on the Outer Cape and in Yarmouth to promote emissions reduction strategies. CC-CAN is organized as an independent network within the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and has become the Cape Cod Chapter of the statewide organization, Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN).

CC-CAN has taken on the role of organizing and assisting with the Climate Emergency Declaration initiative, which as of September 2020, has been approved by the voters of six Cape Cod towns at Town Meetings.

CC-CAN is also planning an upcoming major initiative for 2020: Energize the Cape & Vineyard. This project will offer volunteers in every town a toolkit to promote adoption by local residents and businesses of rooftop solar power, air source heat pumps, energy conservation measures, and electric vehicles, while also encouraging continued town government actions to reduce fossil fuel use and promote renewable energy sources.