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Markers

Here is the main part of the project: the markers themselves! While the physical markers dot the landscape of Arlington, their text and information can also be found here! You can also view their locations on this map. Next to each marker are paragraphs that explain why these climate change related events are happening, and what you can do to help (either with preventing or advocating the event listed in the markers). Climate change is already a huge part of our lives, so many of these markers are diverse, relating to flooding, high temperature, clean air, public transportation, and more. We hope you enjoy this preview of the markers.

March 19, 2020

First winter without Spy Pond hard freeze marks the end of an era and identity for the town 

2026

Student advocacy brings comprehensive climate crisis curriculum to K-12 Arlington Public Schools

May 1, 2031

Arlington Tree Committee plants first of 1,000 trees on Mass Ave to reduce heat island effect

June 1, 2035

First Knotweed Café opened here, serving local and safely foraged invasive plants

December 6, 2042

The Brattle Court Pumping Station begins running on electricity solely from renewable sources

2049

Arlington meets its 2050 goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions from all sources one year early

May 15, 2022

High school students and artist Sophy Tuttle paint mural to advocate for native plants

2027

Support space opened here to help those struggling with the mental health consequences of climate change

October 22, 2032

Storm waters surge over Amelia Earhart Dam, creating Arlington’s first climate refugees 

December 31, 2040

Last gas-powered public bus retired. Bus service becomes 100% electric. 

2043

Native plant initiative transforms 50% of Arlington lawns, increasing biodiversity and oxygen production 

November 12, 2061

First Clean Air Shelter opens after death toll rises due to poor air quality

December 31, 2023

1,500 residents switch to renewable energy through Arlington Community Electricity

June 1, 2028

Floating wetlands installed in Spy Pond to filter water and remove toxic algae

December 31, 2032

90% of homes and businesses now use 100% renewable electricity

May, 2040

Minuteman Bikeway closes permanently due to dangerous flooding

August, 2047

The formerly southern pine beetle kills 50 pine trees in Menotomy Rocks Park 

June 20, 2087

Thorndike Park renamed Thorndike Beach at its 150th anniversary floating lantern ceremony 

September 13,
2025

Arlington holds its first ever zero waste Town Day

July 4, 2029

Public transit becomes free to all, reducing traffic and emissions

March 5,
2034

Arlington opens first facility to support mandatory composting 

October 5, 2041

Final flat roof along Mass Ave painted white to decrease urban heat island effect

Summer, 2048

Dangerous temperatures breakk 100° (15 days) and 105° (7 days) setting new record

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