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Mothers with Switch bannerWe are a group of mothers who refuse to stand idle while climate change threatens the future of all our children. Join us in learning how to build and flex our civic muscles as we TAKE ACTION every Monday, every week. Share Monday Actions on FB and Twitter! Thanks in advance!

~ The Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front

Note: We compassionately design our Monday Actions with your busy schedule in mind. Hopefully they take you less than 5 minutes each week. Feedback or ideas? Comment here or Email info.ma.PioneerValley@MothersOutFront.org

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March, March Wherever You Are!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/24/17:

Time to get out in the street!

Speak for the trees, the children of the world, and all the species we are privileged to live with on this beautiful Earth.

Today’s Monday Action is to prepare for the Climate March and let us know if you will join us on Saturday 4/29. RSVP for DCBostonSpringfield, or Greenfield
(There are seats remaining on a heavily-subsidized bus from Amherst Center and Holyoke to the People’s Climate March in DC. Amherst seats are $35 general/$15 student & low income. Holyoke seats are $30 general/$10 student & low income. Additional scholarships are available. Please help spread the word. Info here.)

Can’t march? Just respond to this email and tell us what your message would be and we’ll add it to a communal sign with all of your words!

See other local activities coming up here and below.

We were on the move this week:
Felicia giving Sec Beaton Lorax
Earth Week took Mothers Out Front to the Bridge of Flowers in Buckland/Shelburne Falls to welcome Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. Over 50 sign carrying protestors showed up to remind him that Otis State Forest is protected and (to paraphrase a certain Springfield born author) “Unless Someone like him Cares a Whole Awful Lot, Nothing is Going to Get Better. It’s Not.” We all signed a copy of The Lorax and gave it to him after he spoke. He said he heard our message and would read the book to his children.
The Lorax 2
At the action in Buckland and at our next stop, the Amherst Sustainability Fair on Earth Day, our Lorax No Pipeline in Otis magnets were very popular. We’ll keep them on hand when we’re at events so come over and get one for yourself.

We saw many of you at the Sustainability Fair and lots of you signed a postcard to Governor Baker which we’ll hand deliver to him just before Mothers Day. Children made Climate Hero Shields, tossed corks into the gas leaks board, and listened to climate change inspired music. Check out facebook for more about the music. And here’s how the Gazette described our booth and the Climate Transformer.

Amherst Sustainability Fair mom capes

Want your own Super Hero cape for the march that says MOM or GMOM or DAD or AUNT or HERO or KID? Make one at home! Download instructions for Shields or for Capes.           


You did it, thank you! See you at the March, and next Monday.

 


In Person Events:

TONIGHT! Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.

Thursday 4/27, 7:00-9:00pm, Sierra Club Climate Activist Training, Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst. RSVP here.

Friday 4/28, 4-6pm, Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable in our region. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com

Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches! Where to meet and RSVP:  D.C., BostonSpringfieldor Greenfield

Sunday 4/30, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Tuesday 5/9 6:15-8:30pm, MOF House Party in Leverett. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and KidPower! Discussion on how to support and empower children about climate change. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

Sunday 5/21 1:30-3:45pm, MOF House Party in Amherst. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and our local 100% Renewable campaign, including Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the MOF Pioneer Valley Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team

Berkshire Gas, We Want Less Gas!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/17/17.

Last week FERC granted Kinder Morgan permission to start tree felling in Otis State Forest. They may not start today, but they will try to start soon. There are still ways to stop them, so we haven’t lost heart. [Speaking of heart, please join us in giving a hearty Stop the Pipeline welcome to the MA Secretary of Energy and Environment, in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. See our special plan below or click here.]

So Climate Heroes, we may not have stopped the interstate pipeline from going through Otis yet, but there’s one very close to many of us that Western Mass reps can help with. If you don’t live in the Berkshire Gas service region, please forward this to a friend who does and help them make the call.

If you live in a community affected by the Berkshire Gas moratorium (towns from Amherst to Greenfield, and Whately) please call Senator Rosenberg and your State Representative urging that they support Montague and Deerfield’s action plan to end the moratorium without big new infrastructure!

You can use the text below as talking points when you call or copy-and-paste if you choose to email. Personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.


Dear [Senator Rosenberg or Representative NAME],

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to get 100% of our energy from clean sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – including natural gas.

Berkshire Gas has proposed a solution to the moratorium on new hookups which they imposed on our town. Their solution would flood the valley with double the amount of gas currently used, building new, expensive infrastructure.

I hope you have seen the Action Plan to end the Berkshire Gas moratorium that Montague and Deerfield sent you last week. I urge you to fully support their recommendations which come from two expert witnesses. They show that a combination of system adjustments, demand management, more energy efficiency, and modest improvements to Berkshire’s infrastructure could end the moratorium quickly.

I urge you NOT to compromise with any Berkshire Gas proposal that would send more gas into our town than we need for local economic development as we transition to an economy powered by conservation and 100% renewable energy.

Thank you for serving our community and especially for your work on behalf of all our children and grandchildren whose future will depend on taking immediate action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov

Look up contact info for your State Representative here.

You did it, thank you! See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Monday 4/17 and Tuesday 4/18, 3-5pm, ART BUILD to paint signs and prepare Lorax books for 4/19 action in Shelburne Falls. RSVP timholcomb55 at gmail dot com.
  • Wednesday 4/19, 9:30-11am, Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party. Join with MOF at the Bridge of Flowers in a silent (children’s noise welcome) protest of Baker’s policies on “natural” gas. The Secretary will speak for the Administration. The Lorax and we will speak for the trees. Info in link above or Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. Come see us at our booth, make a Super Climate Hero sheild for the Climate March, send a postcard to the Governor, introduce a friend to MOF. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving Workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett; Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team

Keep Science Policy Honest, Senator

Monday Action for week of 4/3/17.
Thank you to Grist, an independent, online climate news outlet, from which we lifted liberally for this week’s action:

A bill — just passed by the U.S. House — in theory advocates for more transparency, but in practice would serve mainly to gum up the works at the agency.

The HONEST Act — or the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act — would require (among other things) any data the EPA cites to be freely available online. The EPA already publishes much of its own data online, but the new bill means any data from studies published in scientific journals would have to be acquired by the agency at an estimated cost of $250 million. The bill allows for $1 million to cover these activities.

Call Senator Markey and let him know you have his back in opposing this affront to the EPA’s ability to use all climate data available in making recommendations for policy. You can use the text below as talking points or copy-and-paste. But personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.



Dear Senator Markey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I commend you for being bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.
The EPA’s scientific integrity is under attack.

I support your opposition to H.R. 1430, the HONEST Act. There is nothing honest about it. This bill attempts to undermine the EPA’s use of scientific research that climate solutions depend on.

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the children of Massachusetts, the country, and the world.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact Senator Markey:

By Phone: 413-785-4610
By Email
By Mail:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510

Not your Senator? Find yours here.


You did it!

Thank you! See you next Monday!


For a long, but optimistic account of how the mobilization on climate change is going to succeed, read this article by Alex Steffen.


In Person Events:

  • Sunday 4/9, 2-5pm, Mothers Out Front Climate March Art Build. We’re Protecting the Future for Our Children! Make Super Mom (Dad, Kid, Friend) capes and shields to march with MOF at the Climate Marches. RSVP to Laura at lauramacleod27 at gmail dot com.
  • Sunday 4/9, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting at Smith College Campus Center. For more info contact Sarah at sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net.
  • Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia Mednick at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Governor, Protect Our Water!

10515261293_cf99b54108_bHere is your Monday Action for the week of 3/27/17:

Governor Baker has the ability to protect the water, the land, and the sacred places in Otis State Forest. 

The new Kinder Morgan/Tennessee gas pipeline through Otis State Forest is poised to begin construction. There’s not much time, but we can play a part.

Ask the Governor to deny the 401 Water Quality Certification to stop the Connecticut Expansion Project.
You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Contact information is below.



Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

You can stop the Connecticut Expansion Project by simply denying the 401 Water Quality Certification. This project is not yet under construction. The pipeline will significantly disrupt conservation land that the Massachusetts Constitution protects forever. The water of beautiful Spectacle Pond will be used to clean toxins out of the pipeline and will then be dumped downstream.

The fracked-gas to be carried in this pipeline will not even serve MA residents. The methane released by gas is a major Greenhouse Gas threatening our climate and our children’s future.

New York’s Governor Cuomo shut down the Constitution pipeline because it did not pass the 401 Water Quality Certification standards.

Protect our water, Governor!

This is something you can do and become a climate hero to all our children and grandchildren.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it!

Together we can make a difference for all of us.

Thank you! See you next Monday!


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Paul Fenn on CCA 2.0, Art Build planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Amherst Unitarian Society, 220 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.
To get to 100% renewable energy we have to change how we use and source our energy. The question is what is most important to us:
Power our town with all renewable energy?
Speed up the transition from fossil fuels and reduce GHGs?
Add clean energy to the regional electricity grid?
Build, own and control the energy?
Increase energy efficiency in this process?
Create a model usable by other MA communities?
Jewish Community of Amherst 742 Main St, Amherst. More info contact Darcy at dumint140 at gmail dot com
  • Sunday 4/2, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting at Smith College Campus Center. For more info contact Sarah at sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net.
  • Sunday 4/9, 2-5pm, Mothers Our Front Climate March Art Build. We’re Protecting the Future for Our Children! Make Super Mom (Dad, Kid, Friend) capes and sheilds to march with MOF at the Climate Marches. Location tbd.
  • Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst MOF Monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate March in DC or Boston or Springfield.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

State Reps, Support the Clean Energy Economy

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Monday Action for the week of 3/20/17:

This week, we’re asking you to call your Massachusetts State Representative and urge him or her to cosponsor the 2017 Energy Jobs Bill (HD1948).

If your Rep is Solomon Goldstein-Rose, the bill’s author and sponsor, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find one person in a distant district to call their own Rep to co-sponsor. Then call Solomon to thank him for championing bold climate legislation and let him know which Rep your surrogate is calling. This is how we, as constituents of a climate hero, can really make a difference.

You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Find your state representative’s contact information here.


Dear [Your State Rep],

I am urgently concerned about climate change. My [children, grandchildren, niece, nephew, friend’s children] depend on us to swiftly, justly and completely transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. That’s why I’m asking you to co-sponsor HD1948 the Energy Jobs Bill introduced by Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose.

Fossil fuels benefit from many hidden costs which are “externalized,” artificially suppressing the at-the-pump price to consumers and giving dirty fuel an edge in the marketplace. These hidden costs leave our state to pick up the tab to repair the environmental devastation fossil fuels cause. Costs shift to families through pollution’s negative health effects. Jobs and revenue are lost in this raw deal.

The 2017 Energy Jobs Bill (HD1948):

  • Keeps money in-state through carbon pricing on fossil fuels. Collected revenue will be placed in the Clean Energy Dividend Fund, and distributed to MA residents on a monthly basis.
  • Eliminates unnecessary regulations that impede clean energy deployment, creating jobs in a thriving industry.
  • Provides capital for clean energy projects in Massachusetts.
  • Invests in technology innovation and development, especially energy storage.

Communities that have instituted carbon pricing have found it benefits the local economy and it has bi-partisan appeal.

Please support HD1948 for the sake of all children.

Thank you,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact info:
Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov
Write a letter:
Massachusetts State House, Room 437
Boston, MA 02133


You did it!

Together we can make a difference in Massachusetts for all of us.
Thank you! See you next Monday!


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 3/20, 6:00 – 8:00, Amherst MOF Monthly Meeting. We’re Turning Three! Celebrate our anniversary and plan for the future. Bring light food for dinner. Children, friends, relatives welcome! For location contact Madeleine at greenzinnia@hotmail.com.

  • Wednesday, 3/22, 12:15pmMassEnergy Presentation on Community Choice Aggregation, Amherst Town Hall.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 7pm-8:30pm, Paul Fenn, Local Power Presentation on Community Choice Aggregation, at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 4:30pmNorthampton MOF Organizing Team Meeting. Join the Northampton MOF group at our weekly meeting! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, with short presentation by Paul Fenn of Local Power, and break out session for 100% Renewable campaigns in the Legislative Committee, at Unitarian Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St. For info contact Darcy DuMont at dumint140@gmail.com

  • Wednesday, 3/29, 6:30pm-8:30pm, The Role of Community Electricity in Reaching 100% Renewable Energy Statewide, A Conversation with Larry Chretien of MassEnergy and Paul Fenn of Local Power, at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. For info contact Darcy DuMont at dumint140@gmail.com

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

The Car of the Future is Electric

Monday Action for the week of 3/13/17:

In a forgotten corner of the Massachusetts state bureaucracy, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards is deciding regulations that could speed or slow our progress toward a clean energy future for the coming generations.

All that’s needed is for the Board to require a few parking spaces at new buildings to be wired for electric vehicles. So far they’ve chosen not to. So this week, we’re calling State Senators and urging them to sign on to support the infrastructure we need for electric vehicles to become the norm.

The text below is a guide for your call or ideas for writing in a postcard. Or, if you’re just starting to flex your civic muscles or just having that kind of week, you can cut and paste, with some personalizing, from the text below. Contact information below.


Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. I’m a mom [dad, grandma, uncle, friend, or whatever you are] of children who [tell him about those amazing kids]. I want to give all children a livable future that is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Right now the Board of Building Regulations and Standards could help grow the electric vehicle industry or create roadblocks like other states.

Please sign the letter Rep. Jonathan Hecht has written in support of electric vehicle infrastructure in the updated building regulations.

Senator, we’re counting on you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean transportation for the health and safety of all our children.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Contact: 

Senator Stan Rosenberg

Call: (617) 722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Room 332

Boston, MA  02133

Not your State Senator? Find yours here.


You did it!

Thanks for being the change you want to see.

See you next Monday!


Want info on how to afford an electric car? MassEnergy has struck a deal for discounts on EVs that might interest you. They’re a nonprofit that provides green electricity to homes and communities, too. See events below to learn more about their Community Choice Aggregation.


If you would like to take a bus from Northampton to DC for the Climate March April 29th, let CAN know ASAP so they can reserve the number of buses needed: gotoclimatemarch.org


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 3/13, 7:00pm, Climate Action Now (CAN) Legislative Committee meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. Reports from local 100% Renewable campaigns during part of the meeting.

  • Wednesday, 3/15, 7:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting on Commercial Buildings, location tbd, if the snow has subsided. Contact Jennifer at jratlee@gmail.com.

  • POSTPONED: Tour of Hitchcock Center’s Living Building, is not taking place 3/18. We’re rescheduling for 4/15, 11:00am-1:00pm.

  • Sunday, 3/19, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton MOF Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Join us every Sunday, same time, same place! Contact Paula at paula.homestaysusa@gmail.com

  • Saturday, 3/19, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting about Town Buildings. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Saturday-Sunday, 3/18-19, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Northeast Regional Conference, at UMass. Learn about carbon pricing, how to talk about climate with peers, at hearings, when lobbying. For info click here.

  • Monday, 3/20, 6pm-8pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Meeting, Celebrate our 3 Year Anniversary! RSVP Madeleine at greenzinnia@hotmail.com

  • Wednesday, 3/22, 12:00pm, MassEnergy presentation on Community Choice Aggregation, Town Hall.

  • Wednesday, 3/22, 7:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst General Meeting, location tbd. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, Paul Fenn of Local Power presents Community Choice Aggregation 2.0, at Pelham Community Hall at 2:00pm, and in Amherst at 7:00pm, location tbd.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, with short presentation by Paul Fenn, of Local Power, and break out session for 100% Renewable campaigns in the Legislative Committee, at Unitarian Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7pm, JCA/MOF Climate Team Meeting, location tbd, contact Barbara at bpgoldstein52@gmail.com.

  • Wednesday, 3/29, 6:30pm-8:30pm, What Kind of Community Choice Aggregation do We Want? Conversation with Larry Chretien of MassEnergy and Paul Fenn of Local Power, location tbd. For info contact Darcy at dumint140@gmail.com


Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!

Your Monday Action Team, Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley

RGGI is Good for Our Children’s Health

rggi-4.pngMonday Action for the week of 3/6/17:

How are nine states in the Northeast fighting climate change while improving health and saving lives? 

The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it one of the most successful climate policies in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”). The participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

RGGI is a pioneering cap-and-invest program that has cut carbon pollution from power plants by over 37% through mandatory auctions for emissions allowances. The cap for emissions is reduced every 3 years; the annual reduction through 2020 is about 2.5%. The revenues generated by the auctions are used by states to invest in energy efficiency and other clean energy measures. The 9 Governors are discussing how much to limit carbon pollution from power plants after 2020.

Tell your Governor you want  a 5% annual reduction of emissions, double the current rate of reduction, and then tell your friends in the other 8 states to tell their Governors.

You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Contact information is below.



Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

RGGI is literally a life saver. You have the power to save even more lives if you will fight for a 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.
A recent Abt Associates report found that, between 2009 and 2014, RGGI produced $5.7 billion in public health benefits, saved 300 to 830 lives, prevented 8,200 to 9,900 asthma attacks, and avoided 39,000 to 47,000 lost days of work.

RGGI has also generated $2.9 billion in economic gains in the region, saved consumers $618 million on their energy bills, and created 30,000 job-years (job-years = one-year of full-time work).

Be a climate hero for all our children by championing sharp reductions in carbon pollution post-2020.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it! Together we can make a difference for all of us.
Thank you! See you next Monday!


If you would like to take a bus from Northampton to DC for the Climate March April 29th, let CAN know ASAP so they can reserve the number of buses needed: gotoclimatemarch.org


In Person Events:

  • Wednesday, 3/8, 6:45-9:00pm, International Women’s Day 2017, COURAGEOUS WOMEN / FEARLESS WOMEN, First Churches of Northampton.
  • Sunday, 3/12, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton MOF Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Join us every Sunday, same time, same place! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Saturday, 3/18, 1:00-2:00pm, Tour of Hitchock Center’s Living Building, with the 100% Renewable Amherst team. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.
  • SaturdaySunday, 3/18-19, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Northeast Regional Conference, at UMass. Learn about carbon pricing, how to talk about climate with peers, at hearings, when lobbying. For info: tinyurl.com/CCLNE2017
  • Monday 3/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Join us every 3rd Monday, same time, same place. RSVP to Andra for location atamherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pmClimate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 220 N. Pleasant St.

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Onward!
Your Monday Action Team, Mothers Out Front in the Pioneer Valley