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~ The Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front

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Monday Action: Thank Senator Markey for Leading on Climate

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
PIONEER VALLEY

Here is your Monday Action for the week of 12/11/17.

Offering our support to leaders who are doing good work to address climate change can encourage and fortify our champions, and reaffirm the deep value of their efforts. Expressing our gratitude also gives us a moment to focus on ethical, committed individuals, which is particularly welcome in these times. This week, let’s thank Senator Ed Markey for working hard for the health of our children and grandchildren by fighting for a healthy climate.


Call, email or mail a quick “Thanks for your strong leadership on climate change.”


Dear Senator Markey,

I am with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing for a livable climate.

Thank you for your consistent support of ocean protection legislation, for your leadership on climate change, and for advocating for improved energy efficiency and for the development of renewable energy. We notice and appreciate your good work. We thank you on behalf of the next generation.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


Contact information for Senator Markey:

Phone: 413-785-4610 or 202-224-2742 or in Boston 617-565-8519
Email
Mail: 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


You did it! See Senator Markey’s exemplary 2016 voting record here.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 12/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Monday 12/18, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 1/7, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton MOF Community Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday 1/27/18, 9am-5pmMothers Out Front Massachusetts Annual Assembly. This year’s theme is Celebrating Connections. First Church in Belmont.


MORE ACTIONS:

• You asked,  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

• To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy  buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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

 Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: Gratitude

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
PIONEER VALLEY

This week’s Monday Action starts a series of actions expressing gratitude by Laura Friedland-Kays, founding memberPioneer Valley MOF 

Offering our support to people who are doing good work to address climate change can encourage and fortify our champions, and reaffirm the deep value of their efforts. Today, let’s send a thank-you to Representative Jim McGovern for his climate change work, and sign the petition he posted on his Facebook page. A few days ago, McGovern wrote:

“Devastating hurricanes. Massive wildfires. Historic floods. People struggling to survive, without power or even clean drinking water for weeks on end. And that’s just here in America. It’s even worse around the world. All thanks to global climate change. And now we’ve learned that Donald Trump’s EPA is planning to undo President Obama’s landmark Clean Power Plan.” Sign McGovern’s petition: tell the EPA to keep the Clean Power Plan.

Take a moment to go to McGovern’s Facebook page, like his post or call, email or mail a quick “Thanks for your strong leadership on climate change”.

Contact: Congressman Jim McGovern –Not your congressperson? Look up yours here.
Email link
Letter: 94 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Call: 413-341-8700

And thank you, wonderful Monday Action do-ers, for your dedication!

–Laura Friedland-Kays


 In Person Events:

  • Sunday 12/10, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting . Smith College Campus Center. Contact
    info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 12/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Monday 12/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday 1/27/18, 9am-5pm, Mothers Out Front Massachusetts Annual Assembly. This year’s theme is Celebrating Connections! First Church in Belmont.

MORE ACTIONS:

• You asked,  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

• To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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

 Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing– and you know how hard it is to pick up the phone!


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow (gets you a weekly email) all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.

The tide is going to turn: Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: Champion Carbon Pricing, Senator

PIONEER VALLEY

Your Monday Action for this week is to ask for Senator Elizabeth Warren to lead on Carbon Pricing


MONDAY ACTION: Contact U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Call: (202) 224-4543
Online Contact Form
Paper letter: 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senator Warren,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. I know you are too. Together we must fight this grave danger to future life on earth. That is why we need to make carbon polluters pay today through carbon pollution pricing.

Please use your national stature to push for carbon pricing to turn the tide away from fossil fuels.

Thanks for speeding up solutions to the climate crisis.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


You did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.
Here’s how to talk with friends and family about carbon fee: VIDEO


 In Person Events:

  • Saturday 12/2, 5:00-7:00pm, Sandra Steingraber : Fracked Gas, PCBs, Our Health. Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St, Lenox
  • Sunday 12/10, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 12/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Monday 12/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • SAVE THE DATE:
    Saturday 1/20/18, 9am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide summit, Boston.

You asked, “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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


Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing– and you know how hard it is to pick up the phone! Many first-time callers are on this map and there were many Thanksgiving meals across the state that included visits to this Light Up the Map site, as friends helped family bring their concerns directly to our state representatives through this online tool.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: No Free Pollution

PIONEER VALLEY
cost of carbon
Your Monday Action for the week of Thanksgiving is to
Make Carbon Polluters Pay. 

Put yourself on the map with this ask and see your friends:
LIGHT UP THE MAPWhich bulb are you?
MONDAY ACTION: Contact State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
(Outside of Massachusetts’ 2nd District? Find your representative here.)

Call: (617)-722-2425– note: stay on the line, this is number serves multiple reps.
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov
Letter: State House, Room 437, Boston, MA 02133
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Dear Solomon,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. We must fight this grave danger to future life on earth. That is why we need to make carbon polluters pay today through carbon pollution pricing.

See on this map how much support for this you have in your region. We are reaching out to our friends and family across the state too.

Thank you for your bill, H.3473, or an Act to Create Energy Jobs, because it includes carbon pricing incentives, which add a fee to fossil fuels that is returned as a dividend to consumers, revisions or repeals of some regulations like the net metering cap, and the establishment of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Trust to fund clean energy projects.

Thanks for speeding up solutions to the climate crisis.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


You did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.
Here’s how to talk with friends and family about carbon fee: VIDEO


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Setting goals for 2018. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact:info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 11/21 at 9 AM at Panera in Hadley. Please come to a Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Meeting meeting: Currently 68 MA House of Representative members have expressed their support for carbon pricing, but we need a majority or 81 members at a minimum. Constituents are working around the state to convince more legislators to support carbon pricing, but there are areas where no one is working such as central ma. We need your help in finding constituents of central ma house members. We need to educate these constituents so that they can advocate for carbon pricing. We need to do this soon! See where the map needs filling inLight Up the Map.

    SAVE THE DATE:
    Saturday 1/20/18, 9am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide summit. Boston.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.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 Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Save the E-Car Rebate!

PIONEER VALLEY

We write our elected officials every week, so they know what we need them to do:

Monday Action Motto: The best thing to do when you feel hopeless is one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It is fun and effective. And there has never been a better time for your involvement.


YOUR MONDAY ACTION

WHAT? Save the electric vehicle tax credit!

WHY?  The tax legislation filed in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month would repeal the existing federal tax credit (up to $7,500!) for the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV). We need to be making it easier for consumers to switch to EVs and supporting the EV industry. Rapidly moving away from gas-fueled vehicles is a necessary component of any climate health plan.

HOW? Contact your representative, Jim McGovern (Outside of Massachusetts’ 2nd District? Find your representative here.)

FOR EXAMPLE (but your personal message/experience is always more important, Jim McGovern said so himself…):
Dear Representative McGovern,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. We need to rapidly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

That’s why I am thankful for federal and state electric vehicle purchase rebates. These incentives are an important part of the strategy to shift consumers towards EVs. We know that combustion engine vehicles add dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide to our atmosphere each day. A rapid and thorough transition to EVs is a necessary part of any responsible climate plan.

If the federal EV tax rebate program is repealed, as indicated in the newly proposed tax legislation, we could see a slowing of the EV market. This is the time to accelerate, not hamper, the transition to green energy in all markets. Please voice your opposition to this proposed legislation and its irresponsible repeal the federal EV tax rebate.

I know that sustainability is an important issue for you, and am counting on you to send a clear message that federal legislation must be used to make responsible, forward-thinking, climate-supportive policies.
With sincere appreciation,

[Your name, Town]
with Mothers Out Front

That was your Monday Action, good job!
Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to heal the climate for future generations.

**News Alert** Amherst Town Meeting voted to go 100% Renewable Energy and to commit the town to build only Zero Energy Town Buildings from now on! See this great blog about the process.


 In Person Events:

You asked, “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Governor: Block New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

MOF lined up at Gov office

We write our elected officials every week, so they know what we need them to do:

Monday Action Motto: The best thing to do when you feel hopeless is one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It is fun and effective. And there has never been a better time for your involvement.

  Email us your thoughts on why you fight climate change.


YOUR MONDAY ACTION

Contact Governor Baker
Call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)
Email

or use this online petition to Tell Governor Baker to sign an executive order to block new fossil fuel projects.

Letter:
 Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Baker,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. it is already severely affecting us and is about to decimate the hopes of future generations. Your words say you care about climate change. What about your actions?

We need you to lead and make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country. Please sign an executive order blocking all new fossil fuel projects. Thank you. Your own children will thank you too. What better legacy is there?
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


That was you Monday Action, good job!
Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to heal the climate for future generations.

Potent extra:
Organizations across the state — including Mass Audubon, CLF, and many others — have joined in an urgent call for a legislative hearing on extremely troubling new proposed state regs on biomass.  Please call today! All the details you need – to act as an organization or individual – are provided here.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday, 11/6, from  12:15 to 12:45 PM we will stand out in front of Charlie Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. We will demand that he Stand Up to Reclaim Our Future. We will deliver a list of demands to make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country.
  • Wednesday 11/8, 7:00-10:00pmAmherst Town Meeting. Middle School Auditorium. Both the Zero Energy and 100% Renewable proposals will be decided. Be in touch if you want to know what time they’re likely to be discussed. info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 11/13, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Thursday, 11/16, from  12:15 to 12:45 PM go back to Charlie Baker’s office on Dwight Street, demand a response if we haven’t got one regarding signing an executive order to block new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Sunday 11/19, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Setting goals for 2018. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact:info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

You asked, “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/

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

Monday Action: No Pipeline Tax

Feeling hopeless? Here’s the antidote:
Just do one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s fun and effective.

Why do you fight climate change? Here’s Natania’s answer:
Natania.png
 
Share with us why you fight climate change.
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YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Contact your state senator. Find your own state senator here. 

Stan Rosenberg serves this district –see this map.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg
Call:
 (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
Letter: State House Office, 24 Beacon Street,Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change and therefore oppose a pipeline tax.

We do not need new gas infrastructure and ratepayers should not foot this bill. Please sign, or let me know if you have already signed the letter against the pipeline tax that Senators Eldridge and Jehlen are circulating in support of S.1847 and S.1855.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS


You did your Monday Action, well done!

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.



 In Person Events:

  • Thursday, 11/2 at 4pm: Learn firsthand at UMASS: Carbon Pricing 101: Setting the Price and Allocating the Revenue. UMASS Design Building Room 162
  • Sunday 11/5, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Sunday, 11/5, at 5:30pm. March and Rally as COP23 begins. March with candles and banners from Northampton High School on Elm Street to City Hall.
  • Monday, 11/6, from 12:15 to 12:45pm Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. Demand that he Stand Up to Reclaim Our Future.
  • Wednesday 11/8, 7:00pm, Amherst Town Meeting. Middle School Auditorium. Both the Zero Energy and 100% Renewable proposals will be decided. Be in touch if you want to know what time they’re likely to be discussed. info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 11/13, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Thursday, 11/16, from  12:15 to 12:45pm. Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s office on Dwight Street, Springfield.
  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

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


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

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team