12/5/16 Monday Action:
When they go low, we go high. Tell your State Senator that more is riding on Massachusetts taking the high road toward a renewable energy future than ever before. We need to go into high gear growing our green economy.
As we celebrate the Water Protectors’ success in persuading Obama to reconsider the permit for the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we also know that we have much work ahead to phase out the use of fossil fuels.
The natural gas industry knows it’s running out of time. That’s why there’s a mad rush to put in new pipelines to meet the supposed increasing demand for energy. But they haven’t fixed the thousands of leaks across the state which means dangerous methane is escaping, accelerating the climate crisis, hurting our health and wasting our money.
The cost to our children’s health and the actual cost to ratepayers (almost a billion dollars each year just in the Boston area) cannot continue. See below to join a social media outcry on Saturday 12/10 to call attention to the leaks in your area.
Find the gas leak that matters most to you on this HEET leaks map. Click on the marker to see the address and use it in the talking points below where it says THESE LEAKS. Or copy and paste and mention the address of “your” gas leak in your email.
Please note: Calls and letters really count more on the state level. So if you can today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone.
Dear Senator Rosenberg,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. I know you are making a difference through your leadership opposing the pipeline tax and supporting renewables, conservation and energy efficiency. Please make sure the bills that you and other legislators introduce for the next session will:
1. Halt the building or expanding of natural gas infrastructure.
Instead of making consumers pay for new pipelines, make the gas companies pay to fix THESE LEAKS in the old ones.
2. Expand programs for conservation and energy efficiency.
We’re national leaders in energy efficiency here in MA, but THESE LEAKS are creating as much climate warming emissions as we’ve saved with all the energy efficiency programs so far.
3. Speed our complete and rapid transition to 100% renewable energy.
We need to build the renewable energy infrastructure NOW.
Thank you for protecting us and future generations.
With Mothers Out Front
Contact info (or HERE: http://openstates.org/):
State Senator Stan Rosenberg
To call: (617) 722-1500
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street, Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133
It’s really important that you bring this home to legislators all across the state by asking a friend in another zip code to do what you just did! You or your friend can enter an address and look up State Senators and State Representatives HERE: http://openstates.org/
Timely Action Extras:
Mothers Out Front is calling attention to the gas leaks across the state by taking pictures of our families where leaks are in our towns and cities. Hold a sign that asks whether that leak is a super emitter (gas companies aren’t required to measure the volume of leaks!). Take your pictures ahead of time, but wait until Saturday 12/10, to post and tweet pictures to create a social media storm. Include your town, use the hashtag #FixTheLeaks and tag your gas company in your tweets and posts. For Berkshire Gas, use @AVANGRID, and also mention BG. If you’re in Columbia Gas territory please don’t target them because they are working closely with us. You can still share and retweet photos from other communities to contribute to the storm! On Saturday, check out our Facebook page and Twitter @MOFpv and please share and retweet all day! For more info contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.
Support the Boston Gas Leaks Ordinance. This will be a model that towns and cities can replicate across the state to mandate strong local requirements for fixing leaks. Click here to sign the petition.
Tell Governor Baker we want a Carbon Fee and Rebate! A comment page is available for the next 10 days. For more information on what to say and why, go to http://climateactionnowma.org/carbonpollutionfeecomments/
Upcoming In-Person Events:
TODAY!!!! Walk & Water Ceremony to Stand With Standing Rock and Defund DAPL, Monday, Dec 5th, 2016. 12pm – 1:30pm. Amherst, MA. Yes, it’s still on! We still have to pressure the banks to divest from pipeline projects and the DAPL is only being rerouted, not stopped. Meet at the North Common and march down N. Pleasant St to the TD Bank branch in Amherst. Wear blue, bring a small offering for the ceremony, find a friend with a TD Bank account who will close their account as part of the action.
Climate Solutions 101: Sunday, Dec 18, 10-11:30 in Amherst, MA. MOF explains it all! Come learn everything you always wanted to know about the climate emergency and the solutions we’re pushing for. Don’t be afraid to ask; there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Newbies especially welcome. RSVP to amherstamr at gmail dot com.
Mothers Out Front Community Meeting: Monday, Dec 19. 6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA: Learn about how we can get to 100% renewable energy by 2030 across our state. We will have time to mingle and snack. Children welcome.
Amherst Mothers Out Front House Party: Jan 8, 2:00 – 4:15 pm in Amherst, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope.
Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.
MOF Pioneer Valley Organizing Team