Monday Action: No Free Pollution

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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:
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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

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Governor: Block New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

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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

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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:
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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

Monday Action: Gas to Mass = Coal to Newcastle

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/25/17: Tell your State Senator that bringing more natural gas to Mass is like bringing more coal to Newcastle.

There’s a quasi-independent entity that operates the electric grid in the region called ISO New England or ISO-NE. They keep up-to-the-minute data online if you want to see exactly when the peak electric use was today, how much wholesale electricity costs right now and lots of other cool, nerdy stuff if you’re into that. If you’re not, you just need to know that ISO-NE is responsible for keeping the lights on and they’re serious about reliability as well as cost.

A team of Mothers Out Front spoke up at an ISO-NE meeting recently to question why they assumed more “natural” gas will be used to generate electricity, when they also predicted that solar and energy efficiency will cover any increase in electricity use for the next 10 years. It seems like they want to use more gas, and to justify building more pipelines, even though they know it’s not necessary.

We need our legislators to ask hard questions of ISO-NE too. Look up your State Senator here and call with questions of your own. Here’s some talking points:

  • New England already relies on natural gas to generate over 50% of our electricity, why would we want to add more?
  • With 50% of households also heating with gas, we need to diversify our energy sources
  • We want ISO-NE to help lead the transition to a clean grid — renewables backed by storage (check out this video of Sterling MA leading the way) — as quickly as possible.
  • We see California and New York embracing distributed energy, and want ISO-NE to do the same.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for doing your part in moving us toward a clean energy future.


 In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 7:00-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Wednesday 9/27, 4:00-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (CCE plus) Meeting. In Hadley. For location and info, contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 10/8, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 10/16, 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.


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: How to Testify for Clean Energy from Your Couch

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/18/17: Tell Representative Thomas Golden, who co-chairs the committee that decides on legislation about utilities, that we need a jump in the clean energy required by the Renewable Energy Standard (RPS).

Rallies and hearings aren’t for everyone. Plus a surprising number of people work or take care of children during the day. That’s why we write these Monday Actions – so busy mothers and others can collectively make a difference in 5 or 10 minutes. So grab a cup of tea, snuggle on your couch with your laptop or phone, a calm child or a furry friend, and type away.

The Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday this week. Many clean energy bills will be heard. Mothers Out Front is focused on is the RPS bills because we want to speed up the transition to a clean energy future for our kids.

TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY in support of MA bills for raising the RPS at least 3% per year copy, paste and customize the sample letter below and send it to the email or address listed. Send a copy to your legislators as well.

Bonus: MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.

To learn more about the RPS, click here.

This action should take 5 minutes if you keep it simple. And it matters that you do it because you’ll help create a deluge of support for the RPS increase that we and our allies are promoting.


Dear Representative Golden,

I am submitting the following as written testimony in support of any of the bills that would increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard, including S.1880; H.2700/S.1876; H.2706/S.1846. We need to reach at least 50% renewable energy by 2050. I also urge you to ensure that municipal light companies be included in the RPS requirement.

The children I love deserve a future that is swiftly moving to climate health. To give them that world, we must act now with the strongest state policy possible. Aggressively raising the RPS would put us on par with or ahead of other leading states.

Such an increase would spur local renewable energy production, benefiting not only local clean energy companies, but also the overall state economy. Massachusetts currently spends approximately $22 billion per year on energy, and $18 billion of it leaves the state. By shifting to home-grown renewable energy, we would keep that money in the state, while reducing  our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with our GWSA mandates.

I am counting on you to take the most aggressive action possible to curb climate change and to position Massachusetts in the forefront of the clean energy economy. All our children and grandchildren need bold legislation.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR STREET ADDRESS and TOWN
With Mothers Out Front


Contact Info:

Representative Thomas Golden

House Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

State House, 24 Beacon St

Boston, MA 02133

Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov


 If you are able to, please join us on Tuesday 9/19 for a unity rally for clean energy on the State House steps at noon. Then lobby your representative or come to the public hearing from 1pm to 5pm before the TUE. 

September 19, 2017
RALLY at 12pm, gather at 11:45am
Hearing and Lobbying 1pm – 5pm

 


In Person Events:

  • Tuesday 9/19, 12:00pm RALLY, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support at the rally, lobbying representatives, and in the hearing.  Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Saturday and Sunday 9/23-24, 10:00am – 5:00pm, North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Join MOF in the Climate Tent with CAN and Leaf Boat Puppets for a parade and performance both days at 3pm. Can you help out before, during or after the Festival? Contact Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 9/24, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, 7:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.

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

Guest Action: 100% Renewable in Mass

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/11/17: Tell your State Representative that we need 100% renewable electricity by 2035 

[Editor’s Note: Thank you to our guest bloggers from Climate Action Now Western Mass (CAN) for writing about the 100% Renewable Energy bill. As we watch Irma pounding the Carribean, Cuba and Florida this weekend, we rededicate ourselves to minimizing the worst effects of climate change through our actions in Massachusetts.]

This is a CRUCIAL time for Massachusetts legislation. 

An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy H.3395/S.1849, will accelerate the growth of clean energy, promote interagency collaboration to achieve 100 percent renewable energy economy-wide, by 2050 (including electricity, heating, transportation, and other sectors), and 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035. It also sets out clear, enforceable goals and requirements to ensure we achieve that objective.

Please take these three important steps:

1. FIND OUT WHO YOUR LEGISLATORS ARE AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION HERE. Simply enter your address and zip code.

2. TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY in support of H.3395/S.1849, the 100% Renewable MA Bill, click here. Copy, paste and customize the letter and send it to the emails or addresses listed on the letter. Send a copy to your legislators and to info@climateactionnowma.org.

3. MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.

Join us on Beacon Hill for a unity rally for clean energy at noon. Then come to the public hearing from 1pm to 5pm before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee.

WHEN 

September 19, 2017
RALLY at 12pm
Hearing 1pm – 5pm

WHERE

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston

BONUS: Amplify! Personally ask a friend in another part of the state to do this. Forward this Monday Action to them. State action on climate is all-important now.

For more information. Click here for list of 2017-2018 Bills Endorsed by Climate Action Now, Western MA.  Find the text of bills at https://malegislature.gov/Bills.

We need to call our representatives early and often starting NOW, to let them know that climate must be a top priority.



In Person Events:

  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. All welcome. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. Please let us know if you need childcare. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 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.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 12:00pm RALLY, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Saturday and Sunday 9/23-24, 10:00am – 5:00pm, North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Join MOF in the Climate Tent with CAN and Leaf Boat Puppets for a parade and performance both days at 3pm. Can you help out before, during or after the Festival? Contact Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 9/24, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Amherst Unitarian Society.

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

Only 12% Renewable Energy on the Grid?

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/4/17: Tell your State Representative that 12% renewable energy is not enough and 13% next year is not acceptable.

Massachusetts requires our utilities to add 1% more renewable energy each year to their portfolio of energy sources, a requirement known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

That’s way too slow for the children we love.

At the current rate, we won’t approach 100% renewable electricity until after the turn of the century. How old will the children in your life be in 2105? We have to kick the RPS into high gear. Mothers Out Front is part of a coalition of climate organizations demanding that the rate of increase in the RPS be tripled or more. We want the electric grid to be powered by at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The public hearing for testimony on the Renewable Portfolio Standard (with other bills also on the docket) takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the State House before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee.

Before the September 19 hearing you can:

  • Ask your representative to attend the hearing on September 19 and testify in support of increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by at least 3% per year, to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030.  Find your rep.
  • Sign up on this MOF webpage if you’re able to attend the hearing at the State House. 
  • Help to pack the hearing room with mothers and others. Share the event on your own Facebook pages and send to your email lists.
  • Learn about RPS. This one pager is a good summary. To get an in depth understanding, watch this webinar. Read more on Sierra Club‘s website.

On September 19 at the State House:

  • Bring others who support speeding up the amount of renewable electricity generation Massachusetts.
  • Wear your black Mothers Out Front T-shirt  Get one: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/MothersOutFront/
  • Stop by your representative’s office and speak to them or an aide about your support for increasing the RPS to achieve 50% renewable by 2030.  Mothers Out Front will provide a map of the State House, and a map of our team district representatives’ offices.

September 19, 2017 at 1pm – 5pm

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St
Room A-2 (may change – the guard at the metal detector will know the room #)
Boston, MA 02133
United States



In Search Of: National Grid customers in Western Mass who haven’t yet befitted from the solar revolution.

PV Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Now, Coop Power and Community Action are working together to increase access to solar energy for all, especially low to moderate income families and non-profit organizations. The program, Rays the Valley, needs subscribers right now to a community solar array in National Grid territory which will be connected to the grid in the next few weeks. You’ll receive a 15% discount on your electricity through net metering benefits. There’s no long-term commitment, it’s supporting clean energy jobs in Western Mass, and it’s a cooperative venture, not for profit. Learn more or sign up here. Eversource customers can subscribe to other solar installations, and there are ownership options as well.

Rays the Valley invitation


In Person Events:

  • Sunday 9/10, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/11, 6pm-8:30pm, CAN Legislative Committee and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meetings. Amherst UU, side entrance off Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. All welcome. Please let us know if you need childcare. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 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.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Amherst Unitarian Society.

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