Monday Action: Gov Baker, P is for Public

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Your Monday Action for the week of February 19th is to ask Governor Baker how his administration is planning to get us off fossil fuels.

Just do one simple thing. Make this call. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s pleasing and effective to start your week this way. Thanks for speaking up.


YOUR MONDAY ACTION:

Call Governor Baker
Call:
 (617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770 (in state)
Email:  email form
Letter: Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Sample text:

I am urgently concerned about climate change and the children I love look to me to leave them a livable climate. I expect the Department of PUBLIC Utilities (DPU) to work for me and my family by meeting its obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities Act to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. 

Your DPU needs to serve the public by facing the reality of climate change squarely and seriously evaluate the impacts and alternatives whenever new gas infrastructure is contemplated. There are cost-effective ways to reduce and manage energy demand including deep energy retrofits of buildings, conservation, and conversion to electric and renewable energy sources.

Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.

YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front (and I VOTE)


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.


Want to do even more? Help bring DPU to Northampton to listen to the people who will be affected by the Columbia Gas Plan and Berkshire Gas contracts. Our legislators have asked, but no hearing is scheduled yet. Call the Hearing Officers:

1. David Biele at (617)305-3653: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-172 and on Berkshire Gas’ proposed contracts, in Docket Number 17-145.
2. Stephen Bright at (617)305-3731: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-166.

You can still add your name to the comment to DPU from MOF supporters.



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Please join us for a talk on Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future

Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant St., Amherst

Darren Port brings a broad perspective to the critical role of towns and cities in reducing carbon emissions through building energy performance standards and clean energy development. In his role as the Buildings and Community Solutions Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Port is paving the way for the proliferation of zero energy buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. His presentation will draw connections between Zero Energy buildings, local energy resources, resilience and community-wide energy management.

RSVP here.

Sponsored by Amherst Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now. Co-sponsored by the Town office of Sustaining Amherst, Amherst League of Women Voters, and Western Mass Community Choice Energy.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 2/19, 6:00-8:00pm, CANCELLED: Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Come to dinner and the event on the 20th.
  • Tuesday 2/20, 6:00pm, Dinner together at Miss Saigon, followed by the ZE presentation across the street:
  • Tuesday 2/20, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future, a talk by Darren Port of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Presented by the Zero Energy Workgroup of MOF and CAN. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 2/25, 1:45pm-4:00pm, House Party in Pelham, learn about Mothers Out Front Front’s approach and current initiatives in Pelham, meet other compassionate, concerned mothers and others. RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Sunday 2/25, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 2/26, 6:30pm, CAN Legislative Calling Party, 7:00pm-9:00pm, CAN General Meeting, Northampton Unitarian Society, 220 Main St., Northampton

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.

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: Tell DPU No New Gas

Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 2/12/18.

Feeling hopeless? Here’s the antidote:
Just do one simple thing. Make this call. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s pleasing and effective to start your week this way. Thanks for speaking up.


YOUR MONDAY ACTION:

MOF supporters have written a comment to the DPU about Columbia Gas and Berkshire Gas contracts that we don’t need and don’t want. Add your name to the list of supporters.

See more information from Climate Action Now and ideas for sending your own comment, here.

If you’re in Western Mass, contact your state Rep and Senator to let them know you want the DPU to hold a hearing on this out here, not just in Boston. Stan has already made that request, so we’re thanking him and giving him more calls so he can say how many constituents have asked for a hearing in Northampton. Find your state Representative and your own state Senator here.

Stan Rosenberg serves this district –see this map.
State Senator 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 Rosenberg [or Representative _____],

I am urgently concerned about climate change because I am a [mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend of children]. I oppose any Columbia Gas pipeline expansion in the Pioneer Valley or Berkshire Gas 20-year contracts for increased gas supply.

Thank you for urging the MA Department of Public Utilities to schedule a hearing in Northampton on D.P.U 17-172 and 17-145. Please count me in when you tell the DPU how many of your constituents want to comment in person. I want them to know that I’m working to aggressively reduce my community’s dependence on natural gas so we do not need new gas infrastructure or supply. We definitely will not foot the bill.

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

With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate (and I VOTE).


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.



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Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future

Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant St.

Darren Port is a national expert and regional leader in paving the way for the proliferation of zero energy buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. As the Buildings and Community Solutions Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) he brings a broad perspective to the critical role of towns and cities in reducing carbon emissions through building energy performance standards and clean energy development. His presentation will draw connections between Zero Energy buildings, local energy resources, resilience and community-wide energy management.

Port Prior to joining NEEP, Port was the Green Building Administrator and Green Code Specialist for the State of New Jersey. Nationally, he serves as an appointed member on building policy making committees.

Sponsored by Amherst Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now. Co-sponsored by the Town office of Sustaining Amherst, Amherst League of Women Voters, and Western Mass Community Choice Energy.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 2/12, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, 7:00pm-8:00pm CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society, enter on Kellogg St.
  • Monday 2/19, CANCELLED: Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Come instead to dinner and the event on the 20th.
  • Tuesday 2/20, 6:00pm, Dinner together at Miss Saigon, followed by the ZE presentation across the street:
  • Tuesday 2/20, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future, a talk by Darren Port of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Presented by the Zero Energy Workgroup of MOF and CAN. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 2/25, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 2/26, 6:00pm, CAN Legislative Calling Party, 7:00pm-9:00pm, CAN General Meeting, Northampton Unitarian Society, 220 Main St., Northampton

Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get invovled here.

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: President Trump, You Woke Them

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
PIONEER VALLEY

Dear Actionist/a, what have you done since the 2016 election to fight this grave danger to all our children’s futuresEmail back and let us share your story.


MONDAY ACTION: Contact President Trump
Call: 202-456-1111 or Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Email Link
Letter: The White House; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20500

Mr. President,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. We must fight this grave danger to all our children’s futures. You are squarely on the wrong path: Most recently the recent tax bill you are pushing in Congress includes a provision in Senate tax bill that would devastate renewable energy.

So adjust your course. We need you to step up, starting today and protect the world for future generations. That’s huge.

There is one big silver lining for climate under your leadership: You are strong medicine. Average, ordinary people are stepping up in droves to stop you, a huge number of them female: More than 400 women said they want to run for office since your election: (Fortune). Climate concerns are driving many of them: Jess Phoenix. And women are organized: You marched, now run.

That’s huge too.

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.


 In Person Events:

    • Sunday 1/7, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
    • Monday 1/8, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, 7:00pm-8:30pm CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society, enter on Kellogg St.
    • Monday 1/15, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner; all welcome, including children. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
    • Tuesday 1/16, 7:00pm, Chasing Coral film. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant St. in Amherst.
    • Saturday 1/27/18, 8:45am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide Annual Assembly. Belmont First Church. Childcare available. Stay tuned for registration soon. Carpools will be arranged.
    • Wednesday 1/31, 7:00-9:00pm, Architect Ellen Watts speaks on Zero Energy Municipal Buildings, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St, Amherst. For information, contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Energy, 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

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

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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:
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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

Dear AG: Investigate Eversource

This is your Monday Action for the week of 10/23/17:
We write our elected officials every week, because they work for us.

Dear Actionist,
Your own story can inspire others to act. Email back if you’d like to get involved or send us a short video about why you fight climate change.

Here’s a VIDEO from Eli’s Mom, Madeleine Charney:

Eli

MONDAY ACTION:
Contact 
Attorney General, Maura Healey
Call: (617) 727-2200 or TTY: (617) 727-4765
Email: AGO@state.ma.us
Write: One Ashburton Place; Boston, MA 02108-1518

Dear Maura Healey,
Thank you for beginning to investigate allegations that Eversource and Avangrid artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity.

These are extremely troubling allegations, and it’s clear that there are many questions still to be answered.

Please use the full authority of your office including your subpoena power, if necessary, to get to the bottom of this matter, and work with your counterparts throughout New England to develop better rules to protect us from the utilities’ practices. I appreciate that your office had already solicited an independent study that found MA does not need more gas infrastructure to power our grid. (AG Study: Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed to Meet State’s Electric Reliability Needs.)

It’s time to fully investigate whether the findings on the electric power side regarding the benefits of energy efficiency, demand response and renewables also apply on the heating side, to show that we don’t need new pipelines for gas utilities either.

As you know, methane is 86 times worse than CO2 as a global warming gas and we must not saddle today’s children with a melting planet. Yet for-profit utilities including Eversource are still pushing for pipeline expansion. We know that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today (the Lancet, October 19, 2017) and clean energy has never been more urgent.

I furthermore also applaud you for suing the Trump administration to uphold the Clean Power Plan. Please keep up the good work.

Sincerely,(Your name and address with zip code)

 


Hey, 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. Tell your friends.


 In Person Events:

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.

  • Monday 10/30, 6:30pm, Amherst Select Board hears our energy town warrant articles, come support with MOF t-shirts or buttons! Town Room, Town Hall.

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

Mr. President, We Need a Home

PIONEER VALLEY

Here is your Monday Action for the week of 10/9/17: We write our elected officials every week, because they work for us.

Maybe you noticed that your Monday Action looks different?

This is because your group of volunteers is training new voices to bring these updates. Would you like to try your hand? Let us know. No experience necessary. Email back and we’ll talk.

Here just a list of elected officials we contact. Print this ‘Lecteds List out and hang it on your fridge

In MA we all share these first five:

1. President Trump
To call: (202) 456-1111

2. U.S. Senator Markey:
To call: (413) 785-4610

3. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543

4. Governor Charlie Baker
To call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)

5. Attorney General Maura Healey
To call: (617) 727-2200 or TTY: (617) 727-4765

——starting here, it differs according to your district. For 01002 you can use:
6. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: (413) 341-8700

7. State Senator Stan Rosenberg, Senate President (!)
To call: (617) 722-1500

8. State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: (617)-722-2425


Take a deep breath, here’s the first on the list:

MONDAY ACTION: Contact President Trump
Call: 202-456-1111 or Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Email Link
Letter: The White House; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20500

Mr. President,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We must fight this grave danger to all our children’s futures.

You could change everything if you wanted to. You could halt climate change and keep us safe.

We need you to step up, starting today.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)

With Mothers Out Front


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.


 In Person Events:

  • 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.
  • Sunday 10/22, 4:30-6:30pm, Northampton MOF House Party. Meet concerned mothers and others, get the scoop on Mothers Out Front locally, in MA, and nationally. For info and childcare needs: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, switching to renewable 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.

Follow us on Twitter and see all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team