To Our Legislators, With Thanks

2016-02-15-greenfield-berkshire-gas-march-bridge-to-nowhereTwo weeks ago you called your legislators in Boston about the Berkshire Gas moratorium. This past week, Senator Rosenberg and our Western Mass State Representatives submitted a Legislators Initial Brief referencing demand response and alternatives to the oversized build out of infrastructure Berkshire Gas has proposed.

It’s just as important to thank our legislators for their actions as it is to ask them to act. So that’s your Monday Action this week – to give our state legislators some love.

You can use the text below for 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 and Representatives,

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.

Thank you for your efforts with respect to the Berkshire Gas moratorium.  I appreciate your statement to MassLive that, “The Hampshire and Franklin County delegation has always supported a pathway to a clean, green energy future for Massachusetts.”  I am glad that you, as a delegation, have made clear to Berkshire Gas that it is simply unacceptable to hold the Valley hostage with their contrived moratorium so that the company can garner support for a massive overbuild of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Please stand firm in pushing for a targeted resolution of the moratorium that incorporates aggressive demand management strategies.  Our children need your bold leadership to achieve that green energy future as soon as possible.

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 now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
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:

  • Friday 5/5 4:30-6pm Community Choice Aggregation 2.0 in Amherst. Contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Sunday 5/7 4:30-6pm Northampton MOF weekly meeting. Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 5/8 4:30-6pm 100% Renewable Amherst. Contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett. RSVP and questions to info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • 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.
  • Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. 6pm 100% Renewable Communities Pre-Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St.

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

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.
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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

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

Governor, How Much Methane is Leaking?

Monday Action for the week of 2/13/17:
Methane is leaking from the old pipes across the state. There could be one right under your street. Look up where the leaks reported in 2015 are in your town.
In September, in response to a court ruling, Governor Baker ordered new regulations to meet the 2020 goals set in the state’s climate plan – the Global Warming Solutions Act. We all know the devil is in the details so we’re wading into the details of how methane will be limited.

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.



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.

Methane is leaking from the old gas pipes under the streets in my town. As you know, gas companies haven’t been required to fix most of these leaks and thousands of them have been leaking for years.Methane is 80 times more powerful a Green House Gas (GHG) than CO2 in the first 20 years. Methane leaks kill trees, make people sick and can explode!

The DEP has proposed using a formula for gas companies to calculate and report the total amount of methane leaking in their pipelines along with a limit that is reduced each of the next three years. The DPU will be developing regulations for a timeline for fixing gas leaks that have been leaking for years. Please make sure they work together so they get it right! And three years of reductions are not enough; we need the limits to show the companies are plugging all the leaks.

There’s a much better way to reduce methane leaks than estimating emissions. Measure the volume of the leaks and require that gas companies fix the biggest ones without delay.

A study in Boston found that 7% of the leaks are gushing 50% of the methane leaked from the pipes under our city streets. If those “super-emitters” were found and fixed, the limits DEP is setting for total methane leaks would be surpassed quickly.

We must reduce the leaks the fastest way, not the easiest way, because in 20 years, when the methane released today is dissipating in the atmosphere, today’s children will be young adults. I’m counting on you to do all you can to leave them a healthy, clean energy future.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN/CITY

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 in Massachusetts for all of us.

Thank you! See you next Monday!



Still here? Submit your testimony using the points in the sample letter above to DEP before the 2/24 deadline by e-mail to climate.strategies@state.ma.us.


In Person Events:

  • Sunday, 2/19, 4:00pmNorthampton MOF Organizing Team Meeting. Join the newly formed Northampton MOF group! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Monday 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30, MOF Family Potluck. We’re not having a meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February because many people will be away during school break. But you’re invited to a potluck with your family on. RSVP to Ariella for location at ariellaschwell@gmail.com.

  • Saturday, 2/25, 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, 2/26, 1pm, GATHERING OUR HEARTS AT STANDING ROCK, a documentary in process by Fidel Moreno followed by a panel discussion, Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshires, 1089 Main Street in Housatonic.
  • Monday, 2/27, 7:00pm-9:00pmClimate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Local Campaigns, Northampton Unitarian Society, 220 Main St.
  • Wednesday, 3/1, 7:00-9:00pm100% Renewable Amherst Meeting. Come learn how Greenfield has raced ahead in lowering their GHG emissions with deep energy efficiency and clean energy. Contact Andra for location and info at amherstamr@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

http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

Defend Us, People’s Lawyer

Monday Action for the week of 2/6/17: Urge the Attorney General to prevent Kinder Morgan from cutting trees in our protected lands.

We can stop pipelines right in our own backyard. We did it before with NED and we’ll do it again.

Mothers Out Front opposes all new fossil fuel infrastructure because only clean energy infrastructure can create the livable future we want for all children everywhere.

Those of you who’ve been following Monday Actions and the news from Sandisfield, MA know that a part of the beautiful Otis State Forest is on the verge of being taken by Kinder Morgan for their Connecticut Expansion Pipeline project.

There are still legal and procedural ways our allies are fighting for Otis, including ongoing appeals concerning a federally required water quality certification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. So our Attorney General Healey can still fight the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop Kinder Morgan from cutting the trees that our state constitution’s Article 97 protects.

Please call AG Maura Healey’s office and use the ideas in the text below to express your concern. If you’re not in the habit of calling yet, try writing a postcard. If you email, change the text, make it personal, say what motivates you to act on climate change.


Dear Attorney General Healey,

Because I am alarmed that climate change threatens the health and future of our children, I am grateful to you for standing up to Exxon Mobil. You are fighting, and so far winning, with such courage, to show that Exxon knew their actions were causing climate change and they hid the evidence.

We need the same fight from you right here in the Commonwealth. I want you to hold Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas to the same standards.  We rely on you to uphold our right to clean air and clean water, and the protections of our environment under Article 97 of our state constitution.
A lot of us asked your office to appeal the Berkshire Superior Court decision that the Federal Natural Gas Act preempted our state constitution. We wish you had fought Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion pipeline project all the way to the Supreme Court. But there is still something you can do.
Now, Kinder Morgan has renewed its request for permission to cut trees in Otis State Forest.  We need you to tell FERC that Kinder Morgan cannot cut trees in our state forest when Massachusetts is in the middle of conducting a review of whether a permit in Sandisfield will really protect our wetlands and water ways.

Please challenge FERC’s authority to take actions that could damage our natural resources when numerous matters relating to this proposed pipeline are still being challenged. If there was ever a time to assert our state’s rights, it is NOW.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact Attorney General Healey:

by phone: (617) 727-2200
by email: AGO@state.ma.us
by letter/postcard:
Attorney General’s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518


Upcoming In-Person Events:

1. Tuesday, 2/7 11:30am, Please join us to talk about how books can support children, youth and families interested in climate health with Mia Cabana, the Head of Youth Services, at the Jones Library in Amherst. RSVP to Lee leelandj at gmail dot com.

2. Wednesday, 2/8, 2:00pm, MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Hearing on GHG Emission Reduction Rules, Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield. Testify at the DEP hearing and help control CO2 and Methane emissions. Coaching available to help you prepare your testimony. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.

3. Sunday, 2/12, 1:00-3:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting at the Jewish Community of Amherst. We’re honing in on making Amherst the model for deep energy efficiency and on community financing of new renewable infrastructure. Join us in planning our strategy. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.

4. Sunday, 2/12, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton MOF Community Weekly Meeting (new!). RSVP to Sarah sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net

5. Monday, 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Amherst MOF Family Potluck. No meeting as we usually have on the 3rd Monday in February, instead you’re invited to a potluck dinner and social gathering. Bring friends and family. RSVP to Ariella ariellaschwell at gmail dot com.

6. Saturday, 2/25, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP to Ellen ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

7. Tuesday, 2/28, 7:00pm, Elizabeth Colbert Speaks About The Sixth Extinction, as part of the Jones Library’s On the Same Page community reading program, at Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.

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


Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Monday Action Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

Massachusetts Threatened

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Spectacle Pond in Otis State Forest

1/2/17: In honor of the children of the world and YOUR work for a clean energy future, the Pioneer Valley team of Mothers Out Front presents this first Monday Action of the New Year:

Today, please call Governor Baker at 617-725-4005 or 888-870-7770 and leave a message. It will take 5 minutes or less! For brevity use the bold text.


I’m calling, Governor Baker, to ask you to strengthen our environmental agencies and protect the Commonwealth and future generations from unneeded and damaging gas pipelines.

You often state that pipelines are a “federal matter,” as if Massachusetts can do nothing. There’s many ways you could direct state agencies to take a stand. Yet you recently issued $98 million in budget cuts that “disproportionately devastate agencies protecting our environment and public health” (as noted by the Environmental League of Massachusetts).

I’m alarmed to learn that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would sacrifice public conservation land in Otis State Forest for a gas pipeline. Your Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has entered into a settlement with Kinder Morgan, rather than stand up for our constitution which safeguards our conservation land in Article 97. Your agencies did not even follow their own no-net-loss Article 97 land disposition policy. Now Upton State Forest is threatened by Spectra’s planned pipeline in the same way.  Please change course!

You could have directed your Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, to more rigorously apply the state’s water quality standards and deny the 401 for the Kinder Morgan project. And, regarding the Spectra’s compressor station slated for Weymouth, your DEP issued a superseding order, seeking to undermine local control by overriding the local conservation commission’s wetlands permitting decision. We need better.

As a father, as a fervent public servant who has dedicated his life to service, we need you to stand up to the pipeline companies, and help move us towards a sustainable energy future.

Governor, I thank you in advance for your actions to protect, defend and uphold our State constitution.

New fossil fuel infrastructure is not for the Common Good: We all must be urgently concerned about climate change, as future children are depending on us to leave them a livable world. We have a narrow window, but it can still be done if we can move to 100% renewables by 2030. Thank you for doing your part.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
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


Thank you for starting off this year with your Monday Action!
Get a friend from another zip code to do this one, it’ll help a lot.



Still here?

Thank Senator Markey for just introducing a resolution calling for the United States to reach 100% clean energy generation by 2050! Way to go, Ed!

Senator Ed Markey

To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


In Person Events/Meetings:

  • Wednesday, 1/4, 6:30-8:00pm – MOF Amherst Volunteer work group meeting RSVP  EllentMiddleton at gmail dot com

  • Sunday 1/8, 1:00-3:00pm, Going 100% Renewable in Amherst and Statewide. Green buildings in Amherst, Financing energy efficiency and renewables; other topics welcome. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com

  • Sunday 1/8, 2:00-4:30pm – House Party in Amherst. An introductory presentation and discussion about MOF, including state, local, and individual climate solutions, and the company of other motivated mothers and others. RSVP EllentMiddleton at gmail dot com

  • Monday 1/16 6:00-8:00pm – MOF-PV Monthly Meeting in Amherst. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.


Thank you for all you do.

Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

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