We, not me

It is we, not me:

You know Democracy 101: We have a lot of power with our votes. MondayActions are an ongoing tour of the people who need us to tell them what we want: We contact Presidents, Senators, Governors, Congresspeople, Attorney Generals, State Senators and State Representatives.

They report to us, the voters. We hire and fire them. We contact them to direct them to protect our interests.
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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,
The president serves the public, and the public needs immediate action on climate change.

Instead of opening up national monuments to mining and drilling, we need you to protect public lands from fossil fuel extraction. Instead of propping up coal and other energy dinosaurs, the USA needs a swift transition to renewable energy. Let’s end all subsidies to fossil fuels and direct those monies toward a cleaner greener future.

The USA can lead and has a moral responsibility to do so. Please do all that you can to protect the future for all.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)
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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.

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My Life (in RPS)

YOUR MONDAY ACTION:

Ask State Senator Stan Rosenberg BEFORE APRIL 12 to push for a bigger slice of the green energy pie (RPS).

Today, call, or write a postcard with your own graph up to the year 2050:

Here’s the chart the Renewable Task Force made by kids, there’s also one for parents, to say how old the child will be when the RPS gets to 100% at 1% increase a year.

 

RPS-chart

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

Not your state senator? Ask her/him where their guest column is! Look them up here.

Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change because I think a lot about those who will come after us.

One of our most important tools to fight climate change is the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This law requires utilities to phase out their use of fossil fuels, and to increase their use of renewable energy sources by an additional 1% every year.

We support a bill before the Massachusetts Legislature that requires a 3% annual increase in the RPS. Passage of this bill can add more clean renewable energy into our electrical grid and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, to help ensure a more stable, healthy environment for our children.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate –and I vote.

You did your Monday Action, well done!
If you have time to read, here are more RPS details.

Governor, End Energy Poverty

YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Contact Governor Baker to End Energy Poverty.

Call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)
Email or 
Letter:
 Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Use and share this online petition to Tell Governor Baker to sign an executive order to block new fossil fuel projects.

Dear Governor Baker,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. I need to see that you understand the causes and are willing to work on the solutions to this enormous threat to all of us, starting with our most vulnerable:

Energy poverty is a critical issue that the Mass Save system isn’t addressing well.

The agencies that offer low income home energy assessment programs are underfunded. The process, from getting through by phone, to scheduling an audit, to the completion of the energy efficiency work, is long and frustrating and can last two years. Many never get off the waiting list because the elderly and households with children are first priority and funding is insufficient to reach everyone.

Please ensure that the Mass Save program be truly useful, not just a placeholder.

Thank you.
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)

Congress Upholds Science–Thanks!

This week, let’s call and thank Senator Elizabeth Warren for her work on climate change issues, including her work on the federal budget.

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Contact: 
US Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Warren, 
I am urgently concerned about climate change. Thank you for speaking out about it clearly and boldly. What you do matters so much to those who come after us: I was delighted to see that this week Congress passed a federal budget that paid no mind to Trump:
For the science community, the new law isn’t just a good budget.
The EPA saw no reduction and overall, after adjusting for inflation, this is the highest budget for research and development, ever. Well done, Senator. Thank you for doing your part.
enjoyed reading your thoughts on climate change, a threat that science has identified for us–helping us to understand what we may already feel in our bones. You articulate so well Mother Out Front’s goals to stop any new infrastructure for fossil fuel and transition to renewable energy swiftly and justly.
Have you seen this VIDEO? We are paying the price of carbon already, let’s make it fair and put a price on carbon.
Please keep pushing, we are with you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and town
With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

Nice Column, Stan!

YOUR MONDAY ACTION:

Thank State Senator Stan Rosenberg for speaking out in the Gazette on March 16 about what we can do to fight climate change this legislative session- that is, by this summer.

Not your state senator? Ask her/him where their guest column is! Look them up here.

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
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Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change because I think a lot about those who will come after us. I was therefore very glad to read in your March 16th guest column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Building our green, clean energy future, that you feel this urgency too, and that you are ready to move ahead with speed!

You remind us that these March storms are already out of the ordinary, that the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act requires that we act fast to reduce emissions.

I am glad to hear that the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an omnibus Clean Energy Bill and was glad to read the following highlights in your guest column:

• an increase in the percentage of renewables that energy suppliers must have in their portfolios, or RPS, by 3% this year. Why not 10% a year?

• a state-based, market driven approach to reduce the use of carbon, or a price on carbon pollution. I like the idea that 80% would be returned to the taxpayers, and 20% put into a transportation and clean energy fund for upgrades, such as deep energy retrofits, which my house sure could use…and I could use financial help from the state to do so, the way Vermont residents do already!

• Many more electric vehicles!

 Remove net metering caps, making it easier for homeowners and businesses to switch to renewables and save money.

• And YES, consumers should NOT be made to pay for new fossil fuel infrastructure such as currently proposed large centralized fossil fuel powered plants and pipelines. Natural gas infrastructure is already outdated and much too dangerous. We need less, not more.

Thank you for leveraging your great experience to change the world for the better. Climate change affects us all, rich and poor, and it will hurt the most vulnerable first. We have a duty to act quickly in order to care for one another as best we possibly can.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

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

Ed! it’s elegant, it’s effective….

Your Action this week is to tell our federal senator, Senator Ed Markey: We need a Price on Carbon.

Dear Senator Markey,
I am with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing for a livable climate. I do this because, though my time on earth is brief, I think a lot about those who will follow after us and I know you do too.

There will never be enough action for climate health until we tax carbon pollution. It is time to stop rewarding fossil fuel interests, including the newly emboldened natural gas industry. I therefore urgently ask you to Speak Out for Carbon Pricing.

Here is the World Bank Video that explains why.

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! Well done. Tell a friend.


What Is Carbon Pricing?

There are several paths governments can take to price carbon, all leading to the same result. They begin to capture what are known as the external costs of carbon emissions – costs that the public pays for in other ways, such as damage to crops and health care costs from heat waves and droughts or to property from flooding and sea level rise – and tie them to their sources through a price on carbon.

A price on carbon helps shift the burden for the damage back to those who are responsible for it, and who can reduce it.

Instead of dictating who should reduce emissions where and how, a carbon price gives an economic signal and polluters decide for themselves whether to discontinue their polluting activity, reduce emissions, or continue polluting and pay for it. In this way, the overall environmental goal is achieved in the most flexible and least-cost way to society. The carbon price also stimulates clean technology and market innovation, fuelling new, low-carbon drivers of economic growth.


 In Person Events:

  • Sunday 3/18, 4:30-6:00 pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 3/19, 6:00-8:00 pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! Same location as always. RSVP greenzinnia@hotmail.com.
  • Sunday 3/25 10am-noonNorthampton Team’s 1-year Anniversary PartyArcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. RSVPpaula.homestayusa@gmail.com
  • Monday 3/26, 6:00pm, CAN Legislative Calling Party, 7:00pm-9:00pmCAN General Meeting, Amherst Unitarian Church, 121 North Pleasant Street
  • Sunday 4/8, Amherst House Party with Environmental Justice focus. More info soon.

You can also keep an eye on  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

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

Carbon Pricing on the move

This week’s Monday Action congratulate Jim on his voting record. Keep it up, Jim. Next get us a price on carbon pollution. It’s time.”

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

I am urgently concerned about Climate Change and I am glad to know you are too. Congrats on your scorecard:
McGovern's Scorecard

We need to put a price on carbon and you can lead that fight. I like this video from the World Bank:

Pricing Carbon: It’s About Our Economy & Our Future

–and am sharing it with my friends so we can get the word out. Let’s get out of this mess. Thank you for you leadership.

Sincerely,
With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

 In Person Events:

  • It’s all who you know: Windsor and Revere residents matter MOST to a very important man, Speaker of the House, Rep. Robert DeLeo. You’ve been seeing in past Monday Actions that TOMORROW, Tuesday, the TUE committee is reviewing climate legislation SO NOW: PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS FROM WINSOR AND REVERE who care about climate health to Call Speaker DeLeo at 617-722-2500 and say “I am very concerned about climate change and need you to move carbon pricing, increased RPS and other climate healing legislation out of committee THIS WEEK. The children will thank you”
  • Sunday 3/4 and 3/18, 4:30-6:00 pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 3/19, 6:00-8:00 pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! Same location as always. RSVP greenzinnia@hotmail.com.
  • Sunday 3/25 10am-noonNorthampton Team’s 1-year Anniversary PartyArcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. RSVPpaula.homestayusa@gmail.com
  • Monday 3/26, 6:00pm, CAN Legislative Calling Party, 7:00pm-9:00pmCAN General Meeting, Amherst Unitarian Church, 121 North Pleasant Street
  • Sunday 4/8, Amherst House Party with Environmental Justice focus. More info soon.

You can also keep an eye on  “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 atinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.