Send Your Ideas

Monday Action:  January 19th, 2015

Send us YOUR IDEAS for Monday Actions that we can all implement this year.

These Monday Actions will continue from now until the UN Council of Parties climate treaty negotiations take place in Paris beginning November 30th. We ask for your help in reaching out to even more members of our communities to take Monday Actions with us.

Categories to consider:
Call a legislator:  who?
Write a letter:  to whom?
Attend a rally:  which one, when?
Read an article:  please send us the link or pdf
Communicate with a friend or family member about climate change:  please send draft text
Complete a task related to an allied climate group:  please send your ideas
Other ideas you may have!

We will be working out the details of our 9-month strategy over the coming weeks and invite you to participate in this planning stage by coming to our Wednesday meetings at All Thing Local (104 N. Pleasant St.) in Amherst, MA from 12-1 each Wednesday.

Utilities Blow Off Cape Wind

Monday Action:  January 12, 2015

Why do we care about energy — or, for that matter, climate change? As caregivers we have our priorities straight. We love every piece of art our children make, and at the same time we will fight like the great mama bears we are to do everything we can to ensure that our children get the opportunity to appreciate their children’s art.

Here’s something we might be caring about right now:

Our nation’s first off shore wind farm got the wind taken out of its sails (and sales) this week. After 14 years building this 468 MegaWatt renewable energy project, National Grid and NStar canceled their contracts to purchase 77% of the generated power. They say it is because the developer failed to meet key commitments but they’re not factoring in the relentless litigation by Koch Brother funded Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.

Today’s Monday Action: call National Grid +/or Nstar and ask questions!

  • why are you not continuing to support such an important renewable energy project?
  • why would a few delays force canceled contracts and cause such damage to the project?
  • what is your current strategy to build renewable infrastructure in Massachusetts?

National Grid

800-732-3400

NSTAR

800-592-2000

Or perhaps you might like this suggested script:

I have just learned that Cape Wind, a 14 year-in-the-making 468 Mega Watt renewable energy project — the first of its kind in the nation and enough to power tens of thousands of homes — may have just been killed due to NStar and National Grid cancelling contracts for 77% of the purchased power. Even though we hear that the official utilities’ position is that your canceled contract is due to the developer failing to make certain commitments by year end, we also hear that this is due to legal opposition and stall tactics from the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, funded by the Koch Brothers. What can we do about this?

For an infusion of hope? Check out our amazing Senator Warren tell congress where she stands about KXL! And if you’re interested in this week’s KXL vigil, view the event link on our Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front Facebook group.

Challenging Big Energy

Monday Action:  January 5th, 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

  • May 2015 be a year of health, love and security for you and your loved ones.
  • May we all grow in our awareness of the preciousness of our lives on this beautiful planet.
  • May 2015 be the watershed year for the earth.

Mothers Out Front is hopeful that we humans will choose a pathway this year that leads to a global commitment to calm the storms, clean the air, restore the oceans and move into an era of clean energy for all.

Let’s each do what we can to make 2015 the year we’ll proudly tell our grandchildren stories about how we helped avert a catastrophe.”

Your “assignment” this week:

Please read this intelligent, inspiring article, “The climate in 2015: Everything’s coming together while everything falls apart” at:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/challenging-the-divine-right-of-big-energy/

“How will we get to where we need to be? No one knows, but we do know that we must keep moving in the direction of reduced carbon emissions, a transformed energy economy, an escape from the tyranny of fossil fuel, and a vision of a world in which everything is connected. The story of this coming year is ours to write and it could be a story of Year One in the climate revolution…”

Holiday Call to Action

Monday Action: December 8, 2014

Are you planning on sending a seasons greeting card to friends and family? Why not include a hopeful letter, or call to action, that could help you and your loved ones feel just a bit more empowered?!
Our recent Thanksgiving action helped many of us realize just how challenging it is to engage in a climate-based conversation around the holidays.  How might you create a personal greeting based on hopeful actions you and your family have taken?

Engaging Family About Climate Change

Monday Action:  November 24, 2014

Today, as you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, spend a few moments thinking about how you might want to engage with your family and friends about climate change:

  • what are you thankful for?
  • what natural resource or aspect of nature do you love and want to protect?
  • what does building a community movement mean to you?

 

We, the Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front, are grateful for you!

Call Governor Patrick

Monday Action:  November 17, 2014

Please call Governor Patrick at 617-725-4005 or 888-870-7770 and leave this message on his voice mail:

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I’m calling, Governor Patrick, to thank you for your past climate leadership and to ask you to publicly commit Massachusetts to a renewable energy future with no new fossil fuel infrastructure.

WE ARE ALL AT A CLIMATE CROSSROADS.

As a [mom, grandmother, parent, aunt] I choose the road toward conservation and clean, renewable energies for my home and I want the same for my community.

Mothers Out Front and our allies will be on your front steps at noon each day this week starting today!

Governor, I thank you in advance for your action toward a livable future for all our children.”

 

And we, the Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front, thank you!