E. Warren on Mother’s Day

Your Monday Action for the Week of Mother’s Day;

Today we thank Elizabeth Warren for working to keep future generations safe: Warren, Sanders Urge Trump to Hire Homeland Security Advisor Who Recognizes Climate Change as National Security Threat.

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 therefore for speaking out on May 1 to highlight the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and criticizing Mr. Bossert for comments in which he refused to acknowledge the role of climate change in triggering severe weather events.
Any caregiver knows that we must do everything we can to keep children safe. That includes divesting from fossil fuels as fast as we can. Time is of the essence. Thank you for your work on this. Happy Mother’s Day!
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME and town
With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

In person actions:
MORE ACTIONS:
• You asked,  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

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The tide is going to turn: Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley
http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/

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Rep, I Want My Home MPG

Your Monday Action is to ask your State Rep to support scoring homes on energy efficiency.

This Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:00 p.m., the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) will consider a new bill that will give an energy efficiency grade to all homes when they are for sale in Massachusetts. You can help raise the bar on home energy efficiency, lower our state’s energy use and support local jobs in the energy efficiency sector.  This bill, sponsored by Governor Baker, will create a Home MPG Scorecard. State legislators need to hear that constituents like you support it before May 2nd!

Please call or email your State Representative to say that you support the home energy efficiency bill (H.4371) that the Governor introduced. Ask your Rep to tell Representative Thomas Golden, House Chair of TUE, that this is a sensible and significant way to reduce our state’s residential energy use.

You can use the sample text below. More talking points are available from our friends at Co-op Power and ener-G-save.


Sample text:

I am urgently concerned about climate change and the children I love look to me to leave them a livable climate.

I support the home energy efficiency bill (H.4371) that the Governor introduced. Requiring that sellers inform potential home buyers of the energy efficiency level of the home makes sense and will motivate greater reductions of GHG emissions from buildings.

When we buy cars, we can compare gas mileage because it is right there on the sticker. We need a standardized score card to be able to compare energy efficiency across homes, when we’re making the biggest purchase of our lives.

The score card reflects the efficiency of the heating and other systems in the home, not the amount of energy consumed by the current occupants. Studies have shown that home sales were not delayed by requiring homes to have an energy audit and reporting the results may increase home values.

We have to reduce our energy use so future generations have a healthy climate. We are all depending on you to lead on climate issues.

YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. 
You are our inspiration.


Can you join us at the State House for the Home MPG hearing?
Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)
Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Hearing Room B-2

A big showing will let Beacon Hill know that we want energy efficiency of homes to be universal and transparent. 

If you are a realtor or know one who would speak or submit testimony, let us know. There are funds available to offset costs of transportation for supporters attending the hearing. Call 413-279-9141 or email ener-G-save@cooppower.coop to find out more.



 In Person Events:

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.

Senator,Carbon Pricing is the Game Changer

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.
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. Here is the World Bank Video that explains why.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 4/23, 6:00 pm100% Renewable Meeting7:00pm-9:00pmCAN General Meeting and Legislative Calling Party, Northampton Unitarian Universalist Society, 220 Main St, Northampton.

Join a Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front Working Group:

Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org

5-10 minute actions:

More guidance in this Action Manual.

 


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

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Onward. It’s time to turn things around.
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/Senator

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.

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