Gov Baker – Carbon Fee and Dividend Now!

Monday Action for the week of 6/19/17. See below for In Person Events for Pioneer Valley

This week’s Monday Action is directed at Governor Baker at a critical moment for carbon pricing legislation.

Two carbon bills will be considered in a hearing at the State House tomorrow, Tuesday 6/20, from 1pm – 5pm. We’re packing the auditorium with carbon fee and dividend supporters.  Carpool sign up here.

The Governor has declared that Massachusetts will meet the targets of the Paris Agreement. A carbon fee and diviend, enacted this year, would fulfill that promise. There is no other policy that could. We think the Governor should hear that from a LOT of people

Carbon fee and dividend will put us on the path to a swift, just and complete transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. To understand how, watch this 3 minute video with Robert Reich.

Tap the Mama Bear in you. Call Governor Baker’s office and speak with all your heart. Create a loud chorus that shakes the State House by forwarding this action to friends.


Dear Governor Baker,

I’m urgently concerned about climate change. Solutions have to be big, bold, and now! My children {grandchildren, nieces/nephews, me & my friends, friends’ children} are growing up and I refuse to accept anything less than a healthy, livable future. The way to jump start our progress is a carbon fee and dividend policy.

Thank you for throwing our Massachusetts hat into the ring to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

You’ve now made a promise to us and the next generations. We need speedy solutions to meet the spirit of Paris, policies that rock the boat and make business as usual expensive.

Carbon fee and dividend is a fair and fast policy to reduce our reliance on oil and natural gas, which in our state are the contributors to our emissions.

We have momentum in both houses of the legislature on this. This is the pivotal moment when you prove your commitment to Paris: Tell our Senators and Representatives that you will sign a carbon fee and dividend bill that puts money back into the pockets of low and middle income residents and keeps money from fossil fuels in our local communities.

Please do it now. You would be a climate hero if you do.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To fill out a contact form, click here and scroll down on that page.

To write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

Office of the Governor

Room 280

Boston, MA 02133


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 6/19, 6:00-8:00Amherst 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.
  • Wednesday 6/21, 4pm-5pm & 6pm-7pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, Bangs Community Center. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Thursday 6/22, 5:30pmNorthampton Health Board meeting Northampton High School library. Come convince the health board to sign the letter to Gov Baker re public health impacts of pipelines.
  • Friday 6/23, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Energy (Aggregation plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 6/25, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting with 100% Renewable breakout session, Legislative Committee meeting 6pm-7pm, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main 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 Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Our Public Lands Belong to Our Children

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Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 6/12/17:

The White House and some members of Congress are working on legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR, in Alaska) for oil drilling as well as other public lands that are currently protected.

ANWR is “the wildest place in America” and it makes no sense economically to develop the ANWR for oil. The Trump administration is examining a broad range of public lands for potential other uses.

This week’s Monday Action is to contact Senator Markey and ask him to oppose any legislation that is put forward to transfer national parks to state ownership, or to open up public lands to resource extraction.



Dear Senator Markey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I commend you for being bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

The White House and some members of Congress, including Senator Murkowski from Alaska, are working on legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. President Trump is also looking into redefining other public lands, including 27 National Monuments.

With our children’s future hanging in the balance, we can’t risk such foolish actions. It is a fatal mistake to promote more fossil fuel use, and also to destroy natural environments that were protected for future generations and are the best and last areas of climate resiliency.

Please lead the opposition to any legislation that is put forward to transfer national parks or monuments to state ownership, or to open up public lands to any form of resource extraction.

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the children of Massachusetts, the country, and the world.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Contact Senator Markey:

By Phone: 413-785-4610
By Email
By Mail:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510


You did it!

Thank you! See you next Monday!


 

In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00, Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law, Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, or at Atkins, South Amherst, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and how! info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 6/13, 10:00am-12:00pm, Zero Energy Amherst Town Buildings, Discussion with Darren Port from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St).
  • Monday 6/19, 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.
  • Tuesday 6/20, 1-5pm Committee Hearing at the State House on several bills including Carbon Pricing bills. Please sign up here.
  • Sunday 6/25, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. New location! at the offices of “Cultivate & Bloom” 20 Hampton Ave, Suite 160 (behind Sylvester’s). Contact 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 Monday Action Team

Pass Carbon Pricing For Paris

This week’s Monday Action from Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front: Ask your State Senator to support Carbon Fee and Dividend.

It’s up to all of us. Trump has made that very clear.

Governor Baker signed us up to support the Paris Agreement by joining the U.S. Climate Alliance last Friday. Next time you give Baker a call, thank him for standing with Paris. But he needs to do more than talk. And so do we. We need to show up.

So can you step up your activism game? We have three opportunities to speak in person to our State Senators (and Reps) in the next few weeks. Two are to support Carbon Pricing. Want a little help understanding Carbon Pricing? Here’s a cartoon explanation.

1. June 12th at 6pm in Springfield. You can come and support or you can speak to Senators at the MA Clean Energy Future tour. Carpools will leave at 4:45PM from Sheldon Field in Northampton (3 County Fairgrounds entrance). Email info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
2. June 13th Carbon Pricing Lobby Day in Boston! It’s not hard and it’s empowering to speak to state legislators in Boston. You go in a group, you get trained.
3. June 20th Committee hearing at the State House on several bills including Carbon Pricing bills. Please sign up here.

The sample words below could become your testimony. Be sure to make it your own, add the ages of the children in your life, tell what makes you care.


Dear Senator,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. Future generations are depending on us to transition quickly to clean energy for their health and the health of our climate. That’s why I support carbon pricing.

Carbon pricing is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions because of the financial, health and climate benefits it provides. By putting a fee on fossil fuels we can promote the clean energy economy, create jobs, and motivate conservation of energy. This will take us a long way to meet our part of the Paris Agreement. It’s up to us now.

Please be a vocal leader for Carbon Fee and Dividend. This approach makes sense for the Commonwealth and for the world. We must take bold actions to curb climate change for the sake of the generations to come. There’s no time to waste.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Senator Stan Rosenberg

Call: (617) 722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Room 332

Boston, MA  02133

Contact your state Senator here.


If you’re interested in being involved in the Climate Action Now Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Working Group meetings are on the first and thirds Tuesdays of the month, 9-10:30am at Panera’s in Hadley.

For more information about the working group contact maryjomaffei22@gmail.com


Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.

Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.


Upcoming In-Person Events:

    • Thursday 6/8, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Zero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings meeting.For location, contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com.
    • Friday 6/9, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (Aggregation plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
    • Sunday 6/11, 4:30-6:00pm. Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting. Haymarket Cafe, Northampton. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
    • Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00, Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law, Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and Carbon Fee and Dividend! Let us know if you want to learn how to testify: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
    • Tuesday 6/13. Lobby Day on Carbon Pricing at the Statehouse.
    • Monday 6/19, 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.
    • Tuesday 6/20, 1-5pm Committee Hearing at the State House on several bills including Carbon Pricing bills. Please sign up here.

Thank you for all you do.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.

Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

Gov Baker, Tell DEP to Serve the People

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MOF protesting Weymouth, MA compressor station.

Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 5/29/17.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed that they routinely ask companies to edit draft permits.

It makes sense for the DEP to contact applicants to verify technical issues; however the DEP’s own regulations do not allow them to hand the draft to the company to alter in any way they choose.

We learned that DEP gave Spectra Energy the draft of their pollution permit for building a compressor station in Weymouth. Spectra edited the document in substantive ways that lowered the pollution standards they would have to meet, increasing the dangers to residents who live near gas infrastructure. Mothers Out Front and other pipeline opponents met with DEP when this news came out to demand the Baker administration revoke the air quality permit to protect the health and safety of the residents.

This week’s action is to demand that Governor Baker revoke the permit and put an end to this practice of turning a blind eye to a serious conflict of interest. You can use the sample words below as talking points or in an email. Make it personal.

See In Person Events below to join us in actions.


Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children whose future I have promised to safeguard depend on me, on us, to swiftly, justly, and completely transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.

Your DEP is allowing gas companies to edit drafts of permits which they have applied for. The DEP’s own regulations only allow the department to contact the applicant to verify that the permit is technically correct, not to hand them the permit to alter and edit out environmental standards they don’t like.

You are responsible for a fair and honest process and that didn’t happen here. Revoke the air pollution permit granted to Spectra for the Weymouth compressor station. Our children depend on your administration to ensure they have a safe and clean environment to grow up in.

Stop the unethical practice of letting gas companies rewrite draft permits behind the public’s back. Be a climate hero and stop allowing gas companies endanger our children’s health and future.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

To write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

Office of the Governor

Room 280

Boston, MA 02133


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • Wednesday 5/31, 1:00pm-3:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings, Webinar and discussion of plans to reach this goal. Arrive at 12:45pm, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St).
  • Saturday 6/3, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Build a Better World, MOF and CAN are tabling in Northampton at this Forbes Library family fun event to highlight the work of organizations in the area. Let us know if you can help table! info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 6/4, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. Location TBD. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/5, 4:30pm, 100% Renewable Towns – All Workgroups Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St). 6:00pm dinner at Pita Pockets. 7:00pm Climate Action Now Legislative Committee Meeting.
  • Thursday 6/8, 1:00pm-2:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings meeting. For location, contact anneperkins43@gmail.com.
  • Friday 6/9, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Energy (Aggregation plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law — J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and how! Let us know if you want to learn how to testify:  info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/19, 6:00-8:00Amherst 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.

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
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

#ClimateReality AND #ClimateHope

PIONEER VALLEY

The Monday Action for the week of 5/22/17: Ask your State Senator to prepare for the worst and fight for the best.

We’re working for a bright future for the coming generations. We need to be able to look into the eyes the children we love and say confidently “I’m working with other parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, to keep you safe and healthy now and in the future.” We will succeed in ending our reliance on fossil fuels. And …

While we work to avert disaster, we can’t avert our eyes from the climate disruption that we’ve already set in motion. We see it in failed crops during drought, in unseasonable weather patterns, in erosion and flooding from rising seas and extreme storms.

Massachusetts has started preparing, but we need to step it up.

This week we’re calling on our State Senators to move quickly to pass the Climate Adaptation Management Plan (S. 472), proposed legislation that fills in some critical gaps. You can use the sample words below as talking points or in an email. Make it personal. Also, you’ll have an opportunity to speak in person to Senators on the Climate Change committee when they tour near you. See below for information on these listening sessions.


Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children whose future I have promised to safeguard depend on me, on us, to swiftly, justly, and completely transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. We also must be prepared for the dangers ahead even while we’re ensuring their future.

We are already feeling the effects of climate disruption here in Massachusetts. It is critical that the we do more to prepare for current and future impacts of a rapidly changing climate. In fact, we’ve learned recently that the climate in the Northeast region of our country will warm fastest, as much as twenty years ahead of other regions in the U.S.

Please do all you can to speed the Climate Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP) bill, S. 472, through the committee process.

Some of the key requirements of the CAMP bill include:

  • Compiling data on the existing and projected sea level rise to create plans to help vulnerable communities.
  • Documenting the preparedness and vulnerabilities in our emergency response, energy, transportation, communications, health, and other systems.
  • Setting up a grant program to provide financial assistance to regional planning agencies for the development and implementation of CAMP

We must ensure that we are doing all that we can, as quickly as we can, to protect the most vulnerable from the effects of extreme weather events.

Thank you,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


To Contact Senator Stan Rosenberg:

Call: (617) 722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Room 332

Boston, MA  02133

Not your State Senator? Find yours here.


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakouts at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. 6:00pm Legislative Committee Pre-Meeting including reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns.
  • Tuesday 5/23, 1:45pm-3:30pm, Putting a Fair Price on CarbonSpeaker by webinar and community discussion to learn the basics of this economic driver to a clean energy future. Sponsored by MOF, League of Women Voters, at the UUS of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst.
  • Friday 5/26, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 5/28, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00, Clean Energy Future Tour of SenatorsSpringfield, location TBD.
  • Monday 6/19, 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.

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, MA Monday Action Team

All I Want For #MothersDay is the #ParisAgreement

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This week’s Monday Action, brought to you a day early for Mothers Day from Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front: Ask Ivanka to tell her father that All We Want For Mothers Day is the Paris Agreement.

Two years ago we began Monday Actions as a weekly countdown to the Paris Climate talks. Then we celebrated what seemed to be international progress against the threat of climate change after Paris. Now, with a new administration in Washington D.C. we are in danger of pulling out of this critically important agreement.

If the world’s leaders fulfill the commitments made in Paris, our children have a chance at a healthy livable climate tomorrow.

Today, on Mothers Day and all week, we are writing, posting and Tweeting to Ivanka Trump urging her to advise the President to stay the course on the Paris Climate Agreement. Feel free to use the sample letter below or edit it in your own voice!


Dear Ivanka Trump:

As a fellow mother I think that you will understand why I am urgently concerned about climate change. Our children depend on us to do whatever we can to fight for a livable future for them.

The U.S. must remain a strong member of the Paris Climate Agreement in order for other countries to follow and reduce the use of fossil fuels and their emissions. For our children’s sake, we must remain true to the agreement that was made in 2015. 

So much depends on U.S. leadership on this critical issue. If we invest in clean, renewable energy we’ll combat climate change and our economy will thrive.

Now is the time to strengthen these agreements so that all children can have a healthy environment today and a livable climate tomorrow.

Thank you for caring and speaking for the children of the world. Be their hero and their hope.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front

Contact information for Ivanka M. Trump, Special Assistant to the President:

Email: Ivanka.m.trump@who.eop.gov

Address:

Office of the Chief of Staff
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20500


OK, time to get those social media fingers tapping. We’ve got some sample Facebook posts and Tweets for you. Never Tweeted before? Get that 14 year old granddaughter to show you how.

Sample tweets:

.@IvankaTrump: All we want for #MothersDay is the Paris Climate Agreement. @MothersOutFront for a livable climate #MothersProtectChildren.

Click to retweet now!  

Facebook Post:

Dear Friends: Please join me in urging Ivanka Trump to advise her father to honor our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The U.S. should lead the way for reducing fossil fuels and building clean and renewable energy sources. Click here to learn more.

I urge you to tweet @IvankaTrump, send her a letter (sample tweets and text in the link) and ask 5 friends to do the same!

Thank you!

Share and post the picture at the top of this message:

(Click on picture to go to Facebook then share it to your account!)


 

Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.

Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.


Upcoming In-Person Events:

    • Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Meeting. Celebrate Mothers Day! Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

    • Friday 5/19 4:30-6:00pm Western Mass Community Choice Aggregation PLUS, meeting location in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • 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.

    • Sunday 5/21 4:30-6:00pm (no meeting on Mothers Day!) Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.

    • Wednesday 5/23, 2:00-3:00pm, Carbon Pricing Webinar in Person! Sponsored by MOF Pioneer Valley, League of Women Voters, and the Unitarian Universalist Amherst Green Sanctuary. At Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St. Contact amherstamr@gmail.com.

 


Thank you for all you do.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.

Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front

Support Carbon Pricing Locally

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Today’s Monday Action from Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front: Ask your Town Meeting representatives or City Councillors to support Carbon Fee and Dividend.

Towns and cities across the state are showing support for the Carbon Fee and Dividend bills in the legislature. This is a way to reduce GHG emissions as part of many other actions. Several communities recently passed resolutions voicing the residents’ support for the bills. Several local communities are about to decide, including Amherst Town Meeting this week! If your town or city already voted, thank the people responsible. If they haven’t voted to support carbon pricing yet, ask them to!

Call or write, but make the sample words below your own, add the ages of the children in your life, tell what makes you care. Every town and city has a website with ways to contact your legislative body. Below we provide Amherst’s, but you’ll be able to find yours online.


Dear [Town Meeting Member, City Councillor],

I am urgently concerned about climate change. Future generations are depending on us to transition quickly to clean energy for their health and the health of our climate. That’s why I support carbon pricing.

Carbon pricing is the fastest way we can create an immediate reduction in carbon emissions because of the financial, health and climate benefits it provides. By putting a fee on fossil fuels we can level the playing field so that the cost includes the real costs to society and future generations in the form of climate change. This promotes the clean energy economy, creates jobs, and motivates conservation of energy.

There are several bills in the MA legislature that include carbon fees. Some include a full rebate of all the fees collected, divided among consumers in an equitable way so that low and moderate income families save money overall. Some make use of some of the funds collected to promote renewable energy. Rural communities are counted in among those who will receive more than the average because of the need to drive more.

This approach makes sense for our community and for the world. We must take bold actions to curb climate change for the sake of the generations to come. There’s no time to waste.

Please vote to support State carbon pricing legislation and join with other communities in creating a renewable future.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:

Here’s where you can email all of your Amherst Town Meeting representatives.

If you’re not in Amherst, call Town/City Hall. Or just call your Mayor, Councillors or Select Board members to tell them you want your community to show support for carbon pricing.


If you’re interested in being involved in the Climate Action Now Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Working Group meetings are on the first and thirds Tuesdays of the month, 9-10:30am at Panera’s in Hadley.

For more information about the working group contact maryjomaffei22@gmail.com


Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.

Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.


Upcoming In-Person Events:

TONIGHT! Monday 5/8  4:30-6:00pm 100% Renewable Amherst. Reports about commercial, residential and town energy choices and actions like Community Choice Aggregation, energy efficiency retrofits, and renewables for low income households. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St. Contact amherstamr@gmail.com.

TONIGHT! Monday 5/8  7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.

Tuesday 5/9 6:15 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 Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Friday 5/12 4:30-6:00pm Western Mass Community Choice Aggregation PLUS, meeting location tbd. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Sunday 5/14, 5/21 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Meeting. Celebrate Mothers Day! 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.

Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.

 


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Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front