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/

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RGGI is Good for Our Children’s Health

rggi-4.pngMonday Action for the week of 3/6/17:

How are nine states in the Northeast fighting climate change while improving health and saving lives? 

The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it one of the most successful climate policies in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”). The participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

RGGI is a pioneering cap-and-invest program that has cut carbon pollution from power plants by over 37% through mandatory auctions for emissions allowances. The cap for emissions is reduced every 3 years; the annual reduction through 2020 is about 2.5%. The revenues generated by the auctions are used by states to invest in energy efficiency and other clean energy measures. The 9 Governors are discussing how much to limit carbon pollution from power plants after 2020.

Tell your Governor you want  a 5% annual reduction of emissions, double the current rate of reduction, and then tell your friends in the other 8 states to tell their Governors.

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.

RGGI is literally a life saver. You have the power to save even more lives if you will fight for a 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.
A recent Abt Associates report found that, between 2009 and 2014, RGGI produced $5.7 billion in public health benefits, saved 300 to 830 lives, prevented 8,200 to 9,900 asthma attacks, and avoided 39,000 to 47,000 lost days of work.

RGGI has also generated $2.9 billion in economic gains in the region, saved consumers $618 million on their energy bills, and created 30,000 job-years (job-years = one-year of full-time work).

Be a climate hero for all our children by championing sharp reductions in carbon pollution post-2020.

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!


If you would like to take a bus from Northampton to DC for the Climate March April 29th, let CAN know ASAP so they can reserve the number of buses needed: gotoclimatemarch.org


In Person Events:

  • Wednesday, 3/8, 6:45-9:00pm, International Women’s Day 2017, COURAGEOUS WOMEN / FEARLESS WOMEN, First Churches of Northampton.
  • Sunday, 3/12, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton MOF Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Join us every Sunday, same time, same place! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Saturday, 3/18, 1:00-2:00pm, Tour of Hitchock Center’s Living Building, with the 100% Renewable Amherst team. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.
  • SaturdaySunday, 3/18-19, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Northeast Regional Conference, at UMass. Learn about carbon pricing, how to talk about climate with peers, at hearings, when lobbying. For info: tinyurl.com/CCLNE2017
  • Monday 3/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Join us every 3rd Monday, same time, same place. RSVP to Andra for location atamherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pmClimate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 220 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, Mothers Out Front in the Pioneer Valley

 

Clean Air is a Human Right

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Monday Action for the week of 2/27/17: Tell your U.S. Representative to oppose a bill that would remove the very words “greenhouse gases” from the Clean Air Act.

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. Calls or handwritten letters are best, but you can copy and paste your message into an email too. Contact information for Congressman McGovern is below, with a link to find your U.S. Rep if you’re in another district.


Dear Congressman McGovern,

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.

HR 637, the “Stopping EPA Overreach Act,” is an attack on the Clean Air Act. It would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfer hexafluoride emissions.

HR 637 would be a devastating strike against the 2016 Kigali Accord which reduces HFCs by 90% globally and took years of painstaking negotiation to accomplish.

Please speak ferociously against this bill. We need you to fight for our clean air and a healthy future for the children of the world.

Thank you, in the name of future generations.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:
438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Live somewhere else? Look up your Reps HERE or http://openstates.org/


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, 2/27, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. Break out group on the local 100% Renewable campaign.

  • Tuesday, 2/28, 7:00-9:00pm, Presentation by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

  • Wednesday, 3/17:00-9:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst meeting with Nancy Hazard on the greening of Greenfield, a pioneering renewable energy city in our region. RSVP to Andraamherstamr@gmail.com.
  • Sunday, 3/5, (and 3/12, 3/19, 3/26) 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting at Smith Student Union. For more info contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.
  • Saturday, 3/18, 1:00-2:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst tour of the Hitchcock Center’s Living Building.
  • Monday 3/20, 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.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front House Party, an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion with concerned mothers and others. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.


Thank you for all you do,

Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG. You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter and our website .

 

Week 24: President Obama’s Daughter Has Asthma

President Obama recently linked his daughter Malia’s asthma to climate change. He still has a chance to be our climate hero (see Bill McKibben’s 6/11/15 open letter) Let’s thank Obama for connecting climate change to children’s health and tell him this is why we oppose the TPP:

Here’s a sample text for your 5-minute Action to call 202-456-1111, write or email:
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MONDAY ACTION: Week 24 in Countdown to UN Climate Talks in Paris
Dear Mr. President,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change. Be our climate hero, there is still time!

Thank you for speaking out in April about the connection between climate change and our children’s health: To stop climate change we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground. I don’t understand how you could support the TPP when this Trans-Pacific Partnership would let fossil fuel companies sue governments to dig them up. I oppose the TPP.

Please direct your Paris delegates to be bold on our behalf this December at the UN Climate Talks. I am part of a growing movement united in our desire to halt climate change. Your boldness is crucial to our collective future.

I exercise my right to vote.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front

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Contact info:
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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You did it! Bye. See you next Monday!
Thank you for being the change you want to see!
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Wait, you’re still here?
So that took you less than 5 minutes? You want more?

Did you know: Senator Markey’s aide told us that they tally only issues and addresses and pass that spreadsheet on to the Senator once a week. MA State Representative Peter Kocut says “6 calls from my constituents on one issue represents a mandate.”

So please never be afraid to cut and paste, call, or pour your heart out in email or letters and share your solutions. Your voice gets counted the same in each case.