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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

March, March Wherever You Are!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/24/17:

Time to get out in the street!

Speak for the trees, the children of the world, and all the species we are privileged to live with on this beautiful Earth.

Today’s Monday Action is to prepare for the Climate March and let us know if you will join us on Saturday 4/29. RSVP for DCBostonSpringfield, or Greenfield
(There are seats remaining on a heavily-subsidized bus from Amherst Center and Holyoke to the People’s Climate March in DC. Amherst seats are $35 general/$15 student & low income. Holyoke seats are $30 general/$10 student & low income. Additional scholarships are available. Please help spread the word. Info here.)

Can’t march? Just respond to this email and tell us what your message would be and we’ll add it to a communal sign with all of your words!

See other local activities coming up here and below.

We were on the move this week:
Felicia giving Sec Beaton Lorax
Earth Week took Mothers Out Front to the Bridge of Flowers in Buckland/Shelburne Falls to welcome Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. Over 50 sign carrying protestors showed up to remind him that Otis State Forest is protected and (to paraphrase a certain Springfield born author) “Unless Someone like him Cares a Whole Awful Lot, Nothing is Going to Get Better. It’s Not.” We all signed a copy of The Lorax and gave it to him after he spoke. He said he heard our message and would read the book to his children.
The Lorax 2
At the action in Buckland and at our next stop, the Amherst Sustainability Fair on Earth Day, our Lorax No Pipeline in Otis magnets were very popular. We’ll keep them on hand when we’re at events so come over and get one for yourself.

We saw many of you at the Sustainability Fair and lots of you signed a postcard to Governor Baker which we’ll hand deliver to him just before Mothers Day. Children made Climate Hero Shields, tossed corks into the gas leaks board, and listened to climate change inspired music. Check out facebook for more about the music. And here’s how the Gazette described our booth and the Climate Transformer.

Amherst Sustainability Fair mom capes

Want your own Super Hero cape for the march that says MOM or GMOM or DAD or AUNT or HERO or KID? Make one at home! Download instructions for Shields or for Capes.           


You did it, thank you! See you at the March, and next Monday.

 


In Person Events:

TONIGHT! Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.

Thursday 4/27, 7:00-9:00pm, Sierra Club Climate Activist Training, Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst. RSVP here.

Friday 4/28, 4-6pm, Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable in our region. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com

Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches! Where to meet and RSVP:  D.C., BostonSpringfieldor Greenfield

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

Tuesday 5/9 6:15-8:30pm, 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 ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

Monday 5/15, 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.

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.

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 MOF Pioneer Valley Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team