Monday Action: How to Testify for Clean Energy from Your Couch

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/18/17: Tell Representative Thomas Golden, who co-chairs the committee that decides on legislation about utilities, that we need a jump in the clean energy required by the Renewable Energy Standard (RPS).

Rallies and hearings aren’t for everyone. Plus a surprising number of people work or take care of children during the day. That’s why we write these Monday Actions – so busy mothers and others can collectively make a difference in 5 or 10 minutes. So grab a cup of tea, snuggle on your couch with your laptop or phone, a calm child or a furry friend, and type away.

The Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday this week. Many clean energy bills will be heard. Mothers Out Front is focused on is the RPS bills because we want to speed up the transition to a clean energy future for our kids.

TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY in support of MA bills for raising the RPS at least 3% per year copy, paste and customize the sample letter below and send it to the email or address listed. Send a copy to your legislators as well.

Bonus: MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.

To learn more about the RPS, click here.

This action should take 5 minutes if you keep it simple. And it matters that you do it because you’ll help create a deluge of support for the RPS increase that we and our allies are promoting.


Dear Representative Golden,

I am submitting the following as written testimony in support of any of the bills that would increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard, including S.1880; H.2700/S.1876; H.2706/S.1846. We need to reach at least 50% renewable energy by 2050. I also urge you to ensure that municipal light companies be included in the RPS requirement.

The children I love deserve a future that is swiftly moving to climate health. To give them that world, we must act now with the strongest state policy possible. Aggressively raising the RPS would put us on par with or ahead of other leading states.

Such an increase would spur local renewable energy production, benefiting not only local clean energy companies, but also the overall state economy. Massachusetts currently spends approximately $22 billion per year on energy, and $18 billion of it leaves the state. By shifting to home-grown renewable energy, we would keep that money in the state, while reducing  our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with our GWSA mandates.

I am counting on you to take the most aggressive action possible to curb climate change and to position Massachusetts in the forefront of the clean energy economy. All our children and grandchildren need bold legislation.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR STREET ADDRESS and TOWN
With Mothers Out Front


Contact Info:

Representative Thomas Golden

House Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

State House, 24 Beacon St

Boston, MA 02133

Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov


 If you are able to, please join us on Tuesday 9/19 for a unity rally for clean energy on the State House steps at noon. Then lobby your representative or come to the public hearing from 1pm to 5pm before the TUE. 

September 19, 2017
RALLY at 12pm, gather at 11:45am
Hearing and Lobbying 1pm – 5pm

 


In Person Events:

  • Tuesday 9/19, 12:00pm RALLY, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support at the rally, lobbying representatives, and in the hearing.  Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Saturday and Sunday 9/23-24, 10:00am – 5:00pm, North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Join MOF in the Climate Tent with CAN and Leaf Boat Puppets for a parade and performance both days at 3pm. Can you help out before, during or after the Festival? Contact Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 9/24, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, 7:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.

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.


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

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Only 12% Renewable Energy on the Grid?

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/4/17: Tell your State Representative that 12% renewable energy is not enough and 13% next year is not acceptable.

Massachusetts requires our utilities to add 1% more renewable energy each year to their portfolio of energy sources, a requirement known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

That’s way too slow for the children we love.

At the current rate, we won’t approach 100% renewable electricity until after the turn of the century. How old will the children in your life be in 2105? We have to kick the RPS into high gear. Mothers Out Front is part of a coalition of climate organizations demanding that the rate of increase in the RPS be tripled or more. We want the electric grid to be powered by at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The public hearing for testimony on the Renewable Portfolio Standard (with other bills also on the docket) takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the State House before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee.

Before the September 19 hearing you can:

  • Ask your representative to attend the hearing on September 19 and testify in support of increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by at least 3% per year, to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030.  Find your rep.
  • Sign up on this MOF webpage if you’re able to attend the hearing at the State House. 
  • Help to pack the hearing room with mothers and others. Share the event on your own Facebook pages and send to your email lists.
  • Learn about RPS. This one pager is a good summary. To get an in depth understanding, watch this webinar. Read more on Sierra Club‘s website.

On September 19 at the State House:

  • Bring others who support speeding up the amount of renewable electricity generation Massachusetts.
  • Wear your black Mothers Out Front T-shirt  Get one: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/MothersOutFront/
  • Stop by your representative’s office and speak to them or an aide about your support for increasing the RPS to achieve 50% renewable by 2030.  Mothers Out Front will provide a map of the State House, and a map of our team district representatives’ offices.

September 19, 2017 at 1pm – 5pm

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St
Room A-2 (may change – the guard at the metal detector will know the room #)
Boston, MA 02133
United States



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In Person Events:

  • Sunday 9/10, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/11, 6pm-8:30pm, CAN Legislative Committee and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meetings. Amherst UU, side entrance off Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. All welcome. Please let us know if you need childcare. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Amherst Unitarian Society.

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.


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

Monday Action: New England Needs a Climate Leader

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Monday Action for the week of 8/21/17: Tell Governor Baker to be a climate leader for the entire region.

The Massachusetts Dept of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has announced a new set of regulations that will move us closer to the clean energy future we demand for our children.

We should be proud of ourselves: in part due to Mothers Out Front and allies testimony on these regulations, Massachusetts will meet the 2020 requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act. However, we need to go beyond those requirements. Climate change is speeding up faster than our forward thinking legislators could have known when they passed the GWSA in 2008, so we have to continue to support new, bold legislation.

But we have forged a path in MA that can influence the region.

Use the text below to say in your own way who you’re protecting, what’s at stake for you personally. The most effective action is to speak to an aide in Governor Baker’s office by calling the number below. Personal letters/post cards are next best. Email is next, and definitely better than taking no action. So do it now before you forget!


 Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change for the sake of the children I love. You have the power to turn the tide on the rising seas.

Thank you for the recent regulations announced by Energy and Environment Affairs to continue implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act. I’m asking you today to step it up and take leadership across the region.

Later this month, you will be meeting with colleagues in the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers region. This is your opportunity to press the other New England governors to institute similar carbon pollution laws to those your administration recently developed to meet the requirements of the GWSA.

As the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions and largest consumer of electricity in New England, Massachusetts has both the responsibility and the leverage to lead New England towards a clean energy future. With new GWSA regulations in place at home, Governor Baker, you are uniquely positioned to encourage governors in the rest of New England to make ambitious climate goals a legislative priority.

My children and yours need you to take bold action now.

Thank you,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact info for Governor Baker:
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To fill in his email form:
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


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You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the state.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Special guest: Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Wednesday 8/23, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Crisis Grief Sharing Gathering. Northampton location. Contact John: 413-387-8439, johnpberk at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 8/28, 6:00pm-7:00pm, CAN Legislative Committee. 7:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting – Focus on Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Updated CCA presentation. Northampton Unitarian Society.
  • Sunday 9/3, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. All welcome. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 10:00am-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing on Key Climate Bills. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org

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.


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

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#ClimateReality AND #ClimateHope

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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:
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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.
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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