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.
With Mothers Out Front
To Contact Senator Stan Rosenberg:
Call: (617) 722-1500
Write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street, Room 332
Boston, MA 02133
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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 Carbon. Speaker 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 email@example.com.
- Sunday 5/28, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00, Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Springfield, 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.
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