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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,
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

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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

Your Pioneer Valley, MA Monday Action Team


Keep Science Policy Honest, Senator

Monday Action for week of 4/3/17.
Thank you to Grist, an independent, online climate news outlet, from which we lifted liberally for this week’s action:

A bill — just passed by the U.S. House — in theory advocates for more transparency, but in practice would serve mainly to gum up the works at the agency.

The HONEST Act — or the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act — would require (among other things) any data the EPA cites to be freely available online. The EPA already publishes much of its own data online, but the new bill means any data from studies published in scientific journals would have to be acquired by the agency at an estimated cost of $250 million. The bill allows for $1 million to cover these activities.

Call Senator Markey and let him know you have his back in opposing this affront to the EPA’s ability to use all climate data available in making recommendations for policy. You can use the text below as talking points or copy-and-paste. But personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.

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 EPA’s scientific integrity is under attack.

I support your opposition to H.R. 1430, the HONEST Act. There is nothing honest about it. This bill attempts to undermine the EPA’s use of scientific research that climate solutions depend on.

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

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

Not your Senator? Find yours here.

You did it!

Thank you! See you next Monday!

For a long, but optimistic account of how the mobilization on climate change is going to succeed, read this article by Alex Steffen.

In Person Events:

  • Sunday 4/9, 2-5pm, Mothers Out Front Climate March Art Build. We’re Protecting the Future for Our Children! Make Super Mom (Dad, Kid, Friend) capes and shields to march with MOF at the Climate Marches. RSVP to Laura at lauramacleod27 at gmail dot com.
  • Sunday 4/9, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting at Smith College Campus Center. For more info contact Sarah at sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net.
  • Monday 4/17, 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.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia Mednick at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • 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.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.

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

Your Monday Action Team

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