Monday Action: Gas to Mass = Coal to Newcastle

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/25/17: Tell your State Senator that bringing more natural gas to Mass is like bringing more coal to Newcastle.

There’s a quasi-independent entity that operates the electric grid in the region called ISO New England or ISO-NE. They keep up-to-the-minute data online if you want to see exactly when the peak electric use was today, how much wholesale electricity costs right now and lots of other cool, nerdy stuff if you’re into that. If you’re not, you just need to know that ISO-NE is responsible for keeping the lights on and they’re serious about reliability as well as cost.

A team of Mothers Out Front spoke up at an ISO-NE meeting recently to question why they assumed more “natural” gas will be used to generate electricity, when they also predicted that solar and energy efficiency will cover any increase in electricity use for the next 10 years. It seems like they want to use more gas, and to justify building more pipelines, even though they know it’s not necessary.

We need our legislators to ask hard questions of ISO-NE too. Look up your State Senator here and call with questions of your own. Here’s some talking points:

  • New England already relies on natural gas to generate over 50% of our electricity, why would we want to add more?
  • With 50% of households also heating with gas, we need to diversify our energy sources
  • We want ISO-NE to help lead the transition to a clean grid — renewables backed by storage (check out this video of Sterling MA leading the way) — as quickly as possible.
  • We see California and New York embracing distributed energy, and want ISO-NE to do the same.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for doing your part in moving us toward a clean energy future.

 In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 7:00-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Wednesday 9/27, 4:00-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (CCE plus) Meeting. In Hadley. For location and info, contact
  • Sunday 10/8, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact
  • Monday 10/16, 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:

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at

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 Monday Action Team


Rep, The World We Love is 100% Renewable Energy

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Here’s your Monday Action from the Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front, for the week of 6/26/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to ask your State Representative to support 100% Renewable Energy and join The World We Love puppet pageant (pictured above) and direct action this Saturday in Northampton. See below for other upcoming events as well.

On Saturday, July 1, please join us in calling for 100% Renewable Energy at The World We Love. People of all ages, giant puppets, activists, and musicians will parade through the streets of Northampton, watch a play in Pulaski Park and then fan out into Northampton to speak to individuals and businesses about their part in reducing Massachusetts energy use and becoming 100% renewable. See details below.

We’re joining a nationwide commitment to 100% renewable energy. Ask your State Rep to support a bill calling for 100% Renewable Energy which was introduced by Rep. Sean Garballey and Rep. Marjorie Decker (H.3395) in the House, and by Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1849) in the Senate. It sets a bold goal of getting our electricity from all clean energy sources by 2035. The rest of the economy, including buildings, transportation, industry, would go 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Western Mass Representatives who signed on as cosponsors of the bill are:
Reps Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Peter Kocot in Hampshire County;
Rep Stephen Kulik in Franklin County;
Reps Gailanne Cariddi, Paul Mark, and William Pignatelli in Berkshire County;
Reps Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Tosado, Aaron Vega, and John Velis in Hampden County.

If your Rep is on the list of supporters, thank them and encourage them to get their colleagues on board.
If your Rep isn’t on the list, ask them to support H.3395/S.1849.

You can use the text below as talking points in calling your Rep, or in an email. Just be sure to personalize it by mentioning the children you love or other reasons you’re motivated to act on climate.

Dear Representative {YOUR REP},

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

I’m asking for your {or thanking you for your} support of the 100% Renewable Energy bill, H.3395/S.1849. It will help make a swift, complete, and just transition from fossil fuels to the clean energy future that is within our grasp. The bill accelerates the annual increase in the amount of clean energy electric companies must include in their portfolio. It also calls for workforce development in clean energy, and directs state agencies to study and implement clear strategies for attaining the goals.

Please work with your colleagues to gather support in the House for passing this bill this session. There is no time to lose.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.

with Mothers Out Front

 To contact your representative, look them up here.

The World We Love

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration, The World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action, will be on Saturday July 1.

To join Mothers Out Front for the parade, gather between 1:30 and 1:45pm at the County Court House Lawn. We’ll be representing the element Air from the East, carrying the winged creatures. Wear yellow, bring wings and puppets and stuffed animals of the winged type if you like. There will also be stick puppets and larger puppets to carry. For the parades from the other 3 directions, see the Facebook page.

2:00pm Parade begins to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30pm Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

Immediately following the performance join the Direct Action to connect with businesses and individuals about reducing their energy usage to help us achieve 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Sign up on Facebook.
To help make puppets this week, contact Beth Fairservis,


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 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. 
  • Thursday 6/29, 4:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, City Council Chambers, 212 Main St, behind City Hall, Northampton. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Saturday 7/1, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, The World We Love, Northampton. (see details above).
  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Zero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact
  • Sunday 7/9, 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
  • Monday 7/10, 4:30-6:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/17, 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.

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 Monday Action Team

Sen. Markey, Our Children Thank You

Today’s Monday Action: Thank Senator Ed Markey for asking Obama to stop the DAPL (just as we did in last week’s Monday Action).


Dear Senator Markey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to source 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We are glad you agree that we need to fix gas leaks, not build more pipelines. 

Thank you for your letter this week to President Obama asking him to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. You know that here in MA we are moving ahead to replace fossil fuel sources with solar and wind because it can and must be done now.

We have a lot to be proud of in the Commonwealth as a leader in climate solutions. In the Pioneer Valley we just celebrated the groundbreaking of what will be a large solar project at the site of the former coal-fired power plant on Mount Tom in Holyoke. We are #1, tied with CA, for energy efficiency.

And we know we need to push harder for net-zero carbon emissions.

Thank you for putting your shoulder to that wheel with us. The children and I thank you.

With Mothers Out Front
Please note: Calls and letters count more. So today, grab a postcard or reach for the phone: Maybe make it personal, mention the ages of children in your lives.

Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Extra Credit: Ask Warren to add her name:
Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: 202-224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and four other senators on Thursday asked President Barack Obama to stop the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, just days after more than two dozen protesters were arrested at a construction site in North Dakota. The senators — Sanders, I-Vt., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., and Edward Markey, D-Mass. — called for further research into the pipeline’s “potential climate impacts”, citing data provided by Oil Change International, an advocacy organization.

Upcoming In-Person Events:

Mothers Out Front Community Meeting TONIGHT:
Monday, October 17 from  6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA
We’ll be talking about meeting with local VIPs to talk about 100% renewables and we’ll explore a new idea- “Kid Power” to fuel climate health.
We will have time to mix and mingle and snack.
RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com

Mothers Out Front House Party: Thursday, October 20 from 6:15-8:30 pm in Amherst, MA

Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front: We have a short but real window of opportunity to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

6-Call Mandate to Stop the Pipeline!

We are stopping the pipeline: We’ve heard MA State Representative Ellen Story say: “Six Calls from My Constituents is a Mandate.”

Just. Six. Calls.

When a handful of us activate our little networks, that’s a lot of power. Together, we can find people in every town in Massachusetts to say “no” to new pipelines. This weekend’s test-run, called Light Up the Map! showed 15 people knew pipeline opponents in 116 towns: So think about it, when 50 of us activate our personal networks, that is enough for a state-wide mandate to stop the pipelines.

Today’s email therefore is a kit for you to forward to your friends. Roll up your sleeves for this 7-fer and also share with your friends in other MA towns! Let’s blow the lid off the fiction that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel.
Today’s Mega Monday Action: Urge all seven of your representatives to:
Block New Pipeline Infrastructure.

SPECIAL HELP TODAY, courtesy of Environment Massachusetts! Thank you Ben! Use this online petition:
It directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.

But note this: Calls and letters count more. If you are short on time, certainly use the above petition.
Dear Governor Baker,

I want to see Massachusetts get 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We owe it to our children and future generations to do everything we can to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

That’s why I oppose building new gas pipelines in Massachusetts. These pipelines will harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come.

We don’t need fossil fuels to power our lives. We can meet 100 percent of our needs with our abundant renewable energy resources. Why do we have yet to see a study of the gas companies’ need including all realistic alternatives? Please get us one, as the study the Attorney General, Maura Healy, initiated only covered the utilities’ needs, and concluded definitively that we do not need the pipelines.

Please support efforts to prohibit spending public money on new gas pipelines, and please do everything in your power to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.

With Mothers Out Front
This list is for zip 01002

Who Needs to Hear from YOU:
1. President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

2. Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: 202-224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

3. Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

4. 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
————————————check your zip code starting here (see help with this at the bottom you this list)
5. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:
438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

6. State Senator Stan Rosenberg
To call: (617) 722-1500
To email
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street, Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133

7. State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House, Room 277
Boston, MA 02133
——————————–To tailor this to your personal address you’ll need to find three people: Your Congressman/woman, your State Senator and your State Representative. For help finding those three folks use 5., 6., 7. below:

5. Current representatives

6. and 7.
Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senator and State Representative HERE:
Upcoming In-Person Events:

• Monday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA: MOF Community Meeting
“Pipe Up About the Pipeline”  Get the facts and practice talking about why we don’t want or need the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We will have time to mix and mingle and snack. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.

• Sat, April 23, 7pm – 10pm: Montague Retreat Center, North Leverett
Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band. Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering.$20 (or more!) Requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Pipeline Awareness Network of the Northeast (PLAN-NE) for more details.

• Monday, April 25, 7:00pm, Northampton UU: Climate Action Now -CAN- General Meeting

Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

We are Paris

We mourn with our sisters and brothers in Paris. Thinking of the innocent lives lost, we hold the children we love closer, wishing we could protect them from every kind of terror, knowing this isn’t possible. We don’t know if our efforts to reduce the certain harm from climate disruption will affect the course of terrorism in our world. But we believe that when the delegates from all corners of the earth meet in Paris in two weeks, their resolve will be strengthened to protect their children’s children’s children from the danger they are charged with averting.

So, with hearts filled with empathy and determination, we turn to the work that we can do.

We can make a difference right here at home. Which of the following could you do more of?

  1. Pile on the sweaters and blankets and turn down the heat.
  2. Plug the cracks around the doors and put plastic sheeting over the windows.
  3. Buy less stuff and swap stuff more.
  4. Drive less, accelerate slower, and inflate the tires.
  5. Switch the Source Now in your home from the fossil fuels that the utility companies buy to clean, healthy electricity.

These are completely in our control. Let’s treat the energy we use as if we were taking it from the coming generations. Because that’s just what we’re doing as long as our energy comes from fossil fuels. Eversource and National Grid won’t switch from fossil fuels without a fight. Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan won’t stop lobbying for more pipelines. So let’s fight.
There’s several people in Boston who have been hearing a lot from the fossil fuel industry lately. They need to hear from you and your friends in their districts.  Look through your contact list, your facebook friends, your school reunion list. Who could you talk to about the need to switch our energy sources to renewables? Find someone in another part of the state. Convince them to contact their representative or one of the MA House of Representatives leaders below.

Speaker of the House
Rep Robert DeLeo

Chair of House Ways and Means
Rep Brian Dempsey, former co-chair of the TUE

House Chair of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy,
Rep Thomas Golden

Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to move on solar TODAY.

 Find your personal State Legislators here.  
Dear Representative,

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. We look to you for your leadership and need you to at NOW:

I want solar PV on every house, parking lot and business possible ASAP.

I want full Retail Net Metering credits for all residential solar pv systems.
I want full retail Virtual Net Metering for all community shared solar systems.
I want 20% solar energy by 2025 at the latest
I want energy storage for a resilient and stable grid.

Even if it costs me 50 cents on every electric bill.




With Mothers Out Front

Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
Still here? Are you looking for more? Here some upcoming events:

11/17 12pm Rally, 1pm Hearing at the Boston State House to Fix the Leaks (to stop the proposed MA Pipeline). Learn more here.
11/23 7pm-9pm Make art, props for rallies on 11/29 at the Unitarian Society in Amherst, during Climate Action NOW’s monthly meeting.
11/29 6pm-7pm Family-friendly rallies as part of the Global Climate March all over the world and especially in Paris. In Amherst on the Common and in Northampton in front of City Hall.
12/3 7pm – “This Changes Everything”, UMass Library. Limited seating to this free screening and discussion. RSVP

Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.
In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley