Governor, Win the War on Climate

war on climate change

Monday Action 9/5/16: Tell Your Governor To Help Win the War on Climate Change.

Call your governor if you can, but no guilt about cutting and pasting. Use the text below as a guide. Then share this online petition with five people today – they can be out of state! – to Take Action on Climate.

*Illustration by Andrew Colin Beck
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Dear Governor,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. All future children are depending on us to leave them a livable world.

So far this year, every single month has shattered a global heat record. We are at war and we need to win like we won WWII. Now more than ever we need our leaders to do everything possible to prevent the worst impacts from global warming. You, Governor, have the power to dramatically cut carbon pollution from the biggest source in the U.S. — power plants — and shift to a renewable energy future. Governor, our state can be a leader in using conservation to meet demand. We urge you to promote policies to bring robust conservation programs, such as demand response, to the entire state.

Can you tell me why we don’t have fleets of hydrogen cars like California and fueling stations with H2 made from renewable sources like those in Munich, Germany? We need to lead! Our children’s and our climate’s health depend on you. Thank you for doing more than you ever thought possible. There is not a moment to lose. Everything is at stake and we must win this war.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
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

Well done, you did your Monday Action! See you next Monday.
Ask your friends to join you in action.
Thank you for being the change you want to see.
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Looking to join others in community? MOF Pioneer Valley will be at:

9/11 Mothers Out Front House Party, Sunday, September 11, 4-6:15 pm in South 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 alisapearson at hotmail dot com

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
—Support and inspire one another.
—Find a role, if you wish, in our Gas Leaks campaign.
—Act on our inspirations and strengthen our “civic muscles” as we find ways to help our planet.

Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 9/6 if you need care)

Thank you for all you do.
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/pioneervalley_ma
info.ma.PioneerValley@MothersOutFront.org

Getting Bolder in the House!

February 8, 2016
Today’s Monday Action:
Call State House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Representative Thomas Golden to tell them supporting solar energy means eliminating the net metering cap, ensuring power sold back to the grid is fairly compensated, and making sure there is no mandatory fee for producing solar energy. Then ask your Massachusetts House Representative to be bolder than ever before.
Speaker of the House
Rep Robert DeLeo
617-722-2500  Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

House Chair of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy,
Rep Thomas Golden
617-722-2263   Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov

Also urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to move on solar TODAY. Find your personal State Legislators here.  
(If your representative is Ellen Story, copy and paste this sample letter; if not, adapt the suggested text below)
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Dear Representative Story,
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 on keeping the solar industry growing in the Commonwealth.
The growth of solar electricity in Massachusetts is threatened by H.3854, which would:

  • Slap a new mandatory minimum charge on solar
  • Raise the net metering cap only 2% (reached by summer 2016)
  • Slash net metering reimbursement by 75% for sizeable projects (such as municipal and community shared solar).

A fair price on carbon would make solar and other renewables even more financially viable. It’s time to break free of fossil fuels. Renewables are ready and while we bring them in, we can use other short term solutions like demand management, which the Supreme Court has given the green light to FERC to promote.

Thank you Representative Story for so many excellent years of service. We wish you all the best in your upcoming retirement and hope that your successor will do you proud, especially where climate is concerned.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
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Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:

The State House:

Room 277
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2012
Email: Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
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Still here? Are you looking for an in-person action?Take your family on an outing to Greenfield andprotest the Berkshire Gas imposed moratoriumMonday, February 15th. We’re joining other groups in a walk and picket.

Picketing and a kid-friendly 3D arts project from 10 – 12 at the Berkshire Gas Regional Office, 40 Mill Street, Greenfield
Preparing and presenting a skit, and enjoying a donated lunch from 12 – 2 at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street
You can also join the walk starting at 10 from GCC that will arrive at the BG office at about 11:30.
Please RSVP to Hattie Nestel at 978.790.3074or email hattieshalom@verizon.net. For further information, go to www.hattienestel.com.

Go here to read more background from Climate Action Now on solar legislation in MA.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

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
617-722-2500  Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

Chair of House Ways and Means
Rep Brian Dempsey, former co-chair of the TUE
617-722-2990    Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

House Chair of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy,
Rep Thomas Golden
617-722-2263   Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov

Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to move on solar TODAY.

 Find your personal State Legislators here.  
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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.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
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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 greenzinnia@hotmail.com

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

Green Your Town with Mothers Out Front

Hello Monday Actionist!

The UN Paris Climate talks are 9 short weeks away. Things are poised to really change. Have you been feeling the momentum build around the world too? The Pope’s visit, China’s cap and trade plan, and YOUR actions are all turning the tide.

This week we are asking you to take action close to home. Who in your community is a climate hero? Is there a City Councilor, a teacher, or a religious leader whose work for a livable world has inspired you?

Here in our hometown of Amherst, MA we lost a climate hero when our Town Manager, John Musante, died suddenly last week. We are asking all our Amherst followers to make the switch to clean electricity in John’s memory.

Switching to clean electricity is easy and costs only a little bit more per kilowatt hour. The town has an arrangement with Mass Energy that raises $40 for the town each time someone switches through the town’s portal. If you haven’t switched your electricity to 100% clean energy sources yet and live in Amherst, please follow this link or go to info.massenergy.org/amherst.

If you live outside of Amherst, please switch through Mothers Out Front (or go to info.massenergy.org/mothersoutfront) in memory of John or in honor of someone in your own community. Your switch will be counted as a demand to green the grid and to stop building fossil fuel infrastructure.

Thanks for your contribution to keeping climate change on our elected officials minds.

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Still reading? Good, because we can really use your help to spread the word.

While you’re thinking about greening your home energy, think about how much you could multiply your impact by telling your Massachusetts friends and family about switching to clean electricity. And if you also told them about Monday Actions and encouraged them to do them for the next 8 weeks, you multiply our power as we approach the talks in Paris.

Please ask your friends and family to join you in this critical time.

Here’s a suggested email. Send it to one person- send it to 100 people, but send it today:

Dear Friend/Son/Mom/Family (etc.),

I don’t know if you know this, but I’m very worried about climate change and have found some important and satisfying actions that I can do to help. I have switched my home’s electricity to 100% renewable sources and I’ve been contacting elected officials weekly to give them encouragement to be bold on climate.

In the build-up to the Paris Climate Talks, our voices are sorely needed because Big Money is pressuring elected officials to back off of climate action. We can show our elected officials we’re serious about demanding a sustainable future by signing up with a third-party electricity provider who offers 100% green energy like the one that Mothers Out Front has recommended; you can make the switch through Mothers Out Front with Mass Energy.

Those folks who make our laws need to know that they have our support to legislate a clean green future for us all. So I also make weekly calls or emails that can be done in a few minutes to contact the elected official that the Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front group is targeting each week.

Beginning next week, if you like, I’ll forward you 8 weeks of Monday Action emails. Or you can go to the blog that has all 30 other messages and sign up to receive them yourself. I’ll try to answer any questions and hear any thoughts you have about each proposed short outreach to elected officials. So will you join me? Say yes! We can give this the final push.

Signed,
You

Have you been to a Mothers Out Front House Party? There are two coming up:
October 21st 6:30-8-30pm in Amherst
November 4th 6:30-8:30pm in Leverett
Contact greenzinnia@hotmail.com for more information.

In solidarity,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

 

Richie Neal, We’re Starving Over Fossil Fuels

We’re in our “last trimester” — week 12! — of our 40-week count down on the Road to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.

ACTION: Take 5-minutes to tell this U.S. representative that Fossil Fuels are Making People Starve:

Your sample optional copy-and-paste text:

NOTE: We’re all addressing Rep. Neal this week because he’s not on board with taking bold action for our children’s future environment (read this article  for details). Consider who you may know in these towns he serves and please invite them to send this message!

Dear Congressman Neal,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We urge you to be bold in fighting climate change.

As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, you may want to know about the crowd of students and seasoned activists who will be FASTING from September 8 – 25 at FERC’s Headquarters in protest of any new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure that most scientists concur can make our children’s future planet uninhabitable for humans.

Please consider this carefully and act boldly for our children.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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If you prefer the phone, call Richard Neal’s:
Springfield office 413-785-0325
Pittsfield office 413-442-0946
or his Washington DC office: 202-225-5601
and/or Email his office: Contact

Also contact YOUR elected Official:

To personalize this message for a different MA congressperson or a different state, explore votesmart.org. Enter your zip code and search for your representatives’ contact information under the  “BIO” folder.

Thank you for all you do for the little ones looking up at us from waist height!

–Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online.
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Add spice to your message:

• Ask Neal: “What are your official positions on 1) the solar net metering cap and 2) a Fair Price On Carbon? Also, how canyou personally effect Congress on these issues?”

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Wait, you want to do even more?!

Consider switching to clean energy even if you rent, and call MassSave every chance you get to take advantage of their conservation subsidies available to all utility customers to the tune $2000 per cycle.

Every customer who chooses renewable energy sources is helping to protect the next generation. Those are the people probably looking up at you from about waist-height these days. Thank you for taking matters into your own hands! Your help makes all the difference. Amplify your power:

Forward this email to a friend today (and share how good it feels to flex your civic muscles!)

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

 

Week 17: Renew-able-ing All Our Towns

There are only 17 more weeks to go in our 40-week count-down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.

Today’s Action:

Contact Your Town Officials,
be they Manager/Major/Select Board/Sustainability Manager… to ask-

“Greenfield just did it:
How can we get 100% DEFAULT, CHEAPER green electricity too?”

Here’s your proposed message:
Dear Town Manager,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We need you to be bold in seeking alternatives to fossil fuel generated energy sources.

We are aware that the Town of Greenfield is now using 100% green electricity through their Greenfield Light and Power Program.

Greenfield residential customers will soon see a decrease from 12.95¢ /kWh to  10.99¢/kWh (supplied by Con Edison Solutions, delivered by Eversource). The program is a municipal aggregation which is a form of group purchasing in which a city or town arranges electricity supply on behalf of its citizens. Aggregation is allowed by Massachusetts law and is growing in popularity. The term aggregation is used because all of our town’s electrical load would be combined, or aggregated, and given to the same electricity supplier. This would allow our town to get the best price possible from that electricity supplier.

What would it take for our town/city to contract with an energy aggregator?
You can make a renewable future a reality. Please use your voice to amplify mine and many others.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME ]
[YOUR TOWN/CITY]

With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley

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a short list we researched for you of folks to contact:

Amherst Town Manager, John Musante Contact
Belchertown Selectmen
Cummington Selectmen
Granby Town Manager
Leverett Selectboard: selectboard@leverett.ma.us
Ludlow Selectmen
Northampton Major David J. Narkewicz
Orange Selectmen
Pelham Select Board Members: Town of Pelham Please Forward
Pittsfield Major Dan Bianchi
Shutesbury
 Town Manager contact the Town Administrator at 413 259-1214.
Springfield Major Domenic J. Sarno
Worchester City Manager
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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
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team