Monday Action: Thank you Senator Warren

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
PIONEER VALLEY

We offer our support to leaders who are doing good work to address climate change. In doing so, we encourage and fortify our champions and reaffirm the deep value of their efforts. Our gratitude is uplifting to ourselves as well, giving us hope as we notice many committed, ethical individuals performing strong and caring actions.
This week, let’s thank Senator Elizabeth Warren for her work on climate change issues.
On Thursday, in response to a less-than-knowledgable tweet about climate change from Donald Trump, Senator Warren tweeted: “I’m going to say something really crazy: I believe in science. Climate change is real and we have a moral obligation to protect this Earth for our children and grandchildren.”
Earlier this month, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse co-authored an op-ed piece that detailed how ALEC (a corporate-funded group) provides ready-made regressive bills and resolutions to state legislators to introduce in their home states, and alerted the readers to ALEC’s anti-climate agenda.
In 2016, she spoke on the senate floor to explain how think-tanks were funded by fossil fuel interests to author unsubstantiated studies denying climate change. 



Contact: 
US Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Warren, 

I am urgently concerned about climate change. Thank you for the work you do to help protect our planet. Thank you for speaking truth about climate change clearly and boldly.

Thank you for investigating what happens behind the scenes and for bringing it to the light of public attention, as you did with your recent op-ed about ALEC and with your senate speech in July 2016 about fossil fuel funding of climate denial “studies”. Thank you for caring so deeply, and for being the bold, courageous leader that you are.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and town
With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

In person actions:

• Sunday 1/7, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
• Monday 1/8, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy7:00pm-8:30pm CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society, enter on Kellogg St.
• Monday 1/15, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner; all welcome, including children. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact:info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
• Tuesday 1/16, 7:00pm, Chasing Coral film. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant St Amherst.
Sunday 1/21, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
• Saturday 1/27/18, 8:45am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide Annual Assembly. Belmont First Church. Childcare available. Stay tuned for registration soon. Carpools will be arranged.
• Wednesday 1/31, 7:00-9:00pm, Architect Ellen Watts speaks on Zero Energy Municipal Buildings, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St, Amherst. For information, contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

MORE ACTIONS:

• You asked,  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…
• To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us.

• Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.• Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing– and you know how hard it is to pick up the phone!


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow (gets you a weekly email) all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.

The tide is going to turn: Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

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Monday Action: Thank Senator Markey for Leading on Climate

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
PIONEER VALLEY

Here is your Monday Action for the week of 12/11/17.

Offering our support to leaders who are doing good work to address climate change can encourage and fortify our champions, and reaffirm the deep value of their efforts. Expressing our gratitude also gives us a moment to focus on ethical, committed individuals, which is particularly welcome in these times. This week, let’s thank Senator Ed Markey for working hard for the health of our children and grandchildren by fighting for a healthy climate.


Call, email or mail a quick “Thanks for your strong leadership on climate change.”


Dear Senator Markey,

I am with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing for a livable climate.

Thank you for your consistent support of ocean protection legislation, for your leadership on climate change, and for advocating for improved energy efficiency and for the development of renewable energy. We notice and appreciate your good work. We thank you on behalf of the next generation.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


Contact information for Senator Markey:

Phone: 413-785-4610 or 202-224-2742 or in Boston 617-565-8519
Email
Mail: 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


You did it! See Senator Markey’s exemplary 2016 voting record here.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 12/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Monday 12/18, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 1/7, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton MOF Community Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday 1/27/18, 9am-5pmMothers Out Front Massachusetts Annual Assembly. This year’s theme is Celebrating Connections. First Church in Belmont.


MORE ACTIONS:

• You asked,  “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

• 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.

 Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing.


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: Champion Carbon Pricing, Senator

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Your Monday Action for this week is to ask for Senator Elizabeth Warren to lead on Carbon Pricing


MONDAY ACTION: Contact U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Call: (202) 224-4543
Online Contact Form
Paper letter: 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senator Warren,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. I know you are too. Together we must fight this grave danger to future life on earth. That is why we need to make carbon polluters pay today through carbon pollution pricing.

Please use your national stature to push for carbon pricing to turn the tide away from fossil fuels.

Thanks for speeding up solutions to the climate crisis.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


You did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.
Here’s how to talk with friends and family about carbon fee: VIDEO


 In Person Events:

  • Saturday 12/2, 5:00-7:00pm, Sandra Steingraber : Fracked Gas, PCBs, Our Health. Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St, Lenox
  • Sunday 12/10, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 12/11, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Monday 12/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • SAVE THE DATE:
    Saturday 1/20/18, 9am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide summit, Boston.

You asked, “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

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.


Click on this map to see calls already made by our friends in favor of carbon pricing– and you know how hard it is to pick up the phone! Many first-time callers are on this map and there were many Thanksgiving meals across the state that included visits to this Light Up the Map site, as friends helped family bring their concerns directly to our state representatives through this online tool.


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: No Free Pollution

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Your Monday Action for the week of Thanksgiving is to
Make Carbon Polluters Pay. 

Put yourself on the map with this ask and see your friends:
LIGHT UP THE MAPWhich bulb are you?
MONDAY ACTION: Contact State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
(Outside of Massachusetts’ 2nd District? Find your representative here.)

Call: (617)-722-2425– note: stay on the line, this is number serves multiple reps.
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov
Letter: State House, Room 437, Boston, MA 02133
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Dear Solomon,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. We must fight this grave danger to future life on earth. That is why we need to make carbon polluters pay today through carbon pollution pricing.

See on this map how much support for this you have in your region. We are reaching out to our friends and family across the state too.

Thank you for your bill, H.3473, or an Act to Create Energy Jobs, because it includes carbon pricing incentives, which add a fee to fossil fuels that is returned as a dividend to consumers, revisions or repeals of some regulations like the net metering cap, and the establishment of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Trust to fund clean energy projects.

Thanks for speeding up solutions to the climate crisis.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


You did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.
Here’s how to talk with friends and family about carbon fee: VIDEO


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Setting goals for 2018. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact:info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 11/21 at 9 AM at Panera in Hadley. Please come to a Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Meeting meeting: Currently 68 MA House of Representative members have expressed their support for carbon pricing, but we need a majority or 81 members at a minimum. Constituents are working around the state to convince more legislators to support carbon pricing, but there are areas where no one is working such as central ma. We need your help in finding constituents of central ma house members. We need to educate these constituents so that they can advocate for carbon pricing. We need to do this soon! See where the map needs filling inLight Up the Map.

    SAVE THE DATE:
    Saturday 1/20/18, 9am-5pm, Mothers Out Front state-wide summit. Boston.

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: No Pipeline Tax

Feeling hopeless? Here’s the antidote:
Just do one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s fun and effective.

Why do you fight climate change? Here’s Natania’s answer:
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Share with us why you fight climate change.
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YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Contact your state senator. Find your own state senator here. 

Stan Rosenberg serves this district –see this map.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg
Call:
 (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
Letter: State House Office, 24 Beacon Street,Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change and therefore oppose a pipeline tax.

We do not need new gas infrastructure and ratepayers should not foot this bill. Please sign, or let me know if you have already signed the letter against the pipeline tax that Senators Eldridge and Jehlen are circulating in support of S.1847 and S.1855.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS


You did your Monday Action, well done!

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.



 In Person Events:

  • Thursday, 11/2 at 4pm: Learn firsthand at UMASS: Carbon Pricing 101: Setting the Price and Allocating the Revenue. UMASS Design Building Room 162
  • Sunday 11/5, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Sunday, 11/5, at 5:30pm. March and Rally as COP23 begins. March with candles and banners from Northampton High School on Elm Street to City Hall.
  • Monday, 11/6, from 12:15 to 12:45pm Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. Demand that he Stand Up to Reclaim Our Future.
  • Wednesday 11/8, 7:00pm, Amherst Town Meeting. Middle School Auditorium. Both the Zero Energy and 100% Renewable proposals will be decided. Be in touch if you want to know what time they’re likely to be discussed. info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 11/13, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Thursday, 11/16, from  12:15 to 12:45pm. Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s office on Dwight Street, Springfield.
  • Monday 11/20, 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.

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.


See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: Your Turn

PIONEER VALLEY

Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 10/2/17Tell us what you think of Monday Actions.

We’re taking stock of almost 3 years of Monday Actions. We want to learn what impact we’re having. Do you do Monday Actions and how often? Have they influenced your ability to engage in climate action? Do you have a story about an action you took? Are there certain topics or people you want us to address? Want to help?

Click here to leave us a short message.

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 10/16, 6:00-8:00pmAmherst 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.
  • Sunday 10/22, 4:30-6:30pmNorthampton MOF House Party. Meet concerned mothers and others, get the scoop on Mothers Out Front locally, in MA, and nationally. For info and childcare needs: 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
You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

 

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