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

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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

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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

Only 12% Renewable Energy on the Grid?

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/4/17: Tell your State Representative that 12% renewable energy is not enough and 13% next year is not acceptable.

Massachusetts requires our utilities to add 1% more renewable energy each year to their portfolio of energy sources, a requirement known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

That’s way too slow for the children we love.

At the current rate, we won’t approach 100% renewable electricity until after the turn of the century. How old will the children in your life be in 2105? We have to kick the RPS into high gear. Mothers Out Front is part of a coalition of climate organizations demanding that the rate of increase in the RPS be tripled or more. We want the electric grid to be powered by at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The public hearing for testimony on the Renewable Portfolio Standard (with other bills also on the docket) takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the State House before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee.

Before the September 19 hearing you can:

  • Ask your representative to attend the hearing on September 19 and testify in support of increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by at least 3% per year, to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030.  Find your rep.
  • Sign up on this MOF webpage if you’re able to attend the hearing at the State House. 
  • Help to pack the hearing room with mothers and others. Share the event on your own Facebook pages and send to your email lists.
  • Learn about RPS. This one pager is a good summary. To get an in depth understanding, watch this webinar. Read more on Sierra Club‘s website.

On September 19 at the State House:

  • Bring others who support speeding up the amount of renewable electricity generation Massachusetts.
  • Wear your black Mothers Out Front T-shirt  Get one: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/MothersOutFront/
  • Stop by your representative’s office and speak to them or an aide about your support for increasing the RPS to achieve 50% renewable by 2030.  Mothers Out Front will provide a map of the State House, and a map of our team district representatives’ offices.

September 19, 2017 at 1pm – 5pm

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St
Room A-2 (may change – the guard at the metal detector will know the room #)
Boston, MA 02133
United States



In Search Of: National Grid customers in Western Mass who haven’t yet befitted from the solar revolution.

PV Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Now, Coop Power and Community Action are working together to increase access to solar energy for all, especially low to moderate income families and non-profit organizations. The program, Rays the Valley, needs subscribers right now to a community solar array in National Grid territory which will be connected to the grid in the next few weeks. You’ll receive a 15% discount on your electricity through net metering benefits. There’s no long-term commitment, it’s supporting clean energy jobs in Western Mass, and it’s a cooperative venture, not for profit. Learn more or sign up here. Eversource customers can subscribe to other solar installations, and there are ownership options as well.

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In Person Events:

  • Sunday 9/10, 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 9/11, 6pm-8:30pm, CAN Legislative Committee and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meetings. Amherst UU, side entrance off Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. All welcome. Please let us know if you need childcare. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 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.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 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

Monday Action: New England Needs a Climate Leader

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Monday Action for the week of 8/21/17: Tell Governor Baker to be a climate leader for the entire region.

The Massachusetts Dept of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has announced a new set of regulations that will move us closer to the clean energy future we demand for our children.

We should be proud of ourselves: in part due to Mothers Out Front and allies testimony on these regulations, Massachusetts will meet the 2020 requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act. However, we need to go beyond those requirements. Climate change is speeding up faster than our forward thinking legislators could have known when they passed the GWSA in 2008, so we have to continue to support new, bold legislation.

But we have forged a path in MA that can influence the region.

Use the text below to say in your own way who you’re protecting, what’s at stake for you personally. The most effective action is to speak to an aide in Governor Baker’s office by calling the number below. Personal letters/post cards are next best. Email is next, and definitely better than taking no action. So do it now before you forget!


 Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change for the sake of the children I love. You have the power to turn the tide on the rising seas.

Thank you for the recent regulations announced by Energy and Environment Affairs to continue implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act. I’m asking you today to step it up and take leadership across the region.

Later this month, you will be meeting with colleagues in the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers region. This is your opportunity to press the other New England governors to institute similar carbon pollution laws to those your administration recently developed to meet the requirements of the GWSA.

As the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions and largest consumer of electricity in New England, Massachusetts has both the responsibility and the leverage to lead New England towards a clean energy future. With new GWSA regulations in place at home, Governor Baker, you are uniquely positioned to encourage governors in the rest of New England to make ambitious climate goals a legislative priority.

My children and yours need you to take bold action now.

Thank you,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact info for Governor Baker:
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To fill in his email form:
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


Non-profit Solar in Our Community

Our friends at Coop Power are a non-profit building clean energy and providing energy efficiency services. If you’ve been thinking about adding solar to your electricity mix, whether on your property or through community solar, they’ve got options available right now. Signing up with them helps our community by keeping our energy dollars local, creating local jobs, and increasing access to solar for low and moderate income households and non-profits. Find them at http://www.cooppower.coop.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the state.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TODAY! Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Special guest: Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Wednesday 8/23, 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Crisis Grief Sharing Gathering. Northampton location. Contact John: 413-387-8439, johnpberk at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 8/28, 6:00pm-7:00pm, CAN Legislative Committee. 7:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting – Focus on Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Updated CCA presentation. Northampton Unitarian Society.
  • Sunday 9/3, 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 info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. All welcome. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 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.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 10:00am-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing on Key Climate Bills. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? 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.


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

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