Today’s Monday Action from Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front: Ask your Town Meeting representatives or City Councillors to support Carbon Fee and Dividend.
Towns and cities across the state are showing support for the Carbon Fee and Dividend bills in the legislature. This is a way to reduce GHG emissions as part of many other actions. Several communities recently passed resolutions voicing the residents’ support for the bills. Several local communities are about to decide, including Amherst Town Meeting this week! If your town or city already voted, thank the people responsible. If they haven’t voted to support carbon pricing yet, ask them to!
Call or write, but make the sample words below your own, add the ages of the children in your life, tell what makes you care. Every town and city has a website with ways to contact your legislative body. Below we provide Amherst’s, but you’ll be able to find yours online.
Dear [Town Meeting Member, City Councillor],
I am urgently concerned about climate change. Future generations are depending on us to transition quickly to clean energy for their health and the health of our climate. That’s why I support carbon pricing.
Carbon pricing is the fastest way we can create an immediate reduction in carbon emissions because of the financial, health and climate benefits it provides. By putting a fee on fossil fuels we can level the playing field so that the cost includes the real costs to society and future generations in the form of climate change. This promotes the clean energy economy, creates jobs, and motivates conservation of energy.
There are several bills in the MA legislature that include carbon fees. Some include a full rebate of all the fees collected, divided among consumers in an equitable way so that low and moderate income families save money overall. Some make use of some of the funds collected to promote renewable energy. Rural communities are counted in among those who will receive more than the average because of the need to drive more.
This approach makes sense for our community and for the world. We must take bold actions to curb climate change for the sake of the generations to come. There’s no time to waste.
Please vote to support State carbon pricing legislation and join with other communities in creating a renewable future.
With Mothers Out Front
Here’s where you can email all of your Amherst Town Meeting representatives.
If you’re not in Amherst, call Town/City Hall. Or just call your Mayor, Councillors or Select Board members to tell them you want your community to show support for carbon pricing.
If you’re interested in being involved in the Climate Action Now Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Working Group meetings are on the first and thirds Tuesdays of the month, 9-10:30am at Panera’s in Hadley.
For more information about the working group contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.
Ask your friends to join you in action. Thank you for being the change you want to see.
Upcoming In-Person Events:
TONIGHT! Monday 5/8 4:30-6:00pm 100% Renewable Amherst. Reports about commercial, residential and town energy choices and actions like Community Choice Aggregation, energy efficiency retrofits, and renewables for low income households. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St. Contact email@example.com.
TONIGHT! Monday 5/8 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.
Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and KidPower! Discussion on how to support and empower children about climate change. RSVP and questions to Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.
Friday 5/12 4:30-6:00pm Western Mass Community Choice Aggregation PLUS, meeting location tbd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 5/14, 5/21 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact email@example.com.
Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Meeting. Celebrate Mothers Day! Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
Sunday 5/21 1:30-3:45pm, MOF House Party in Amherst. Meet other moms, dads, grandmoms, aunts, etc. Learn about MOF and our local 100% Renewable campaign, including Community Choice Aggregation 2.0. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St.
Thank you for all you do.
Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front