Governor, Protect Our Water!

10515261293_cf99b54108_bHere is your Monday Action for the week of 3/27/17:

Governor Baker has the ability to protect the water, the land, and the sacred places in Otis State Forest. 

The new Kinder Morgan/Tennessee gas pipeline through Otis State Forest is poised to begin construction. There’s not much time, but we can play a part.

Ask the Governor to deny the 401 Water Quality Certification to stop the Connecticut Expansion Project.
You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Contact information is below.



Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

You can stop the Connecticut Expansion Project by simply denying the 401 Water Quality Certification. This project is not yet under construction. The pipeline will significantly disrupt conservation land that the Massachusetts Constitution protects forever. The water of beautiful Spectacle Pond will be used to clean toxins out of the pipeline and will then be dumped downstream.

The fracked-gas to be carried in this pipeline will not even serve MA residents. The methane released by gas is a major Greenhouse Gas threatening our climate and our children’s future.

New York’s Governor Cuomo shut down the Constitution pipeline because it did not pass the 401 Water Quality Certification standards.

Protect our water, Governor!

This is something you can do and become a climate hero to all our children and grandchildren.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


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


You did it!

Together we can make a difference for all of us.

Thank you! See you next Monday!


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Paul Fenn on CCA 2.0, Art Build planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Amherst Unitarian Society, 220 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.
To get to 100% renewable energy we have to change how we use and source our energy. The question is what is most important to us:
Power our town with all renewable energy?
Speed up the transition from fossil fuels and reduce GHGs?
Add clean energy to the regional electricity grid?
Build, own and control the energy?
Increase energy efficiency in this process?
Create a model usable by other MA communities?
Jewish Community of Amherst 742 Main St, Amherst. More info contact Darcy at dumint140 at gmail dot com
  • Sunday 4/2, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front weekly meeting at Smith College Campus Center. For more info contact Sarah at sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net.
  • Sunday 4/9, 2-5pm, Mothers Our Front Climate March Art Build. We’re Protecting the Future for Our Children! Make Super Mom (Dad, Kid, Friend) capes and sheilds to march with MOF at the Climate Marches. Location tbd.
  • Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst MOF 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.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate March in DC or Boston or Springfield.

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 Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

Obama, Stop the Dakota Pipeline

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Monday Action for 9/12/16: Urge Obama to kill the Dakota Pipeline. He could. He rejected Keystone and it’s back here in a different guise.

Maybe you signed an email about this already? Know this: Obama really responds to personal notes and calls. Did you know he personally wrote back to our Monday Actionists? Climate Change is his stated issue (see this week’s New York Times article) yet the man really needs to hear from voters – that’s what makes him act. Let’s help him out:
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Dear President Obama,
Like you, I think the trends are terrifying: 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 a call to action, a nationwide War Effort against Climate Change, as Bill McKibben described recently. You can set the tone for your successor.

McKibben reminds us that your administration announced months ago that new projects would now have to pass a climate test before being approved–we need that test applied to the Dakota Access pipeline. And we need to make sure that anything in Indian country never gets built again without full tribal consultation.

President Obama, it’s urgent that you push as hard as you can. We need you. All our children need you. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. For those too shy to call or write share this 350.org petition to stop climate denial.
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In Person!

Join our next Community Meeting on Monday, Sept 19th from 6pm to 8pm in North Amherst. We’ll be focusing on writing about climate change from our hearts plus our community goals for 2017. All are welcome. Please RSVP to get the address and if you’re bringing children. We’ll arrange for childcare. Contact Greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Light meal provided, bring something if it’s easy.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Smart Power in MA

Monday Action 8/29/16: Help our State to Ask Smart Energy Questions To Prevent Wrong Infrastructure Build-Up.

Use the information in the sample letter below for calling your State Senator or Representative or to copy and paste the text of the letter into your own email or letter to your Senator or Rep. See the contact info below.


Dear Senator Rosenberg and Representative Story,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and need a fair price on carbon.

Thank you for filing together with your colleagues as intervenors in Berkshire Gas’ proceeding at the DPU.

I am very concerned that energy companies including Berkshire Gas are still trying to create market conditions that they can use to justify new interstate pipeline projects.  I therefore urge you to engage an expert in this proceeding to present a plan to meet the region’s energy needs through energy efficiency, demand management, and fixing the leaks. An expert can offer solutions that the gas company will not put forward on its own.

Please take this opportunity to show that there is a better way forward for our communities and our children, than perpetually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN

With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: 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

It’s key to also send this message to your Representative, Ellen Story:

Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov
State House
Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-2012

Not your Rep or Senator? Look up yours here


* Curious about the Berkshire Gas Moratorium? Masslive has this great article:
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/rosenberg_kulik_and_mark_push.html

Well done! See you next week.

And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today.


In Person:
8/30 The DPU Hearing is 7:00pm Tuesday, 8/30 at the Greenfield Middle School – we hope that everyone available will show up and if you wish, comment!

8/29 TODAY: Community Forum on Climate with the candidates for State Rep for Amherst, Pelham and Granby District 1.
Monday August 29 7-9pm at the UU in Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St.
If you haven’t heard all the candidates speak in person, this is the last chance before theSeptember 8th (that’s a Thursday!) election.
Sponsored by the green committees of local churches and Climate Action Now.

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).

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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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

AG Maura Healey Thank You for Exxon Fight, Remember Otis

Our Attorney General Maura Healey  is fighting the good fight for us. Let’s thank her and let her know we won’t sacrifice Otis State Forest with its 400-year old hemlocks and gorgeous Spectacle Pond.


Today’s Monday Action: Thank our AG for taking on Exxon* and urge her to protect us against Kinder Morgan’s land grab in violation of our state constitution’s Article 97, which protects our parks and conserved land.

Also, you and your family can be Kayaktivists or Picnictivists for Otis State Forest. See below.


Dear Attorney General Healey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. I want to see Massachusetts secure 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

Thank you very much for having the courage and fortitude to take on Exxon for years of abuse and dissembling.

We must now stop any incursion into MA state lands by Kinder Morgan as well. Please do all you can to uphold Article 97 for Otis State Park. It is a travesty that the CT Expansion threatens to go forward through this jewel in our landscape. This is a blatant land grab for private gain and we need your help to protect our public parks.

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

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765
Or cut and paste your version of the letter above and email to:
ago@state.ma.us
Or write to:
Attorney General’s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518

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*As early as the 1970s, ExxonMobil’s own scientists knew the burning of fossil fuels was likely to cause global temperature rise with potentially devastating consequences for our economy, health, and environment. In an effort to protect its own business model – and at tremendous cost to society – the company then spent hundreds of millions of dollars sowing doubt about climate science and blocking action to address climate change.


Upcoming In-Person: Protect Otis State Forest with a Picnic! Saturday 7/16 from 2-4pm

A Celebration of Solidarity with Berkshire Friends and Neighbors

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Fighting the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline proposed by Kinder-Morgan to run through the Protected Otis State Forest.

There will be a solidarity rally on the small beach and boat launch off Cold Spring Rd in the Otis Sate Forest. The event includes live music, speakers on the issues, kayaks and canoes, picnic tables (no grills but people can bring their own). This is a marvelous way to get people down in person to experience the beautiful slice of heaven that is Spectacle Pond, which stands as an example of all the land Kinder Morgan would yank out of permanent protection for its own profit. Co-Sponsored by Code Pink, Sugar Shack Alliance, Climate Action Now, and Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front among others. See you there!

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst

Gov Baker, No More Gas Pipelines

Today’s Monday Action: Tell Baker To Protect Otis State Forest and Meet Us In Person.

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Remember: Calls and letters count more. That could make this a Tuesday Action.
Happy Fourth of July.
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Dear Governor Baker,
I am urgently concerned about climate change.
This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. I want to see Massachusetts get 100% 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. What will your own children’s futures be if we do not act together NOW?

Therefore I oppose building new gas pipelines in Massachusetts including the CT expansion through Otis State Forest which is in violation of our State Constitution. These pipelines would harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come. We need you to halt this. You understand modernizing and good business: natural gas is a dinosaur sir; let’s not saddle ourselves with this stone around our collective necks. Fossil fuels are bad business.

We don’t need fossil fuels to power our lives. We can meet 100% of our needs with our abundant renewable energy resources. When can you sit down with us to discuss natural gas expansion, risks to ratepayers, the climate and the environment, and repairing the leaks?

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 and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
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
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In Person:
Saturday 7/16 from 2-4pm:

A Celebration of Solidarity with Berkshire Friends and Neighbors
Fighting the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline proposed by Kinder-Morgan to run through the Protected Otis State Forest.

There will be a solidarity rally on the small beach and boat launch off Cold Spring Rd in the Otis Sate Forest. The event includes live music, speakers on the issues, kayaks and canoes, picnic tables (no grills but people can bring their own). This is a marvelous way to get people down in person to experience the beautiful slice of heaven that is Spectacle Pond, which stands as an example of all the land Kinder Morgan would yank out of permanent protection for its own profit. Co-Sponsored by Code Pink, Sugar Shack Alliance, Climate Action Now, and Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front. See you there!

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Thanks for all you do. Onward!

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

The People’s Lawyer!

Today’s Monday Action: Urge Attorney General Maura Healey to Protect Us From Kinder Morgan Pipeline Land-Grab.
Remember, if you have time: Calls and letters count more.
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Dear Attorney General Maura Healey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. I need to see us get 100% of energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind, and become the energy efficiency model for the world.

Thank you for talking with MOF in person last week. We admire your work and are inspired by the study you initiated which concluded the following: Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed to Meet State’s Electric Reliability Needs.

You are the People’s Lawyer, and we people need you to defend our Massachusetts constitution and Article 97which states that we shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of our environment. A recent court ruling threatens to let Kinder Morgan trample all that:

I am concerned that our state and our constitution be bashed by greedy corporations. One of the biggest conservation land deals in Massachusetts history, 3,800 acre Otis State Forest is a great example of a MA state treasure, with its 400-yr old hemlocks and pristine 62 acre Spectacle Pond. The people who worked hard to raise the 5.2 million dollars to preserve it in 2007, and generations of citizens who are meant to benefit from this gift are more important than a multi-national company looking to make a buck.

Therefore we urgently need you to appeal the CT Expansion case ruling.
Thank you,

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact: Attorney General, Maura Healey‘s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765

Share this Online Petition with your friends and family.
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In-person events:

Gas Leaks Forum, Forum on Thursday 6/2 7:30pm – 9pm at the Unitarian Society, 220 Main St, Northampton
Ania Camargo from HEETMA and Mothers Out Front will speak to the threat and there will be community discussion about confronting the challenge. Co-sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Climate Action NOW, and the Unitarian Society Climate Action Group.

Fix the Gas Leaks Now, Planning meeting Thursday 6/9 7:30 – 9 to take action and raise awareness in the community. Contact Andra for Northampton location at amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Save the date!
Next Mothers Out Front House Party is in Shutesbury Sun. 6/26 12:45-3:00. Childcare available. Please contact LightUpTheMap (at) gmail (dot) com for more details.

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Keep the pressure on the State House regarding the Energy Omnibus bill-
YOUR KIT:
Share this kit with a friend. You can even do it together.

This Link from the State is a huge help when inviting friends in other zip codes to do Actions:

CONTACT YOUR THREE STATE REPRESENTATIVES NOW: Tell them something personal so they know you are real (like you live near a gas leak- look them up here. Or maybe this is your first time writing/calling…) The following 3-point list comes from an impressive coalition that includes:the Conservation Law Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, Mass Energy Alliance, and Environmental League of Massachusetts.

Call Gov. Baker, your State Representative and State Senator and tell them you want:
Two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power)
Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year.(this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth)
Need environmental standards for massive transmission project (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada)

DEAL BREAKER: You must VETO/VOTE AGAINST the omnibus bill altogether if it includes any kind of pipeline tax.

Well done! Thanks for all you do.
Onward!

Stop All NEW Pipelines

Elected Officials are listening to you. And they are busy with big things, so we need a strong call to action before summer:  Reach out to ONE Massachusetts friend outside your zip code this week and get her/him to join you in action.

That’s why, right after your Monday Action we’re including an additional kit for you to forward to your friends. Roll up your sleeves, we won’t get this chance again very soon to impact our energy future so deeply. Policies now under discussion can change our course, or tie a fossil fuel stone very firmly around our necks with policies that will impact us into 2050 and beyond.
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Today’s Monday Action: Urge Senator Markey to:
Block New Pipeline Infrastructure.


Remember, if you have time: Calls and letters count more. But your voices -including emails- are multiplying every week! Well done, you are empowering legislators to do the right thing. Nice lobbying, you.
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Dear Senator Markey,

I want to see us get 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. Renewables are ready, and so are we. 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 would harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come. In this, I know we have an ally in you.

I am concerned that pipeline companies hold too much power. “Suspending” the NED pipeline is different than withdrawing it. I am also contacting the MA legislature who are now working on the Energy Omnibus Bill due before summer break, to insist that rate payers are not charged for any new pipeline infrastructure: I am concerned that it’s looking like the Omnibus Bill is going to include a pipeline “tax”. That would bring the pipelines roaring back.

We are counting on you as part of the MA Congressional delegation to pressure Kinder Morgan to drop the MA loop from the CT Expansion (which still has CT and NY pieces that don’t go through protected land). Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

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YOUR KIT:
Share this kit with a friend. You can even do it together.

This Link from the State is a huge help when inviting friends in other zip codes to do Actions:

CONTACT YOUR STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW: Tell them something personal so they know you are real (like you live near a gas leak- look them up here. Or maybe this is your first time writing/calling…) The following 3-point list comes from an impressive coalition that includes: The Conservation Law Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, Mass Energy Alliance, and Environmental League of Massachusetts.

Call Gov. Baker, your State Representative and State Senator and tell them you want:
Two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power)
Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year. (this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth)
Need environmental standards for massive transmission project (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada)

DEAL BREAKER: You must VETO/VOTE AGAINST the omnibus bill altogether if it includes any kind of pipeline tax.

Well done! Thanks for all you do.
Onward!

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Upcoming In-Person Events:

Mothers Out Front House Party: May 22, 12:45 – 3:00 pm in Florence, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know asap if you need care).

Climate Action Now Monthly Meeting: May 23, 7-9pm at the UU in Amherst. Join us as we plan new gas leaks actions. Tag every gas leak in Northampton with fliers? Canvas precincts with map of gas leaks there? Get your friends and relatives across MA to adopt a gas leak and hound their utility companies, town/city officials, state reps, to stop building more pipelines and fix the old ones.