Monday Action: Gas to Mass = Coal to Newcastle

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/25/17: Tell your State Senator that bringing more natural gas to Mass is like bringing more coal to Newcastle.

There’s a quasi-independent entity that operates the electric grid in the region called ISO New England or ISO-NE. They keep up-to-the-minute data online if you want to see exactly when the peak electric use was today, how much wholesale electricity costs right now and lots of other cool, nerdy stuff if you’re into that. If you’re not, you just need to know that ISO-NE is responsible for keeping the lights on and they’re serious about reliability as well as cost.

A team of Mothers Out Front spoke up at an ISO-NE meeting recently to question why they assumed more “natural” gas will be used to generate electricity, when they also predicted that solar and energy efficiency will cover any increase in electricity use for the next 10 years. It seems like they want to use more gas, and to justify building more pipelines, even though they know it’s not necessary.

We need our legislators to ask hard questions of ISO-NE too. Look up your State Senator here and call with questions of your own. Here’s some talking points:

  • New England already relies on natural gas to generate over 50% of our electricity, why would we want to add more?
  • With 50% of households also heating with gas, we need to diversify our energy sources
  • We want ISO-NE to help lead the transition to a clean grid — renewables backed by storage (check out this video of Sterling MA leading the way) — as quickly as possible.
  • We see California and New York embracing distributed energy, and want ISO-NE to do the same.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for doing your part in moving us toward a clean energy future.


 In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 7:00-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Wednesday 9/27, 4:00-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (CCE plus) Meeting. In Hadley. For location and info, contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 10/8, 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 10/16, 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.


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: 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.

Rays the Valley invitation


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: A Convenient Action

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This is your Monday Action for the week of 8/14/17: Take action at a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

We saw many of you at the 7:00pm sold out Amherst Cinema showing of An Inconvenient Sequel on Friday evening. Thanks to Ben Hellerstein for speaking about the 100% Renewable bill that Environment Mass took the leadership on writing. Over a hundred audience members signed letters to the chairs of the MA Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee to support the 100% Renewable bill H.3395/S.1849.

This week we encourage you to go to a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel.

  • Show up with 20 copies of this 100% Renewable bill letter and some pens.
    • Ask people on their way out to sign two copies to be delivered to the committee chairmen in person by Climate Action Now.
  • Bring the signed letters next Monday, 8/21, to the Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park with special guest, Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory, climate entertainment. 5:00-7:00.
    • Can’t go to the picnic? Come to the CAN meeting on 8/28.
      • Can’t go to the CAN meeting? Mail the letters yourself!

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 8/14, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Sunday 8/20, 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.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, 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. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.
  • Monday 8/28 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. Northampton Unitarian Meeting House, Main St., Northampton.

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

Rep, The World We Love is 100% Renewable Energy

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Here’s your Monday Action from the Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front, for the week of 6/26/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to ask your State Representative to support 100% Renewable Energy and join The World We Love puppet pageant (pictured above) and direct action this Saturday in Northampton. See below for other upcoming events as well.

On Saturday, July 1, please join us in calling for 100% Renewable Energy at The World We Love. People of all ages, giant puppets, activists, and musicians will parade through the streets of Northampton, watch a play in Pulaski Park and then fan out into Northampton to speak to individuals and businesses about their part in reducing Massachusetts energy use and becoming 100% renewable. See details below.

We’re joining a nationwide commitment to 100% renewable energy. Ask your State Rep to support a bill calling for 100% Renewable Energy which was introduced by Rep. Sean Garballey and Rep. Marjorie Decker (H.3395) in the House, and by Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1849) in the Senate. It sets a bold goal of getting our electricity from all clean energy sources by 2035. The rest of the economy, including buildings, transportation, industry, would go 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Western Mass Representatives who signed on as cosponsors of the bill are:
Reps Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Peter Kocot in Hampshire County;
Rep Stephen Kulik in Franklin County;
Reps Gailanne Cariddi, Paul Mark, and William Pignatelli in Berkshire County;
Reps Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Tosado, Aaron Vega, and John Velis in Hampden County.

If your Rep is on the list of supporters, thank them and encourage them to get their colleagues on board.
If your Rep isn’t on the list, ask them to support H.3395/S.1849.

You can use the text below as talking points in calling your Rep, or in an email. Just be sure to personalize it by mentioning the children you love or other reasons you’re motivated to act on climate.


Dear Representative {YOUR REP},

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

I’m asking for your {or thanking you for your} support of the 100% Renewable Energy bill, H.3395/S.1849. It will help make a swift, complete, and just transition from fossil fuels to the clean energy future that is within our grasp. The bill accelerates the annual increase in the amount of clean energy electric companies must include in their portfolio. It also calls for workforce development in clean energy, and directs state agencies to study and implement clear strategies for attaining the goals.

Please work with your colleagues to gather support in the House for passing this bill this session. There is no time to lose.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
with Mothers Out Front


 To contact your representative, look them up here.


The World We Love

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration, The World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action, will be on Saturday July 1.

To join Mothers Out Front for the parade, gather between 1:30 and 1:45pm at the County Court House Lawn. We’ll be representing the element Air from the East, carrying the winged creatures. Wear yellow, bring wings and puppets and stuffed animals of the winged type if you like. There will also be stick puppets and larger puppets to carry. For the parades from the other 3 directions, see the Facebook page.

2:00pm Parade begins to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30pm Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

Immediately following the performance join the Direct Action to connect with businesses and individuals about reducing their energy usage to help us achieve 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Sign up on Facebook.
To help make puppets this week, contact Beth Fairservis, beth@bethfairservis.com.


 

You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. 
  • Thursday 6/29, 4:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm, PVTA Public Hearing on Bus Route Cuts, City Council Chambers, 212 Main St, behind City Hall, Northampton. Come defend our public transportation system that connects the valley for education and jobs, and lowers carbon emissions.
  • Saturday 7/1, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, The World We Love, Northampton. (see details above).
  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Zero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Community Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 7/9, 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.
  • Monday 7/10, 4:30-6:00pm, 100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front 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.

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

All I Want For #MothersDay is the #ParisAgreement

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This week’s Monday Action, brought to you a day early for Mothers Day from Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front: Ask Ivanka to tell her father that All We Want For Mothers Day is the Paris Agreement.

Two years ago we began Monday Actions as a weekly countdown to the Paris Climate talks. Then we celebrated what seemed to be international progress against the threat of climate change after Paris. Now, with a new administration in Washington D.C. we are in danger of pulling out of this critically important agreement.

If the world’s leaders fulfill the commitments made in Paris, our children have a chance at a healthy livable climate tomorrow.

Today, on Mothers Day and all week, we are writing, posting and Tweeting to Ivanka Trump urging her to advise the President to stay the course on the Paris Climate Agreement. Feel free to use the sample letter below or edit it in your own voice!


Dear Ivanka Trump:

As a fellow mother I think that you will understand why I am urgently concerned about climate change. Our children depend on us to do whatever we can to fight for a livable future for them.

The U.S. must remain a strong member of the Paris Climate Agreement in order for other countries to follow and reduce the use of fossil fuels and their emissions. For our children’s sake, we must remain true to the agreement that was made in 2015. 

So much depends on U.S. leadership on this critical issue. If we invest in clean, renewable energy we’ll combat climate change and our economy will thrive.

Now is the time to strengthen these agreements so that all children can have a healthy environment today and a livable climate tomorrow.

Thank you for caring and speaking for the children of the world. Be their hero and their hope.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front

Contact information for Ivanka M. Trump, Special Assistant to the President:

Email: Ivanka.m.trump@who.eop.gov

Address:

Office of the Chief of Staff
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20500


OK, time to get those social media fingers tapping. We’ve got some sample Facebook posts and Tweets for you. Never Tweeted before? Get that 14 year old granddaughter to show you how.

Sample tweets:

.@IvankaTrump: All we want for #MothersDay is the Paris Climate Agreement. @MothersOutFront for a livable climate #MothersProtectChildren.

Click to retweet now!  

Facebook Post:

Dear Friends: Please join me in urging Ivanka Trump to advise her father to honor our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The U.S. should lead the way for reducing fossil fuels and building clean and renewable energy sources. Click here to learn more.

I urge you to tweet @IvankaTrump, send her a letter (sample tweets and text in the link) and ask 5 friends to do the same!

Thank you!

Share and post the picture at the top of this message:

(Click on picture to go to Facebook then share it to your account!)


 

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:

    • 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.

    • Friday 5/19 4:30-6:00pm Western Mass Community Choice Aggregation PLUS, meeting location in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • 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.

    • Sunday 5/21 4:30-6:00pm (no meeting on Mothers Day!) Northampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

    • 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.

    • Wednesday 5/23, 2:00-3:00pm, Carbon Pricing Webinar in Person! Sponsored by MOF Pioneer Valley, League of Women Voters, and the Unitarian Universalist Amherst Green Sanctuary. At Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 North Pleasant St. Contact amherstamr@gmail.com.

 


Thank you for all you do.

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

Your Monday Action Team
Pioneer Valley, MA Mothers Out Front

Berkshire Gas, We Want Less Gas!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/17/17.

Last week FERC granted Kinder Morgan permission to start tree felling in Otis State Forest. They may not start today, but they will try to start soon. There are still ways to stop them, so we haven’t lost heart. [Speaking of heart, please join us in giving a hearty Stop the Pipeline welcome to the MA Secretary of Energy and Environment, in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. See our special plan below or click here.]

So Climate Heroes, we may not have stopped the interstate pipeline from going through Otis yet, but there’s one very close to many of us that Western Mass reps can help with. If you don’t live in the Berkshire Gas service region, please forward this to a friend who does and help them make the call.

If you live in a community affected by the Berkshire Gas moratorium (towns from Amherst to Greenfield, and Whately) please call Senator Rosenberg and your State Representative urging that they support Montague and Deerfield’s action plan to end the moratorium without big new infrastructure!

You can use the text below as talking points when you call or copy-and-paste if you choose to email. Personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.


Dear [Senator Rosenberg or Representative NAME],

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 to get 100% of our energy from clean sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – including natural gas.

Berkshire Gas has proposed a solution to the moratorium on new hookups which they imposed on our town. Their solution would flood the valley with double the amount of gas currently used, building new, expensive infrastructure.

I hope you have seen the Action Plan to end the Berkshire Gas moratorium that Montague and Deerfield sent you last week. I urge you to fully support their recommendations which come from two expert witnesses. They show that a combination of system adjustments, demand management, more energy efficiency, and modest improvements to Berkshire’s infrastructure could end the moratorium quickly.

I urge you NOT to compromise with any Berkshire Gas proposal that would send more gas into our town than we need for local economic development as we transition to an economy powered by conservation and 100% renewable energy.

Thank you for serving our community and especially for your work on behalf of all our children and grandchildren whose future will depend on taking immediate action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov

Look up contact info for your State Representative here.

You did it, thank you! See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front 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.
  • Monday 4/17 and Tuesday 4/18, 3-5pm, ART BUILD to paint signs and prepare Lorax books for 4/19 action in Shelburne Falls. RSVP timholcomb55 at gmail dot com.
  • Wednesday 4/19, 9:30-11am, Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party. Join with MOF at the Bridge of Flowers in a silent (children’s noise welcome) protest of Baker’s policies on “natural” gas. The Secretary will speak for the Administration. The Lorax and we will speak for the trees. Info in link above or Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. Come see us at our booth, make a Super Climate Hero sheild for the Climate March, send a postcard to the Governor, introduce a friend to MOF. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving Workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett; Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

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