You've landed here for a reason. Welcome! We're glad you found us!
The Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front communities are vibrant and growing. We have two organized locations, in Amherst and in Northampton, with many members all over Western Massachusetts.
One of the ways people know us is from our weekly email, the Monday Action, with an idea for an easy, quick action for you to do, like call the Governor or email your State Representative to voice your concerns about climate change issues.
We facilitate house parties, monthly meetings/discussions, family potlucks and picnics and other great gatherings, so check out our Facebook page to stay up to date.
And here is a list of current meetings and What You Can Do Now. Also see below.
Our leadership groups, the Organizing Teams, are open-hearted and dynamic women who actively engage mothers, grandmothers, and others to do something NOW about our children's future.
If you want to join in, there are plenty of opportunities, big and small.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Gas? No Thanks! We Need Less.
Join supporters of Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley in telling the Department of Public Utilities that we don't need and don't want more natural gas infrastructure or long-contracts. Add your name to the comment we're filing with the DPU. Or write your own comment (due by 5:00pm 2/13 although we hope for an extension, so check back).
Columbia Gas and Berkshire Gas have filed for DPU to review contracts based on inflated forecasts of our building energy "needs." These contracts are for supply to buildings, not power plants, so customers would foot the bill. The plan Columbia Gas proposes includes expanded pipelines and other infrastructure in order to lift the moratorium they imposed four years ago on new customers. Berkshire Gas also imposed a moratorium on new lines to customers in their territory between Amherst and Greenfield. We have proven that the moratorium does not stifle development and has promoted innovation. Let's keep it and put in minisplits (efficient electric heat)!
The DPU hearing in Boston was Tuesday, February 13th, but there is no hearing scheduled out here where the customers live. Ask your state legislators to pressure the DPU to hold a hearing in Northampton for oral comments on dockets 17-145 and 17-172.
We need less gas. Our communities are committed to reducing GHGs. We're working aggressively to increase home and municipal energy efficiency, conservation, and conversion of heat, cooking and other energy needs, to electricity or renewable sources.
Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future
Presentation by Darren Port, Buildings and Community Solutions Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), the regional clearinghouse paving the way for the proliferation of zero energy buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant St.
- Monday 2/19, 6:00-8:00pm, CANCELLED: Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Come to dinner and the event on the 20th.
- Tuesday 2/20, 6:00pm, Dinner together at Miss Saigon, followed by the ZE presentation across the street:
- Tuesday 2/20, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future, a talk by Darren Port of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Presented by the Zero Energy Workgroup of MOF and CAN. Amherst Unitarian Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst. Contact: email@example.com.
- Sunday 2/25, 1:45pm-4:00pm, House Party in Pelham, learn about Mothers Out Front Front’s approach and current initiatives in Pelham, meet other compassionate, concerned mothers and others. RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
- Sunday 2/25, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday 2/26, 6:00pm, CAN Legislative Calling Party, 7:00pm-9:00pm, CAN General Meeting, Northampton Unitarian Society, 220 Main St., Northampton
Join us at a House Party! Learn about Mothers Out Front Front’s approach and current actions, meet other compassionate, concerned mothers and others.
Next house party is in Pelham on Sunday, February 25 from 1:45-4:00
Mothers Out Front Amherst holds Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of every month in Amherst from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Topics discussed and actions taken in recent meetings: natural gas leaks, green development, 100% Renewable in Amherst, engaging friends and family in discussions and actions around climate change.
Open to all! Light dinner served. Children welcome. For more information and to RSVP: greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.
Mothers Out Front Northampton meets every other week on Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm. For more information contact: email@example.com
As a region, we also participate in Climate Action Now meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Meetings alternate each month between the Unitarian Society in Amherst and in Northampton.
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What Can I Do?
Let us know you're interested, learn more about us, get Monday Actions and other MOF emails. Sign up here.
- Become a member, support the local, state, and national movement, get Monday Actions and other MOF emails
Like Pioneer Valley MOF on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/MothersOutFront.PV/
Like the national movement on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mothersoutfront/
Follow our Monday Actions blog and share it with others https://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com/
Get a free home energy audit from MassSave
Switch to Clean Energy. Ask friends, neighbors, colleagues to do the same
Locate gas leaks in your town: http://www.heetma.org/squeaky-leak/natural-gas-leaks-maps/
Attend the monthly meeting of Amherst MOF – third Monday, 6pm in Amherst. Open to all. Light dinner served. Children welcome.
- Attend the every other week meeting of Northampton MOF - Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm, meetings are usually at the Smith College Campus Center, but email to check.
Host a house party at your home or institution.
Join Climate Action Now. Meetings are 4th Mon. 7pm, rotating Amherst and Northampton UU churches. Sign up for the Climate Action Now MA newsletter.
Attend a Springfield Climate Action Coalition meeting to do anti-poverty and implement the Climate Action Plan for the city. Contact felicia.mednick at verizon dot net
Attend a MOF training (past offerings: environmental justice, house party coordinating, facilitator, telling your story).
Contact info firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Amherst MOF Volunteer work group. Contact Alisa alisapearson at earthlink dot net
- Join our 100% Renewable Amherst campaign. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com
- Join our Light Up the Map Team. Contact Alisa alisapearson at earthlink dot net
Talk about MOF to a group you’re already involved with (e.g. school, church, work place, non profit)
- Table with MOF literature at a festival or event you’re attending
Our Amherst Community Team has many tools to share with you:
- Fill out this form to let us know how you might best engage with us: Get Involved.
- Write to elected officials, business and community leaders to ask them to step up the pace of building renewable energy infrastructure. Ask them to conserve energy and switch to green energy in their own home!
- Help us Light Up the Map with other people willing to call their state representatives to support bills that could transform our economy from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Watch how students at UMass Amherst did this at the bottom of this page.
- And if you want a quick overview about what Renewable Energy Credits are, check out this 2 minute video.
Telling our personal narratives is a core organizing tool in Mothers Out Front. Hearing what moves one of us to do something about climate change moves all of us. Our stories bind us together. What's yours?
On January 25, 2017 Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley partnered with Climate Action Now for a community event called "Climate Action in a Time of Crisis." There were 650 people in attendance at First Churches in Northampton. Lily Lombard, Northampton MOF member, was moderator for the four speakers: Solomon Goldstein Rose, State Rep for Amherst/Pelham/Granby; State Senator Stan Rosenberg; Marty Nathan, community activist and physician; Nat Fortune, physics professor, Smith College. Mothers Out Front members led a variety of break out groups including Talking with Children About Climate Change, Consumerism and Climate Change, Telling Your Story/Public Narrative, Talking to Local Officials About Climate Change, and more. These small groups were not only rich and rewarding.
Gas Leaks Campaign
Over the spring and summer of 2016 we brought attention to the hundreds of gas leaks in our neighborhoods all over the Pioneer Valley.
At the Amherst Sustainability Fair in April, 2016 we debuted our map of Amherst with holes where the unrepaired gas leaks were. Children played at throwing corks through the holes to "plug the leaks" while parents talked with us about our work for a livable future for our kids.
We co-sponsored a June presentation by Ania Camargo of Mothers Out Front, Boston, about the dangers of gas leaking under the streets of every town and city. Below are the leaks from 2015. The Yellow tags mark unrepaired leaks.
We joined in The World We Love...
An Interdependence Day Pageant July 2, 2016 included parades, giant puppets, a play and singing.
Mothers out Front members were involved in all aspects of the spectacle. Then we and our allies led the crowd to tag gas leaks in all directions from downtown Northampton.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette carried a two page spread in the Calendar section the next week of photos of the event.
...and tagged gas leaks in Northampton!
Countdown to Paris 2015
The Climate talks in Paris started on November 30th, 2015. On Sunday, November 29th, Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley, co-sponsored family-friendly local gatherings with Climate Action Now and faith communities. We shared our commitment to a clean, healthy future for the next 7 generations.
On Thursday, June 11th, 2015 we were in Greenfield for a hearing with the MA Department of Public Utilities. Four Mothers Out Front leaders testified about why new pipelines are not in the public's interest. We told the Baker administration we want renewable, diverse sources of energy for our children's future. The entire 4 hour hearing is here. Below you can see the full house of 700 people and our own Alisa P. chatting with one of the union guys who came to support the pipeline because Kinder Morgan employs their union.
On April 12th, 2015, we celebrated the 8th week of our 40 week "Count Down to Paris" - Monday Actions.
On February 23rd, 2015, we launched our 40 week "Count Down to Paris" - Monday Actions
On January 23rd, 2015, Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front was featured in an article on our Switch Campaign in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Check it out here.
On November 21st, 2014, Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front went to Boston for the Climate Crossroads, Climate Choices rally. We stood on the Governor's front steps representing two futures, the dark of increasing fossil fuel infrastructure and the bright colored future we have chosen by reducing our energy consumption and switching to clean electricity.
"And no challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat
to future generations than climate change."