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Together, we can create a healthy climate today.

The world is starting to understand that we must act now to address climate change.

The current Administration:

  • Has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Is dismantling the Clean Power Plan.
  • Is doubling down on building new fossil fuel infrastructure.

We have a short but real window of time to act. We have the knowledge, skills, and much of the technology we need to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising to catastrophic levels.


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Our movement is led by our local teams of dedicated volunteers, who determine their community's needs and choose their own goals. We empower them with training, coaching, and ideas to move their communities and states from dirty to clean energy.

Team members come together to learn, strategize, meet with elected and business leaders, testify at hearings, and plan and show up at rallies and other events. At the same time, they add to their team – and their power – by hosting house parties and engaging new people.

Our teams welcome volunteers at all levels - from those who feel called to help build a local team to those who only have time to sign a petition or attend an event. Knowing that it will take everyone to create a sustainable future for all children, we all do what we can.

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  • Upcoming events

    Sunday, May 06, 2018 at 12:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA

    Your energy use, reduced

    As the federal government moves to stifle the science and action around climate change, we turn to practical family decision-making and our own individual actions. Daria Mark, electrical engineer and leader of the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Task Force for Mothers Out Front, will present 10 concrete ways to cut the energy use in your home, in both electricity and heating/cooling.  

    This presentation points the way we, as individual energy consumers, can lower our carbon impact and our energy bills. Collected from personal experience and from the work of families around the area, the presentation includes pointers learned from years of saving electricity in her own home and dozens of conversations with families in the Boston area about their efforts to get fossil fuels out of their homes.

    To share the flyer for this event, please download the PDF.

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    Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 09:30 AM · 11 rsvps
    St Marks Square in Brookline, MA

    Gas Leaks and Ghost Tree Tagging

    This years's gas leaks tagging event will also include markers for town trees that have been killed by gas leaks.

    Did you see one of these signs on the streets of Brookline?

    Ghost tree and gas leak stencil

    The Problem:

    • These signs and stencils mark the more than 400 sites in Brookline where a tree has been killed or damaged by underground natural gas leaks.
    • Arborists found that Brookline has lost over $1 million worth of trees to these leaks.
    • The methane gas in these leaks, is a potent contributor to climate change and human health impacts.
    • National Grid is responsible for the leaks, but they have no mandate or incentive to fix them unless there is a risk of explosion.
    • You are paying for the leaked natural gas. National Grid is permitted by law to charge you for the losses in its system.

    Some Background:

    • The Town of Brookline sued National Grid in 2007 over the lost trees. After 10 years, the lawsuit recently settled for $x, about one quarter the value of the dead trees.
    • Lost trees cost Brookline about $1000 each to replace, and until those small trees mature, they will not provide the shade, soil retention, CO2 absorption and beauty of those lost.
    • Many of the natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts are over 100 years old. Across the Commonwealth, there are over 15,000 leaks in the system, having a greater collective impact on the climate than all the cars we drive.
    • Other states, including Texas and Pennsylvania, that have passed laws requiring the gas companies to pay for the gas lost through leaks, have seen the leaks rapidly fixed.

    What You Can Do:

    • Find out where gas leaks are located near your home.
    • Learn how to identify whether a tree has been damaged by natural gas [link to page with that explanation].
    • Make some noise! National Grid is following the tweets, posts and op-eds on this issue. Ask them to prioritize fixing gas leaks near street trees using the hashtags #BrooklineGhostTrees and #FixBigGasLeaks.
    • Ask your representatives to support legislation requiring gas companies to pay for the leaked gas instead of you, the customer.
    • Do not call your town officials. They cannot fix the leaks.
    • Join and follow Mothers Out Front, Gas Leaks Allies and others.

    More Information:

    • Mothers Out Front in MA includes fixing gas leaks in its top three priorities.
    • HEET is pioneering solutions by mapping the gas leaks and helping identify the highest volume leaks.
    • The Gas Leaks Allies pull together these and other groups to team up and work towards solutions.
    • Dr. Nathan Phillips, a plant physiologist at Boston University, has done extensive research on gas leaks and their impact on trees.
    • Bob Ackley is credited with bringing this issue into the spotlight.

     

    "The climate movement’s biggest failure has been its inability to successfully make the case that natural gas is not a clean replacement for other fossil fuels."

     

    Bill McKibben, in an article for Yale Environment 360

     

     

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    Mothers Out Front Amherst present Town Zero Energy bylaw with Town Officials

    On April 10th, Mothers Out Front Amherst and Town officials were honored to present our Town Zero Energy bylaw to the Mass Zero Energy Advisory Council in the morning and to the Town Meeting Warrant Review at night. Very proud of our successful collaboration with Select Board members Andy Steinberg, Connie Kruger, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and DPW/Fire Station Advisory Committee Chair J Lynn Griesemer. Thanks to Chris Riddle (pictured below), Rudy Perkins, Anne Perkins, and the rest of the Mothers Out Front Amherst team.

    Written by Mother Out Front Andra Rose

     

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