On Thursday, March 15th, Governor Baker submitted to the Legislature a $1.4 billion bond bill — which would authorize the governor to spend the money at a future date — with $300 million slated "for critical infrastructure and the prevention, adaptation and mitigation of climate change," according to a letter Baker submitted with the bill. Climate resilience is just one element of the bond bill. (Source: http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/03/15/baker-climate-plan.)
Mothers Out Front Massachusetts joined others from communities impacted by current and proposed fossil fuel infrastructure and Mass Power Forward allies on April 3rd to attend and testify at the hearing on the Environmental Bond Bill.
Listen to the podcast created by Nyomi White as an independent project for Brandeis University and find out what the Waltham team is up to!
Mothers Out Front’s Renewables & Energy Efficiency Task Force met with Representative Golden’s office on March 7th. The conversation was about increasing the RPS rate to 3% and why we don't need more pipelines or natural gas to meet our energy needs. Rep. Golden is the house chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy committee and is in charge of deciding by Friday what to do with the RPS increase.
L to R: Debbie New, Eugenia Gibbons, Elizabeth Cooper, Caleb Oakes, Anne Goodwin, Susan Redlich and Mary Cerulli at the Statehouse today for a meeting. Caleb Oakes is Rep. Thomas Golden's legislative staffer.
Twenty-five curious faces focused intently on Viki Bok’s induction-electric stove at one of the first Taste the Future cooking parties on March 4th in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Mothers Out Front Amherst organized an event with Darren Port of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). He spoke to an audience of 30 about communities using energy efficiency and renewables to get to Zero Energy.
Mother Out Front Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan was published! Her Letter to the Editor calls on Speaker Deleo to honor his commitment to prioritizing health and public safety.
Mothers Out Front volunteers Viki Bok and Andee Krasner #UsedTheirMomVoice and sent in Letters to the Editor on two topics close to their hearts: questioning the need for "natural" gas pipelines and supporting an annual RPS increase of 3%.
Read the 3rd and 5th letters entitled: "It is time to stop talking about more pipelines" and "Clean energy is the answer."
On January 28th, the Jamaica Plain Mothers Out Front team continued its tradition of hosting a winter open house – a chance to meet neighbors, introduce Mothers Out Front, share stories, and hear informally from a local speaker, the perfect cure for New England winter doldrums. Viki Bok hosted our first such event a couple of years ago in the midst of a snowstorm, which even with the weather attracted some very motivated newcomers to our team.
For a Mother's voice on our energy infrastructure, read the second Letter to the Editor published in the Boston Globe by Mother Out Front Co-founder and Chair Kelsey Wirth: More Gas Pipelines are Not the Answer.
"Building more pipelines is the wrong investment for our children. We should, and must, be investing in energy efficiency and clean energy. The implications of our energy choices today for the future habitability of our planet are simply too great."
Thank you Kristine Jelstrup for this report in from the Cambridge, MA Team:
Cambridge Mothers Out Front held a focus group at the Community Learning Center with 10 immigrant women. It was an engaging meeting and we learned a lot. Major concerns for these women were air pollution, natural disasters, weird weather, energy conservation and a safe and healthy climate in which their children can grow and thrive. They encouraged us to spread awareness and knowledge in immigrant communities by going to places where people live or gather.