With gratitude to our friend and ally, Audrey Schulman of HEET and the Barr Foundation for this outstanding blog post about our collective efforts in Massachusetts to #FixBigGasleaks.
Find out what unlikely partners with common goals have accomplished in MA in this WGBH News coverage!
"For years, Shulman’s organization and another environmental advocacy group called Mothers Out Front have been trying to get the gas companies to do something about the leaks. Initially, getting the utility’s cooperation was a challenge..."
Read the article below!
November 13, 2017
Christopher Riddle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Advisory: Monday Action Celebrating Amherst, MA Vote to Bar Fossil Fuel Use In New Municipal Buildings
What: Area Zero Energy Building Campaign Action to thank Town Meeting members and enlist help for long haul support of Zero Energy Buildings after successful vote on Nov. 8.
Where: Amherst, MA Middle School, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst, MA
When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM, prior to Town Meeting.
"Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms."
Several Mothers Out Front from MA were at the State House on November 7th for the Youth Stand-in. Randi’s daughter April gave an amazing speech expressing the urgency of acting now for climate change in the face of worsened natural disasters and melting ice caps. I was inspired by these children—from elementary-aged kids to college students—telling the governor that this is not a future problem, this is a now problem, and we need to act. They asked him to be the first governor to promise no new fossil fuel infrastructure in the state.
My little one was kind of tired….but you can still help with a sign sitting down.
By Beth Rodio, MA Mother Out Front
Mothers Out Front Janet Powers and Dorothy Anderson-Perales joined the Mass. Power Forward allies to stand in at the MA State House:
"Over the course of seven weeks over 100 residents have joined the lunch hour stand-ins outside the Governor’s office. Said Janet Powers 'We’ll keep coming back until the Governor does the right thing. The gas pipelines and power plants he supports are not needed, hurt our communities and cost us billions.'”
Our Gas Leaks Legislative Briefing at the State House (10/31) drew a great audience of senators, representatives, and their staff.
Zeyneb Magavi, Research Lead and Coordinator of Cambridge Mothers Out Front, presented the outcomes of our study to identify the biggest gas leaks.
"Almost a year ago, a group of Bedford citizens concerned about climate change started looking into what it would take for Bedford to become a Net Zero community. A Net Zero community offsets its annual greenhouse gas emissions with carbon-free energy production. We felt that this would be a concrete and meaningful way for Bedford to combat climate change. We were inspired by Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Lexington, and Concord, communities that are currently implementing or developing Net Zero plans for themselves."
We knew it was a good sign when City Council’s President Michelle Wu presided over the Community Choice Energy (CCE) hearing with her baby in her lap. Climate change and its threats seemed more urgent with one of the youngest members of our community sitting on her lap. Clean energy advocates, including over twenty Mothers Out Front mothers - some with their own children by their side - packed the large room to demonstrate support for CCE. A day later the Boston City Council voted unanimously to implement it! CCE allows Boston to purchase 5% more clean energy than the state-mandated minimum. Over 200,000 households and small businesses will have access to clean energy without having to do more than just switch on their lights.