Massachusetts

Worcester FRRACS Solidarity Action

Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS). Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was scheduled to attend a political fundraiser in Worcester Tuesday evening, which Mothers Out Front Worcester saw as an opportunity to demonstrate support for FRRACS’ opposition to the proposed Enbridge fracked-gas compressor station near the Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth. This project is a lynchpin of Massachusetts’ commitment to fossil fuels, as it will connect pipelines from as far south as PA, all the way to Canada. Most of the dirty gas will be sold and exported, very little even serving residents of MA.

 

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Amherst group campaigns to convert school bus fleet to electrical power

Mothers Out Front Amherst/Pioneer Valley are #inthenews fighting for a for a clean ride to school for our children!

Mothers Out Front recently launched an online petition, which the group anticipates submitting to school officials Dec. 17 with the signatures of community members and students, aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing pollution and improving the health of those affected by diesel exhaust.

On Tuesday, Mothers Out Front member Felicia Mednick told the School Committee that transitioning from fossil fuels to electricity will send a message to children that the town is taking the effects of climate change seriously and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

You can sign the petition here!

 

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First ever Leadership Academy class graduates!

Huge congratulations to the first cohort to complete the first ever Leadership Academy!No small feat! Now we have newly minted leaders knowledgeable in campaign strategy, one to one's, personal narratives and meetings with public officials. They will be unstoppable! Enormous gratitude goes out to all the trainers and staff who created curriculum and made all four modules happen. Hopefully this will be something that can be duplicated in other states!

 

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Mom Column: Brookline's Historic Climate Vote

A Mother's perspective on the historic Brookline, MA Warrant Article 21 prohibiting fossil fuel use in new construction and in renovations, published by Brookline Wicked Local:

Like any mother, I think about my children’s future all the time. I look at the world that they are inheriting from us and I feel great anxiety. As a mother, I want to protect my children no matter what.The looming reality of global warming and climate collapse is something that requires immediate action. I have realized that I need to do everything I can to urge individuals and communities to protect the future for all children.

Last Wednesday night, at the Brookline Town Meeting, our community took action. By an overwhelming favorable vote, we passed the broadest ban on gas and oil infrastructure in new construction and significant renovations in the entire country. From this decision alone, carbon emissions in Brookline will be lowered by about 10% over the next thirty years. Brookline is demonstrating that a clean energy future is possible, now.


Parents advocate for electric school buses in Amherst

We're so excited about Amherst's Electric School Bus Campaign kickoff! Watch the video in this news report and see how many Mothers Out Front you can spot!

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Brookline Bylaw Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Major Construction

PRESS RELEASE/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2019

Contact: Alise Murawski at amurawski@westendstrategy.com or 202-702-6903 

Kalin Jordan at kalin.jordan@mothersoutfront.org or 253-249-1193

 

Brookline Bylaw Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Major Construction 

Bylaw is only such regulation in country to address not only new construction but also renovations, will significantly reduce local emissions

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Brookline Town Meeting tonight approved sweeping legislation prohibiting installation of new fossil fuel infrastructure in major construction. Passed with a vote of 207 to 3, with six votes abstaining, sponsors and supporters of the bylaw, known as Warrant Article 21, are confident that it will reduce Brookline’s carbon emissions from buildings by an estimated 15% over the next 30 years through this single action. The bylaw is part of a wave of fossil fuel bans initiated in July in Berkeley, California. Brookline’s ban is the first one east of the Sierra Nevadas and the only one to include renovation projects. 

 


Somerville Mothers Out Front joins city to announce renewable energy program

Great news out of Somerville from the work of Somerville Mothers Out Front, our friends at Green Energy Consumers Alliance and Mayor Joe Curtatone:

In the New Year, every Somerville resident will have 25 percent clean electricity powering their homes, and those inclined can opt in for 100 percent.

This is all made possible through the expanded Somerville’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program.

“As mothers, we are deeply concerned about our children’s health and safety,” said Jessica Garrett, a science educator and member of Mothers Out Front, a group dedicated to mobilizing around climate change issues. “Somerville’s CCE program is part of the solution to transition to clean, renewable energy.”

 

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Two Days that Changed My Life Forever: Sonja's Testimony

Mother Out Front Sonja Tengblad's testimony to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on November 12, 2019 regarding the FUTURE Act.

There are two days that changed my life forever: the day my beautiful son Soren was born, and a day two months later when I read a Bill McKibben article outlining the climate crisis. That day, I realized that when my son is my age, he might not feel he has the option to have a beautiful child of his own. Not on this planet. That night, I sang him his regular lullaby, and then cried myself to sleep: [Singing] I see trees of green, red roses too, I watch them bloom, for me and you, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.


The future is now: Worcester Youth and residents continue to fight against climate change

Read this opinion piece in The Gardner Newscovering the communities in Worcester continuing the fight against climate change, including Mother Out Front Selina Gallo and her daughter.

One Worcester family’s story

Xochitl Cruz-Gallo, a 13-year-old from St. Peter Central Catholic, and her mother, Selina Gallo, a professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross and member of Mothers Out Front, exhibit symptoms of climate anxiety and grief.

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Cruz-Gallo readily responded with “climate change activist.”

“She has no other choice,” added Gallo, who could not hold back tears when thinking about her daughter’s future.

“She’s always been super talented in the theater,” Gallo said. “She thought she would be a Broadway actor one day, but this year she told me ‘I can’t do that anymore because I have to work on climate change.’ That really sucks because I can’t tell her she’s wrong.”

 


Arlington WIN! Select Board Listens to its Mothers on Future Act

On Monday, October 7, the Arlington Select Board passed a resolution in support of the principles of the Future Act. This is state legislation that would make our current gas system safer and provide a road map for the utilities to transition away from gas. 

Brucie Moulton, one of the Arlington Team Co-coordinators, first brought this to the Select Board in September. They asked for more information and decided to return to the issue on October 7. Brucie provided them with extensive information about the Future Act and organized people to attend the meeting. Brucie then spoke eloquently in support of the resolution. When she asked all the members of Mothers Out Front to stand, an audible gasp went through the room at the number of us who were there.  

 

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