Massachusetts

Mothers Out Front brings visibility to Acton gas leaks

Terrific coverage of the Mothers Out Front Acton Team's art exhibit to change the conversation about #methaneleaks and to make the invisible, visible.

According to Judith Aronstein of Mothers Out Front Acton, an environmental activist group dedicated to addressing climate change, a 2017 survey funded by the Acton Board of Selectmen and completed by Gas Safety USA measured the size of some 234 gas leaks in town. These leaks were reported over time by National Grid to town the town Department of Public Works.

Aronstein said Mothers Out Front wanted to “make the invisible, visible” by finding a way to visually represent those leaks and their size to town residents to help them see the number and size of those leaks and discuss their impact.

She said the display was about eight months in the making. It was marked Tuesday evening by about 30 residents and community leaders.

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Gas Leaks Working Group Launch

Mothers Out Front's Gas Leaks Working Group launched on May 23rd with 20 people at the first meeting! 
 
The team planned a “two-way street” learning opportunity to share what we’ve done so far and develop a shared vision of where we can go and what tools and support will take us there. Stay tuned for more information on our campaigns!
if you'd like to get involved, please contact Amber Martin at amber.martin@mothersoutfront.org

 

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Ania Camargo presenting

 


Opinion: Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability

This opinion piece by Jesse Lederman is a nice tribute to the power of community organizing. 

With the support of a coalition of organizations like the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Arise for Social Justice, Mother’s Out Front, and the statewide watchdog group HEET, we worked to bring the gas company together with local officials and community members, and in 2017 were able to announce a deal to repair these leaks over time, with a concerted focus on the largest leaks first. The announcement was the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

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Chasing Gov. Baker, DEP Hearing and Press Conference

Wednesday, May 15th:

MothersOutFront was busy today!! We started out trying to talk to the Governor at the Green Ribbon Commission meeting but were asked to leave the premises.

 

Kristine Jelstrup (author and photographer), Pattie Heyman, Amber Martin, Jaclyn Secter, and Ellen Van Bever 


Green New Deal advocates in Worcester urge reimagining of FDR’s signature program

Report-in from the Worcester Team: Mothers Out Front co-cooordinator, Gaylen Moore, being interviewed at the Worcester Townhall on the Green New Deal, organized by Sunrise Worcester. Gaylen was interviewed by Telegram and Gazette reporter, Steven Foskett. We tabled at this event, and one of our leaders, Wahya Wolfpaw, an indigenous grandmother, also opened the event with an blessing. 

Gaylen Moore of Worcester is a member of the local chapter of Mothers Out Front, a national environmental advocacy organization. The group has focused locally on raising awareness about unrepaired natural gas leaks near schools and day care centers. But Ms. Moore said Mothers Out Front’s goals are in line with the Green New Deal; she said natural gas is a contributor to climate change.

“We need to shift utilities to clean energy in a way that creates good jobs,” Ms. Moore said.

She said it frustrates her to hear people asking where the money will come from to fund Green New Deal initiatives. She said people need to instead ask what the cost is of doing nothing.

 

Read the whole article here: 

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Worcester Team files petition with City Council for Hearing on Gas Leaks

On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, three members of the Mothers Out Front Worcester team, filed a petition to the Worcester City Council requesting a public hearing on Eversource's plans to fix current unrepaired gas leaks within fifty feet of Worcester Public School zones. We also asked that our city support the House F.U.T.U.R.E Act (An Act for A Utility Transition to Renewable Energy).

 


Benefit Concert for Victims of Gas Disaster

The concert included choral music by Koleinu and will feature Temple Emanu-El’s own Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Cantor Michael McCloskey of Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, and a singalong led by Music Out Front, the musical arm of Mothers Out Front.

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Cambridge Mothers Connect with the Global Warming Youth Summit

Cambridge Mothers Out Front enjoyed connecting with young people and asking them to write postcards to Gov. Baker, at the Global Warming Youth Summit at MIT in Cambridge.

 

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Worcester Team held a Community Forum on Gas Leaks

On Saturday, March 31st, on a beautiful spring day, the Mothers Out Front Worcester team held a community forum on Gas Leaks in school zones and climate change. The forum was a culmination of months of research, strategy-planning and thinking from the Mothers Out Front Worcester team.

 

 

The forum attracted a crowd of fifty people who represented a wide cross-section of the Worcester community. In attendance, there were Worcester Public School parents, college students, community activists, environmentalists, residents concerned about gas leaks in schools, in the community and climate change, moms, dads, grandparents.

 

 

Worcester's Mayor came, as well as District 3 City Councilor George Russell, State Representative Keefe, School Committee member, Dante Comparetto, and two school committee candidates. Local grassroots organizations, like, SunRise Worcester Chapter, the Regional Environmental Council, RENEW, Socialist Alternatives, 350 Central Mass, also came to support this team's work. 

 

 


WBUR: New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says

A new state regulation requires utilities to identify these super leaks of methane gas! Two Mothers Out Front, Zeyneb Magavi and Debbie New are quoted in this article, as well as our friend Audrey Schulman from HEET!

In the words of Father Out Front and Professor Nathan Phillips regarding WBUR 90.9 FM's coverage linked below:

"Congrats to HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)& the #GasLeakAllies for translating research to policy; to Margaret Cherne-Hendrick& Bob Ackleyfor key research; Gas Safety USAfor being first to raise the issue; & Mothers Out Front for engaging MA communities to fix this!"

 

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Zeyneb Magavi, Audrey Schulman, Nathan Phillips and Debbie New                                  Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Zeyneb and Audrey

 

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