Brookline

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Who We Are

We are mothers, grandmothers, and allies in Brookline who are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy. Together, we can create a healthy climate today and a livable future for all children.

We at Mothers Out Front Brookline know that systemic racism creates suffering, pain, and death for people of color and marginalized communities. It leads to inequities in health, education, economic opportunity and housing. Climate change, environmental degradation and pollution all disproportionately impact these populations. And so we are redefining our work.

Mothers Out Front Brookline is committing to the hard but important work of applying a racial equity lens to our goals and campaigns. It is our responsibility to speak and act to end racism and repair the harm it has done.  We will be reaching out to allied groups led by People of Color, Indigenous people, and poor and working class people to build a shared vision of environmental justice and back their efforts and leadership. We will center all of our campaigns in equity and environmental justice, and we will continue to push for environmental justice legislation and other equity policies.

The urgency to build a more just, equitable and livable world has never been greater.

Our 2020 Campaigns

This year, we are pursuing the following goals:

Fix Brookline’s largest gas leaks.

Hundreds of active gas leaks in Brookline are spewing greenhouse gasses into the air. These gas leaks contribute to global warming and the toxic methane released by the leaks can cause explosions, harm our health, and kill our trees. Mothers Out Front is demanding that National Grid prioritize and fix our largest gas leaks.

Move Brookline toward a fossil fuel-free future and increase the visibility of all-electric solutions.

Burning fossil fuels is incompatible with a livable future for our planet. Fortunately, practical and cost-effective electric technology exists today. In 2019, Mothers Out Front members led a successful effort to prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantial renovation in Brookline – the first gas prohibition outside California. In 2020, we are working to highlight all-electric solutions in our town, from heat pumps to induction stoves.

Lend our voices and experience to local, regional, state-wide, and national climate efforts.

Mothers Out Front members participate in local working teams, regional efforts and campaigns, and state-and-national-level advocacy for a variety of environmental legislation. We work with many allies to advocate for environmental justice and a livable future for our planet and our children.

In addition, we are involved in numerous other campaigns and activities such as the "Stop the Money Pipeline" and “Opt-Up to 100%” campaigns, composting, and an induction stovetop loan program at the Brookline Public Library.

Get Involved

Stop worrying about climate change and start taking action—you can make a difference! 

We meet monthly for planning and conversation over a light meal at members’ houses, on Sunday mornings, with several action teams meeting between times. We also sponsor regular meet-ups, house parties, coffee shop drop-ins, art builds, meetings with legislators, and other events for those who want to be involved but can’t manage a regular meeting. We welcome your interest and involvement, at whatever level. Right now, all of our gatherings are done virtually over Zoom.

Here are just a few ways to join us:

  • Attend an Event.  Get to know usAttend one of our informal monthly “Zoom” brunches on Sunday mornings to get to know our group – new faces are welcome. 
  • Join a campaign.  We are always planning events, working on campaign strategies, and supporting our allies. 
  • Contribute your skills.  There are so many varied ways you can donate your time and expertise, from organizing events or on-line actions, researching topics related to our work, helping with publicity and everything in between.
  • Follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter and re-post our messages.
  • Sign up to join our mailing list.  We will be in touch about upcoming opportunities to get involved.

Don’t worry about having too little time to offer. We can find a task that fits the amount of time you have available while still making a meaningful impact.