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.
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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.
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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November 20, 2019
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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.
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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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.”
Mothers Out Front teams know the value of a Letter to the Editor to get the message out, and they want Bedford, MA to know all the benefits of the Community Choice Aggregation program.
Besides contributing to the reduction of harmful carbon emissions—a huge benefit for all of us who care about our children’s futures—this program provides additional options and benefits to which most of us may not have given much thought. For more information about Bedford’s program, please check the website (https://bedfordcca.com/).
Mother Out Front Florrie Wescoat asks an excellent question in her recently published Letter to the Editor at Cambridgeday.com and announces a new campaign from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, MA:
Let’s take a bird’s eye view of Cambridge. We see mostly empty rooftops, and some with mechanical systems on top to protect them from flood damage. Many of the flat roofs are heat-absorbing black, which can reach upwards of 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, increasing the city’s heat island effects. These aren’t the rooftops that a city such as Cambridge, which is committed to fighting climate change, ought to have, and we know it. Why aren’t we acting on what we know? Why don’t we have more white roofs that can reduce surface temperatures by an average of 43 degrees in the summertime? More solar collectors? Where are roofs with growing plants?
On the anniversary of the "catastrophic failure in the gas distribution system that caused explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley" on September 13, 2018, Mothers Out Front remembers the community's sacrifices and strength in overcoming the complete disruption of their energy system and their lives. We are proud to be a part of Gas Leak Allies newly released report Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas Safety in Massachusetts as "this report is the response of citizens and scientists motivated by a desire for a safe, healthy, and just energy system."
Mothers Out Front Concord takes it to the source! Congratulations to the team on being #inthenews and changing the conversation! Thank you to Concord Wicked Local for covering this issue.
“We’re here to hold them accountable, make them comply with the regulations and to keep their promises to measure and fix these gas leaks,” Davis said. “The reason we’re so fired up about this is because they’re over 16,000 gas leaks in the state of Massachusetts. And the methane that leaks out is 10 percent of our emissions in the state. It’s the same amount of emissions that all the business and stores in the whole state (discharge). It’s a huge greenhouse gas emitter.”
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