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2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award: Women for Results 9/26/2019

Today it was announced that Mothers Out Front is the recipient of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award: Women for Results. These awards help to shine a light on some of the most practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change. Mothers Out Front was the only recipient in the United States. 

“We are profoundly grateful to receive this recognition from the United Nations,” said Kelsey Wirth, Mothers Out Front co-founder and chair. “Each day our mothers wake up determined to protect their children from the growing threat of the climate crisis. We know that we have until 2030 to cut carbon emissions by half. We will only accomplish this if decision-makers begin to take bold action on climate. This is a question of justice — for our children, and for those communities currently suffering the impacts of climate injustices.” 

This award could not have happened without the commitment and energy of mothers all across the country who work every day on behalf of all children and their hope of a livable climate. It could not have happened without you.

 

School Committee presentation by Tassir 9/24/2019

Bedford School Committee voted 5-0 in favor of proceeding with solar panels on Bedford High School roof (Phase I). The SC also voted 5-0 in favor of improving the roofs of the other schools in town so that solar panels can be installed in Phase II.

The Bedford town facility manager's presentation was comprehensive and detailed.
The key point was that the solar company will take all responsibility for the solar panels purchase, installation, and maintenance in exchange for a revenue stream of about 6-7 cents per kilowatt hour for the next 20 years. Since Bedford now pays about 12 cents per kilowatt hour and would only responsible for installing new roofs (which would have to be replaced anyway) there are substantial financial savings to the town as well as reducing damage to the environment.

Excellent questions from the School Committee, two of whom already had solar panels on their residences, clarified both technical (e.g. what about snow?) and financial issues (e.g. Do you get credit for giving power back to the grid?). Mothers Out Front was thanked multiple times, and Erin Dorr, who was in the room, was repeatedly cited by the facilities manager for her help with the slide show.

The CEO's of the two companies involved for solar system and battery storage were on hand to answer questions. The solar company CEO explained how federal and state incentives for moving to solar power are set up so that earlier adopters get larger incentives.

The presentation will be made to the Bedford Selectmen next week in preparation for the special Town Meeting where this issue will be voted upon. Town meeting must be involved for contracts greater than three years. Submitted by Holly Hosmer

Home Energy Assessment Sign Ups On Bedford Day 9/21/2019

According to Dan Carroll, we got over 30 HEA signups between us and Revise. Our goal was 20 -- so much success there!

Weymouth compressor station - updates

On July 11th, 29 MA state senators sent a letter to Suuberg and Governor Baker the day before requesting a stop to the compressor station proposal. (That’s about 3/4 of all our Senators!!) This is excellent!
 

On July 12th, DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg granted the Air Quality Permit, giving 'Enbridge the green light to emit carcinogenic pollution into the Fore River Basin’(apparently paying no attention to health and climate harms, nor to the fact that opposition is growing across the state!)

https://www.nocompressor.com/news/2019/7/12/commissioner-suuberg-adopts-approval-of-the-air-quality-permit
 
FRRACS responded to supporters:
As you may have heard, Commissioner Suuberg of the Department of Enabling Polluters has given the green light to the Air Quality permit based on the faulty judgement of the presiding officer.  This happened at 12:29 today.  Be assured that FRRACS will be seeing the DEP and Enbridge in court.  The Wetlands, Waterways, and Coastal Zone Management decisions are still pending.  This is in no way over.  And it will not be over until we tell Enbridge not to let the screen door hit them on the way out!  (etc)
 
 
Allies, following a Weymouth Solidarity call with FRRACS, were on alert and many immediately voiced their outrage, joined Saturday’s vigil on the Fore River Bridge, are following up on calling for an investigation of the DEP and are signing up for the FRRACS hosted NVDA training.  
Non Violent Direct Action training
Thursday, July 18th
The Democracy Center
45 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Details of the Training and RSVPs at https://www.facebook.com/events/507607813343825/
 
Opponents are fiercely determined.  Momentum is building against this compressor across the state!  
If you can, please come together with FRRACS on July 18th at the Democracy Center.  (As most of you know, taking part in direct action doesn’t necessarily mean risking arrest. )
 

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