If you are concerned about the climate and ready to commit to action, you are welcome and encouraged to join with climate activists from across Massachusetts to share ideas and set plans for the climate movement. We will emerge from this assembly with an updated vision and 12-month plan for climate activism in our state. The assembly will be organized around three themes: Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, Legislation, and Movement Strength. Everyone who is excited to be a leader in MA is welcome to come, whether you are an veteran or developing leader! We will have the assembly on the 30th, then participate in a direct action on the 1st (with an overnight in Worcester). Admission is free, but we ask for a donation, if possible, to cover food and lodging costs. SIGN UP HERE!
Mark your calendars for a great event coming up… Hands Across the Sand! On Saturday, May 18th from 10:30 to 2:30pm, 350MA and community members will gather to hold hands across the beach on Massachuse
350MA is planning many events for earth week, which is coming up fast! We kick off the week Friday, April 19th with a talk from First Nations activist Melina Laboucan-Massimo. Throughout the next week there will be movie showings and events to attend. Don’t miss out… see below and our calendar for details and how to join! HELP 350MA TABLE/ CANVASS FOR THESE AND FUTURE EVENTS… FILL OUT THIS SURVEY.
April 19th, 7pm: 350MA and National Wildlife Federation, in conjunction with Lesley University, are pleased to present an evening with Melina Laboucan-Massimo. Melina is an Indigenous and environmental activist from the Lubicon Cree in Northern Alberta, and a member of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Having grown up in the tar sands region, Melina has seen first-hand the impacts of tar sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now travels around the world to share her personal stories with the global community, including a presentation of testimony to the U.S. Congress. Come hear Melina’s story with others from the greater Boston area, and meet Melina in person.
Also on the 19th, 7-9pm: three singers will come together to Voice Against Climate Change at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. Featured artists are: singer-songwriter Dean Stevens, Hindustani classical vocalist Warren Senders, and Boston’s “Queen of the Blues,” Toni Lynn Washington. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to us, 350MA! Help us have a presence at this event. For information, please call 781-396-0734, visit “Singing For The Planet” on Facebook, or go to the event website at http://www.warrensenders.com/journal/?page_id=5725.
April 20th, 21st, and 22nd: 350MA will be canvassing to get more comments against the Keystone XL pipeline during the comment period for the State Department. And get more 350MA members while we’re at it! Email Eli at email@example.com for more info and to help!
April 21st, 12-5pm: A Day in the Boston Commons, Earth Day with local colleges. There will be live music, games, and 350MA will be present to table. Activities will be near the gazebo. 350MA will have a table.
That evening, from 7-9pm, there will be statewide viewings of the 350.org Do The Math documentary, followed by a Q&A from 350.org. In Cambridge, 350MA is hosting a viewing in Porter square, at 1751 Mass ave., 3rd floor of Green Lens Media Lab. Sign up for your free ticket on Eventbrite: http://350ma-dtmdoc.eventbrite.com/. For other locations, check out our calendar.
April 22nd, 6:45-9pm: No Gas Mass on Earth Day: Turn off your lights, bike to work, buy local food, and try not to use any fossil fuels for one day on earth day! Make your pledge here. Another film screening is happening that night: Gasland, in Natick, MA at the Natick Morse Public Library. See calendar for more details.
All day on April 24th, DCU Center in Worcester: The Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects sustainability stakeholders from government, education, business, and nonprofits. Our presenters and exhibitors are experts showcasing best practices and resources to implement sustainable practices. Everyone interested in sustainability will find this event timely, practical and valuable. For more information including a full schedule, and to register, click here.
April 25th, 5-7pm: CIC in Kendall Square: Join 350MA at the CIC UnConference. Agenda TBD. To sign up and for more info, go here.
April 26th, 7pm: The film Bidder 70, featuring Tim DeChristopher, the college student who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas lease auction in 2008, will be shown at the First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA. Hosted by the Environmental Justice Task Force.
April 27th, 10am-5pm: Starting at the Old South Church, ending at Trinity Church in Copley Square: Climate Revival in Boston. Prominent speakers for this event will include: Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist (Skype or video); Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ; Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus South Africa (video). Connect with this event on facebook. 350MA will have a table. Youth/young adult-led rally starts at 3pm on Copley Square!
More than 1,000 people from Massachusetts traveled down to Washington D.C. for the Forward on Climate Rally on Sunday February 17th. About 500 people came from the Boston area, mostly on 7 buses that Better Future Project/350MA organized. Massachusetts filled 13 buses in total, and combined with others who carpooled, about 1,000 MA residents brought their energy to D.C.. There, they joined between 40,000 and 50,000 people outside the White House to call on President Obama (who chose to be on a golfing trip in FL during the march with some oil industry executives) to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry tar sands from Canada to Texas, through the middle of the country, to be refined.
350 Massachusetts had a strong turnout, gathering before the official start of the rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial (pictured above) and marching over to the National Mall together. Students, faith leaders, and other community members from the state came together for the day to call on Obama and the country to take action on climate change.
The rally, organized by 350.org and Sierra Club, included speeches by Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), Van Jones (President Obama’s former green jobs adviser), Michael Brune, and Jacqueline Thomas (chief of the Saik’uz First Nation from British Columbia, Canada). Musical guest Eve came and performed 3 songs after the march. There were creative signs throughout the crowd, along with chants and songs that rang through the streets of D.C.. Participants were charged by the power of so many voices speaking up about stopping the pipeline.
Carol Oldham at OldhamC@nwf.org is happy to work with folks to make letters to the editor or op eds for your papers about your individual stories. Feel free to contact her for help!
350 Massachusetts, Better Future Project, and allies will be gathering before the rally on Sunday to be able to go as a group. We are meeting at the Lincoln memorial between 10:30 and 11AM, then heading over to the general rally at 11AM. Spread the word! All of our friends from Better Future Project are welcome and encouraged to join us for this meet-up and march to the rally!members will be gathering before the rally on Sunday to be able to go as a group. We are meeting at the Lincoln memorial between 10:30 and 11AM, then heading over to the general rally at 11AM. Spread the word! All of our friends from Better Future Project are welcome and encouraged to join us for this meet-up and march to the rally!
Approximately 1500 people descended on Portland, ME on Saturday, Jan. 26th, from all corners of New England to oppose the northeast Enbridge Exxon Tar Sands pipeline that would run from Montreal to Portland, via Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The march and rally got great press coverage and confirmed that a powerful climate movement is alive and well in New England!
Now, lets get ready to tell President Obama that we will not accept TransCanada’s plans to build the KeystoneXL pipeline in America’s heartland.
Bus to DC from Boston: Sign up here. We are offering bus departure and return locations from Harvard Square and Alewife, and likely J.P. if there is enough interest. Departure times are 6AM or 10PM (overnight bus) on Saturday the 16th, and the return bus will leave D.C. at 10PM (overnight bus only) on Sunday the 17th. Please pay and sign up at the above link for as many seats as you wish at the price you wish and after you have paid, you will be prompted to indicate your bus departure preferences. One way tickets are available. If you cannot attend the rally but want to contribute, please use the same page to donate a seat to someone who needs financial aid to come. Please see link for more details, and email Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions after you have carefully read the info provided at the Eventbrite page.
Other buses in MA:
-Hampshire College: Details coming soon!
-Greenfield: It will leave Saturday morning from Greenfield on Saturday, Feb 16th in the morning, make a stop in Northampton, and arrive in D.C. in the evening around 5 pm. If full, the seats will be ~$75. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
-Northampton: It will leave Northampton from the Peter Pan bus station on Round Hill Plaza, departing at 10:30 and arriving on the mall at about 7 a.m. It will depart at around 5:30 p.m., returning to Northampton at about 1:30 a.m. The cost is $85 full fair, $45 for students. See link for more details and to pay/sign up.
Massachusetts Ride Share to DC: Click here to request or offer a ride to DC.
Overnight Housing Options in DC on February 16th: Click here to explore housing options for Saturday night if you plan to take a morning bus
Bus to DC from Vermont: Sign up here. We’ll be leaving from Burlington at 8am on Saturday 2/16, and leaving after the rally on Sunday and arriving very early Monday morning.
Sign up for the bus from: Boston, MA | Greenfield & Hadley, MA | Burlington, VT
Join three big tar sands actions!
- January 26th: Join 350 New England to Stop the Northeastern Tar Sands Pipeline from 11:30am-3pm, starting in Monument Square, with allies in Portland, ME. Portland is the terminal for this ExxonMobil pipeline from which Canadian tar sands would be shipped for export to global markets. Sign up here or email email@example.com.
Bus to Portland: Sign up here for a bus from Boston to Portland.
Ride Share to Portland: Click here to request or offer a ride to Portland on 1/26.
- February 17th: Join 350.org to Oppose the KeystoneXL Pipeline in Washington, D.C. and make it clear to President Obama that we still expect him to deny the permit. Sign up here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride Share to DC: Click here to request or offer a ride to DC.
Click here to donate to help activists attend these demonstrations. Please scroll down and enter “Tar Sands Bus” in the box that says “Designate your donation to a specific program or fund.”
Join the 350MA google group. Share and receive action alerts and climate news, announce meetings and events, find out about ongoing campaigns, and suggest your own.
It was great to see everyone at the Boston stop of the Do the Math tour! Thanks to all for all the work and creativity you’ve put into creating 350 Massachusetts over the years! For people just joining this movement, WELCOME! We are just getting started and we need everyone of us to be taking part! Check out the 350MA video below.
1) WakeUp! workshop Friday Nov. 16 at 8:30–10:30pm
facilitated by Dan Jubelirer, Tom and Kerry Thompson. Engage in an interactive, multimedia, peer-led workshop whose purpose is to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. GenerationWakingUp.org.
2) Screening of Bidder 70 Saturday at 7pm - “BIDDER 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.”
3) Keystone XL Solidarity Action Sunday at 1pm - We will be gathering behind the Church for a solidarity action to join 350.org and Tar Sands Blockade in reminding President Obama that we are still here and are still calling on him to DENY the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
We are calling on individuals and groups that share 350’s vision of a mass movement against climate change to bring the struggle to move beyond fossil fuels home to New England. On November 17 & 18, supporters of 350.org will gather in Boston for a New England Convergence to address the region’s reliance on fossil fuels and the methods we can utilize to expose and end their use, including building campaigns, shutting down fossil fuel infrastructure, political accountability, direct action, and policy tools such as fee and dividend carbon pricing. We will work together to plan regional mass actions against fossil fuels on January 19, 2013, the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.