Jan 26

Our Hail Mary Effort to Save Cape Wind

Fourteen years after it was initially proposed, the nation’s first offshore wind farm is in trouble. 

For Massachusetts to get all of its power from renewables, as much as 55% of our electricity will need to come from offshore wind. Cape Wind — a 468-MW wind farm with 130 turbines proposed for Nantucket Sound — is a vital first step. If built, it will become the first offshore wind farm in the United States, producing clean, reliable power year-round.

Cape Wind was first proposed in 2001. The project met obstacle after obstacle, but by late 2014, construction seemed to be only a few months away: all of the permits were in place, Massachusetts’ biggest utility companies had committed to buy 75% of the project’s power, and most of the financing was ready to go.

cape-wind-power-farm-b1.jpgThen, on January 7, 2015, National Grid announced that they were planning to back out of their commitment to buy 50% of the energy produced by Cape Wind. The ultimate cause of their decision? Relentless lawsuits financed by oil billionaire Bill Koch, who owns a massive gated compound on the Cape, only a few miles from the proposed site of Cape Wind.

We’re calling on Marcy (“Mary”) Reed, the President of National Grid in Massachusetts, to renew the contracts with Cape Wind. We know she’s been a long-time supporter of offshore wind, and this is her opportunity to be a hero and stand up to Bill Koch.

We will not let Cape Wind fail without a fight, and we’re determined to show Marcy (“Mary”) Reed the power of our movement. Join us as we work to save Cape Wind! 

Take Action:

Jan 22

Global Divestment Day at the State House on February 12

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During the week of February 13, climate activists from Britain to Bangkok will come together for rallies, forums, and marches to demand divestment from fossil fuels. The 350Mass divestment team has pulled together an incredible line-up of events here in Massachusetts! Join us as we call on our legislators to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest its pension from fossil fuels.

Show your support at our Voices for Divestment rally (12 – 2 PM) , which will feature speakers from public health, labor, faith, student and peace groups, along with climate activist Tim DeChristopher — followed by a procession through the State House!

RSVP here, and remember to wear orange!

Full Schedule: 

10 AM 11:30 AM– Why Divest Our Pensions: Panel on Carbon Risk For Legislators & Staff (public welcome)

Sponsored by Sen. Ben Downing, Rep. Marjorie Decker, and Rep. Frank Smizik, with Chuck Collins, Co-Founder Divest/Invest; Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management; Tom Francis, Director, Oil and Gas Research, Fossil Free Indexes LLC

Noon 2 PM– Voices for Divestment Rally and Procession through the State House
Speaker: Tim DeChristopher, climate justice activist and founder of Peaceful Uprising, plus voices from: Frontline Communities, Public Health, Labor, Business, Education, Faith, Environment, Science, Peace, Elected Officials, and more

2 PM-3 PMLobbying of Legislators (materials and training provided) 

3 PM-5 PMYouth Rally for Divestment Panel, Student Speakers, Networking

 

 

Jan 22

Students & Goliath Screenings for Global Divestment Day

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 1.30.32 PMThe Central MA and Pioneer Valley nodes are planning screenings of Students & Goliath, a movie about the divestment movement, for the week of Global Divestment Day. Learn more about the way that the divestment movement is challenging the power of the fossil fuel industry, and get pumped for the Global Divestment Day events at the State House on February 12!

WHAT: Students & Goliath Screening
WHEN: Wed, February 11, 7pm – 9pm
WHERE: Worcester State University Eager Auditorium

WHAT: Students & Goliath Screening & Panel Discussion
WHEN: Sat, February 14, 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave, Amherst

Jan 22

Let’s Save Cape Wind!

Wow, the emergency mobilization to save Cape Wind has already gotten off to an amazing start! We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest and excitement that we’ve seen so far.

There are two planning meetings this week. Attending one of these meetings is a great way to get involved!

WHAT: Planning Meeting for Petition / Pledge Drive to Save Cape Wind
WHEN: Today, Thursday, January 22, 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: At Mary Patterson’s home near Davis Square in Somerville. To get the address and RSVP, email Nate Nesbitt: nathan.nesbitt@gmail.com.


WHAT: Planning Meeting for the February 28th Rally / Mobilization

WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 3pm – 5pm
WHERE: First Church Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Jan 17

Emergency Meeting to Save Cape Wind

cape-wind-power-farm-b1The response to yesterday’s email about an emergency meeting to save Cape Wind has been remarkable, with more than 200 people expressing interest over the last 24 hours.

We’ll be hosting two meetings today, Saturday, January 17: first, from 11 am to 1 pm, we’ll meet at the Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library (45 Pearl St in Cambridge) to think through our strategy. This will be a smaller gathering, and we’re especially hoping that those who wish to play a leadership role in this effort will be there. Bring a lunch if you can, although we’ll also have a chance to grab food between 1-2 pm. 

Then, from 2-4 pm, we’ll convene a larger meeting at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St in Cambridge). We’ll share our plan for saving Cape Wind and figure out how to carry the work forward in teams that will form and begin working on the spot. If you can only make it to one meeting, come to the afternoon session! 

Jan 16

Amazing #NoKXL Vigils Statewide

On only a few days notice, incredible local organizers organized #NoKXL vigils all over the state on Tuesday, January 13. 100+ people in Cambridge, 75 people in Northampton, and dozens more in Worcester, on Martha’s Vineyard, in Sharon, in Newton and in Williamstown stood strong to say no to Keystone XL and the tar sands. More than 100 rallies and vigils were organized nationwide!

Here are a few of our favorite photos.

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Northampton:

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Cambridge:

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Brookline:

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Jan 09

#NoKXL Vigils on Tuesday, 1/13

14764409993_d4defb553c_zWe’re at a critical moment in the fight against Keystone XL and the tar sands. Only a few days ago, President Obama responded to threats from Congress by promising to veto any bill that required him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, following a ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, the decision about the pipeline is once again in Obama’s hands. We’re calling on him to go beyond his veto threat and finally reject this pipeline once and for all.

We’re hoping that this will be the home stretch of the fight against Keystone. But Big Oil is scheming to find other ways to bring tar sands oil into the US through new pipelines, on railcars, and more. So in addition to working to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, we’re campaigning to keep tar sands oil out of Massachusetts entirely, and we’re working to pass dozens of town resolutions in support of a statewide ban on tar sands oil. This is a great moment to get involved!

14741375521_951f2ae039_zAlong with national groups like Rainforest Action Network, 350.org, CREDO, Sierra Club, and more, we’re calling for vigils all over Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 to stop the KXL pipeline and ban tar sands oil. We’ve created a guide for organizing vigils — check it out for tips and ideas!

Vigils planned so far:

PIONEER VALLEY
Tue, January 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Courthouse Steps, Main and King Streets, Northampton

WORCESTER
Tue, January 13, 6pm – 8pm
City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester

WILLIAMSTOWN
Tue, January 13, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
First Congregational Church, 906 Main St (opposite Spring St), Williamstown

METROWEST
Tue, January 13, 6pm – 7pm
Newton Center, Beacon and Center Streets, Newton

BOSTON
Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Coolidge Corner, Harvard Ave & Beacon St, Brookline

CAMBRIDGE
Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Harvard Square T Station, Harvard Square, Cambridge

SHARON
Tue, January 13, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Post Office Square, Sharon

MARTHA’S VINEYARD
Tue, January 13, 1pm – 2pm
Gay Head Gallery, 32 State Road, Aquinnah

 

Jan 05

#NoKXL Heats Up Again

Mitch McConnellGet involved in our efforts to stop Keystone XL and ban tar sands oil! 

It’s deja vu all over again: Republicans in Congress have vowed to pass a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline within the next few weeks. If they succeed, the bill will land on Obama’s desk — and he’ll have to choose whether to veto it or allow the pipeline to go forward. We’re mobilizing now to make sure that Obama makes the right choice. One thing is for sure: we’re ready to keep fighting Keystone XL and the tar sands for as long as it takes! 

Join our work to stop Keystone XL and the tar sands!

If you live in Western Massachusetts, check out the training on January 10:images (1)

Concerned citizens from all over Western Massachusetts will gather on Saturday, January 10 for a training on how to take action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. If you feel strongly that Keystone is a critical issue and you want to participate in any type of local action – vigils, rallies, street theater, civil disobedience – please come onJanuary 10! For more information, contact Dave Roitman, droitman1@verizon.net. Note that the date of this training has changed from Saturday, January 3 to Saturday, January 10.
WHAT: KXL Training and Action Prep
WHEN: Sat, January 10, 9:00am – 3:30pm
WHERE: Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst

 

Jan 02

Reflecting on the Climate Legacy Campaign

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 9.54.16 AMIt’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since we first began the Climate Legacy campaign! Dorian Williams, the Climate Legacy Campaign Coordinator for Better Future Project, wrote a short piece reflecting on the many accomplishments of the campaign. Check it out here!

If you have reflections or thoughts of your own that you’d like to share, email Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

Dec 15

Spectra Pipeline Week of Respect and Resistance

20141213_120337.000206Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance”, with actions from December 13 through December 19 in opposition to the project. The actions are planned in anticipation of the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) due on or about December 19, 2014.

Here are some of the exciting things happening in Massachusetts:

  • On December 13, as part of the Week of Respect and Resistance to the Spectra Pipeline, 350Mass activists and others distributed leaflets at the Legacy Place Mall in Dedham, one of the towns along the pipeline route. There was a great response from those they encountered! Stay tuned for more campaign events in Dedham and West Roxbury soon.
  • There will be a street theater performance outside of the State Street Corporation (the second largest investor in Spectra Energy) to connect the dots between extreme energy infrastructure and those thaB42vPr4CEAAcOw0.001407t profit from it. It’s time to call out State Street for their investments in climate chaos!
    WHAT: Week of Respect and Resistance Street Theater
    WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 4pm – 5pm
    WHERE: Meet at Chinatown Park (Essex and Surface Rd, Boston) before heading to the State St headquarters down the street    
  • On Thursday, December 18, members of several New England environmental organizations organized by the Committee to Stop Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline will be gathering outside Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham, to protest the Texas-based company’s plans to locate a high pressure natural gas line through a densely settled residential neighborhood. Locally, West Roxbury residents were alarmed to learn of plans to locate a portion this high pressure pipeline in a densely settled neighborhood along Centre St., near schools, a nursing home and across from blasting at the local quarry.
    WHAT: Rally at Spectra Headquarters
    WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, noon-1pm
    WHERE: Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham
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    On Friday, December 19, delegations will meet with the staffs of Senators Markey and Warren to insist that the Senators take action against the pipeline.

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