Feb 28

Today is the Big Day!

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Join us at 1 pm on Boston Common as we rally to #SaveCapeWind!

WHAT: Rally to Save Cape Wind
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 1 pm
WHERE: Boston Common — meet at the Park Street T stop.
Check out the rideshare board, if you need a ride.
See you soon!

Feb 27

95,000+ People Say: Save Cape Wind!

WScreen Shot 2015-02-26 at 6.15.57 PMe’ve been fighting tooth and nail to save Cape Wind over the past few weeks. Cape Wind has been in big trouble since early January, when two utilities dropped their contracts to buy power from the project (thanks to endless litigation from oil and gas billionaire Bill Koch).
Over the last few days, the campaign to #SaveCapeWind has gained tremendous momentum.
  • Earlier this week, our partners at CREDO Action sent out our #SaveCapeWind petition to their national email list. Their effort, combined with help from 350.org and our ten partners, sponsors and endorsers — along with the amazing effort of our outreach team — has allowed us to reach 95,843 signatures on the petition to National Grid asking them to reinstate their contract to buy 50% of the power from Cape Wind. 
  • 350Mass volunteer leaders and Better Future Project staff met with National Grid executives on Thursday and had the chance to make a powerful case for saving Cape Wind.
  • We’ve had amazing street theater performances several nights running in South Station to let folks know about the effort to #SaveCapeWind.
  • Our dedicated volunteer phonebankers have called more than 800 people to let them know about Saturday’s rally.
  • We’ve already gotten some solid press coverage (eg, this Commonwealth Mag op-ed and this short piece in the The Boston Globe).
Join us this Saturday at 1 pm on Boston Common as we rally to save Cape Wind!

Feb 13

Global Divestment Day at the MA State House

10442945_774021102686219_7038304407891896257_n 10959517_774021429352853_4518980757582098708_nWhat a great day of action for divestment at the MA State House! We heard from an amazing line-up of speakers, including climate activist Tim DeChristopher, financial experts from Fossil Free Indexes and Green Century Funds, community leaders like Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu, and more. Youth leaders from the Alliance for Climate Education, Student-Organized Climate Action Network – SOCAN, and Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) brought amazing energy and enthusiasm to the event! 

Read about all of the divestment events across the state, including the Harvard sit-in and our action, in the Boston Globe here!

And check out the wonderful photos and videos by 350Mass volunteer Peter Bowden!

Feb 09

Let’s Make the Rally to Save Cape Wind As Big As It Can Be!

Wow! The Rally to Save Cape Wind on Boston Common is shaping up to be an action for the history books. The level of enthusiasm and interest has been so inspiring! After you’ve RSVPed for the rally, join the preparations and help us make this rally as big as possible. There are a bunch of ways to get involved:

Untitled.jpg1) Show up at one of our Sunday phonebanks:

WHAT: Save Cape Wind Phone Bank
WHEN: Sun, February 15, 3pm – 5pm
WHERE: The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

WHAT: Save Cape Wind Phone Bank
WHEN: Sun, February 22, 3pm – 5pm
WHERE: The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

If you’re interested in organizing a phonebank in your area, that’s great! We can provide scripts, call lists, and everything else you need. Email Downing Cless to get started: downing.cless@tufts.edu.

2) Join our art build and help us create signs, posters, props, and other much-needed materials!

WHAT: Save Cape Wind Art Build
WHEN: Mon, February 16, 1pm – 4pm
WHERE: The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

3) Reach out to community organizations and other environmental groups and ask them to work with us on the effort to save Cape Wind!

All you need to do is send them this one-pager and ask them to join our effort as an official partner, sponsor or endorser.

4) Reach out to your local legislators and ask them to attend the rally!

You can look up your legislators here, and here’s a script that you can use when you call. 

 

Jan 29

Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

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After months of frivolous debates over whether or not climate change is a “hoax”, the Senate finally passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline tonight.

It’s clear that the US Senate is in the pocket of Big Oil: the Senators who voted to approve the pipeline had taken a total of $31 million from oil and gas companies in the course of their careers.

President Obama is expected to veto the Keystone XL, but with Exxon and Chevron calling the shots in Congress, we can no longer trust Washington to do the right thing.

That’s why we’re turning our attention locally and seeking to ban tar sands oil from Massachusetts. Learn more and get involved here! 

(Infographic credit: Oil Change International)

Jan 27

Sign the Hail Mary Petition to Save Cape Wind!

After fourteen years of effort, Cape Wind — meant to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm — is in trouble. As you probably know, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, which had agreed to purchase power from Cape Wind, backed out of their agreements in early January after a lawsuit funded by oil billionaire Bill Koch prevented Cape Wind from locking down the full financing for the project. Now, the project is on life support, at best.save cape wind button

Sign our petition to save Cape Wind!

Offshore wind is crucial to New England’s clean energy future, and we’re not willing to let Cape Wind die without a fight. Marcy “Mary” Reed, the president of National Grid in MA, has been a long-term and enthusiastic supporter of wind power. Now, Cape Wind’s fate lies in her hands. By reinstating National’s Grid commitment to buy 50% of the power from Cape Wind, she can save the nation’s first offshore wind farm, help create thousands of jobs, and move toward securing Massachusetts’ clean energy future.

We’re launching a “Hail Mary” effort to call on Marcy Reed to save Cape Wind. Sign our petition now and help us keep Cape Wind alive!

As climate activists, we often find ourselves saying “no” to dirty and dangerous coal, oil and gas. Let’s seize this chance to say “YES!” and demand the kind of clean energy solutions we need.

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

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