Oct 31

Support a Clean Energy Standard for MA!

gov-patrick-speech-meme-3Remember the “future free of fossil fuels” speech? 
 
Back in May, Governor Deval Patrick called for a future free of fossil fuels and promised to push for a clean energy standard that would require power plants to use renewable energy first and fossil fuels only as a last resort. 
 
Now, six months later, the Patrick administration is ready to move forward. The clean energy standard could be a huge step forward for our state — but the devil will be in the details. The Patrick administration is soliciting input now, and we need to let them know that MA citizens want the clean energy standard to be as strong and comprehensive as possible. 
 
Can you send an email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us with your input about the clean energy standard? It’s particularly important to mention these key points: 

  • All utilities (including municipal utilities) should be required to comply with the standard 
  • The CES should only include wind, solar, geothermal, small-scale hydro, and other renewables as clean energy (alternatively, the Renewable Portfolio Standard should be raised) 
  • The standard should require utilities to use 100% clean energy by 2050, including strong and aggressive 2020 and 2030 targets 

  • Overall, the CES should dramatically increase the amount of clean energy available on the market and dramatically decrease climate pollution and associated public health risks 

Oct 27

350MA Divestment Retreat

DSCN0725 copyThe 350 Massachusetts divestment team met this weekend on Cape Cod for two days of planning, strategizing and fun. We’re excited to make MA the first to divest in 2015! Interested in getting more involved in divestment? Contact Eli Gerzon, State Divestment Organizer for Better Future Project, eli@betterfutureproject.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 27

Success in Springfield!

unnamed (14)On Monday, October 20, 350 Massachusetts Pioneer Valley / Climate Action NOW, Arise for Social Justice, the North End Organizing Network and 27 other ally organizations brought 200 people together for the Springfield ClimateJustice March. All were there to support the passage by the City Council of the Springfield Climate Action Plan, to mitigate global warming by cutting the city’s carbon emissions. In response, all the City Councilors, one by one, declared the necessity of the ClimateAction Plan and funding for an office to implement it. This was a major step forward for the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts, and historic in the character of the coalition that produced it: African-American, white, Latino, young, old, upper and lower valley all brought together by common cause. You can read more details of the big day here!

Oct 26

Vote NO on Question 1!

Q1 Poster copyQuestion 1 is a ballot measure to repeal the indexing of the state’s gas tax to inflation, which is scheduled to start in 2015. Indexing means the tax will keep pace with the cost of repair and growth. Without indexing, the value erodes each year: a 24 cent tax today is worth 33% less than the 21 cent tax in 1992. In addition to bridge and road repair, some of the money raised will fund alternative modes of transit like the T, buses, commuter rail, and bike paths, all of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, see the poster, quarter-sheet hand-out and one page info sheet and go to saferoadsbridges.com. We need outreach volunteers too! Join us to hand out flyers and hold signs at transit stops and polling places. Contact Jack Spence at jackspence3@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Oct 20

Join the Springfield Climate Justice March

Arise for Social Justice, in collaboration with 350 Massachusetts Pioneer Valley, has been working to get a Climate Action Plan for Springfield, the biggest urban polluter in the Valley. We have focused on involving the neighborhoods most affected – poor, Black and Latino – to incorporate their needs to decrease air pollution and thus prevent asthma, emphysema and heart disease, all of which affect people in these communities disproportionately.

A coalition has formed with demands for a Springfield People’s Climate Action Plan and a resolution for staffing to implement it. The resolution will go before the Springfield City Council on Monday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in City Hall. We are planning a march and rally after which we will pack the City Council meeting and share our passion for a cleaner Springfield.

WHAT: Springfield Climate Justice March
WHEN: Monday, October 20, 5:00 pm
WHERE: Meet at Northgate Plaza, 1985 Main Street in Springfield, for the march to City Hall (another contingent will meet at the offices of Arise for Social Justice, 467 State Street in Springfield).

Oct 20

Join Harvard Students in Fasting for Divestment

1891208_773285652719506_8445270923528691081_nHundreds of Harvard students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with supporters across the country, are fasting for divestment from sunrise to sundown today. Many Divest Harvard members will continue fasting for 72 hours, with others joining the fast throughout the week. Fasting is a time-honored tactic for calling attention to injustice, and the purpose of this week’s fast is to highlight the urgent need for divestment in light of the suffering caused by climate change. Every day of the action will have a different central focus, starting with the global and localized impacts of the fossil fuel industry. For more information, or if you wish to participate, click here. 

 

Oct 06

Standing Up for a Koch-free WGBH!

1653348_885627734783291_2307955903860012651_nOn Wednesday, October 1, about a hundred people — plus Elmo, Big BIrd and The Count — joined us outside the offices of WGBH to call for the removal of climate denier David Koch from their Board of Trustees. It was an impressive crowd despite the rain, and earned great coverage from The Boston Herald, The Boston Herald (again), WGBH, and WGBH (again). We’ll be keeping the heat on WGBH along with our partners at Forecast the Facts, so stay tuned for updates — and let us know if you have ideas for the campaign!

Oct 06

Check Us Out in The Boston Globe!

ByESccDIIAAMeOeGreat editorial today from The Boston Globe applauding the grassroots climate movement — including a shoutout to the People’s Climate March and Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts! Read and share with friends — here’s the link.

 

 

 

 

Sep 25

350MA at the People’s Climate March!

15140433877_d8f08f9304_zFive days later, we’re still awed by the beauty and size of the People’s Climate March. It was a landmark moment for the climate movement, and it’s clear that we played a pivotal role. Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts sent a total of 31 buses — according to the PCM organizers, that’s more than any other state-level or regional group. Huge kudos to all of the 350MAers who spent countless hours working to make the march a reality!

Check out some of the great photos taken at the march by 350MAers (including Emily Williams, Bil Lewis and Margaret Bellafiore) on Facebook and Flickr.

We had great media coverage in Massachusetts — check out stories about the march and our participation from The Boston Globe, WBUR, The Berkshire Eagle (and The Berkshire Eagle again!), Boston.com, The Concord Journal, and The Providence Journal!

You can find thousands of additional photos, videos, and media hits from major national outlets on the official People’s Climate March page!

 

Sep 21

310,000 Strong.

1526546_1481418845442427_5269478422750591979_nWOW. Initial estimate from the People’s Climate March organizers: 310,000 people — including literally thousands of MA residents — just marched  through New York to demand climate justice! Today was the largest climate march in history…by far. And we’re just getting started. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible. Check out photos and updates from the scene on Twitter: @BetterFuturePro and @350Mass!

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