Apr 18

We’ve Got a Date with the Governor

date (2)After eight long months of calls, letters and actions, we have finally confirmed our meeting with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick! We’ll be sitting down with the Governor on May 2nd at 9am to discuss the Climate Legacy platform.

Take a minute to call the Governor’s office (617.725.4005) and thank him for agreeing to meet with 350 Massachusetts / Better Future Project and Students for a Just and Stable Future — then fill out the form here. This is a huge step forward, so congratulations to everyone who has been part of this campaign!

Apr 11

Buses to DC for Keystone Action Canceled

Unfortunately, we have been unable to charter reasonably-priced buses and have CANCELLED the 350MA buses from Boston. We are all still headed to DC, but will be making our own way through Megabus, Peter Pan, Amtrak and carpools. Note that buses from the Berkshires are running, please contact Mary (maryhannah.parkman@gmail.com) to reserve a seat.

350MA is still going, so JOIN US THERE! We will be sharing transportation options and our DC meeting point soon so please fill out our Google form HERE and we’ll keep you up to date. We’re planning to meet up in DC to represent 350MA and we hope to see you there. If you have already bought a ticket, we will be in touch shortly about other options and your refund.

We sincerely apologize and thank you for your understanding! Please contact Allie and Emily at rejectandprotectma@gmail.com with questions.

When planning your trip, know that the Reject and Protect march is on April 26th, beginning at 11am from the National Mall between 9th and 12th Streets. For more information on the Reject and Protect action, check out: http://rejectandprotect.org/.

Apr 10

The Cowboy Indian Alliance Takes On KXL — Join Them!

From April 22nd to April 26th, the Cowboy Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities, will be camped out near the White House to bear witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL. On April 26th, they will march once more to the White House for a final, unmistakable message to President Obama, and they’re calling for friends and allies to join them. 350 Massachusetts is organizing buses from Cambridge to DC for the action. Everyone is needed and everyone is welcome! 

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CAMBRIDGE: Reserve a seat on a bus from Cambridge here! Tickets are on a sliding scale, so pay what you can (acceptable range is $60-90). The recommended price is $85. If you need a subsidized ticket (below $60), please let us know on the registration form. You can also reserve a one way ticket — just pay half and indicate your preference on the form. Buses will leave on Friday evening, April 25th and return Sunday, April 27th. The march is Saturday, April 26th. You’re on your own Saturday night.

PIONEER VALLEY: For information on buses from the Pioneer Valley, contact George at george@climateactionnowma.org.

BERKSHIRES: For information on buses from the Berkshires, contact Mary at maryhannah.parkman@gmail.com.

For questions regarding the buses, or for help organizing a bus from your region, email rejectandprotectma@gmail.com.

If you can’t make it, donations will allow others to participate. Make a donation here!

And invite friends to the action with this Facebook page!

 

Mar 29

Youth Walkout for Climate Justice

1402218_10152278072578699_1160868468_o (1) On March 31st, hundreds of youth from across Massachusetts will walk out of classes and take time away from jobs to converge on the Statehouse, where they will call for Governor Deval Patrick to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure. For months, 350 Massachusetts has been calling on Governor Patrick to “build only the best” and meet all new energy demand through renewables and energy efficiency. Now, there’s a chance that Governor Patrick may be considering a ban. This could be a critical turning point in our campaign!

If you’re a current student or young person, sign up here to participate in the walk-out, which is being organized by Students for a Just and Stable Future. Community members of all ages are invited to join for the rally. More information is available on the Facebook page.

Mar 19

Divestment Bill Gets Extension

This afternoon, the Joint Committee on Public Service voted to extend the time period for consideration of S. 1225, the fossil fuel divestment bill, until June 30th at the latest.

We consider it a victory that the bill did not get an unfavorable report or get sent to “study”, which would have essentially killed the bill. The extension keeps the bill alive and well — and gives us additional time to continue growing the divestment movement around the state. 1393448788802

One reason that the bill was given an extension is because the Pension Reserves Investments Board wants to tweak some of the language. This means that PRIM is taking the bill seriously — a great sign!

The bill can be acted on before June 30 and we will push to do that. Volunteers in every part of Massachusetts have been dedicating long hours to organizing their communities around divestment, and it’s paying off. We’ve had legislators from all over the state endorse the bill. Thirty faith leaders just signed a letter of support, and the Mayors of Medford and Somerville are spearheading an effort to build support among Mayors.

We’ll keep working to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels. Stay tuned for updates!

Mar 03

Climate Action University Teach In- Greater Boston area

Lesley University Brattle CampusOn March 22nd, 350MA will hold its first Climate Action University (CAU) Teach-In. CAU is a new 350MA program dedicated to education and engaging people in climate action. It is also a great opportunity to get more people engaged in the climate movement. All 350MAers are encouraged to attend CAU Teach-In AND to invite others who are not yet engaged in the climate movement. Do invite your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues!

CAU Teach-in will be on Saturday, March 22nd at Lesley University’s Brattle Campus at 89 Brattle Street in Cambridge, near Harvard Square. As you can see in this program overview, it will be a full day, with beginner and advanced sessions with speakers, trainings, and information sessions. Topics range from the basics of climate science to how to be a media coordinator in your node. Spots are limited and going quickly- REGISTER for CAU Teach-In here!

Feb 28

Divestment Rally and Lobby Day

Citizens are Leading on DivestmentAs part of 350MA’s Statewide Divestment Campaign, approximately 200 activists rallied at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday February 26th to gain support for proposed legislation S.1225. Following the rally, the activists entered the state house and visited the offices of over 100 legislators.

Massachusetts’ Pension Reserves Investment Trust  invests approximately 2.5 percent of its funds in fossil companies. S-1225, would demand the removal of that stock and prohibit future investments in those companies.

Massachusetts was the first state to pull its pension fund from apartheid South Africa 30 years ago, and the Commonwealth has the ability to be the first again!

 

Feb 14

Only the Best for Salem Rally: Thanks for an Amazing Action!

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On February 8th, four-hundred people gathered in Salem to say NO to new fossil fuel infrastructure as part of 350MA’s Climate Legacy Campaign. Thanks to everyone who came, we doubled our expected turnout for the event! It was a gorgeous day as we marched to the Salem Harbor, waving handmade signs and banners. At the pier, we caught a glimpse of a very sorry Footprint developer trying to cross the gas “bridge to nowhere.” Check out some of our media coverage in Boston and Salem!

It was great to hear many local voices advocating for only clean energy, letting our leaders know that we will not stand for new fossil fuel infrastructure in our state. The proposed Footprint Gas Plant would violate the emissions goals set in the Global Warming Solutions Act, so it is important that we hold Governor Patrick’s administration accountable to those standards. This action was a huge step in sending this message to the Governor and saying NO to new fossil fuels. Stay tuned for updates and more ways to help out as we continue the fight for clean energy.

Feb 01

Stop Keystone XL

With the release of the State Department’s final environmental impact statement on Friday January 31, this is a crucial moment to show opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Massachusetts hosted 17 Vigils across the state the evening of Monday, February 3rd to send the message to President Obama  that he should reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Vig1620783_577160522372279_1279947742_nils were held in  the Berkshires, Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, MetroWest, North Shore, Pioneer Valley, South Coast, South ShoreWorcester, and other locations. The accompanying photo is from the vigil at Harvard Square in Cambridge.  Other photos are posted in an album in 350 Massachusetts Facebook.

A 30-day public comment period began with the publication of a Federal Register notice on February 5, 2014 and will close on March 7, 2014. During this period, the public and interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the national interest here.  Comments are not private and will be made public. The Final Supplemental EIS and additional documents are available on the State Department’s website.

 

Jan 22

Only the Best for Salem: Stop the Salem Gas Plant!

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Action Alert: Stop the Salem Gas Plant, Prevent Decades of Pollution

 

REGISTER HERE
RIDESHARE BOARD HERE
FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

Join us on Saturday, February 8th at 2pm to call on Governor Patrick to save Salem from another fossil fuel plant! A company is proposing to build a gas plant in Salem, and local residents have reached out to us for help in stopping it. REGISTER HERE to participate (and offer to help in the planning process, if you want!)

 

February 8th will be our most important action of 2014 so far. Here’s why you should come:
If we come together in large enough numbers from across the state, we can convince Governor Patrick to stop this plant before it gets built.  Register here so we can continue communicating as further event details are settled.

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