- 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).
What 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!
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:
1) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then, 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!
- Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 28 — the date of our Hail Mary mobilization to save Cape Wind!
- Sign our petition to Marcy (“Mary”) Reed
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!
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 PM—Lobbying of Legislators (materials and training provided)
3 PM-5 PM—Youth Rally for Divestment Panel, Student Speakers, Networking
The 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
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 the February 28th Rally / Mobilization
The 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!