Mar 27

Join Us to Tell President Obama: You Vetoed, Now Reject

kxl posterPresident Obama is visiting Boston for an event at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate on Monday morning. By now, you probably know the drill: if President Obama’s in Boston, we’ll be there to greet him. Another presidential visit, another #NoKXL rally — it’s all in a day’s work. 

This time, though, everything’s different. After years of fighting, our grassroots movement just won a major victory: on February 24, President Obama vetoed a bill that would have required him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He could be just a few days away from rejecting the pipeline once and for all. 

Victory is so close that we can practically taste it. We’re hoping this will be the last #NoKXL bird-dog in Boston — or anywhere else.

Join us — RSVP now!

WHAT: #NoKXL Rally to Greet President Obama 
WHERE:
 Meet at the JFK / UMass T stop, Columbia Rd exit, at 9:00 am 
WHEN: 
Mon, March 30, 9:00am – 10:15am (meet at the T stop at 9:00 am and we’ll head over to the rally site together)
RSVP now!

See you there!

Mar 25

Help #SaveCapeWind Take Over Twitter

button best (finally!)When we first kicked off the campaign to save Cape Wind, we set an ambitious goal: we wanted to reach 1,000 petition signatures by the end of February. 

We’re big believers in beating our goals, but 110,000? Definitely didn’t see that one coming. 

Over the past two months, our last-ditch effort to save Cape Wind has built tremendous momentum. We held a huge rally on Boston Common on February 28, and thanks to our friends at CREDO Action, more than 110,000 people have now signed a petition calling on National Grid to save Cape Wind. 

We met with National Grid executives in Massachusetts a few weeks ago. Now, we’re getting in touch with their boss, the London-based CEO Steve Holliday. He needs to know about the public outcry prompted by his company’s decision to withdraw their contract with Cape Wind. 

Click here to tell National Grid CEO Steve Holliday that more than 100,000 people are calling on his company to save Cape Wind! 

Hundreds of people have already tweeted at Holliday, and we’re only just getting started. The more people contact him on Twitter, the more pressure he’ll feel to respond. Join us! 

Don’t have a Twitter account? Don’t worry – you can set one up in just a minute by following the instructions here. No specialized skills required!

Mar 13

Great Barrington Passes Pro-Divestment Resolution

12 towns say divest

On March 9, the Great Barrington Select Board voted unanimously to pass a pro-divestment resolution! The resolution states the select board’s support for the bill to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels.

In late February, Gary Stoller, the divestment coordinator for 350Mass Berkshires, had presented to the Select Board about the climate crisis and the history of successful divestment movements in the United States.

12 towns and cities in Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge and Framingham, have now passed resolutions in favor of fossil fuel divestment.

Congratulations to 350Mass Berkshires! Read more about our efforts to divest towns and cities across Massachusetts here. 

 

Mar 09

FERC Approves Spectra’s AIM Pipeline Expansion

11037641_350855661779092_130404850903308341.090038On March 3, FERC issued an official permit to Spectra Energy’s effort to expand the Algonquin Pipeline (the Algonquin Incremental Market expansion, or AIM). The pipeline runs from New York through Connecticut and Rhode Island to Massachusetts, and the proposed project involves expanding the Burrillville, RI compressor station and building a new stretch of lateral pipeline in West Roxbury. Expanding the pipeline would expose local communities to the risk of explosions and accidents while deepening our reliance on polluting natural gas.

The fight against this project is not over! Our allies at FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) just organized a three-day march against the pipeline, earning coverage from The Boston GlobeThe Providence JournalWPRO, and more, while the Stop West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline group is considering legal action. Stay tuned for updates!

Mar 09

New Compressor Station Proposed in Weymouth — Join the Fight!

imagesSpectra Energy just can’t get enough of pipeline expansions! In addition to the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) expansion, they’re proposing a second expansion of their existing pipeline network in MA. The proposed expansion, also known as the “Atlantic Bridge” project, would require the construction of a new compressor station in Weymouth. 

South Shore residents are mobilizing to stop this polluting and unnecessary project! There will be a training session on Saturday, March 14, location TBD, led by Bill Manter, who has been part of the grassroots resistance to the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Manter will discuss the basics of pipeline opposition and help people prepare for the open houses that Spectra Energy is planning to hold over the next few weeks!  To learn more, click here, or contact SouthShore@350ma.org and/or Alice Arena, aliceandrob@comcast.net. 

Mar 02

Huge Turnout, Beautiful Pinwheels, and Great Media Coverage at Rally to Save Cape Wind

10405597_976464432366287_4901002091741330758_nSaturday’s rally to #SaveCapeWind was a tremendous success, with 300+ people in attendance and great media coverage from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, WGBH, Dig Boston, Fox25 News, The Associated Press, and other outlets!

It was a stunning day with perfect weather. We planted 130 beautiful rainbow pinwheels in the snow to symbolize the 130 turbines of Cape Wind, and it made for a wonderful visual — check out some of the great photos from the day here.

Congratulations to all the amazing folks who made this day a reality, and thank you to our partner organizations in the effort to save Cape Wind: Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Business Association, 16469577827_cb230ef182_zJewish Climate Action Network, Healthlink, UU Mass Action, and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, along with sponsor Clean Water Action and endorsers Commit2Respond, Cape Downwinders and Environment Massachusetts!

As Jim Gordon, developer of Cape Wind, said during Saturday’s rally, we are not giving up — we have only just begun to fight.

Feb 28

Today is the Big Day!

10991263_970421469637250_3674090852510702927_nToday is the big day!

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. 

 

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