Jan 17

Emergency Meeting to Save Cape Wind

cape-wind-power-farm-b1The 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! 

Jan 16

Amazing #NoKXL Vigils Statewide

On only a few days notice, incredible local organizers organized #NoKXL vigils all over the state on Tuesday, January 13. 100+ people in Cambridge, 75 people in Northampton, and dozens more in Worcester, on Martha’s Vineyard, in Sharon, in Newton and in Williamstown stood strong to say no to Keystone XL and the tar sands. More than 100 rallies and vigils were organized nationwide!

Here are a few of our favorite photos.

Williamstown:

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Northampton:

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Cambridge:

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Brookline:

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Jan 09

#NoKXL Vigils on Tuesday, 1/13

14764409993_d4defb553c_zWe’re at a critical moment in the fight against Keystone XL and the tar sands. Only a few days ago, President Obama responded to threats from Congress by promising to veto any bill that required him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, following a ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, the decision about the pipeline is once again in Obama’s hands. We’re calling on him to go beyond his veto threat and finally reject this pipeline once and for all.

We’re hoping that this will be the home stretch of the fight against Keystone. But Big Oil is scheming to find other ways to bring tar sands oil into the US through new pipelines, on railcars, and more. So in addition to working to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, we’re campaigning to keep tar sands oil out of Massachusetts entirely, and we’re working to pass dozens of town resolutions in support of a statewide ban on tar sands oil. This is a great moment to get involved!

14741375521_951f2ae039_zAlong with national groups like Rainforest Action Network, 350.org, CREDO, Sierra Club, and more, we’re calling for vigils all over Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 to stop the KXL pipeline and ban tar sands oil. We’ve created a guide for organizing vigils — check it out for tips and ideas!

Vigils planned so far:

PIONEER VALLEY
Tue, January 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Courthouse Steps, Main and King Streets, Northampton

WORCESTER
Tue, January 13, 6pm – 8pm
City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester

WILLIAMSTOWN
Tue, January 13, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
First Congregational Church, 906 Main St (opposite Spring St), Williamstown

METROWEST
Tue, January 13, 6pm – 7pm
Newton Center, Beacon and Center Streets, Newton

BOSTON
Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Coolidge Corner, Harvard Ave & Beacon St, Brookline

CAMBRIDGE
Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Harvard Square T Station, Harvard Square, Cambridge

SHARON
Tue, January 13, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Post Office Square, Sharon

MARTHA’S VINEYARD
Tue, January 13, 1pm – 2pm
Gay Head Gallery, 32 State Road, Aquinnah

 

Jan 05

#NoKXL Heats Up Again

Mitch McConnellGet involved in our efforts to stop Keystone XL and ban tar sands oil! 

It’s deja vu all over again: Republicans in Congress have vowed to pass a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline within the next few weeks. If they succeed, the bill will land on Obama’s desk — and he’ll have to choose whether to veto it or allow the pipeline to go forward. We’re mobilizing now to make sure that Obama makes the right choice. One thing is for sure: we’re ready to keep fighting Keystone XL and the tar sands for as long as it takes! 

Join our work to stop Keystone XL and the tar sands!

If you live in Western Massachusetts, check out the training on January 10:images (1)

Concerned citizens from all over Western Massachusetts will gather on Saturday, January 10 for a training on how to take action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. If you feel strongly that Keystone is a critical issue and you want to participate in any type of local action – vigils, rallies, street theater, civil disobedience – please come onJanuary 10! For more information, contact Dave Roitman, droitman1@verizon.net. Note that the date of this training has changed from Saturday, January 3 to Saturday, January 10.
WHAT: KXL Training and Action Prep
WHEN: Sat, January 10, 9:00am – 3:30pm
WHERE: Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst

 

Jan 02

Reflecting on the Climate Legacy Campaign

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 9.54.16 AMIt’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since we first began the Climate Legacy campaign! Dorian Williams, the Climate Legacy Campaign Coordinator for Better Future Project, wrote a short piece reflecting on the many accomplishments of the campaign. Check it out here!

If you have reflections or thoughts of your own that you’d like to share, email Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

Dec 15

Spectra Pipeline Week of Respect and Resistance

20141213_120337.000206Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance”, with actions from December 13 through December 19 in opposition to the project. The actions are planned in anticipation of the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) due on or about December 19, 2014.

Here are some of the exciting things happening in Massachusetts:

  • On December 13, as part of the Week of Respect and Resistance to the Spectra Pipeline, 350Mass activists and others distributed leaflets at the Legacy Place Mall in Dedham, one of the towns along the pipeline route. There was a great response from those they encountered! Stay tuned for more campaign events in Dedham and West Roxbury soon.
  • There will be a street theater performance outside of the State Street Corporation (the second largest investor in Spectra Energy) to connect the dots between extreme energy infrastructure and those thaB42vPr4CEAAcOw0.001407t profit from it. It’s time to call out State Street for their investments in climate chaos!
    WHAT: Week of Respect and Resistance Street Theater
    WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 4pm – 5pm
    WHERE: Meet at Chinatown Park (Essex and Surface Rd, Boston) before heading to the State St headquarters down the street    
  • On Thursday, December 18, members of several New England environmental organizations organized by the Committee to Stop Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline will be gathering outside Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham, to protest the Texas-based company’s plans to locate a high pressure natural gas line through a densely settled residential neighborhood. Locally, West Roxbury residents were alarmed to learn of plans to locate a portion this high pressure pipeline in a densely settled neighborhood along Centre St., near schools, a nursing home and across from blasting at the local quarry.
    WHAT: Rally at Spectra Headquarters
    WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, noon-1pm
    WHERE: Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham
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    On Friday, December 19, delegations will meet with the staffs of Senators Markey and Warren to insist that the Senators take action against the pipeline.

Dec 12

We Just Delivered 1300+ Postcards Calling for a Ban on Tar Sands Oil!

20141211_094858On Thursday, 350 Massachusetts activists and Better Future Project staff delivered 1300+ postcards calling for a ban on tar sands oil to David Cash, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He said that the DEP would make progress towards tracking tar sands oil before Governor Patrick leaves office. Tracking would allow us to know exactly how much tar sands oil is entering Massachusetts, and it’s a great first step towards a ban on tar sands oil in our state! Great work by all who have pushed for a ban on tar sands oil by collecting postcards or sending the online petition link to friends. Postcard Front - Tar Sands (1) (2)

Even as the state government works to track tar sands oil, our grassroots movement needs to continue pushing to keep tar sands — the dirtiest of all fossil fuels — out of Massachusetts. By taking action at the state and local level, we can draw a line in the sand and stiffen the spine of national leaders like President Obama. Interested in getting involved in the fight against tar sands? Consider passing a local resolution calling for a tar sands ban! If you’ve got questions or want to get involved, contact Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

Dec 11

Why New Gas Pipelines Are Not the Solution

Executive Director Craig Altemose just posted a piece on The Huffington Post about why new natural gas pipelines are not the solution to high electricity costs. Check it out here!

nantucket.png350Mass volunteer Zoe Vanderschmidt made a very cool infographic to accompany the piece. 

Dec 04

Find a #BlackLivesMatter Event Near You

1014182_187274628110457_946782098_nLast night, a Grand Jury announced that they would not be bringing charges in the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a NYPD officer. It’s time for us to stand with our allies and say: #EnoughIsEnough. Find an #BlackLivesMatter event near you here. 

Over the last few weeks, many 350Mass volunteers and Better Future Project staff have spoken out, calling on climate activists to stand in solidarity with all those demanding an end to police brutality and institutionalized racism. Read some of their reactions and responses here, and email Emily Kirkland, Emily@betterfutureproject.org if you have thoughts you’d like to share!

Nov 26

Reflecting on Ferguson and Climate Justice

to-change-everything-photo-by-pia-wardIn the wake of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Mike Brown, many 350Mass volunteers and Better Future Project staff have spoken out, calling on climate activists to stand in solidarity with all those who demand an end to police brutality and institutionalized racism. There has been quite a lot of interest in creating an open space for reflecting on the events in Ferguson and the connections between climate justice and racial justice, and a series of responses and reflections is currently posted on our blog. If you have a response that you would like to share, email it to Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org, so that it can be posted.

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