Calendar

Monthly Gathering Details:

We alternate between Northampton and Amherst on the 4th MONDAY evening of each month from 7-9 pm. Northampton gatherings take place at the Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St. Amherst gatherings take place at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St (downtown).

Upcoming dates for Monthly Gathering:    Mon May 22 (Amherst);  Mon June 26 (Northampton);  Mon Jul 24 (Amherst) ; Mon Aug 28 (Northampton);  Mon Sep 25 (Amherst)

If you want to add an event to this regional climate action calendar, please send an email to us at

 Don’t forget the great EnviroShow on Valley Free Radio every Tues from 6-7 pm.
 Check out nofrackedgasinmass.org for every pipeline event.
 

Climate Crisis Grief-Sharing

Climate Crisis Grief-Sharing

August 23, 2017, 7:00pm - August 23, 2017, 9:00pm

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate Crisis Grief-Sharing: Tues, Aug. 23, 7pm,
Northampton--home gathering to share grief about
climate change and other urgent issues, and renew
joy, gratitude, and activism. Free.

This is not actually hosted by CAN but we are helping to spread the word. More info: John Berkowitz 413-387-8439
johnpberk@gmail.com

These gatherings are opportunities to share our deep grief,
as well as fear, anxiety,despair, and anger, primarily about the
Climate Change crisis, but also about other urgent issues
such as racism, police violence, war, women's rights/domestic
violence, LGBTQ rights, immigration and refugees, and economic
justice.

And through sharing our grief, it can also lead to an increased
gratitude and joy for life, as well as strengthened resolve and
resilience to resist the Trump/Republican agenda and build a more
just, peaceful, and environmentally healthy world.

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

August 28, 2017, 7:00pm - August 28, 2017, 9:00pm

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, August 28th, 2017

Our monthly gatherings usually start with a presentation and then we split off into several "take action" groups.

Special Presentation: Western Mass Community Energy

--We began as a group of residents working to form a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to serve Northampton, Amherst and Pelham. CCA is a wonky name to describe a simple concept: group purchasing of electricity by municipalities.

CCA's can also develop and implement energy efficiency and local renewable energy projects. Come find out about this project is helping to lead Massachusetts to a fossil fuel free future and discover how you can get involved.
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TAKE ACTION GROUPS for August 28th include:

*Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons
* Creating the first ever Climate Justice tent at the Garlic and Arts Festival
* 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns
* Rays the Valley
* Organizing for September 19th Telecommunications, Utilities and * Energy (TUE) Hearing at the State House.�

Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

We are all in this together-everyone is welcome and needed!

We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us!

Everyone is warmly welcomed!

Monday, August 28th, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton
Accessible and on a bus line

Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting

September 11, 2017, 7:00pm - September 11, 2017, 9:00pm

First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, UCC
763 Longmeadow St
Longmeadow, MA  01106 Map

This is our regular montly meeting. Will be the first one after taking the summer off.

Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War

Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War

September 23, 2017, 9:00am - September 23, 2017, 4:00pm

Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street, Rt 9
Hadley, MA  01035 Map

Join us for a symposium on the issues of climate change and nuclear war. We will discuss our agenda for change! Featured: Bill McKibben—350.org; Nitin Damle—American College of Physicians; Michael Klare—Peace and World Security Studies Program, Five Colleges; Jennifer Leaning—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Zia Mian--Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University; Ira Helfand—Physicians for Social Responsibility; Marty Nathan—Climate Action; John Loretz—International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Students' free registration at secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72659

Everyone else can register at secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72648

Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere

Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere

October 7, 2017, 10:00am - October 7, 2017, 5:00pm

Agape Community
2062 Greenwich Rd
Hardwick, MA  01082 Map

Come hear Native voices of Chief Arvol Looking Horse of Standing Rock with Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough-Lenape Tribe in NJ, along with Beatrice Kwenase Jackson and Paula Horne Mullen. Arrive by 9 am. Bring lunch. On street parking. Come early.




PAST EVENTS

Family Picnic! Amherst Mothers Out Front

Family Picnic! Amherst Mothers Out Front

August 21, 2017, 5:00pm - August 21, 2017, 7:00pm

Groff Park
146 Mill Ln
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Pioneer Valley climate friends and families - come hangout with Mothers Out Front - Pioneer Valley at a potluck picnic! Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose will join us for some participatory fun. See the Little House That Could ... Go Zero Energy!
Find out about Community Choice Energy, Ener-G-save, Light Up the Map Massachusetts, Rays the Valley Solar for All, #UseLessGreenTheRest

Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

Inconvenient Sequel Opening with Q & A

August 11, 2017, 7:00pm - August 11, 2017, 10:00pm

Amherst Cinema
28 Amity St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Join Climate Action Now at the Amhert Cinema opening for
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

We will have special guests (to be announced) with Q & A following the screening.

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Friday, AUG 11, 7 PM (NOTE, this is a new date because of changes by the distributor)

2017 NOFA Summer Conference

2017 NOFA Summer Conference

August 11, 2017, 8:00am - August 13, 2017, 8:00pm

Hampshire College
893 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Join over 1500 people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning becomes a community action - with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun.

Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

***Register now: Early-bird registration ends July 25th!***
nofasummerconference.org/register-now/

This year we’re excited to return to Hampshire College! With plenty of free parking, trees for shade, close accommodations and Hampshire’s commitment to local, organic food sourcing and sustainability, this year’s conference will provide the inclusive close knit community atmosphere upon which NOFA was founded. The NOFA community will take over the entire campus!

In addition to over 130 workshops and sessions on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees, healthy living and food activism, the conference features annual favorites like:

- The Children’s Conference
- Friday night’s contra dance
- Saturday’s local dinner celebration
- Tours of nearby farms
- Film screenings
- Networking meetups
- Drumming session
- Exhibitors tent

AND… New this year!

- NOFA Vermont’s mobile pizza oven (Saturday)
- A Country Fair showcasing farm and garden innovations!

2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Michael Phillips, Organic Orchardist and author of the 2017 book Mycorrhizal Planet, will inspire us with his ongoing work demonstrating holistic management practices and the importance of mycorrhizal networks that support biological life.

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology, Purdue University, will illuminate the effect GMO’s and the herbicide Glyphosate(main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) has on biological systems at all levels, in soil, animals and humans alike.

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

Chemical Sensitivity: For the health and safety of those who are chemically sensitive, kindly refrain from wearing volatile compounds such as scented hairspray, perfume, cologne or
aftershave.

Pets: Please leave your pets at home! Hampshire College and NOFA staff will ask you to remove your pet from the campus if you bring it. The exception to this rule is service animals. If you will be bringing a service animal to campus, please inform NOFA registration staff ahead of time, especially if you will be staying in the dormitories.

RIDEBOARD: We have a rideboard for sharing rides! Please post if you can offer or need. www.groupcarpool.com/t/d4ariw

See our registration FAQ: nofasummerconference.org/faq/

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Please share this event and spread the organic word! #NOFASC

www.nofasummerconference.org for more details

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing

August 7, 2017, 10:00am - August 7, 2017, 12:00pm

Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Avenue Holyoke, MA 01404

Massachusetts Department of Energy is proposing regulations that allow our money to pay for industrial-scale wood burning . The implications, and potential impacts, of these proposed regulations is deeply concerning from a public health, the climate crisis, environmental justice, and forest sustainability perspective.
We asked DOER for a Western Massachusetts hearing and a comment deadline extension. They added this hearing. We expect the forest industry to show up to defend their business interests, will you attend and speak up fot the climate, our forests and future generations?

Stop Biomass and Dirty Energy: Attend this State Hearing

Stop Biomass and Dirty Energy: Attend this State Hearing

August 7, 2017, 10:00am - August 7, 2017, 12:00pm

202 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040-1036, United States

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is considering including biomass and waste-to-energy facilities in the MA Alternative Portfolio Standards, meaning they would be eligible for state tax credits that are meant for clean energy projects.

These standards specifically apply to heat producing facilities.

We know that clean energy doesn't come out of a smoke stack, and that clear cutting forests and burning waste in our communities isn't the answer.

Please come out on Monday, August 7th to tell the state that you oppose this step backwards. The hearing will take place at Holyoke Community College, in the Kitteredge Center.

For more information contact Arise at 413-734-4948.

Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

Let the Landscape Speak - fundraiser to protect ceremonial feat.

August 5, 2017, 3:00pm - August 5, 2017, 5:00pm

First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts
129 Main St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

LET THE LANDSCAPE SPEAK

A fundraiser to support the Indigenous Tribes of the Northeast in protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Sandisfield, Massachusetts

Presenter: Doug Harris
Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes
& A Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).

Doug Harris will present a history of Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in the Northeast region and the struggle to preserve them. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

As has happened before in other places, our government, more specifically, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been complicit in the destruction of these sacred stone landscapes. Over 1/3 of the 73 features identified in Sandisfield have been desecrated by the construction of a new gas pipeline. This occurred because FERC approved the project before the stone features were identified, and then failed to consult with the tribes in a meaningful manner to resolve the adverse impacts. While harm has been done, this is also an opportunity to support the Indigenous peoples of our region so they can challenge FERC's behavior in the courts. If successful, ceremonial stone landscapes will be preserved, not destroyed, a result that would have national implications.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
3:00-5:00 pm
First Churches, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
The church is handicap accessible and on a bus line
Please enter on the Center Street side of the building
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You can make a tax deductible contribution in one of two ways

1) Write a check to Creative Thought and Action (memo: CSL), and mail it to Climate Action Now's treasurer: Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA, 01002.

2) Donate online by going to tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones

Please share far and wide with friends and family.

For more info and/or to help with this campaign contact Susan Theberge
Please include CSL in the subject line.

Photo: A stone effigy (turtle)
This photo is used with permission, copyrighted and is NOT for reproduction

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

August 5, 2017, 10:00am - August 5, 2017, 7:00pm

Unity Park, Turners Falls MA

The 4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, a celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Culture, takes place on Saturday, August 5 from 10am to 7pm at the Unity Park Waterfront in Turners Falls, MA. The event features live traditional, original and fusion music, Native American crafts, story telling ,drumming, games and activities for kids, primitive skills demonstrations, and an impressive selection of books.

The Mashantucket-Pequot archaeology team will be on site to analyze early contact period artifacts brought to the festival. Festival food will be available, including Native American fare. The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival is free, family friendly, educational, accessible and fun for all ages!
This event is sponsored by The Nolumbeka Project, with support by Turners Falls RuverCulture.

SCHEDULE
10am: Welcome: Emcee Justin Beatty and Nolumbeka Project President David Brule

10:15am: Great Falls History 101, with David Brule and Nur Tiven, east side of Unity Park, near bridge abutment

10:15am: Drums by Black Hawk Singers, Chief Don Stevens and the Nulhegan-Coosuk Band of the Abenaki Singers, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Singers visioningbear.org/

11am: Mixashawn Rozie
Instrumental virtuosity and stories to illuminate the indigenous and African roots of "American" music. www.mixashawn.com/

11:50am: Kingfisher Singers
Wampanoag from the Mashpee, Aquinnah,and Herring Pond communities. www.wampanoagsingers.com/

NOON-12:30pm
Children's Crafts at Medicine Mammals tipi

12:40pm: Hawk Henries
Fute player and flute maker, Nipmuc
hawkhenries.com/

1:30pm: Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Story teller, Nipmuc
www.whisperingbasket.com/

2:35pm: Medicine Mammals Singers
www.facebook.com/MedicineMammals

3:10pm: Kingfisher Singers

4pm: Drums by Black Hawk Singers, Chief Don Stevens and the Nulhegan-Coosuk Band of the Abenaki Singers, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Singers

4pm: Great Falls History 101, with David Brule and Nur Tiven, east side of Unity Park, near bridge abutment

4:50pm: Mixashawn Rozie

5:40pm: Hawk Henries

6:30pm: Closing

PLEASE THANK OUR SPONSORS:
Jennifer Ladd, River Valley Market, Larry Cadran, Masasachusetts Cultural Council, Visioning B.E.A.R., The Gill Local Cultural Council, The Montague Local Cultural Council, Red Roof Inn.

Community Foundation of Western MA, FirstLight Power, DCR,Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, National Vinyl, Northeast Solar, Renaissance Builders, Solar Store of Greenfield.

The County Creemee, Food City, FostersMarket, The Rendezvous, 2nd Street Bakery, The Wagon Wheel and Chris Couture.

MORE INFORMATION AT
www.turnersfallsriverculture.org
www.nolumbekaproject.org

Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

Summer Institute 2017: Building Solidarity in an Age of Division

July 30, 2017, 2:00pm - August 5, 2017, 10:00am

Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002-5000 Map

How have the economic structures of global capitalism helped to shape our current moment?
How do the structures of global capitalism currently function?
How can we marshal our understanding into building dignified lives for all?

ABOUT
We’re living in a global moment of reactionary backlash: fear mongering about immigration, refugee crises, climate change denial, rising nationalism and conservative protectionism. These processes occur against the backdrop of increasing inequality, division, and conflict across the globe. At Summer Institute 2017, we’ll explore the economic structures which have shaped this moment, and how we can build alternative forms of global economic integration and solidarity.

Our Summer Institute is a residential, week long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s special track will offer economic tools and analysis to understand neoliberalism; ‘free’ trade agreements; movements of money, people, and goods; economic and military imperialism; and global environmental injustice. We will also explore existing and proposed alternatives for fairer trade and migration systems and equitable solutions to climate change.

Our analysis takes us beyond harmful myths and tropes, from ‘they take our jobs,’ to the notion that jobs come at the expense of the environment, allowing us to build the broad-based solidarity this moment calls for. Our participatory curriculum is led by staff economists from the Center for Popular Economics, and the format will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!

COST & SCHOLARSHIPS
The full cost of tuition is $900, which includes housings and meals. For those not requesting overnight accommodations, the cost is $700.

We have a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to help people attend the Summer Institute. We have a limited scholarship fund, and we rely heavily on the honest assessment of each participant’s financial situation. You may request scholarship assistance when you fill out a registration form.

If you requested a scholarship we will be in contact with you to discuss scholarship availability on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for organizational rates!

APPLICATION FORM
A link to our application is in our pinned post!

Celebration for a Living Earth

Celebration for a Living Earth

July 29, 2017, 10:00am - July 29, 2017, 2:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond on Cold Spring Rd Sandisfield MA 01255

Join us, The Sugar Shack Alliance, for this summer's public rally and picnic to raise our collective concerns and awareness on the continued resistance to the Kinder Morgan/TCG CT Expansion Pipeline in the Otis State Forest!

[Click the color photo to see the full poster~]

Once again, meet us at Spectacle Pond where we gathered last year for our last summer solidarity picnic! We will again feature musical guests and speakers from across the movement and from all corners of the northeast! That's from 10 am to noon!

Then, at 12:30 pm, a potluck picnic lunch at 12:30 pm, followed by an informal gathering of musicians improvising together at our staging area at just north of the pond at Sue Baxter's Barn, 250 Cold Spring Rd.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Dr. Jill Stein, Ian Jackson (Green Party)
Susan Baxter (Affected Sandisfield homeowner)
Anthony Melting Tallow, Karyn Redwolf (Indigenous Water
Protectors)
Martha Klein (Sierra Club CT)

MUSICAL GUESTS INCLUDE:
Ben Grosscup
Amy Nicolina
Rachel Laitman
The Expandable Brass Band
Tom Neilson
Sarah Stockwell-Arthen & the Hoping Machine
Dave Lippman
Bomba de Aquí
Amy Nicolina
Sandy Pliskin

Among our goals are to progressively and peacefully:

♥ Stop this pipeline!
♥ Reclaim the land for the people!
♥ Save the Sacred Stones Sites
♥ Protect all life from the fossil fuel industry

For more information, go to the Sugarshack Alliance website at: sugarshackalliance.org

Or contact Elizabeth at 215-355-2145

Free, Family-friendly and open to the public!

Stay tuned to this site for frequent updates!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

July 24, 2017, 7:00pm - July 24, 2017, 9:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA)
121 N. Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 502
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

AMHERST
Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

Climate Change, Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons
Speaker: Dr. Ira Helfand
Physicians for Social Responsibility,
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War &
Recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

Please join us to help build our campaigns and actions: protecting sacred stones in Sandisfield, The World We Love Is in Our Hands Puppet Parade, SunShot Solar Grants, Resistance to Kinder Morgan's fracked gas pipeline, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition and more.


We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us!

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, July 24, 2017
7 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is warmly welcomed!