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 Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

June 26, 2017, 7:00pm - June 26, 2017, 9:00pm

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

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, June 26, 2017

Special Guest Presentation
Protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features
Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe

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.

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

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

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!

World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

World We Love Puppet Parade & Performance Action!

July 1, 2017, 2:00pm - July 1, 2017, 4:00pm

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration World We Love Giant Puppet Parade performance and direct action.

The Pachamama Puppets, Expandable Brass Band, Stephen Katz, Climate Action Now and Mother's Out Front and more invite you and your friends to gather in 4 locations in Noho at 1pm and then at 2pm to parade to the lawn of Memorial Hall near Pulaski Park for a performance by children and adults of the World We Love-It's in Our Hands!

1pm: Gathering in the 4 directions.
North: Earth, Elders, 4 legged creatures, wear green or white. (Hungry Ghost Lawn)
East: Air, Children and Families, Birds and bees, wear yellow.
(County Court House Lawn)
South: Fire, Youth Activists, People and Hands, Wear Red.
(Tuesday Market Courtyard behind Thornes Market)
West: Water, Adults, Water creatures, Wear Blue.
(Forbes Library Lawn)

2pm Parade begins led by Council members of the 4 directions to Memorial Hall Lawn and Pulaski Park Lawn.

2:30-3:30 Community Performance of The World We Love-Its in our Hands!

4pm-Direct Action to connect with businesses about energy usage.

To get involved contact: Beth Fairservis, by messaging on FB or calling 413-320-4140.

Schedule:

Puppet Builds & Rehearsals at Yurt in the Woods Studio
Saturday June 3rd: 10-2pm
Saturday June 17th & 18th 10-2pm
Mon-Fri June 26th-June 30th 10-3pm Activist Art Camp, Community Build, and rehearsals




PAST EVENTS

Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

Public Celebration of Resistance to Fossil Fuels

June 24, 2017, 10:00am - June 24, 2017, 1:00pm

Lower Spectacle Pond, Sandisfield MA

JOIN US SUGAR SHACK ALLIES! FRIENDS! CLIMATE ACTIVISTS!
The Sugar Shack Alliance invites you to come along for:

A Funeral March to Bury the Fossil Fuel Age ~
• Stop the Ct. Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield MA
• Demand an end the fossil fuel age
• Take action on the climate crisis
• Celebrate our continuing resistance

»Bring a musical instrument! A trombone, a fiddle, a drum, an accordian, or a hymn for the processional!

»Bring an emblem or a symbol of this bygone era you would like to see buried and drop it in the casket before internment!

Date: June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Gather at Lower Spectacle Pond, Cold Spring Rd, Sandisfield, MA 01255
(GPS may not work in the area, get directions first!)

We will gather briefly at Spectacle Pond for the funeral service, then march in a solemn procession up the road to the Thoreau cabin for a viewing of the Kinder Morgan CT Expansion pipeline construction. We will celebrate our resistance in speeches, music, and song, then walk, dance, and dance in a celebratory march back to the pond behind the musicians .

Spread the word ~ invite friends and family! Potluck lunch following!

General information: Susan – (413) 665-8246

Camping information: Dennis – (413) 634-5031

Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

Hearing on Carbon Pricing Legislation

June 20, 2017, 1:00pm - June 20, 2017, 5:00pm

Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House

After months of building support for carbon pricing bills S.1821 and H.1726, it all comes down to this. On June 20th, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing to consider the two pending bills.

The bills cannot move forward until they are voted favorably out of the TUE committee, so we need to demonstrate strong support for the legislation. Help us pack the room to support the all-star lineup of experts who will testify on behalf of the bills. Bring signs and friends. RSVP here: docs.google.com/a/cabaus.org/forms/d/1s5G7naPCNRRAZ62fAWsIebC0VAq02wKwhzOcAMZJwOY/edit

From the Ashes Film Screening

From the Ashes Film Screening

June 14, 2017, 7:00pm - June 14, 2017, 8:30pm

First Congregational Church of Southampton UCC
212 College Hwy
Southampton, MA  01073 Map

A free community prescreening of From the Ashes will be offered on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00PM. The film is a compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” and what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. It premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and will be released globally this summer. The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. We are thrilled to partner with RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies to amplify the complex conversation about the coal industry as well as alternative forms of energy. Former Secretary of State John Kerry says this about the film: “Heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time. A must-watch for everyone because we should all be in this together.”

Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream of Standing Rock

Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream of Standing Rock

June 14, 2017, 6:30pm - June 14, 2017, 8:45pm

Northampton, Community Room of the Forbes Library

Join us for a screening at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 14 in the Commumity Room of the Forbes Library in Northampton of the new documentary film: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (2017) with post-film conversation led by Susan Triolo, Vivienne Simon, and Ben Van Arnam, 3 members of the Sugar Shack Alliance deeply engaged in non-violent civil disobedience who have faced arrest in their sustained opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan Connecticut expansion pipeline in Sandisfield MA .

A presentation of The Resistance Film Series
of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars,
in collaboration with Climate Action Now and
the Sugar Shack Alliance of Western MA

SCJC Spring 2017 Full Coalition Meeting

SCJC Spring 2017 Full Coalition Meeting

June 13, 2017, 5:30pm - June 13, 2017, 7:00pm

Brightwood Branch Library
359 Plainfield St
Springfield, MA  01107 Map

Join the SCJC for our 2017 Spring Full Coalition Meeting!
Dinner and child-care will be provided.

This quarters meeting will focus on feedback on the first draft of the Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan, and our guest will be Catherine Ratte, principle author of the plan from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

All members of the SCJC are invited to send representatives to the meeting, and the public is invited to join as well.

For more information contact Jesse Lederman at 413-351-6785.

Massachusetts Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing

Massachusetts Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing

June 13, 2017, 9:00am - June 13, 2017, 5:00pm

Old West Church
131 Cambridge St
Boston, MA  02114 Map

The Campaign for Clean Energy Future invites you to participate in our Carbon Pricing Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 13th!

Massachusetts is one of the only states in the country considering legislation that would put a price on carbon pollution, a policy that will jumpstart the transition to clean energy and protect vulnerable communities.

Many climate experts say the solution to climate change is putting a strong price on carbon. That’s because making something expensive is a good motivation to get people to do it less. Right now, it’s free to pump carbon and other forms of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. But if we put a price on dumping that pollution into the our air, polluters would re-think their actions.

Right now there are two carbon pricing bills in the state legislature, and if one of them passes it would make Massachusett's the first state to price the very pollution responsible for climate change: carbon dioxide. To seize this opportunity, legislators need to hear from YOU.

Never lobbied before? No problem!
The Campaign will also be hosting a Grassroots Summit on Saturday, June 10 (location TBD) to train newcomers and talk strategy. This will provide space to prepare for the lobby day and get started on some exciting next steps. Please note that attendance at the Grassroots Summit is recommended, but not required to participate in the lobby day.

Learn more about the bills here: campaignforcleanenergyfuture.org/the-policy/

Let's show Massachusetts legislators that we want bold climate action and support putting a price on carbon pollution! We'll meet at the office of Climate XChange (Old West Church), and then head over to the State House together.

MA Clean Energy Future Tour - Springfield

MA Clean Energy Future Tour - Springfield

June 12, 2017, 6:00pm - June 12, 2017, 8:00pm

Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA  01119 Map

Hosted by Senator Jim Welch and chaired by Senator Marc Pacheco, this hearing will take place on the first floor of Western New England University's School of Law (the Blake Law Center) in the J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room.

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change wants to hear your thoughts on clean energy and climate. We will be holding hearings in nine regions throughout Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape, to give our constituents an organized opportunity to voice their opinions on energy issues, climate change and the legislation they want to see from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Step up to the microphone and let us know what's on your mind.

This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls and emails concerning the health and future of our local communities; our state; our country; and our world as a whole. We want your collective voices to ring throughout the legislature as we craft policy. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors! We look forward to hearing from you.​​​

For more information on all our hearings or to send us your thoughts electronically, visit our website at malegislature.gov/CleanEnergyFuture.

You can also tweet at @MAcleanfuture or use the hashtag #MAcleanfuture.

MA Clean Energy Future Tour -Springfield

MA Clean Energy Future Tour -Springfield

June 12, 2017, 6:00pm - June 12, 2017, 8:00pm

Western New England University's School of Law -- J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor

Please spread the word! All out! We are going to show up in big numbers to demonstate our support for the clean energy future.

4:45 - Carpools leave from Northampton
6:00 - Event starts in Springfield

Carpools will leave from Sheldon Field Parking Lot in Northampton (off Bridge Road by the 3-county fairgound), Northampton, at 4:45 PM

Join the MA Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee listening tour at its Springfield stop on June 12 at 6 PM

“The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?”

You can also check their website: malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

The event will be held at: Western New England University's School of Law -- J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor

There is another stop on the tour June 19th in Pittsfield.

Prayers for the Planet: Reverence & Resistance

Prayers for the Planet: Reverence & Resistance

June 11, 2017, 2:00pm - June 11, 2017, 4:00pm

Congregation B'nai Israel of Northampton
253 Prospect St
Northampton, MA  01060 Map

Climate change threatens everything we love. The world’s great religions are united in their call to humanity to honor the sacredness of Earth and to create communities in which human beings and all of life can flourish.

Join us for a festive, spirited, interfaith outdoor service to lift up our love for Earth and our resolve to protect it. The primary message will be delivered by the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston; with additional reflections by Jay O'Hara, a Quaker activist who works to deepen the spiritual underpinnings of ecological action. The service will feature music by the Amherst Gospel Choir and other local artists.

Everyone is welcome! The service will be held under a big tent, rain or shine. Childcare will be available--feel free to send us a message before the service with number and age of children (registration welcome but not required). Sign language interpretation will be provided. There will be plenty of chairs, but consider bringing blankets if you'd like to sit on the grass. Bring plenty of water.

prayersfortheplanet.org/

Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

June 10, 2017, 1:00pm - June 10, 2017, 4:00pm

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St
Amherst, MA  01002 Map

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we currently face. This event features environmental leaders from our community who are addressing locally-relevant environmental issues. Speakers will discuss innovative and tangible solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political and community-based strategies.

We are pleased to host this Speaker Forum, in conjunction with the Hitchcock Center. It is FREE of charge, but we encourage registration: www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-you-do-about-climate-change-registration-33345889453

1pm- Optional tour of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment

1:45pm- Ezra Markowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Speaking on: Promoting pro-environmental behavior while maintaining choice: Insights from the behavioral science

2:35pm- Nancy Nylen, Associate Director at the Center for EcoTechnology
Speaking on: Clean Renewable Energy – Something for Everyone

3:25pm-Solomon Goldstein Rose, Massachusetts State Representative for Third Hampshire District
Speaking on: State Policy for Clean Energy Technology

There will be 15 minute breaks with refreshments between speakers. See you Saturday!