Calendar

Monthly Gathering Details:  We alternate between Northampton and Amherst on the 4th MONDAY evening of each month from 7-9 pm (or til 8:30 if it’s a virtual gathering).  All are welcome!

  • Northampton gatherings will take place at First Churches on 129 Main St.  (enter side door)
  • Amherst gatherings take place at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on N. Pleasant St (downtown).

2020 upcoming dates for our monthly gathering (4th Monday of the month from 7 pm – 9 pm) Note: We’ve been have wonderful virtual gatherings via ZOOM during the time of COVID closure. Look out for zoom registration details before the next meeting in our newsletter or on facebook.

May 25 in Amherst * June 22 in Northampton * July 27 in Amherst * August 24 in Northampton * September 28 in Amherst * October 26 in Northampton * November 23 in Amherst * December 28 in Northampton

Working group meetings take place at other times in the month. Check out nofrackedgasinmass.com for regional pipeline events.  / EnviroShow on Valley Free Radio every Tues from 6-7 pm.

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May Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

May Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday May 25th - 7:00pm - Monday May 25th - 9:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA)

Monday, May 25. 7-9 PM in Amherst
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To join, please register here in advance and zoom will send you a link for this gathering:

us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcuquqjMsGdPNH7xGl8y7Vyc_v_XosS2-

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

Climate Action Now of Western Massachusetts Monthly Gathering

Monday, May 25. 7-9 PM in Amherst
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass
Handicap accessible and on a bus line

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 working for change for 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!
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Healing Climate Grief and Coronavirus Fear, and other feelings

Healing Climate Grief and Coronavirus Fear, and other feelings

Monday June 1st - 6:30pm - Monday June 1st - 8:00pm

Zoom Call w Russ and Eunice - Amherst, MA

Online Zoom group led by two trained facilitators to help people connect in these challenging times and share and release feelings about both climate change and the virus. Email Russ Vernon-Jones at russvj@gmail.com for Zoom link if you can't access it below

36 interested
June Climate Action Now monthly gathering

June Climate Action Now monthly gathering

Monday June 22nd - 7:00pm - Monday June 22nd - 9:00pm

First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts129 Main StNorthampton, MA01060 Map

Monday, June 22 from 7-9 pm
First Churches of Northampton

Everyone is welcome-everyone is needed!

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

All Welcome.

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, June 22 , 2019
7 to 9 PM
Accessible/on bus line
Location: First Churches, Main St, Northampton. Enter through the side door on Center St.

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PAST EVENTS

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Massachusetts forests: To Cut or Not to Cut?

Massachusetts forests: To Cut or Not to Cut?

Tuesday May 19th - 7:00pm - Tuesday May 19th - 8:30pm

Western Massachusetts

Via Zoom! Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. EST

PROTECTING FORESTS #2:
A SERIES OF TALKS ABOUT THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF FORESTS IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Our Massachusetts Forests: To Cut, or Not to Cut?

Michael Kellett, Executive Director and co-founder of RESTORE: The North Woods and Dr. Bill Stubblefield, biologist and expert on the role forests can play in mitigating climate change and biodiversity collapse.

REGISTER at the following link with zoom for the talk
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduuprjgiGNwGflLG5qglb3qqdE_5cIga

The talks are free, but registration is required.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation with a link to join the meeting. Please register if you can’t attend and want a link to the recorded talk. Do not share the link because it will only work for you.

climateactionnowma.org/farms-forests-food/
www.savemassforests.com/


More talks coming in June...stay tuned!

Our co-sponsors
Arise for Social Justice; Concerned Citizens of Franklin County; Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Climate Change Committee; The Enviro Show; Extinction Rebellion Western MA; Green Berkshires; The Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Keep the Woods; MA 350-Berkshire Node; Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley; Partnership for Policy Integrity; Restore: The North Woods; Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition; Traprock Center for Peace & Justice; Wendell State Forest Alliance

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Please join Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests on May 12th & 19th for the first two talks in our series. Forests are vital in mitigating climate change, and restoring and sustaining healthy ecosystems to protect biodiversity, provide clean air and water, and enhance human health.

We’re excited to present the latest forest science and policy from these experts!
There will be time for Q & A following each talk.
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Protecting Forests: reducing emissions+storing carbon in forests

Protecting Forests: reducing emissions+storing carbon in forests

Tuesday May 12th - 7:00pm - Tuesday May 12th - 8:30pm

Western Massachusetts

Via Zoom! Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. EST

PROTECTING FORESTS:
A SERIES OF TALKS ABOUT THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF FORESTS IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Talk #1: Reducing Heat Trapping Emissions from Energy Use and Storing More Carbon in Forests to Achieve a Safe Climate

Dr. William R. Moomaw, Professor Emeritus, Center for International Environment & Resource Policy at Tufts University, lead author of five reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, former director of the Climate & Energy Program at the World Resources Institute.
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Please join Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests on May 12th & 19th for the first two talks in our series. Forests are vital in mitigating climate change, and restoring and sustaining healthy ecosystems to protect biodiversity, provide clean air and water, and enhance human health.

We’re excited to present the latest forest science and policy from these experts!
There will be time for Q & A following each talk.

Reducing Heat Trapping Emissions from Energy Use and Storing More Carbon in Forests to Achieve a Safe Climate

REGISTER at this zoom link for first talk: May 12 at 7 pm
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpd-isrjkqHNwtA2Z_1v_gUgRBuOa5ow45

Our co-sponsors
Arise for Social Justice; Concerned Citizens of Franklin County; Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Climate Change Committee; The Enviro Show; Extinction Rebellion Western MA; Green Berkshires; The Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Keep the Woods; MA 350-Berkshire Node; Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley; Partnership for Policy Integrity; Restore: The North Woods; Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition; Traprock Center for Peace & Justice; Wendell State Forest Alliance
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April Climate Action Now monthly gathering

April Climate Action Now monthly gathering

Monday April 27th - 7:00pm - Monday April 27th - 8:30pm

First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts129 Main StNorthampton, MA01060 Map

LINK TO REGISTER for MEETING:
us02web.zoom.us/…/tJwvf--oqjgtH9wuPWB1Xqd9lanfgKVVb…

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Irvine containing information about joining the meeting.
It will be a link unique to you that cannot be shared.
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You are warmly invited to join Climate Action Now for a Virtual Gathering

Monday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Music, Time to Connect in Small Groups
Short video with Naomi Klein on Coronavirus Capitalism, and discussion
Updates, Events, & Actions from our Working Groups

& more!Monday, April 27 from 7-9 pm
First Churches of Northampton

Everyone is welcome-everyone is needed!

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

All Welcome.

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Monday, April 27 , 2019
7 to 8:30 PM
Accessible/on bus line
Location: First Churches, Main St, Northampton. Enter through the side door on Center St.
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Teach-In: Corporate polluter fees and how-to meet w legislators

Teach-In: Corporate polluter fees and how-to meet w legislators

Thursday April 23rd - 2:00pm - Thursday April 23rd - 3:00pm

Western Massachusetts210 Main StreetNorthampton, MA01060 Map

Thursday, April 23rd:2pm Corporate Polluter Fees & Lobbying Practice Teach-In

Register for Webinar here:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqPMgSpyohTegB19xzj5_HcpZTaKZDD79EYTiqF_qmIbLkAQ/viewform

On THURSDAY, APRIL 23 at 2 pm, the youth groups, Our Climate and Sunrise Movement; and the Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Group of Climate Action Now are hosting an exciting intergenerational webinar.

To successfully implementing climate plans we need to stop the money that finances, invests and insures fossil fuel-- We also have to make polluters pay for the pollution they create. As usual, It is all about the money! Come find out more!

Event Leaders: Hawa Tabayi, Kala Garrido, Haven Vincent-Warner
Organization: Our Climate, Sunrise Movement Western Mass.
Climate action Now

Description: Our Climate and Sunrise Western Mass are joined by our older allies and expert lobbyists from Climate Action Now in Western Mass to review the critical role that equitable carbon pricing plays in a Green New Deal. We will learn how this policy makes corporate polluters pay for a just transition to a green economy and how to make sure the policy is equitable. Lastly, we will run practice lobbying sessions groups in which teams of youth leaders will act out a conversation with someone acting as a difficult legislator.
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Actionar for Stop The Money Pipeline Massachusetts Live!

Actionar for Stop The Money Pipeline Massachusetts Live!

Thursday April 23rd - 12:00pm - Thursday April 23rd - 8:00pm

We’re targeting JPMorgan Chase—biggest financer of fossil fuel projects around the world, across the U.S., and right here in Massachusetts.

What do CHASE BANK, MASSACHUSETTS and LEE RAYMOND—
former CEO of ExxonMobil and historic climate change denier—have in common?? And what can we do about it?

2 times to join: NOON or 7 PM ET. Register here:
Link for NOON event: zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdOytqzgpGdZzsY7LzpgvMLNAhOuF12vg
Link for 7:00PM event: zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcscOiprz8sEtws5LLDWzoyAQ1G4Sq_8NCi

Part of Earth Day Live, a 3-day live-stream mobilization April 22-24: www.earthdaylive2020.org

SPOTLIGHT ON JPMORGAN CHASE
You know Chase Bank. Maybe you’ve seen Chase branches popping up around Massachusetts. Did you know that Chase is the largest U.S. bank, owned by JPMorgan Chase, the giant corporation that’s the #1 financer of fossil fuels and climate destruction?

And that long-time board member LEE RAYMOND is the former CEO of ExxonMobil and a chief architect of the global climate denial machine?

We’ve protested outside Chase branches across the U.S. and here in Boston. Some of us have cut up Chase credit cards to show we won’t support funding climate destruction.

Now—together—we can do more.

We can tell the leaders of JPMorgan Chase and other big corporations to be climate leaders. When these powerful decision-makers change business as usual, they can do more than almost anyone else in the world to make our climate livable, preserve communities around the globe, and protect families and neighborhoods here in Massachusetts.

We need to keep the spotlight on them, especially with the pandemic shifting attention away from their actions and granting them even more power to influence global markets, the U.S. economy, and Massachusetts politics.

WHAT WILL WE DO ON APRIL 23?
First, please register for the Noon or 7pm actionar. After registering, you’ll get a confirmation email with a Zoom link. Then, shortly before the Actionar start time, click on the Zoom link to join. Best strategy: join on a computer, and have your cell phone handy and charged so you can put it to good use!

Together, we’ll call, email, and tweet leaders at some of the largest global financial institutions to tell them that they need to step up as committed climate leaders.

Offered by Stop the Money Pipeline Massachusetts
Design by Climate Finance Action
Strategy and research by BlackRock’s Big Problem, Majority Action, and Rainforest Action Network
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Virtual Earth Day Celebration for 100% Renewable Energy

Virtual Earth Day Celebration for 100% Renewable Energy

Wednesday April 22nd - 6:30pm - Wednesday April 22nd - 8:00pm

Massachusetts Map

[art credit: Maria Kassabian, age 10, Nigeria UNEP]

Climate Action Now & Environment Mass
Virtual Earth Day Celebration for 100% Renewable Energy

Celebrate, Learn and Plan with us!
Join local organizers, activists & elected officials exploring the path to 100% renewable energy

Wednesday, April 22
6:30-8pm
To receive the link to this event sign up at Eventbrite:
www.eventbrite.com/e/50th-earth-day-anniversary-celebration-for-100-renewables-tickets-101916509022

Together, let’s envision a world where 100% of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources like sun & wind.
Speakers!
* Sen. Jo Comerford
* Reps. Lindsey Sabadosa, Natalie Blais & Daniel Carey
* Syair Bey, Environmental Justice Organizer for Arise for Social Justice/ Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
* Sarah Reyes, Sunrise Movement
* Kaitlyn Mitchell, 100% Renewable Energy Campus Coordinator, MASSPIRG Students
* Peter Schneider, Clean Energy Organizer; Environment Massachusetts

Also: Contribute to the Kid's Virtual Art Show!
We're inviting kids to create a picture imagining a 100% renewable energy world! Take a photo of your art and send it to Peter at pschneider@environmentmassachusetts.org with the subject line "Earth Day Art" to be featured in our slideshow. Check out this website for ideas!

All Ages Participation
Bring a homemade sign to the Zoom event that says why you support 100% renewable energy in Massachusetts!
Bring a sign celebrating 100% renewable energy for our social media action

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Note: The 100% Renewable Energy Act (H.2836) will power Mass with 100% renewable electricity by 2035 & 100% renewable energy for heating & transportation by 2045, while ensuring that all communities are included in the transition.

Learn more about the 100% Renewable Energy Act here: bit.ly/100RE_FactSheet
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Earth Day Conversation in Art

Earth Day Conversation in Art

Wednesday April 22nd - 12:00am - Thursday April 23rd - 12:00am

Connecticut River Valley

April 22nd, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As we mark this milestone, we are facing two emergencies: the climate crisis and the novel coronavirus. But we have also shown that our communities are capable of facing emergencies with care, solidarity, and love. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) logo represents the shape of an hourglass and the threat of extinction if we don’t reimagine our relationship to our planet as one of nurturing and interconnectedness. That new way of living is ours to create.

This Earth Day, Extinction Rebellion Western Massachusetts and our friends across the Valley invite you to join us in a “conversation in art” to honor this moment in a spirit of healing. We may be separated by quarantine, but we are all a part of the living systems of our world. We all have a stake in a healthy future.

Join our Conversation in Art
We invite you to create art with messages of healing for people, communities, and the Earth. Any time between now and April 22nd, leave your art at central community locations or just leave your creations along trails or in front of your home where people can encounter them.

You might choose to:
- Paint or draw the XR logo and other messages on rocks
- Print or paint signs for cars, home windows, etc.
- Create graffiti or chalk art on sidewalks, driveways, and paths
- Apply your own creativity to get the message out there!

Want to get another group you’re part of involved? Email us at xr_western_mass@protonmail.com.

Share Your Art with the World
Once you’ve left your message, share photos on social media with the hashtags #EarthDay2020, #RebelfromHome, and #HealtheEarth and tag us: @XR_WestMass on Twitter, @XRWMass on Facebook, or @XR_westernma on Instagram. Be well and rebel for life.
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Meet Jay Hooley and his Liberty Mutual CEO Sidekick, David Long

Meet Jay Hooley and his Liberty Mutual CEO Sidekick, David Long

Tuesday April 7th - 11:00am - Tuesday April 7th - 12:00pm

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfuuuqDktxlcbO4tu-e7fnn1eZ6Mixw Map

Join this ACTIONAR, an interactive webinar where we will act together and target Liberty Mutual, a major fossil fuel insurer that is insuring projects like tar sands pipelines, coal mines, and fracking wells.

You'll meet JAY HOOLEY, a board member of Liberty Mutual and ExxonMobil. While Exxon plans for 80% more oil production by 2024, Liberty has started ditching fossil fuels by phasing out existing coverage to some coal companies by 2023. However, Liberty needs to do much, much more! They need to close the loopholes on their coal policy, rule out insurance for tar sands, completely phase out fossil fuels from their investment and underwriting portfolio, stop insuring projects that are being built without the consent of impacted communities, and adopt a policy to respect Indigenous rights.

Jay Hooley is holding Liberty back on being a better climate leader. When Jay was CEO of State Street, he and Liberty both lobbied to expand fracked gas pipelines in Massachusetts. And guess who is on the board of Eversource, a top gas supplier in the state? Yup, Liberty Mutual’s CEO David Long.

Together, we will email and call Jay, David and other members of Liberty Mutual’s Board of Directors and the management team. This Actionar is the day before their annual policyholder meeting on April 8. It will be very timely to let Liberty know that they need to step up as a real climate leader in the insurance industry and take strong action on climate change, fossil fuels, tar sands, and Indigenous rights.

As a mutual company, Liberty Mutual is owned by its policyholders. So anyone with a homeowners, renters, or car insurance policy technically has a voice in governing the company and can typically vote at the annual policyholder meeting. This year’s meeting will be held virtually, and the company is stifling policyholder voices and not letting people speak up with questions and concerns during the meeting.

Register for this Actionar at: zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfuuuqDktxlcbO4tu-e7fnn1eZ6Mixw

Then watch this short video to learn how the insurance industry is ignoring science and continuing to fund the climate crisis:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG9Jc2Py_R8&feature=youtu.be
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Online via Zoom: March Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Online via Zoom: March Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday March 23rd - 7:00pm - Monday March 23rd - 9:00pm

Virtual Gathering Via Zoom

Monday, March 23. 7-8:30 PM VIRTUAL MEETING via ZOOM
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We are ON for Monday evening! Hope you can join in.
You are warmly invited to join Climate Action Now for a Virtual Gathering on Monday, March 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Mass, will update us on the ongoing campaign to win a statewide, economy-wide commitment to 100% renewable energy, share his perspective on how to keep on building the movement for climate action given the current public health emergency & lead us in a lively Q&A session.

We will have space & time to check in with each other in small groups & will hear updates about working groups, WMA Community Mutual Aid Network & ways to stay connected.

To join Zoom meeting, use this link zoom.us/j/203568129

Or To connect by phone call: 1-646-558-8656
ID: 203 568 129#

Some tips for making Zoom work for you on this page:
climateactionnowma.org/some-tips-for-making-zoom-work-for-you


We will use Zoom to create a space designed to uplift our spirits & keep us connected through small group conversation & a surprise guest speaker

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

Climate Action Now of Western Massachusetts Monthly Gathering

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 working for change for 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!
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Rally-Eversource: Abandon the Columbia Gas Expansion Project!

Rally-Eversource: Abandon the Columbia Gas Expansion Project!

Friday March 20th - 4:00pm - Friday March 20th - 5:30pm

Springfield,ma City hall

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POSTPONED. We'll be back

The Columbia Gas Resistance Campaign invites everyone to join us at a rally at 4 pm on Friday, March 20 at City Hall in Springfield where we will call upon Eversource to abandon the Columbia Gas Reliability Project and instead to work with us towards a just transition to 100% clean renewable energy and a livable planet.

Columbia Gas Resistance Campaign Calls on Eversource to Abandon Columbia Gas Pipeline Expansion Project

Please join us and help to spread the word. Family friendly.

Friday, March 20
4 -5:30 pm
City Hall
36 Court St.
Springfield, MA 01103

We need your voice to amplify our call to reject this pipeline project & focus instead on the clean 100% renewable energy we need for a livable planet.
Hosted by: Arise for Social Justice Springfield and Climate Action Now Western Mass.
For details on the Columbia Gas Resistance Campaign, please see this web page:
climateactionnowma.org/columbia-gas-resistance-campaign/
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