Category: Newsletter Archive to 2015

Newsletter – January 15, 2015

 

 

Our Line in the Sand

 

Table of Contents

Obama: NO KXL

Rally Recap

NVDA Training A Success

January General Meeting – Jan 26

Gas Pipeline Foes Blast Energy Study

Join our working groups to fight the pipelines

National phone call for pipeline organizers

Divestment: Save the Date for the Climate March Alliance 

Book Reading: Don Ogden’s Bad Atmosphere – Jan 20

Concert for Freedom and Justice – Jan 16

Solidarity moment

Article of the Week

Culture Corner

Get Connected with 350MA

Climate Action To-Do List


People from all over US rally to tell Obama No KXL- decision expected Friday

Our fight against the Keystone XL pipeline is at a critical juncture. The House and Senate are now controlled by Republicans who are trying to ram through legislation that would approve the pipeline, but the final decision still rests with President Obama. For six years we have been pushing him to do the right thing, and now a decision may be imminent. On Tuesday, people across the country rallied to raise our voices louder than the cacophany of lobbyists, corporations and greedy legislators who want to approve KXL. This is our line in the sand.

Protesters hold banners at anti-Keystone rally in Northampton

Photos – Rene Theberge © copyright 2015

Media roundup time!

Hampshire Gazette – Rally Against Keystone XL Pipeline Draws 60 Protesters in Downtown Northampton
The Republican – Pioneer Valley Activists Call on President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
22 News – Protesters Hope Obama Will Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal 

And some national perspective: 

Activists Rally Across the US, Calling on the White House to Reject the Keystone XL

Katie Valentine, Climate Progress
January 13, 2015

Anti-pipeline activists held rallies in states across the U.S. Tuesday, calling on the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Activists gathered in cities and towns in nearly every U.S. state Tuesday as part of a coast to coast anti-Keystone XL event organized by multiple environmental organizations, including 350.org, CREDO, and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

In Washington, D.C., a group of about 35 people gathered in front of the White House to deliver anti-Keystone XL petitions with more that 500,000 signatures to the president. A White House Council on Environmental Quality staff member accepted the petitions from the group, an act that Deirdre Shelly, a 350.org member who helped organize the rally, found encouraging. Read the rest here.

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Non-Violent Direct Action Training a Success

People from all over Western Massachusetts gathered on Saturday, January 10 for a training on how to take direct action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. We discussed the current status of the pipeline, planned the vigil for Tuesday, January 13, prepared for future actions, and talked about passing town resolutions calling for a ban on tar sands oil. Great work by all the dedicated Pioneer Valley organizers who put the training together! Check out this coverage of the training from Springfield’s ABC Channel 40.

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Check out this video to get a different perspective on the Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on the KXL route.
Video- KXL Pipeline Uncertainty Following Court Ruling


 

After a break for the holidays, we’re back! Please join us for our January General Meeting.

What: CAN/350MA General Meeting
Where: Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St., Amherst
When: Monday January 26, 7pm

In order to change everything we need everyone so please join us!  Newcomers are warmly welcomed.  Hear the latest news on our campaigns and find out where you would like to plug in. Workgroups will offer on the spot actions you can take that will make a difference. And meet others who share your passion for climate justice. 


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Gas pipeline foes blast energy study released on the last day of Patrick administration

The Republican
January 12, 2015

Opponents of Northeast Energy Direct, the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline which would course through Berkshire and Franklin counties on its way to New England markets, said over the weekend there are critical flaws in a long-anticipated energy report released by former Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday, the last day of his administration. Read more here

Are you interested in joining in one of our working groups to fight the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline? 

We need boots on the ground to make sure KM never gets to break ground.

1) Towards a Fossil Fuel Free and Renewable Massachusetts: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure 

Work locally, and statewide as well as regionally to oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, (the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Salem gas plant, the Spectra pipeline expansion, and Access Northeast) and to promote renewables, energy efficiency, conservation, and fixing of gas leaks (to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel-based energy). This new 350MASS statewide campaigns will focus on working strategically with other groups and communities to continue building and strengthening the growing grassroots movement. Please come to our next General Meeting on January 26th to find out more. Contact Irvine Sobelman – mirvinea@gmail.com,  Jenny Daniell jennyadaniell@gmail.com or Susan Theberge susantheberge@comcast.net if you would like to get involved.

2) Amherst Town Meeting Resolution against the pipline:

Please join our working group to get a resolution passed in Amherst. Contact Rudy Perkins if you can lend a hand. We would love to hear your comments and feedback so please read the Amherst draft resolution here. We will be offering a short training at the January 26 CAN/350Mass meeting.

All about Drafting local laws and resolutions.

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National phone call for shale gas organizers

Margaret Flowers from We Are Cove Point, one of the groups fighting the first approved LNG facility on the East Coast, is helping convene a national networking call for shale gas organizers. From coast to coast, communities are taking a stand against fracking and the hazardous infrastructure required to process and transport it. Communities are resisting expansion of fossil fuels when we should be building clean sustainable sources of energy. We are holding a call to get to know each other, to share our struggles and to learn from each other.

The next national conference call to talk about our work to stop fracking and its associated infrastructure from coast to coast will be Friday, January 23 at 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific.

The number is 712 432 1500 and the code is 897728#

Save the Date: The Climate March Alliance to Show Our Power Again on the Global Day of Divestment

Graphic of continents with text Global Divestment Day

February 13 is the Global Day of Divestment, with events scheduled in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand! The 350Mass Divestment Campaign has announced plans to participate with an all-day event at the State House on February 12 (a day early). The lineup of events for February 12 includes: a panel discussion for legislators and legislative aides, sponsored by Senator Ben Downing and Rep. Marjorie Decker; a rally featuring speakers from a broad range of organizations and groups that endorse divestment; constituent lobbying to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels; a panel on climate justice; special activities for students. Mark your calendar, stay tuned for more details, and contact Susan Redlich at sredlich2010@hotmail.com to get involved in the planning!

WHAT: Global Divestment Day
WHEN: Thu, February 12, 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston


Local Author Book Reading

Cover of Don Ogden's book Bad AtmosphereOn Author Night Tuesday, January 20, from 7 to 9pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library in Amherst the climate crisis will be the focus as local writer/activist Don Ogden reads from his recently released Levellers Press book, “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis“.

Joining him are singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron, as well as Susan Theberge of Climate Action Now!MA to bring into context our relationship with the planet and our actions to protect it in 2015.
 
 


Solidarity Moment(s!)

Indigenous people in western Canada are blocking pipelines on their land by reclaiming it for their traditional hunting and fishing. In this photo, Chief Toghestiy looks over the Unis’tot’en trapline on the Wedzin Kwah (Morice River) in northern British Columbia. They are occupying the land where the Enbridge tar sands pipeline and several gas pipelines are planned to cross Unis’to’ten territory without their consent.
The camp is calling for helpers to raise the blockade. We have two more weeks to line up support and helping hands for this campaign. Volunteers and sponsors can find out more here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/2tHr8/
Deep Green Resistance is honored to work in solidarity with indigenous people defending their land and water against corporate invaders. More about our indigenous solidarity work here.
 


Article(s) of the Week

Report: Forget Stocks, Invest in Solar Panels

Tom Kenworthy, Climate Progress
Jan 13, 2015

Think solar is a poor investment? Guess again.

A new study by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that in all but 4 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., installing a fully-financed 5 kilowatt solar panel system makes more financial sense than investing in a popular stock market index fund. Further, the same system would beat the costs of buying energy from local utilities in 42 of those 50 cities.

“(S)olar is now not just an option for the rich, but a real opportunity for anyone looking to take greater control over their monthly utility bills and make a long-term, relatively low-risk investment,” concludes the study which was done under funding by the U.S. Department of Energy. Read the rest here.


Culture Corner

A Horror Movie About K-Cups

Youtube video of a K-Cup monster

From Grist:
‘K-Cups are a terrible invention. Keurig took something as simple, delicious, and cheap as a cup of coffee and jacked up the price by sealing ground beans in impossible-to-recycle plastic and aluminum foil. And people love the stuff. The trash from K-Cups sold in 2013 could circle the globe nearly 11 times… this new video is pretty funny and seems like it was quite expensive to make, although not quite as pricey as your garbage caffeine habits. I can’t figure out who funded it, but I’m firing up the French press and signing on anyway: Kill the K-Cup.’


This week’s Climate Action To-Do List

Join the working group for one of our Climate Action NOW/350MA campaigns.  Collaborating across the state enhances our power and helps us build solidarity. It is a powerful way to get our voices heard. 

Towards a Fossil Fuel Free and Renewable Massachusetts: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure 

Contact Irvine Sobelman (mirvinea@gmail.com), Jenny Daniell (jennyadaniell@gmail.com) or Susan Theberge  (susantheberge@comcast.net).

-Divestment from Fossil Fuels: We will work to divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuels. Contact Adele Franks adele.franks@gmail.com

Fair and Equitable Carbon Tax Campaign: Contact Dave Roitman droitman1@verizon.net

Climate Action NOW work groups

-Stop the KXL Pipeline: Dave Roitman droitman1@verizon.net

Climate Action Plan for Springfield: Springfield Climate Justice Group: Contact Susan Theberge susantheberge@comcast.net

New group forming: Climate Action Performance Group  (puppets, music, street theater!) Come to our next meeting on January 26th to find out more!


Get Connected!

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Newsletter – Dec 18, 2014

 

 

New 350 Massachusetts  Statewide Campaigns Chosen and Fight to Stop KXL Heats Up  

Table of Contents

Climate Action Open House, ‘Cowspiracy’ screening – Dec 19

Polar Bear Debates Banker at Lively Northampton Keystone XL Rally

Keystone XL Nonviolent Direct Action Training – Jan 3

350.org Planning Next Steps to Defeat KXL

Join our working groups to fight new fossil fuel infrastructure 

350 Massachusetts Members Choose Three State Wide Campaigns for 2015 and Beyond!

New York State Bans Fracking of Gas

New Gas Pipelines = Lower Electricity Costs? It’s Not That Simple

 Climate Justice Coalition Gears Up in Springfield  

Grief, Resistance and Joy

Solidarity moment

Article of the Week

Get Connected with 350MA

Climate Action To-Do List


This Friday: Join Us for Our First Climate Action Open House

An open, just and sustainable world begins at home.

On Friday, December 19, Tim Holcomb opens his house at 59 Grantwood Drive, Amherst, to share a vegetarian potluck dinner, exchange ideas and learning and view the new documentary film: 

COWSPIRACY- THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

 

For more info contact Tim Holcomb at timholcomb55@gmail.com413-530-3233 


Successful Rally in Northampton to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

On Saturday, December 13, Climate Action NOW! held an Emergency Rally to Stop the Keystone XL in downtown Northampton. Co-sponsored by ten other groups, the action drew about 75 people to the corner of Main and King Streets where pots were banged, chants were chanted, songs were sung and a polar bear debated a corrupt banker about the benefits and harms of the pipeline which, if built, would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico for refining and export. Read the rest of Marty Nathan’s great synopsis here.

And check out the Hampshire Gazette article here.

Photos Rene Theberge copyright 2014


We need your help to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Please join us on Saturday, January 3rd!

That is the day we will gather to prepare for our Keystone Pipeline Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). We’ll do the Action in Springfield at the TD Bank sometime between mid-January and March. It will be timed so it happens the same day 97,000 others take action – as part of the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance.

WHO SHOULD COME: Everyone who wants to participate in the Action,either by blocking TD Bank or supporting those who do.  LOCATION: Springfield. We’re working to get the site now.

HOW TO GET UPDATES: We’ve created a Google Group so that we can easily update the list of interested people. We’ll be using this Group to send updates on local actions tied to the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance. If you’d like to be on the Google Group, please email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net. (Please note, that’s droitman1, not droitman.) Also let Dave know if you can help make phone calls to connect with other folks who want to participate. PS: We’ll also have a Facebook page soon. Read some of the background info for this action here.

350.org Planning Next Steps to Defeat KXL

Be on the lookout for a plan from 350.org on next steps in the struggle to defeat KXL! Climate Action NOW! members will be part of a national video chat hosted by 350.org to be held tonight, Dec. 18th at 8 PM Eastern time.

To join the chat, just go here when the time comes and press play 350.org/kxlplan


350 Massachusetts Members Choose Three State Wide Campaigns for 2015 and Beyond!

Collaborating across the state enhances our power and helps us build solidarity. It is a powerful way to get our voices heard. After many weeks of work, and lots of input from 350 Mass members across the state the results are finally here!

Our 2015 campaigns are:

1) Towards a Fossil Fuel Free and Renewable Massachusetts: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

We will work to oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, especially the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Salem gas plant, the Spectra pipeline expansion, and Access Northeast. In addition, we will promote renewables, energy efficiency, conservation, and fixing of gas leaks as ways to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel-based energy.

2) Divestment from Fossil Fuels:

 We will work to divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuels.

3) Carbon Tax: 

We will work to pass a carbon tax in Massachusetts.

Thanks to all of you for the time and care you put into this democratic campaign selection process! For more information about each campaign, or to get involved please contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net


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Are you interested in joining in one of our two working groups to fight the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline? 

We need boots on the ground to make sure KM never gets to break ground.

Towards a Fossil Fuel Free and Renewable Massachusetts: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Help to oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, especially the Kinder Morgan pipeline In addition, we will promote renewables, energy efficiency, conservation, and fixing of gas leaks as ways to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel-based energy. To join the local contingent of this statewide campaign please contact Irvine Sobelman – mirvinea@gmail.com and/or Jenny Daniell at jennyadaniell@gmail.com 

Working group to get an Amherst Town Meeting Resolution against the pipline:

Pitch in to help get a resolution passed in Amherst. Contact Rudy Perkins if you can lend a hand. 

Have you heard the amazing news about New York State banning the fracking of gas?   Although we may grow weary and discouraged at times we know how high the stakes are and it is always great to be reminded of the power of large grassroots movements of people who unite across differences to fight together for common goals. Read this article and rejoice!  

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

NY Times
Dec 17, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the controversial method of natural gas extraction.

State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers to public health. Read more here.

Also check out this article from Better Future Project’s Director Craig Altemose about the price of gas: Huffington Post 

Dec 11, 2014  New Gas Pipelines = Lower Electricity Costs? It’s Not That Simple

The nation’s biggest fossil fuel giants want to you to believe that they can help. Kinder Morgan, one of the country’s biggest oil and gas companies, has proposed a brand-new pipeline to bring gas from upstate New York. Spectra Energy, another massive fossil fuel conglomerate, is hoping to expand an existing gas pipeline that runs from New Jersey to Massachusetts.

But the simple equation offered by fossil fuel companies – more gas pipelines equals lower electricity prices – is sleight of hand, not sound policy. The proposed pipelines will not be ready until 2018 at the earliest (see here and here), so they will not have any impact on this winter’s electricity bills (or next winter’s, or the following winter’s). And new gas pipelines simply do not make sense as a long-term answer to our energy woes. Read the rest here.


Springfield Climate Justice Coalition Gearing Up Campaign for Climate Action Plan for Springfield: Request for assistance

The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is actively seeking people from throughout Western Massachusetts to help with important tasks including information gathering, creating educational materials and media work. If you live or work in Springfield we need your help with outreach. Please contact susantheberge@comcast.net if you have questions and/or can volunteer some time.

 

 

Grief, resistance, and joy

Margaret Bullit-Jonas
Dec 15, 2014

‘…On a Wednesday night in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, a diverse group of concerned citizens – Hispanic and white, wealthy and low-income – meets to strategize how best to implement and fund a climate action plan for the city. The leaders of this effort – Arise for Social Justice, the North End Organizing Network and Climate Action NOW – have organized the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Back in October we held a march through the city’s streets, gathered 200 people for a rally on the steps of City Hall, and rejoiced when the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt a Climate Justice Plan for the city and to establish a staff position to carry it out. Now comes the hard work of building a grassroots base to ensure that the mayor, Dominic J. Sarno, implements the resolution. Over pizza and oranges we exchange ideas, jot notes on newsprint, and start to divvy up tasks.’ Read more here.


Solidarity Moment

Activists occupying Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office

Folks in Rhode Island and DC were occupying the offices of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday to ask him drops his support of Spectra’s fracked-gas pipeline expansion. At 7pm, a group of 15 police officers cleared the office.

Senator Whitehouse, a supposed “climate champion”, supports the biggest fossil fuel project in his home state, Spectra’s fracked-gas pipeline expansion. He even wrote a letter to FERC asking them to expedite review of the project. Real climate champions don’t support fracked-gas pipelines – they fight to stop them.

 
Check out the FANG Facebook page and ‘like’ them! They also have a pledge to #StopSpectra and an Action Fund.
 

Article of the Week

Good News About Global Warming?

Robert Meeropol
Dec. 12, 2014

Until last week the consensus among climate scientists was that it takes about 30 years for the full climatic warming of carbon emissions to take effect. That meant that today we are only experiencing the total impact of carbon emissions generated before 1985 and additional warming will continue until 2044 no matter what we do. Turns out that the 30-year delay was based on scientists’ informed guesswork rather than quantitative studies.

NPR reported last week that “[f]or the first time” a study by two scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science “evaluated how long it takes to feel the maximum warming effect caused by a single carbon emission.” The study indicated that it only takes 10, not 30 years. Read the rest here.


Get Connected!

Just can’t get enough climate news and events? Climate Action Now is part of a wonderful statewide organization, 350 Massachusetts, that puts out a fantastic weekly newsletter of their own. The newsletter covers all sorts of great campaigns from all over the state. Click here to sign up!


This week’s Climate Action To-Do List

 Join one of our working groups

– Keystone Pledge of Resistance (email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net)

-Towards a Fossil Fuel Free and Renewable Massachusetts: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure (email Irvine Sobelman mirvinea@gmail.com and/or Jenny Daniell jennyadaniell@gmail.com)

– Springfield Climate Justice Group (email Susan Theberge susantheberge@comcast.net) 

– Divestment (email adele.franks@gmail.com)

– Amherst Pipeline Resolution (email rudyperkins@yahoo.com)

Enjoy the beauty of this season with friends, family and nature.  We will not be publishing our newsletter on Thursday, December 25th and we will not be holding our regularly scheduled fourth Monday of the month meeting in December.  We will return refreshed and ready to for a new year of action, learning, solidarity and grassroots engagement in our fight for a liveable world. Heartfelt thanks to all of you for the many ways in which you each contribute to this life affirming movement.


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Climate Action Now is a local, volunteer, grassroots Western Massachusetts organization, and also functions as the regional node of the statewide organization 350 Massachusetts. 

 

Newsletter – Dec 11, 2014

 

 

Emergency Protest Rally to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and Next Steps for Climate Justice in Springfield!

 

Table of Contents

Emergency protest rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline – Dec 13

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition: Update and Next Steps-December 11

Mothers Out Front Family Event – Dec 14

Keystone XL Nonviolent Direct Action Training – Jan 3

Climate Action Open House – Dec 13

COP20 in Lima Peru

Join our working groups to fight the Kinder Morgan gas pipline

The Facts About Kinder Morgan: report

Colocation video

Article: Kinder Morgan proposing new pipeline route

Williams College Called to Divest

Solidarity moment

Article of the Week

Culture Corner

Get Connected with 350MA

Climate Action To-Do List


This Saturday!!  Emergency Protest Rally to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

When: Saturday, December 13, 12 noon to 2 PM
Where: Old Northampton Court House, Main St. at King St.

President Obama will soon be faced with a decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built, taking massive amounts of filthy tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast for export. It must be stopped.

DEMAND IT BE STOPPED. OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!

For more information or to help us build for the rally, contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net, and don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event page!


Springfield Climate Justice Coalition: Update and Next Steps

Our sustained grassroots efforts have led to the Springfield City Council supporting a Climate Action Plan for Springfield but this is only the first step  

Please join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6 PM.

 We will gather in the Meeting Room at Chestnut Towers, 70 Harrison Avenue in Springfield 

For more information and/or carpooling please contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net

Together we can help Springfield become healthier, safer, offer more and greener jobs, and become a leader in the struggle for climate justice. Read more here.


One of the things we most love about our Mothers Out Front work here in the valley is the opportunity to gather and get to know each other — while doing productive climate actions!

Come join us Sunday at the PV Cohousing common house (120 Pulpit Hill Rd. Amherst) from 12:45 to 3pm 

  • We’ll be attempting a production line of energy efficient door/window “snakes” – and if you’re crafty, help us lead this effort!
  • We’ll be talking casually about our climate concerns and sharing how much this work feeds our souls
  • We’ll be explaining the “switch” to “green” electricity
  • We’ll be having fun

And we’ll have more fun if you join us for this whole-family event! Please RSVP to karen-at-innerfortune.com (or just show up!)


We need your help to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Please join us on Saturday, January 3rd!

That is the day we will gather to prepare for our Keystone Pipeline Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). We’ll do the Action in Springfield at the TD Bank sometime between mid-January and March. It will be timed so it happens the same day 97,000 others take action – as part of the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance.

WHO SHOULD COME: Everyone who wants to participate in the Action,either by blocking TD Bank or supporting those who do.  LOCATION: Springfield. We’re working to get the site now.

HOW TO GET UPDATES: We’ve created a Google Group so that we can easily update the list of interested people. We’ll be using this Group to send updates on local actions tied to the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance. If you’d like to be on the Google Group, please email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net. (Please note, that’s droitman1, not droitman.) Also let Dave know if you can help make phone calls to connect with other folks who want to participate. PS: We’ll also have a Facebook page soon. Read some of the background info for this action here.


Climate Action Open House

An open, just and sustainable world begins at home.

On Friday, December 19, Tim Holcomb opens his house at 59 Grantwood Drive, Amherst, to share a vegetarian potluck dinner, exchange ideas and learning and view the new documentary film: 

COWSPIRACY- THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

For more info contact Tim Holcomb at timholcomb55@gmail.com413-530-3233


COP20 in Lima, Peru

This week the 20th annual international climate change negotiations, the Conference of the Parties (COP), are going on in Lima, Peru. These talks are in preparation for the Paris conference next year, which many experts believe may be one of our last chances at an interational agreement that could save us from the worst effects of climate change. 

Amy Goodman and her Democracy Now team is in Lima.  They are providing outstanding coverage, especially at the alternative peoples conference.  Find out how many of the indigenous people participating in this peoples alternative are organizing and how they are being affected by the oil and gas corporations. To tune in: Northampton  WXOJ, 103FM at 5pm; Northampton Community TV at 8am, 12 noon, 7pm and midnight and on WMUA at 8am.

Insider Intel from the Experts: What’s happening on the ground in Lima? The U.S. Climate Action Network hosted a webcast briefer on the developments in the Lima climate talks with expert speakers from Oxfam America, World Wildlife Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. 


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Are you interested in joining in one of our working groups to fight the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline?

We need boots on the ground to make sure KM never gets to break ground.

Working group to get an Amherst resolution against the pipline:

Please join a new working group focused on getting a resolution passed in Amherst. Contact Rudy Perkins if you can lend a hand. We would love to hear your comments and feedback so please read the Amherst draft resolution here.

All about Drafting local laws and resolutions

Working group to help coordinate statewide collaboration:

There are so many great groups across the state working to shut down this pipeline proposal, and collaboration is key. No experience necessary, just passion and an ability to dedicate your time and talents. If you’re interested, please contact Irvine Sobelman – mirvinea@gmail.com and/or Jenny Daniell jennyadaniell@gmail.com

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The Facts About Kinder Morgan (report)

Energy giant Kinder Morgan has big ambitions. Best known for its empire of oil and natural gas pipelines, the firm aspires to enlarge its role in coal transport too. Expanding its export terminals in Louisiana and Texas would increase Kinder Morgan’s coal export capacity in the Gulf Coast region from roughly 5 million tons annually in recent years to nearly 29 million tons.

These coal terminal expansions could boost Kinder Morgan’s profits, but they also raise questions about what the projects might cost neighboring communities. The company’s existing coal export operations are well known for blighting neighborhoods and fouling rivers. In fact the company’s track record is one of pollution, law-breaking, and cover-ups. Read the report here.

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Colocation video – Stephen Wicks

This video notebook is a compilation of several field visits to a WMECO power corridor in Plainfield, Massachusetts during a weeklong period in November 2014. The images and words chronicle the survey work in progress for the colocation siting of a section of the planned Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project Proposed by Kinder Morgan. The video is meant to help viewers understand what the potential impact might be when existing utility corridors are used as a route for a new natural gas pipeline project. 

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Kinder Morgan proposing new pipeline route

22 News, Dec. 5 2014

BOSTON (WWLP) – Kinder Morgan is proposing a new preferred route for its $5 billion Tennessee Gas pipeline; a plan which has drawn heavy controversy in Massachusetts. The new plan, which the company says is designed to minimize environmental impacts by keeping the route largely along existing energy corridors, would shift much of the pipeline from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. Read more here.


Williams College Alumni-Student Coalition Demands Quick Action on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Williamstown, MA – A coalition of over 500 Williams College alumni and students propelled its fossil fuel divestment movement into high gear yesterday, delivering a formal proposal to the school’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. The coalition is seeking a College decision by the April 2015 Board of Trustees’ meeting to eliminate all direct and third-party investments in the 200 largest fossil fuel companies within five years. Read the rest here.


Solidarity Moment

Please join us this Friday at 3 PM in Holyoke!

  • Holyoke: Ferguson to NYC to Holyoke: March and Rally.
  • Gather at 3pm from either Career Point (850 High Street) or Holyoke High School, marching to City Hall, and then rallying at the United Congregational Church (300 Appleton Street). There will be a speakout and poetry. Wear all black clothing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Article of the Week

Adapting to a warmer climate could cost almost three times as much as thought, says UN report

Adapting to a warmer world will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and up to three times as much as previous estimates, even if global climate talks manage to keep temperature rises below dangerous levels, warns a report by the UN.

The first United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) ‘Adaptation Gap Report’shows a significant funding gap after 2020 unless more funds from rich countries are pumped in to helping developing nations adapt to the droughts, flooding and heatwaves expected to accompany climate change. Read more here.


Get Connected!

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Culture Corner

PictureBook:  Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy by Chris Crass

This book is for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. Chris Crass’s collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. Drawing on two decades of personal activist experience and case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations, Crass insightfully explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision,strategy, and movement building in the United States today.

 


This week’s Climate Action To-Do List

1. Join us on Saturday at noon in Northampton for our NO KXL Action! (see top of newsletter for details)

2. Get involved in our Climate Justice Working Group! Come to Springfield this Thursday at 6PM (Meeting Room at Chestnut Towers, 70 Harrison Avenue in Springfield) 

3. Join one of our working groups

– Keystone Pledge of Resistance (email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net)

– Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Statewide work (email Irvine Sobelman – mirvinea@gmail.com and/or Jenny Daniell jennyadaniell@gmail.com)

– Springfield Climate Justice Group (email Susan Theberge @susantheberge@comcast.net) 

– Divestment (email adele.franks@gmail.com)

– Amherst Pipeline Resolution (email rudyperkins@yahoo.com)


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Newsletter- Dec 4, 2014

 

Thought the Keystone XL pipeline was dead? Think again. Then get active!

 

Table of Contents

Emergency protest rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline – Dec 13

Keystone XL Nonviolent Direct Action Training – Jan 3

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition: Update and Next Steps-December 11

Divest UMass Alumni Board of Trustees Meeting – Dec 10

Sign the postcard to tell Gov Patrick to ban tar sands oil

Pipeline opponents crash close Franklin County Chamber of Commerce meeting

Rolling March of Words

Pipeline Resolution for Amherst

Rudy Perkins: ‘Given the options, lets not get burned by natural gas’

Solidarity moment

Article of the Week

Culture Corner

Get Connected with 350MA

Climate Action To-Do List


Emergency Protest Rally to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

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When: Saturday, December 13, 12 noon to 2 PM
Where: Old Northampton Court House, Main St. at King St.

Please join us in front of the old Northampton Courthouse on the corner of Main and King Streets for an emergency rally to urge Washington leaders – Congress, State Department and the President – to block the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline. There will be street theater and educational leafleting! This event launches a series of local actions focused on stopping Keystone XL, including nonviolent direct action in  2015 in concert with the national Pledge of Resistance (signed by 97,000 American people).

The Keystone XL MUST BE STOPPED. It would be a disaster for the climate, for the states through which it will run and for the land and native peoples of Alberta, Canada from which the tar sands are mined.For more information or to help us build for the rally, contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net.

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If you want to help to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, put January 3 in your calendar!

That is the day we will gather to prepare for our Keystone Pipeline Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). We’ll do the Action in Springfield at the TD Bank sometime between mid-January and March. It will be timed so it happens the same day 97,000 others take action – as part of the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance.

WHO SHOULD COME: Everyone who wants to participate in the Action– either by blocking TD Bank or supporting those who do. 

LOCATION: Springfield. We’re working to get the site now.

HOW TO GET UPDATES: We’ve created a Google Group so that we can easily update the list of interested people. We’ll be using this Group to send updates on local actions tied to the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance. If you’d like to be on the Google Group, please email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net. (Please note, that’s droitman1, not droitman.) Also let Dave know if you can help make phone calls to connect with other folks who want to participate. PS: We’ll also have a Facebook page soon.

Read some of the background info for this action here.


Springfield Climate Justice Coalition: Update and Next Steps

Our sustained grassroots efforts have led to the Springfield City Council supporting a Climate Action Plan for Springfield but this is only the first step  

Please join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6 PM.

 We will gather in the Meeting Room at Chestnut Towers, 70 Harrison Avenue in Springfield 

The focus is on joining together to keep our growroots movement growing as we strategize how to let Mayor Sarno know that we expect him to fund  and implement the Climate Action Plan Resolution.  We will continue our outreach efforts so that the plan reflects what the community of Springfield wants to see included.

For more information and/or carpooling please contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net

Together we can help Springfield become healthier, safer, offer more and greener jobs, and become a leader in the struggle for climate justice. Read more here.


UMass Divestment Trustee Action

Students at UMass Amherst have worked tirelessly for over a year to divest the five-college endowment from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies.The UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign has been invited by the Board of Trustees to speak at their upcoming meeting. We will highlight the importance of climate justice and the University’s responsibility to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in projects and funds that do not perpetuate racism, classism, sexism and other systems of oppression.

The trustees will not be voting on divestment at the meeting and have not committed to taking action. We are therefore trying to get as many students, faculty, alumni and community members to attend the meeting as possible to demonstrate support for our cause. We are asking people to wear all black to show they support divestment. 

UMass belongs to all of us! It’s time to lead UMass to become the first public university in the Northeast to divest from dirty energy. Join us as we pack the room on December 10 to send a powerful message to the board of trustees and other decision-makers, in preparation for an upcoming season of supercharged campus/community organizing. For more information, contact Varshini Prakash, prakash.varshini8@gmail.com.

WHAT: University of Massachusetts Trustee Action
WHEN: Wed, December 10, 8:30 AM
WHERE: Since the location has not been released we will gather in the UMass Amherst Student Union Building at 8:30 a.m. 

Did you attend UMASS? We’re also trying to get alumni to send a letter or call the trustees to show their support for divestment. You can use this template for the letter and this template for the call script. If you are able to call or write to the trustees, or if you know any other alumni who would be willing to do that, we think that would also help our campaign leading up to the meeting.

Sign the Postcard & Tell Governor Patrick: Ban Tar Sands Oil!

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If the Keystone XL pipeline goes forward, there will be major consequences for Massachusetts: tar sands could make up nearly 18% of our liquid fuel supply by 2020.

Pressuring the President is no longer enough. Despite the millions who have spoken out, Big Oil is still calling the shots in Washington, and we can’t trust our national leaders to do the right thing.

Sign the postcard here and forward it to five friends!


Pipeline opponents crash closed Franklin County Chamber of Commerce meeting

GREENFIELD—Four opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Natural Gas pipeline crashed a closed Franklin County Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday to deliver an anti pipeline message days after the chamber voted to accept Texas corporation Kinder Morgan in to its membership.

Chamber officials told the opponents to leave the meeting. “If you want us to leave,” Nestel said, “call the police and have them arrest us.”

Read the rest here.

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Photo by Hattie Nestel

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Rolling March of Words Ready to Launch!

March of Words Letter Writing – The Rolling March of Words is a weekly gathering every Sunday in December. The intent is for residents of the towns to write letters to legislators to urge their upholding of Article 97 and to oppose any new natural gas pipelines in MA

Turn off the lights – Set up a “Pledge Sheet” at the library, community centers, churches, schools, etc… Residents can sign to pledge to turn out the lights Sundays from 6:00-9:00. Include names and phone numbers so pledges can be contacted and reminded. And turn out your own lights!

Gather – Select a host site, (a community building, church,temple or other gathering place). Compose letters. Personal stories and hand written letters work best. Encourage people to try to write ten letters each. Celebrate and have fun, share food and drink, stores and songs.

Count – Tally the numbers of letters written and to whom. Count the numbers of households with lights out.

Read the rest of the details here, and you can use these sample letters to state legislators and federal congress members

 

We Need a Resolution from Amherst Opposing the Kinder-Morgan Fracked Gas  Pipeline!

Please join a new working group focused on getting a resolution passed in Amherst. Please contact Rudy Perkins if you can lend a hand. We would love to hear your comments and feedback so please read the Amherst draft resolution here.

All about Drafting local laws and resolutions

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Rudy Perkins: Given renewable energy options, let’s not get burned by natural gas

The Gazette
Nov 28, 2014

An over-reliance on natural gas in our region could subject us to greater energy price volatility, divert resources needed to ramp up energy efficiency and renewable energy and set back efforts to hold the line on climate change.

Our region already depends heavily on natural gas for its electricity generation and home heating. If certain pipeline and utility advocates have their way, this over-reliance on gas would only increase. Read more here


Solidarity Moment…from the Catalyst Project

 
In the wake of Mike Brown’s killing, a powerful and inspiring Black-led movement has erupted. Many white people are looking for places to get involved and want to take accountable action to end police violence and anti-Black racism. Let’s make the most of this movement moment to talk to the people around us, and engage them in conversation and actions around Ferguson. We take inspiration and leadership from Black people fighting for their dignity and freedom, and for those of us who are white, it is our responsibility to support other white people to join the fight against racism. Click here for 5 ways to get involved from the Catalyst Project.

Article of the Week

Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change?

Rebecca Solnit, NY Times
Dec 2, 2014

‘To grasp climate change, you have to think in terms of species and their future. To know how things have already changed, you have to remember how they used to be, and so you may not notice birds disappearing from the skies, or hotter weather or more extreme storms and forest fires. You need to look past the sparrow and see the whole system that allows — or allowed — the birds to flourish. The swallows, the chinook salmon, desert tortoises, manatees, moose and us. Addressing climate means fixing the way we produce energy. But maybe it also means addressing the problems with the way we produce stories.’ Read the rest here.


Get Connected!

Just can’t get enough climate news and events? Climate Action Now is part of a wonderful statewide organization, 350 Massachusetts, that puts out a fantastic weekly newsletter of their own. The newsletter covers all sorts of great campaigns from all over the state. Click here to sign up!


Culture Corner

Earthcare Concert

magpie music

Two of the finest musicians around creating music that relates to the challenges facing our planet are coming to Amherst Friday night. Many of their CDs (“Living Planet”, “Circle of Life”, “Seed on the Prairie”) are heavily focused on earthcare and climate issues. Don’t miss this. They’re terrific!  They’re songs will fill you with new inspiration & strength to carry forward our important work to reverse the destruction being waged against our planet.

When: Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm
Where: Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd., North Amherst

$10- $20 donation at the door
http://www.magpiemusic.com/first.htm


 This week’s Climate Action To-Do List

1. Join the Google Group to receive updates on local actions tied to the national Keystone Pledge of Resistance. If you’d like to be on the Google Group, please email Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net.

3. Comment on the pipeline proposal docket at FERC (learn how). FERC has the final say in permitting pipelines and assigns docket numbers to each proposal. Anyone can comment. (Northeast Energy Direct is #PF14-22, Connecticut Expansion is #CP14-529)

4. Check out our monthly Featured Climate Actions, to get great ideas for actions you can take on the personal, community, and national/gobal level to combat climate change. Courtesy of the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence.


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August 13, 2014

 

 

Let’s Get to the People’s Climate March!

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.  We have an opportunity to make Sunday, September 21 in New York City a special day.  Join us!

Organizers in the Pioneer Valley are hard at work getting buses together for the People’s Climate March in NYC.

We need YOU!

We already have bus captains for Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield, but we still need help! Primarily, we are looking for extra volunteers to co-captain in Greenfield, and extra hands for other towns is appreciated. Can you help? Bus captains will reserve buses and help fill them, but are not financially responsible. If you think you would like to be a bus captain, please email climatemarch-pv@googlegroups.com

If you want to join us on a bus to the march, check out our regional signup page: gotoclimatemarch.org

If you have signed up for a 350MA bus from the Haigis Mall in Amherst leaving on Sunday 9/21, but would prefer to leave from Greenfield, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Northampton or Springfield, please let us know. We’ll put you in touch with Sophie at 350MA, who will refund your ticket; and we will arrange for you to catch another bus.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the march on the official Facebook page!


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Climate Action NOW!/350MA General Meeting

Date: Monday, August 25th
Time: 7 PM
Location: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton (please note change of location from our usual meeting in Amherst)

Topic: War, Militarization and Climate Change: The Urgency of Joining Our Movements Together

Our next Climate Action Now/350MA meeting is focused on exploring the nexus of peace and climate.

Climate Action NOW members are working with national peace and justice organizations to formulate an appeal to peace/justice and environmental groups to work together. Militarism and war take a huge toll on the environment. The use of the military to acquire fossil fuels that are destroying the planet is a truth of our times. We need to disengage from militarism and war in order to save our planet.

This appeal can be found here.

As usual, we will also have updates on all of our campaigns, including the Tennesee Gas pipeline resistance, Springfield climate action plan, divestment, and organizing for the rally in New York City. 

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Bird Puppets

for the NYC People’s Climate March, September 20th and 21st.

Make hand-held Bird Puppets from cardboard with theatre artist and activist, Beth Fairservis in three Puppet Building Sessions. We hope to fill Broadway with flocks of birds hand made by groups in Western MA and hand held by individual marchers in the demonstration. Birds will make a visual statement showing our long range awareness of what is happening to our atmosphere and how it will affect our planet and all who inhabit it. The Bald Eagle symbolizes America, awakened to climate change and demanding the skies above our land be forever clean.

Sessions scheduled so far will take place at Beth’s Yurt in the Woods Studio, in Haydenville, and at Heritage Park in Holyoke as part of the Co-op Power 10th Annual  Sustainability Summit.

Sunday, Aug 31st, 10am to 3pm, at Beth’s Yurt
Saturday, Sept 13,10am to 3pm, at  Heritage Park
Sunday, Sept 14th, 10am to 3pm, at Beth’s Yurt

RSVP to Beth Fairservis: bethbirth@crocker.com 

All are invited.  Children are encouraged to attend. Materials provided except cutting tools. Please bring your best exacto knives, and sharp blades for cutting out cardboard.

JOIN  US TO CREATE A STRONG ARTFUL PRESENCE FOR THIS VITAL PROTEST RALLY!

Please let Beth know if you would like the PDF of the design so that you can work with your community to create your own flock! The design can be altered to create new bird species!

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING BIRDS FROM CARDBOARD

ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A GROUP:

  1. Upon request, Beth will send you the PDF

  2. Print OUT PDF

  3. Lay out pages and tape together (Lines will not meet because of printing border. Either fold or cut one side so that lines touch.

  4. Glue down on flat piece of card board (Big sheets of cardboard can be obtained at furniture stores, or use a large box.

  5. Once dry, cut out with xacto knife, or box cutter. (Trace these pieces onto more cardboard, if you want to make more birds)

  6. Assemble two pieces together

  7. Tape together with masking tape. (Clear tapes will not accept paint well)

  8. Paint!

Co-op Power’s 10th Annual Sustainability Summit is just around the corner and the price for registration will start going up after August 13th.

Register before August 13th to get a 40% early bird discount on the ticket price. As a member, you get an additional 20% discount. Contact Diego for member discount code. Registration at the door will be $45.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members. Register early!

Tentative Schedule:

9:00- Registration and Exhibitor area open. Exhibit area ongoing throughout the day.
9:30-10:30– Workshop Session 1
10:45-11:45– Workshop Session 2
11:45-12:45– Lunch
12:45-2:00– Plenary Session with keynote by Eric Toensmeier
2:00-2:30– Information about Co-op Power’s Products and Services, Member Benefits, and Local Organizing Councils
2:30-2:45 Open Space Networking and Exhibitions
2:45-4:00– Workshop Session 3

The Summit is taking place at Holyoke Heritage State Park featuring a carousel and many displays about Holyoke’s hydroelectric dam and canals.

Eric Toensmeier Will Be Giving the Keynote

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean.Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces.Eric is currently writing Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices.Eric has written books about permaculture including his most recent book entitled Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-tenth of an Acre and The Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City. He has also published a book called Perennial Vegetables and is currently working on a book about Carbon Farming that was funded through a successful kickstarter campaign.

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Put your talent on display! As we prepare for the summit, we welcome volunteers to take charge of overseeing our zero waste efforts, registration, set up, clean up and making sure that the event goes smoothly.Taking a leadership role in the event will not only be a fun and rewarding experience, but will also be a way to connect to members and supporters throughout the region. Volunteering is a great way as well to get free entrance to the event. Register today!


Marty Nathan: A pipeline we don’t need for gas we don’t want

The Hampshire Gazette, July 31, 2014

‘…the threat extends far more broadly than affected communities. Natural gas has been called a “bridge fuel” by well-meaning people concerned about global warming and the outsized effects of coal-burning electricity production and home heating on greenhouse gas production. But in fact, fracked gas may be as bad as if not worse than coal. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas over 20 times as potent as CO2. Methane is extensively leaked into the atmosphere during the fracking process and gas transport.

This is a bridge to nowhere.’


Festival for Our Future in Salem

We’re at a crucial juncture in our campaign against the proposed Salem gas plant. Despite preferential treatment from state and local officials, Footprint’s project is delayed and their financing is uncertain. Now they’re asking energy regulators to give them a break by waiving fines. If we keep the pressure up, we can stop the sweetheart deals — and perhaps halt the plant entirely. We’ll rally at 2 pm and enjoy a “Festival for Our Future” afterwards with music, a giant interactive art piece, kids’ activities, and more. Join us as we work together to envision a future that depends on renewables, not fracked gas! Register here.

WHAT: Rally and Festival for Our Future
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2:00-4:00 pm
WHERE: Derby Wharf, Salem, MA (next to the Orientation Center on Derby Street)

RSVP here! 


Resistance to the Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline

Photo: Rene Theberge Copyright © 2014

On Tuesday August 12, Kinder Morgan representatives held a public meeting in Athol, and found themselves up against impassioned residents opposed to the pipeline. 

Showing up to public forums such as this is only one tactic in our arsenal to fight this dirty, dangerous pipeline. What else can we do, you ask?

ACT NOW!

BEAT’s Action Plan
Our primary researcher partners, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, have come up with key steps that need to be taken now. The great news is – anyone can do them! One idea is:

— Ask Governor Deval Patrick to publicly oppose the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan, to deny them access to state land for survey, and to keep the currently stalled tariff to pay for pipelines off the table.

For more action items from BEAT and No Fracked Gas in Mass, click here.


Marty Nathan: A pipeline we don’t need for gas we don’t want

The Hampshire Gazette, July 31, 2014

‘…the threat extends far more broadly than affected communities. Natural gas has been called a “bridge fuel” by well-meaning people concerned about global warming and the outsized effects of coal-burning electricity production and home heating on greenhouse gas production. But in fact, fracked gas may be as bad as if not worse than coal. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas over 20 times as potent as CO2. Methane is extensively leaked into the atmosphere during the fracking process and gas transport.

This is a bridge to nowhere.’


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August 6, 2014

Boston Pipeline Rally a Huge Success!

Photo copyright Rene Theberge 2014

So, About Yesterday
A Synopsis of a Long and Wonderful Day

Rose Wessel, No Fracked Gas in Mass
July 31, 2014

Wednesday’s Rally in Boston was a great success. The crowd of at least 500, full of familiar faces from all across the state, was passionate, charged and vocal. Under the guidance of Claire Miller from Toxics Action and Joel Wool from Clean Water Action, citizens participated in lobbying sessions at the State House – going directly to our elected officials to make sure our voices were heard. Flanked by the rousing music of the Fracked Gas Bomb Jazz Band, the rally was packed with key speakers from all areas of the movement, including land owners, activists, legislators, legal watchdogs, land conservation and more. Read more.

 

And some good news from CLF:

NESCOE Suspends Votes on Tariff Proposals

Shanna Cleveland, Conservation Law Foundation
August 1, 2014

The New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”), an entity created to carry out the policy directives of the New England governors, had been hurtling down the track towards forcing electric customers to pay for a massive, new natural gas pipeline as well as new transmission projects to import large-scale Canadian hydropower. This morning at the monthly meeting of the voting participants in the New England Power Pool (“NEPOOL”), NESCOE signaled that the train is going to slow down. Read more.

Here’s a roundup of the media coverage from Wednesday’s events:

Rally reaches Statehouse
Gas protestors meet with Gov. Patrick

The Recorder
July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse.

Speakers included local legislators, Reps. Stephen Kulik, and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposal for a nearly 300-mile pipeline that would cut across nine Franklin County towns on its way to Dracut, north of Lowell. Read more.

 

Hundreds of opponents rally in Boston against Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas pipeline expansion

The Republican
July 30, 2014

BOSTON — Several hundred people protested on Boston Common on Wednesday against the proposed expansion of a gas pipeline through Western Massachusetts.

“We’re using too much power and being overpowered by the oil and gas industry,” said Martin Schotz, a 71-year-old doctor from Cummington. “We’re all personally affected by global warming and the use of fossil fuel.” Read more.

 

Natural gas: Massachusetts is ground zero for Northeast’s pipeline fight

Christian Science Monitor
August 4, 2014

Tom Clark, whose family has battled bugs, hungry deer, and early frosts for nearly a century in their peach and apple orchards in the rural western Massachusetts town of Deerfield, now faces a new foe in this area: the natural gas industry.

The Clarkdale Farm sits on terraced hillsides on the route of a proposed 180-mile pipeline to be constructed as early as 2018, running from eastern New York to a transmission hub in the Bay State’s northeastern corner. The pipeline, which will carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Fields across the seam of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, is drawing intense fire from local landowners, environmental activists, and concerned citizens across the region. Read more.

 


People’s Climate March

Appeal to the Peace and Climate Movements
Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming

The signs of climate change are all around us.  They include—increasingly severe weather everywhere (floods, heat waves, droughts, cyclones and wildfires), as well as melting polar ice and glaciers, rising acidic oceans, and thawing of Siberian permafrost, which threatens release of huge, devastating, methane gas emissions.

But the developing climate emergency does not exist in isolation. And we must understand and confront the social and economic context that produced and accompanies it: war and unlimited military expenditures, corporate globalization, vast social inequality and racism. Read more.

 

Transportation

A group of organizers from the Pioneer Valley is working very hard to get buses set up to go to the People’s Climate March. We know we can get record numbers of people to NYC! Right now we are working on finding people who are willing to be bus captains in Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield. Bus captains will be responsible for helping to recruit people to go on the buses, but will not be on the hook for the finances. There will be lots of support for anyone who wants to do this! If you want to help out, email us at climatemarch-pv@googlegroups.com

 


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July 30, 2014

 

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Are you coming to the People’s Climate March in New York City? There will be activities all weekend, and on Sunday, September 21st we will make history! The goals of the march are:

  1. to have the largest convergence of climate activists EVER

  2. to have to most diverse voice of the people POSSIBLE

  3. to catalyze the most effective inter-group climate solutions NOW!

Bus transportation is already in motion and you can purchase regular and low income tickets here for buses leaving from Amherst. 

Our team of organizers is working to secure lots of bus options in the Pioneer Valley and are also working out the details of carpooling and train/metro transportation. If you want to join this group, email karen@innerfortune.com


Carbon Tax

At the last General Meeting of Climate Action Now, we had a wonderful presentation given by the experts at Climate xChange on the topic of a carbon tax. The subject is fascinating and generated some fantastic discussion! If anyone missed the meeting but is still interested in learning about carbon taxes, you are in luck – there is going to be a whole meeting dedicated to just that (see below for details). As well, if anyone in the area is really excited about the possibility of carbon tax legislation in Massachusetts and would like to work on this issue, please contact Susan Theberge.


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Are you “off” the grid or helping to increase supply for renewable energy? If you are already using solar/wind/geothermal on your home or through a third party, click here to BE COUNTED in our Switch Campaign!

Our children thank you!

Our Mothers Out Front “Third Monday” Family Picnic is moving to the Amherst Common – come join us for a great time from 5-7pm on Monday August 18th and learn about what you can do to make a BIG difference in just 10 minutes.

Then you will hopefully be inspired to connect mothers and others to our September 6-7 and 13-14 #PowerUpMA weekend of statewide house parties – many throughout Western MA!  Look for our Pioneer Valley group on Facebook.


Let’s Get Creative!

Imagine a giant FLOCK OF BIRDS marching in the NYC People’s Climate March with letters on their backs that spell out: “For our children”! Would you like to help create a giant puppet presence for the climate rally on September 21st?

Beth Fairservis from PachaMama Puppet Productions is generously offering children and adults in our community the opportunity to come and build giant puppets with her. The puppets can be made in a day (though painting may have to happen later) and will be easy to transport by buses into the city.

She is offering two dates for puppet builds:

SUNDAY AUG 31ST

& SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH

The builds will happen at her yurt in the Woods studio in Haydenville. We can also have builds elsewhere if folks are interested.

Please contact Susan Theberge if you are interested!


Co-op Power holds its 10th Annual Sustainability Summit, scheduled for September 13th at Heritage Park in Holyoke.
The Summit traditionally attracts 150 to 200 registrants plus presenters, renewable energy and energy efficiency trade exhibitors, social justice and environmental and climate educators, and walk through visitors who come together to learn about best practices in sustainable and local living economies.
Eric Toensmeier,  expert on backyard permaculture and urban gardens will be our keynote speaker. Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens
Co-op Power is still recruiting presenters as well as accepting registrations. Go to the Co-op Power website and follow links or contact Tim Holcomb at 413-349-4085.

 News articles for your reading pleasure:

 

What’s your elevator pitch?

The Hampshire Gazette, July 25, 2014
By Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or the CEO of TransCanada, the outfit behind the Keystone XL pipeline! Or maybe it’s President Obama himself! You swallow hard. This is your one and only chance to say in 30 seconds why you care about tackling climate change. What do you say?

 

Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

The Republican, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD – Amid shouts of protest from some audience members, Kinder Morgan representatives fielded questions Thursday night at Greenfield Community College. But on some topics, concrete answers were scarce.

At one point, Cole said that when looking at a satellite map showing lights, north-central Massachusetts was dark. He compared it to looking at North Korea.
“We can see the stars,” an audience member shouted.

 

 Federal regulators let utilities gouge customers

Al Jazeera America, July 25, 2014

The profit margins that federal regulators set for utilities should be decreasing, given the long downward drift of interest rates and the shrinking cost of capital.

Bizarrely, the opposite is happening: Utilities are raking in stunning profits at the expense of consumers.

 

 Welcome to West Port Arthur, Texas, Ground Zero in the Fight for Climate Justice

The Nation, June 3, 2014
By Wen Stephenson

‘…And yet, here’s the thing: if you live in West Port Arthur and toxic emissions have ruined your health, or your child can’t go to school because she can’t breathe, or you can’t find a job and feed your kids and see no way out of the projects—or all of the above—then you’re probably not thinking about some future apocalypse. You’re living in one. You inhabit an apocalyptic present. And what’s true of Port Arthur is true of frontline communities across the Gulf Coast and across the continent—and the world.’

 


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July 23, 2014

*Featured event: Climate Action Now/350MA Pioneer Valley General Meeting*

Scroll down below the pipeline actions for more info.


STOP THE PIPELINE ACTION OF THE WEEK!

BOSTON RALLY – JULY 30, 2014

 

WHAT: Rally to Stop the Pipeline!

WHERE: Boston Common (across from the State House)

WHEN: July 30, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Check out the Facebook event page

 

People from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have been marching from Richmond to Dracut following the route of the proposed Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. Along the way we have been collecting signatures that will be handed to a member of the group of 18 legislators whose districts include the communities impacted by this huge industrial project.

This pipeline issue has far reaching consequences for the State of Massachusetts, New England and the fracking industry as a whole. The July 30th rally, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the Statehouse in Boston is a milestone in our efforts to inform the public, our legislators and the Governor about the dangers of continued reliance on toxic hydrocarbon fuels and the necessity of removing the fossil industry’s grip on renewable energy potential by shifting investments away from fossil fuel technology and into renewables.

As has always been the case, in struggles like these, your presence and your voice matters. Our work has been effective because it is built upon a foundation of popular support. I know that you who are reading this also support our efforts but we need you to demonstrate that support to decision makers in our state government.

Please join us in making that statement loud and clear!

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Please print out and distribute this poster widely! Download full resolution print PDF here.

GREENFIELD BUSES

Visit the Boston Rally page on www.nofrackedgasinmass.org for more info and for updates.

We are renting a bus (maybe two) to leave Greenfield (probably from BigY) at 8am, July 30th; return about 3:30pm.  The cost is $785 for 45 people…that comes out to just under $20, but if everyone pays twenty, it will cover a tip for the driver, and some financial aid to those who can’t pay full price (let us know so we can account for it).  We have to pay a deposit by Wednesday the 23rd, so we need paid commitments by then.

Please contact Diane McAvoy or Emily Greene

CARPOOLING

If you can offer a ride or need a ride leaving from Amherst/Northampton please email susantheberge@comcast.net with ‘July 30th’ in the subject line or call Susan at 413-575-7345.


Guess Who’s Coming to Town?
Greenfield gets a visit from Kinder Morgan

THIS THURSDAY – JULY 24, 2014 – GREENFIELD
FRCOG Meeting with Kinder Morgan, Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. This is their second attempt at a meeting that was postponed the first time after vocal opposition from community members who were concerned about the lack of transparency and openness. This is our chance to show them we still want our voices heard!

6:00 PM

Dining Commons
Greenfield Community College


 

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STOP THE FRACKED GAS PIPELINE

JOIN THE ROLLING MARCH TO THE STATEHOUSE 

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

For more details on the schedule, please visit this page.

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

This Week’s Schedule:

Wednesday, July 23- Dunstable & Groton
NOTE: The Dunstable walk will begin shortly after the Groton walk is completed and on the same day.

Groton
Assemble at 4:00 pm at the Petapawag boat launch off Route 119 near the Pepperell line. As the two-mile pipeline route through Groton is difficult to access, we will instead walk two miles (with amenities provided along the way) down Main Street (Route 119) at a peak commuting time, past the offices of the Nashua River Watershed Association, past Groton Town Hall, to Minuteman Commons for a rally with music and food. A flyer is attached.

Details will be updated at http://grotonspace.com/pipeline/act/groton-walk/

Your contact for this event is Diane Hewitt, diane.hewitt@gmail.com

Dunstable
The walk will start at 5:30 at the Groton Dunstable High School on Chicopee Row.  It is a 3.7 mile walk.   Police will have an officer at intersections and the side of the road route coned off. You may join in along the way if that is too long. But please be sure to park your car in safe place.  Also, if you are walking, wear bright colors!

The Dunstable Concert on the Common will start at 6:30. Please bear in mind that this Concert event and the performers are not there in protest of the pipeline. The Dunstable Pipeline Walkers are a guest at the concert event and have been given permission to have a table set up to distribute information and answer questions.

Check out grotonspace.com/pipeline for updates on the July 30 Rally at the Statehouse. If you would like to assist in the planning, please contact Leah Basbanes, Dunstable Walk Coordinator, at 978-649-3839. We hope to see you there.

 

Thursday, July 24- Tyngsboro
The walk will start at 3:30 pm at the Flints Corner Plaza parking lot, 150 Westford Road (at the corner of Wesford Road and Dunstable Road). Cars should be parked nearest that intersection to be furthest from the storefronts of the shops.  The walk will proceed east along Westford Road, on the eastern margin, avoiding part of the interchange with Route 3 at its Exit 34 intersection with Westford Road. In the event of thunderstorms or dangerous weather, the walk may be rescheduled for Friday, July 25 at 3:30 pm.

 

Saturday, July 26- Dracut
Saturday, July 26th, Dracut/Tyngsboro Pipeline Watch is hosting an event to end the “Rolling March against the Pipeline” Here in Dracut we will pick up the baton filled with signatures from Tyngsboro and hand it over to those taking it to the Statehouse Rally in Boston on July 30.

 

On July 30th, we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm on the statehouse steps and across the Boston Common.  We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.

Details still emerging – for details contact Mary

To see what already happened, see the Rolling March Events Archive 

 


From Toxics Action Center: Organizing with residents to clean up and prevent pollution in New England since 1987

NO SUBSIDY FOR THE GAS PIPELINE

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The proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline would carry dirty gas across Massachusetts under high pressure. If built, it would run through everything from wildlife preserves to farms to entire towns, damaging ecosystems and creating serious safety hazards in the process.

The problems with the pipeline are numerous, including increased dependence on fossil fuels, high risk of explosions and gas leaks, financial burdens on landowners, and major damage to the environment. Plus, Governor Patrick has pledged that it would be partly funded by Massachusetts ratepayers.

It’s time to let our Governor know that we don’t want any part of the pipeline. We have a right to say “No!” to a project that threatens the health and safety of our state and locks us into decades more of dirty energy. There is a bill in the legislature that could give this subsidy momentum, and we must also let our legislators know we don’t support it!

To take action, please click here!

 


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Two Fun Events with Mothers Out Front!

This Sunday – join us at Berkshire East with Mass Energy as we celebrate wind and solar power! Tickets for the tours and Barbeque are only $5.00  Register here: https://fourthannualberkshireeast.eventbrite.com

The Mothers Out Front 3rd Monday monthly Family Picnic is moving to the Amherst Common – come join us from 5-7pm on Monday August 18th and learn about what YOU can do to make a BIG difference in just 10 minutes!

AND – if you have already installed solar hot water, solar photovoltaic, switched to a third party provider, installed geothermal, purchase wind energy or otherwise switched to renewables, please BE COUNTED in our Switch Campaign – this will take less than one minute! Click here: http://www.mothersoutfront.org/already_switched

 


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Climate Action NOW/350 MA will hold its monthly general meeting at 7 pm Monday night, July 28th, at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street.

Our featured presentation will be from the group Climate XChange who will be talking about a carbon tax; both the momentum surrounding a carbon tax bill and findings from an economic study on the subject.

We will be also be discussing several topics, including our Springfield climate justice work, divestment, organizing for the July 30th Boston rally against the pipeline, and for the September 21 climate march in NYC. Come and get involved in the struggle against climate change and environmental injustice. The meeting is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.

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Net Metering

Some of you may know that a bill to decimate the small-scale solar industry in Massachusetts is in the House/Senate Ways & Means committee right now. Our alternative energy future to nuclear plants and fossil fuels depends on the success of technologies like point-of-use solar, that are among the cleanest, most efficient, and lowest in negative impacts.

CALLS & EMAILS TO LEGISLATORS ON THIS COMMITTEE ARE NEEDED TODAY & ALL THIS WEEK.  NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE BILL WILL LEAVE WAYS & MEANS FOR A FLOOR VOTE.  LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS JULY 30.

The “mom-&-pop solar shop” in Mass. has become a target due to its great success and growth under a few helpful regulations and credits that the state managed to provide.  Now those helpful measures are about to be wiped out, by amendments added in secret meetings by utility companies and “big solar” [think NY venture capitalists financing solar farms], to a bill that was originally quite simple and good.  It was intended to raise the solar net-metering cap [amount of energy that panel owners can feed back into the grid] for several more years.

The “little guy/gal” installers are not trying to reduce the business of corporate solar.  This is a one-way attack on the small entrepreneurs.

Bill H.4185 is still in House Ways and Means. It could still get voted out. And the other side is gunning up with big hitters. We are going need more voices from everyone.

It has come to our attention that H.4185 includes “model legislative policies” from ALEC. (American Legislative Exchange Council funded by the Koch brothers) The utilities’ proposals to diminish the value of solar net metering are lifted directly from the ALEC play book on Net Metering. The Chair of the ALEC Committee on Energy, Environment and Agriculture is also the Director of Public Policy at American Electric Power (one of the largest utilities in the USA) that owns one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the USA (located in Ohio) that sends pollution and acid rain our way.  In Ohio, the utilities, with ALEC guidance, pushed back green energy so hard they persuaded the state legislature to suspend Ohio’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

In Massachusetts, ALEC’s initial target is solar net metering. What’s next? Eliminating the RPS? Repealing the Global Warming Solutions Act? Arguing no compensation for environmental and social benefits for renewable energy at all? These are the ALEC tenets regarding renewable energy.

We must make the legislators aware of the actions by ALEC behind the scenes to put a stop to solar PV and renewable energy in the Commonwealth. We will not tolerate these shenanigans to keep coal, oil and nuclear power viable. Just Raise the Cap!

Below you will find legislators’ links.  Use this sample letter or write your own; phone the offices of the Ways & Means reps; forward this to your lists and contacts, especially in/around Boston & other urban/suburban areas.

 

House Ways and Means Chair: Brian Dempsey
 – brian.dempsey@mahouse.gov or 617 722 2990

Vice Chair:  Stephen Kulik
– stephen.kulik@mahouse.gov    617-722-2380

House Ways and Means committee members  https://malegislature.gov/Committees/House/H34

House Representatives  https://malegislature.gov/People/House

Senate https://malegislature.gov/People/Senate

 

Sample letter:

Just Raise the Cap! Don’t rewrite Massachusetts Solar PV Policy

Dear (Legislator),

As a Massachusetts [resident, business, etc], I have a strong interest in the continued growth of and expanded access to solar energy.  Solar PV generation has the potential to play a major role in building healthier and more resilient communities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and maintaining a reliable electricity grid. H. 4185 is an unnecessary rewrite of the Commonwealth’s successful solar PV policies.  Among other things, it will undermine the ability of a majority of residents and businesses to fully benefit from solar PV generation.  For these reasons, I am asking you to Just Raise the Net Metering Caps before the session ends on July 31st.

Raising the net metering caps now is needed to ensure that new solar projects can be developed.  As you may be aware, the net metering cap has already been hit in some utility territories and will be hit soon in others.  Without a cap raise, new projects won’t come online and we will not be able to achieve the Governor’s 1600 MW solar target.

While H.4185 does address the net metering cap issue, it also rewrites Massachusetts successful net metering and solar incentive program.  The proposed changes will greatly reduce the financial viability of community shared solar and PV projects designed to benefit low income and urban communities; limit the rights of rooftop solar system owners; impose a minimum bill on all electricity distribution customers; and favor large-scale solar development at the expense of local companies and small installers. Citizens, solar owners and customers, consumer groups, environmental organizations and others were not included in these negotiations nor have they had a chance to share their views on the legislation in an open and public forum.  

Furthermore, it has come to our attention that H.4185 includes “model legislative policies” from ALEC. (American Legislative Exchange Council funded by the Koch family) The utilities’ proposals to diminish the value of solar net metering are lifted directly from the ALEC play book on Net Metering.  The Chair of the ALEC Committee on Energy, Environment and Agriculture is also the Director of Public Policy at American Electric Power (one of the largest utilities in the USA) that owns one of the largest Coal-fired power plants in the USA (located in Ohio) sending pollution and acid rain our way.  In Ohio, the utilities achieved a suspension of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

In Massachusetts, ALEC’s initial target is solar net metering.  What’s next? Eliminating the RPS? Arguing no compensation for environmental and social benefits for renewable energy at all? These are the ALEC tenets regarding renewable energy.

At this late stage in the session, the concerns surrounding H. 4185 are too many to fix and the risk of passing the legislation too great.  In lieu of passing H. 4185, please support a legislative amendment to Just Raise the Caps and preserve the existing solar policy framework.

Just Raise the Caps!  Let’s keep Massachusetts solar moving forward for all.

Thank you. 


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July 16, 2014

 

ACTION ALERT!

RALLY IN BOSTON ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 30TH

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This will be a crucial action to resist the proposed gas pipeline! People from Western MA will be joining folks from around the state to conclude the rolling march in Boston with a rally that sends a resounding message: NO PIPELINE! Check out the Facebook event page and if you would like to join us, please RSVP using this form.


 

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STOP THE FRACKED GAS PIPELINE

JOIN THE ROLLING MARCH TO THE STATEHOUSE

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

For more details on the schedule, please visit this page.

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

 

Wednesday July 16- Athol

Meet at 9am at Hannaford’s Parking Lot on Rte 2A (East). Walk 2.5 miles to Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St.(water break) , then continue to Uptown Common for Rally at 12Noon.  Uptown Common back to Rte. 32 and North to Tully Dam. Info/RSVP:   978-407-5423 or renelake@msn.com

 

Thursday, July 17- Royalston

We be rallying in South Royalston from 4-5pm, and the walk down River Road along the proposed pipeline route toward Winchendon.

 

Friday, July 18- Winchendon

We’ll meet at 8:00 am at Lake Dennison swim area entrance, Route 202, and walk to Silver Hawk at the junction of Routes 12 & 140. The 6.5 mile walk will include water stops where shuttles will be available for people to come and go as they please. People will also have an opportunity to sign the petition at these points.For more information: winchpipeline@gmail.com; 978-702-6016.

 

Saturday, July 19- Ashburnham

We will begin our walk at 8:00 am at the Winchendon/Ashburnham town line on Route 12. We will walk on Route 12 to Lashua Rd. Take a left onto Lashua Rd. to Hastings Rd. to Meeting House Hill. We will meet up with more walkers at 9:30 at Meeting House Hill. We will continue down Hastings Rd. onto Marshall Mills Rd. to Split Rock Boy Scout Camp. We will then continue towards Ashburnham Town Hall. Here we can collect signatures and answer any questions people have about the pipeline. From Town Hall, individuals on motorcycles will bring the “pipeline” and signatures up Route 101 to Route 119 to the Ashburnham/Ashby line.

 

Sunday, July 20- Ashby

Meet at the Ashby Common starting around 9:30am so that we can shuttle you to the starting point for our start @ 10:00am on Spring Hill Rd on one of the first properties along the proposed route through Ashby. From Spring Hill Rd, we’ll head up Piper Rd towards the center of town, cutting across 2 more properties on the proposed route, on a woods road through one and across the fields of another to get us to where it is proposed to cross Main St. Once back on Main St, we’ll head south to the Common for water, snacks and porta-potties. Hint: bring a lunch with you! We should hit there about the time that people are finishing up at the 2 churches on the common, a bit before 11:30am. There will be elected officials to discuss the pipeline and maybe even a local group to provide some music before continuing the hike on towards Willard Brook State Park – Main St to Turnpike Rd to Rte. 31 to Rte. 119 briefly before entering Willard Brook State park. We’ll again have signs marking which trail to take to get to the Park headquarters and then to Trap Falls, where we should meet the group from Townsend somewhere around 2:30pm. The total trip is approximately 6 miles.Contact Roberta for more information.

 

Monday, July 21- Townsend

Meet at Townsend Common before the walk. At 5:45 pm, we will get into a minimum number of cars and drive to the VFW in West Townsend. After the walk, those with cars at the VFW will get a ride to pick up their cars.

Starting at 6:00 PM we’ll walk about 2.2 miles along Route 119 from the parking area just east of the VFW to Townsend Common. Wear a RED shirt; bring your lawn sign or a homemade sign. At the Common, we’ll hear speeches from the Townsend Selectmen and other officials. We’ll sign petitions and enjoy refreshments and a great spirit of community.

Monday, July 20, 2:30 PM–Come to Trap Falls in Willard Brook State Forest (on Route 119) to share the “passing of the pipe” from the Ashby team to the Townsend team.

For more information, contact Emily Norton  or Leslie Gabrilska.

 

Tuesday, July 22- Pepperell

Meet at North Middlesex High School Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m. The Walk will commence at 10 a.m. and proceed up the Harbor Street Hill. It will eventually turn left onto Shattuck Street, and then right on Jewett Street. At the end of Jewett Street, Walkers will then turn left onto Townsend Street (Rt. 113) and proceed to Pepperell Town Hall, for a large, group picture at 12 noon.

At the River (around 2:30 pm), a flotilla of canoes and kayaks will ferry the symbolic pipe across the Nashua, where it will be handed off to residents of Groton for their leg of the walk. Walkers are asked to RSVP at the NashobaTrust.Org website.  More details here.

 

Wednesday, July 23- Groton

Assemble at 4:00 pm at the Petapawag boat launch off Route 119 near the Pepperell line. As the two-mile pipeline route through Groton is difficult to access, we will instead walk two miles (with amenities provided along the way) down Main Street (Route 119) at a peak commuting time, past the offices of the Nashua River Watershed Association, past Groton Town Hall, to Minuteman Commons for a rally with music and food. Details will be updated here.

Your contact for this event is Diane Hewitt

 


From Toxics Action Center: Organizing with residents to clean up and prevent pollution in New England since 1987

NO SUBSIDY FOR THE GAS PIPELINE

gas pipeline

The proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline would carry dirty gas across Massachusetts under high pressure. If built, it would run through everything from wildlife preserves to farms to entire towns, damaging ecosystems and creating serious safety hazards in the process.

The problems with the pipeline are numerous, including increased dependence on fossil fuels, high risk of explosions and gas leaks, financial burdens on landowners, and major damage to the environment. Plus, Governor Patrick has pledged that it would be partly funded by Massachusetts ratepayers.

It’s time to let our Governor know that we don’t want any part of the pipeline. We have a right to say “No!” to a project that threatens the health and safety of our state and locks us into decades more of dirty energy. There is a bill in the legislature that could give this subsidy momentum, and we must also let our legislators know we don’t support it!

To take action, please click here!

 


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Climate Action NOW/350 MA will hold its monthly general meeting at 7 pm Monday night, July 28th, at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street. We will be discussing several topics, including our Springfield climate justice work, divestment, and organizing for the July 30th Boston rally against the pipeline, and for the September 21 climate march in NYC. Come and get involved in the struggle against climate change and environmental injustice. The meeting is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.

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Join area mothers and others for a fun Family Picnic this MONDAY – July 21st at Groff Park in Amherst from 5-7pm

Free ice cream and important information about a simple action that can make you feel EMPOWERED about reducing fossil fuel use. Check out our details HERE and bring your electric bill along with your picnic!

Join our Amherst group on Facebook where you’ll find details about our upcoming Houseparty Sunday July 20th in Amherst.

July 9, 2014

Tonight: A Special Invitation!

We are a group of 6 young people traveling across Massachusetts exclusively by bike as part of a leadership development program called Climate Summer. This summer, we are supporting local opposition to Kinder Morgan’s proposed natural gas pipeline that would take fracked gas from Pennsylvania, across Massachusetts, and then likely for export to Asia and Europe.

In order to stop this pipeline, we need to send a clear message to our elected leaders that the people of Massachusetts do not want this dangerous, disruptive pipeline project and that, instead, we want to invest in the renewable energy future we need.

At 7PM  this Wednesday (7/9) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst (121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA), we are hosting a presentation and discussion about the fracked gas pipeline. This is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed pipeline, our work this summer, and hear about how you can get involved with local groups here in the Pioneer Valley.

Questions? Contact Stephen O’Hanlon via e-mail at sohanlon22@gmail.com or by phone at 610-955-7398.


Ban Tar Sands Oil from New England

tar sands are nasty

As of earlier today 350MA needed more people to sign up and there were no sign ups from the Pioneer Valley node! The movement needs us!

We need to tell Gov Patrick that folks in Western Mass and from across the state oppose Tar Sands oil from being shipped to Mass. Please sign up here!

As part of the 350MA Climate Legacy Campaign, we have been calling on Governor Patrick to ban tar sands oil. On July 13th, Governor Patrick will meet with his peers at the New England Governors’ Conference. Together, they could implement a regional Clean Fuels Standard to ban tar sands oil from New England entirely. We are staging a People’s Conference to tell them to follow the will of the people and ban tar sands now!

WHAT: New England Governor’s Conference Ban Tar Sands Rally
WHEN: 12PM, July 13th
WHERE: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Register here to let us know you are coming so we can coordinate transportation!


Mothers Out Front 

Dear Mothers and Friends!

Have you heard about our exciting Family Picnics at Groff Park every 3rd Monday (5-7pm) this summer? Well, you’re invited! Check out & join our Facebook Group for last month’s photo album.

And in addition to this very cool wind event Mass Energy is hosting on July 27th up in Charlemont, we’ve got another amazing House Party scheduled for Sunday, July 20th in Amherst. Email greenzinnia@hotmail.com for details and to RSVP.

Be seeing you!

PS. New “what can you do in 10 minutes” PSA and Public Narrative video have been added to our Mothers Out Front webpage!


STOP THE FRACKED GAS PIPELINE

ROLLING MARCH TO THE STATEHOUSE

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

For more details on the schedule, please visit this page

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

Thursday, July 10- Ashfield

Meet at the intersection of Campbell and Watson roads on the border of Plainfield and Ashfield at 9 am.  Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Watson road to Bear Swamp road to Hawley road, across route 112 and into Ashfield center on Main street.  Walkers will rest at the Mobil gas station called Neighbors where bathroom facilities will be available. From there we invite those whose wish to ride a hay wagon through town as a mini parade.  

The Northeast Woodlands Indigenous People’s Cleansing & Protection Ceremony –  After the march there will be a cleansing and protection ceremony at the site of the proposed compressor station next to the power lines on Pfersick road.  The ceremony will begin at 6 pm. This is a traditional indigenous ceremony run by women. The press and participants are welcome to take pictures before and after the ceremony but not during.

Friday, July 11- Conway, Shelburne

Meet at 9:00 am at the intersection of Beldingville and Pfersick roads on the Conway/Ashfield border. Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Beldingville/Sabans and Pine Hill road to Shelburne Falls road turning right and following Shelburne Falls road, turning left on Newhall road then turning right on Newhall Xing then left on Bardswell Ferry road to the Bardswell Ferry bridge.

Shelburne- Meet at Bardwells Ferry Bridge at 12:00. We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farm via Bardwells Ferry to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany.

Pipeline Resistance Rally at Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd, Deerfield)–12:00-5:00 PM. Farmers, citizens, musicians and legislators unite with the common goal of stopping the proposed TNG pipeline. Clarkdale is directly impacted, with the route bisecting and destroying prime peach and apple orchards. Please join us for a tour of the impacted orchards, followed by speeches and performances. State Rep. Steve Kulik will be among the speakers, and Kris Delmhorst will close out the day with music. Walkers will be welcomed around 2:30-3:00.  Full schedule to follow. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

Saturday, July 12-Greenfield

Meet at Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd., Deerfield) at 9:00 AM to walk to the Greenfield Common via Wisdom Way. We’ll join the Peace Vigil group on the common around 11 am. Afterwards we will walk south on Rte 5/10, handing off the baton at the Rte 5/10 “Cheapside” Bridge around noon.  Please RSVP to Emily if you are coming for the march.

Sunday, July 13-Deerfield, Montague, Erving

Join Deerfield at the Route 5/10 “Cheapside” Bridge over the Deerfield River at 9am for a short walk down River Road to the Bike Path Bridge over the Connecticut River.

At 10 am, walkers from Montague will meet at the Deerfield-Montague Connecticut River Bicycle Bridge for a photo op- canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to paddle in for a photo up- be under the Deerfield/ Montague bike bridge at 10–with a sign if possible!  (This is the bridge just downstream/ to the south of the confluence of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers.) After pictures, we’ll walk through the Montague Plains to Millers Falls-Erving Rte. 63 Bridge over the Millers River. About 6 miles.

At 2 pm, Montague walkers will pass the baton to Erving at the Millers River on the Rte. 63 Bridge for a scenic 3 mile walk along the Connecticut River. We will walk under the French King Bridge and end at the Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area across from Northfield Mountain, where there will be a 3:30 picnic for Montague, Erving, and Northfield. Contact Diane Macavoy orand Peter Hudyma for more information.

Monday, July 14- Northfield, Erving

We’ll meet at Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area at 9 am to walk up over Northfield mountain, via Four Mile Brook Rd and South Mountain Rd. We’ll join with Erving and continue on to Laurel Lake for a celebratory swim. Approximately 9 miles. Walkers encouraged to join for all or part. Options include meeting at the top of South Mountain Rd for the second (downhill) half of the walk or ending there. Contact Julia for details. A shuttle from Laurel Lake and various points along the way will be available. Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area is at the end of Ferry Rd, off of Rte 63 just into Northfield from the Erving/ Northfield town line.

Tuesday, July 15- Warwick, Orange

We’ll be meeting at 9:00 am at the intersection of Quarry Rd and Wendell Rd by the Warwick line. We’ll walk Hockanum Rd to Rte 78, ending at the Orange town line around 12:00 noon. 3.4 miles. Contact Mandy with questions and to RSVP.

The Orange group will start walking at the Warwick/ Orange line on Rte 78 at noon. They will rally at Memorial Park at 2:00 pm before continuing on to Hannaford parking lot on Rte 2A. Carpooling TBA. Contact Mary with questions and to RSVP.

This is all building towards:

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the Statehouse

On July 30th we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common.  We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.

Details still emerging – send your ideas and/or connection to Massachusetts notables to attend to organizers, Julia or Mary

Stay tuned for the schedule for coming weeks! Or visit No Fracked Gas in Mass for more details. 


Recap of the Rolling March Kick-Off

On Sunday, July 6, a grassroots coalition opposing the construction by Kinder Morgan of the Northeast Extension of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline kicked off the first leg of an across-state protest walk that will follow the route from Richmond to Dracut.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day as abutters, neighbors and local environmentalists opposed to the local danger posed by pipeline leaks and explosions, the expense imposed on gas ratepayers through tariffs to subsidize its construction, and the contribution to greenhouse gas and global warming by the fracked gas that the TGPL from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, all walked 5.6 miles from the Hilltop Orchard to Bartlett Orchard, criss-crossing the pipeline’s proposed path through beautiful fields, forests and orchards.

About forty people, mostly locals, made the walk, which was greeted and joined by enthusiastic neighbors.  Honks and thumbs up were the norm from passing cars.

At our first stop in a field marked with “danger — pipeline” poles, Richmond’s Arnold Piacentini talked about the plethora of gas pipelines that already pass through Richmond: much smaller, lower pressure than the more dangerous Kinder Morgan proposal. As indication that the new one is unnecessary to meet any local needs, he charged that one of the three existing at that site did not seem to be used now.

Organizers charge that instead of meeting local needs, the gas will be funnelled overseas to European markets for higher prices. Thus Massachusetts residents are being asked to pay for polluters’ profits.

Please join the walk as it rolls eastward to Dracut.

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 Don Berwick opposes Tennessee Gas Pipeline!

On July 8 the office of gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick announced that Berwick opposes the construction of the Northeast Extension of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline  “After careful consideration and review of the currently available data, I oppose the construction of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we know for certain that it is necessary to meet our energy needs. To date, I am not convinced that that case has been made.”

His opposition stems from concern  “about the legitimate dangers of making any more long-term investments in natural gas infrastructure. New pipelines, including the Kinder Morgan pipeline, create infrastructure that locks us into the use of fossil fuels for far longer than necessary.” He stated that he was “set to make Massachusetts the first carbon-neutral state.”

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