HAVING GROWN UP in the wooded suburbs of Boston, and then moved to the deep woods of the Adirondack and Green Mountains, I can be fairly accused of loving the forest—for its wildlife, for its beauty, for its recreational opportunities—and, on this overheating planet, for the fact that it sucks u...
Tens of millions of people have reportedly formed an 18,000km long human chain in the northern Indian state of Bihar to raise awareness about the environment and social justice. Video recorded in the city of Chapra shows scores of people out in the streets linking arms and and supporting the cause i...
Amid increasing reports of environmental devastation worldwide, the Massachusetts State Senate has taken major new steps to advance the state’s approach to combating global warming. The Senate’s next generation climate policy package — An Act to Accelerate the Transition of Cars, Trucks and Bu...
Actions you can take to help this campaign
1. Show up for this action Jan 25
2. Show up at CAN monthly meeting Jan 27 Amherst tolearn about the campaign from founders of the Climate Disobedience Center + local activists involved in nocoalnogas
3. Signed the related petition from the Attorney General, Maura Healey
4. Learn more at nocoalnogas.org
ON TUESDAY, two notable public figures gave public addresses on the topic of climate change, illuminating the bridge that exists between what society needs to do to tackle climate change, and what society is so far willing to do to tackle climate change. In his State of the State address, Massachuse...
Climate-specific portion of Gov Baker's speech: < the transportation mention was followed by a lot of boston-specific ideas >
“Federal disaster relief spending today is almost 10 times higher than it was 30 years ago.
“Let’s think about that.
“From fishing and farming to critical public infrastructure and basic necessities like clean drinking water, there’s no dispute that the consequences of climate change are real and potentially devastating.
“Thankfully, despite significant steps backward in Washington, we in Massachusetts continue to lead.
“We created the first Municipal Vulnerability Program in the country, so local communities would have the ability to address future threats before they occur.
“More than 285 communities have joined us. And with our support, they’re working to protect their property and infrastructure from the effects of climate change.
“We’re committed to expanding this essential program to all 351 communities. And we’ll bring this Administration’s total investment in climate resiliency to just over $1 billion by 2022.
“But cities and towns from the Berkshires to Cape Cod will need more support to finish the job.
“That’s why we proposed creating a trust, which would generate about $130 million every year to protect critical infrastructure, fix culverts, design flood paths and adapt to our new reality.
“Let’s face it: on this time is not our friend. We urge the Legislature to move quickly on this critical bill.
“Massachusetts also leads the nation in procuring clean, renewable energy.
“Two major affordably priced offshore wind projects await federal approval. Combined with our Canadian hydropower project, these investments would meet 30% of our electricity consumption requirements and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every single year.
“But yesterday’s solutions and yesterday’s plans are no longer sufficient. We must continue to take bold action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
“Tonight, I’m committing the Commonwealth to achieving an ambitious climate goal: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“That is why we’re working with our colleagues across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states on a Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative. This encompasses 70 million people and 50 million vehicles.
“Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation have been on the rise for decades and now represent 40% of this state’s total emissions. Unless we take on transportation, we won’t meet our objectives.
“I get that this is going to be hard. But together, we have a real opportunity, and a responsibility to achieve a significant reduction in transportation emissions.
“RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that our proposal is based on, has worked for 10 years. Power plants have adopted clean energy solutions and funded energy efficiency programs, investing 3.3 billion dollars across the region. Greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector have dropped by nearly 50%.
“Applied to the transportation sector, the same market mechanisms can encourage automakers and fuel suppliers to find efficiencies and deploy cleaner fuels.
“In addition, the Transportation Climate Initiative will deliver millions of dollars in needed investments in our transportation infrastructure. It’s a critical part in expanding public transportation, transforming our highways and reducing congestion.
“But our transportation challenges are far more expansive than just climate change.
Thread by @BHellerstein: One note on yesterday's State of the Commonwealth climate announcement by @MassGovernor: It's possible that a "net zns by 2050" target will result in little to no improvement over the state’s existing legal mandate to reduce gree…
As 2020 begins, the impacts of climate change have become increasingly clear around the world. The new year started amid devastating wildfires, tied to the worst droughts Australia has experienced in hundreds of years, which encircled much of the continent. So far, 29 people have been reported dead.
"I've been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do, but don't worry—it's fine—I've done this before and I can assure you: it doesn't lead to anything."
The Pioneer Valley Women's March started down Main Street in Springfield off just as millions of people across the country joined Women's March 2020. The first three years of the local march were held in Northampton