Several members of Mothers Out Front spoke out last week at the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality Public Hearing to support Executive Directive 11 - to reduce and cap carbon emissions - and in support of bringing Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
We asked the DEQ to help draw down climate change by encouraging a reduction in carbon emissions but also asked that they consider lowering the cap as far as possible.
-Kim Miller, Community Organizer, Mothers Out Front
This week, Mothers Out Front South Bay gave public testimony in favor of SB 100 (the CA Clean Energy Act) at a Cupertino City Council meeting. Also speaking in favor of a city resolution supporting the bill were Tara Shreekrishnan, Krish Ellath, and three De Anza College students. After hearing our public comments, the City Council voted unanimously to express their support for SB 100, barring any hostile amendments. They also urged the bill's author, Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León, to move the target dates for zero-carbon energy even earlier, noting that Cupertino was able to transition to 100% clean energy in just one year! Come on CA, let’s go carbon-free, fast!
Pictured (in alphabetical order): Kiran Aftab, Tiffany Basrai, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Jurisa Praour, and Tara Shreekrishnan
Mothers Out Front’s Renewables & Energy Efficiency Task Force met with Representative Golden’s office on March 7th. The conversation was about increasing the RPS rate to 3% and why we don't need more pipelines or natural gas to meet our energy needs. Rep. Golden is the house chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy committee and is in charge of deciding by Friday what to do with the RPS increase.
L to R: Debbie New, Eugenia Gibbons, Elizabeth Cooper, Caleb Oakes, Anne Goodwin, Susan Redlich and Mary Cerulli at the Statehouse today for a meeting. Caleb Oakes is Rep. Thomas Golden's legislative staffer.
Twenty-five curious faces focused intently on Viki Bok’s induction-electric stove at one of the first Taste the Future cooking parties on March 4th in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Mothers Out Front Amherst organized an event with Darren Port of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). He spoke to an audience of 30 about communities using energy efficiency and renewables to get to Zero Energy.
On Saturday, February 17th in Poughkeepsie Mothers Out Front was hosted by the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance (DCPAA) and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie for a full day workshop on building grassroots power. In the morning session we had an overview of principles of organizing and focused on the basics of organizing practicing one-to-one conversations building our skills in relationship building and making an ask. After lunch, we did a session on storytelling.
Group shot (we're sorry we couldn't capture everyone!)
On Sunday, February 25th, a few members of the Lakeshore Mothers and Others Out Front team along with two University of Buffalo college students met in the Village of Lyndonville to talk strategy about building support for Lighthouse Wind. Conversation was lively, engaging, and productive as the group brainstormed how to build more support for the project. We all enjoyed delicious coffee and cookies provided by our hosts Susan and Harvey Campbell.
New York Mother Out Front Neely Kelley's Letter to the Editor supporting developing wind power was published in Watertown Daily Times:
"Mr. White ignores the benefits of wind projects to communities across the country and disregards data that show the majority of people who live near wind turbines have positive views of them. Wind projects can bring new local revenue to fix roads, build schools and fund first responders."
On February 14, Mothers Out Front members from Jamaica Plain and other community teams were among the 150 people participating in Mass Power Forward's Valentine's Day Action at the State House. We stood alongside representatives from community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safety advocates, and Massachusetts families fighting for our future. We asked our legislators to do everything they can to protect our kids from climate change by adopting more clean energy. One mom came all the way to the State House from the North Shore with her two kids in a stroller. Keeping two toddlers happy while finding your way around the State House? That's how much we want clean energy!
Along with other participants, Wylie and Emily (pictured below) delivered Valentine’s day cards to Governor Baker. We asked him to “Break up with Gas Pipelines.”
Story by Viki Bok, Mothers Out Front Jamaica Plain
Mother Out Front Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan was published! Her Letter to the Editor calls on Speaker Deleo to honor his commitment to prioritizing health and public safety.