Arlington Mothers Out Front and the town of Arlington are being recognized by our partner, Mass Energy, for their work to “promote and pioneer green municipal aggregation” in Arlington. Congratulations to Arlington Mothers Out Front and with gratitude to the town of Arlington and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance!
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced repeal of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions by 50% of 2005 levels by 2030. We know this is wrong for our family’s health today and for a livable climate for our children tomorrow.
It is even more difficult to accept this decision when fires are destroying towns in the West and powerful hurricanes are drowning communities from Texas to Puerto Rico. High carbon emissions are transporting us toward increased drought, accelerating our sea level rise, and presenting us with extremities of weather.
We knew it was a good sign when City Council’s President Michelle Wu presided over the Community Choice Energy (CCE) hearing with her baby in her lap. Climate change and its threats seemed more urgent with one of the youngest members of our community sitting on her lap. Clean energy advocates, including over twenty Mothers Out Front mothers - some with their own children by their side - packed the large room to demonstrate support for CCE. A day later the Boston City Council voted unanimously to implement it! CCE allows Boston to purchase 5% more clean energy than the state-mandated minimum. Over 200,000 households and small businesses will have access to clean energy without having to do more than just switch on their lights.
Amherst's Mothers have two items on the Town Meeting warrant. One calls for all new public buildings to be net Zero Energy. The other calls for support to go 100% renewable and introduces the California model of Community Choice Energy that we're working on with activists from Pelham and Northampton for a multi-community CCE.
Mother Out Front Renu Bostwick of Bedford is working with her team to push their town toward Net Zero Planning. Read her article for The Bedford Citizen.
Once again we face the unimaginable. The footage of the damage in Puerto Rico easily conjures comparisons to post-apocalyptic fantasy. Maria ravaged the island upending the lives of its children and leaving their mothers desperate to provide what so many of us take for granted- water, electricity and food.
The devastation escalates the urgency of our work. Without question, the wreckage left behind by Harvey, Irma and Maria are symptoms of our changing climate. Our call to push decision makers to a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy is more vital than ever.
The Ithaca team kicked off September with a busy week of meetings.
Team members met with Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor to discuss a strategy of him reaching out to other Town Supervisors along the pipeline route. Jason's letter will go out within the next couple of weeks.
Here's Cat Martinez meeting with Jason:
The Elmira Community Team had its official team meeting at the Steele Library. After a month of no response from the city during in August, we were excited to learn that the City of Elmira is meeting with NYSERDA about becoming a Clean Energy Community!
At our meeting, we signed thank you notes for the Mayor and members of the City Council. We're looking forward to hearing how the meeting with NYSERDA goes and what the next steps will be.
Mother Out Front Deidre Deegan speaking at candidate forum in Cambridge on Climate resiliency, September 26, 2017.
Published by Oceana: Coastal Voices Part 8
"It was at a house party last year that Kim Miller learned more about the nonprofit Mothers Out Front and its members.
It was 'kind of like Tupperware parties, but instead of containers, it’s climate change we talk about,' she said. Soon after that party, she became an organizer for the group."