Mothers in Massachusetts are holding the governor's administration accountable for a fair and unbiased review of the state's gas infrastructure, following last September’s gas explosions in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.
Debbie New of Mothers Out Front still holds hope the review will reflect the public’s interest. “There's an opportunity now for our DPU that hired them — and that's on the Independent Review Panel — to demonstrate that they're working for the public, not the utilities, by giving us a comprehensive, transparent report.”
First, a huge shout-out to Abby Williams, Arline Segal, Karen Vastola, and Susie Browarsky for speaking at last week’s Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees meeting (and to Katie Hyams for coming from Irvington)! View video here: https://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/board-of-trustees/pages/02-26-2019-board-of-trustees-meeting (skip to 01:24:30).
We urged the trustees to a) prioritize a reduction of fossil fuels in the Comprehensive Plan Update, and b) to ask the developers of Edge-on-Hudson to avoid using gas to heat their buildings and use clean technologies like electric heat pumps and solar instead. Whatever we put in place now will impact us for decades to come, at a time when we have a narrow window to slow the course of climate change. To quote Abby, whose 6-year old daughter has a dream to destroy pollution and be a scientist, “that’s 20 years away, so this is really our job now. We can do it, we have the technology.”
Mother Out Front Linda Fisk believes, "Instead of asking our leaders and neighbors if they believe in climate change, we need to start asking if they understand it."
Today, we know that our actions directly affect the fate of the planet. It is up to us to make conscious decisions about how to preserve the earth for our children and grandchildren. This may seem like a daunting task, but one way we can work together as a community to fight against climate change is right in our backyards.
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Mothers (and Daughters) Out Front in San Jose To Receive Climate Smart Champion Awards!
San Jose's Environmental Services Department has announced the winners of its first ever Climate Smart Champion awards, recognizing champions in seven different categories. The Mothers Out Front South Bay team is thrilled to have been named Climate Smart Champion of the Year, along with their allies at San José Community Energy Advocates. In addition, three daughters of team members, Anika, Ariana and Karina, were recognized as Youth Climate Champions for their climate advocacy.
Mothers Out Front South Bay Team
Lakeshore Mothers and Others are working hard on changing the conversation about #WindEnergy so we can move forward and invest in renewables; the right choice for our communities, our health and our children's future.
On February 28th, members of Lakeshore Mothers and Others Out Front attended the forum for the Heritage Wind Project that is proposed in our county. We had 11 people in attendance despite the temp being only 17 degrees 😱. I was interviewed for the channel 7 news and it was aired on the 11 o'clock news. - Susan Campbell
The Richmond team gathered at Pocahontas State Park on Saturday, February 23 for a Public Narrative training facilitated by Kim Miller.
Storytelling is at the heart of what we Mothers Out Front do. We know that presenting the facts concerning climate change has failed to convince our elected officials to act. Stories tap into the emotions and have the potential to move decision-makers toward meaningful action.
Kim Miller, standing on the right.
One recent participant in Massachusetts noted, “Not only did we learn the individual components of how to create an effective story that is personal, emotional, and powerful, but we also got to develop and practice our own stories. This workshop opened my eyes as to how stories can be used as a tool to better reach people and move them to action!"
If you want to learn more about Public Narrative training at Mothers Out Front, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A transit coalition has been building across New York to urge New York lawmakers to fund public transportation. On Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Our Streets Transit Coalition, a transportation coalition in Rochester and allies from Rochester headed to Albany for a lobby day. Mary Lupien, Mothers Out Front leader joined the team.
Reconnect Rochester supported the effort on their Facebook page by posting:
"GO TEAM TRANSIT!Our fearless coalition group braved the weather to travel to #Albany today. We're meeting with lawmakers to urge them to support a transformational investment in public transportation (50% increase over 5 years) and other legislation that will create more just, equitable & sustainable transportation systems in upstate NY.
Left to right:Leola Specht, Sarah Smiley and Katie Hyams, members of the Westchester River Towns Community Team.
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Watch Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, and Heather Dulisse of Mothers Out Front talk about how YOU can join the movement to protect communities from the devastation of fossil fuels and preserve a viable climate future! Then join us if you haven't yet! (You don't need to be a mom.)
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Mothers Out Front Volunteer Billii Roberti (left) and Janet Allen (right)
On February 19th, Mothers Out Front volunteer member Billii Roberti and Bethany Presbyterian Church Elder, Janet Allen had a wonderful conversation with NYS Assembly Member Steve Stern (10th AD) at his office in Huntington to discuss his support for the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA).
The CCPA is the most ambitious and far reaching climate bill in the country. No other legislation cuts greenhouse gas pollution from all sectors of the economy, protects communities and workers on the front lines of climate change, ensures that jobs in the new energy economy conform with fair labor standards, and requires all state government decisions to align with climate and equity policies.
Billii Roberti (left) with NYS Assembly Member Steve Stern (middle) and Janet Allen (right)