The story of how over 100 mothers came together at #RiseForClimateJobsJustice in San Francisco on September 8, 2018 is in video! Narrated by Adelita Serena, Mothers Out Front organizer, find out what it was like to be at the march with these moms as they fight for their children's health.
"Thousands of residents were evacuated after the explosions last Thursday. Most were allowed back into their homes on Sunday, but while many had electric power, they might not see their gas service restored for weeks. …
Enter The Gas Leak Allies, a group including Mothers Out Front to HEET along with other environmental groups and scientists such as Philips and Boston resident John Lerner. One of their long-term projects is to introduce induction stoves as a safer, more environmentally friendly alternative to gas cooking, but the gas disaster gave urgency to their work."
While the 2018 legislative cycle was disappointing in many ways, we did have an important win on LUAF. What’s LUAF, you ask? “Lost and Unaccounted for Gas!”. The Gas Leaks Allies succeeded in getting our LUAF language into the clean energy omnibus bill that passed in August.
The new language requires the utilities to report on LUAF each year in a clearer and more uniform way, allowing us to tailor our gas leaks strategies more effectively. Until now, utilities’ LUAF numbers have been fuzzy, including a mish-mash of actual leaks, metering errors, gas the utilities use for their own operations, etc. Going forward, these categories must be separately reported in a standardized way, and even actual leaks must be further broken down – for example, how much lost gas comes from deteriorating pipes, versus pipes hit accidentally during construction, or leaking compressor stations. Just like the 2014 law that required the utilities to publicly report leak numbers and locations for the first time, this new law will give us critically-needed information to use in our work.
Mothers Out Front Chemung County's Heather Stanton was in a TV report about #RiseForClimate in Elmira, NY! She let them know why she's taking action. Way to go Heather!
Thank you to Mothers Out Front Puget Sound leader, Jeanine SanClemente for report-in about taking on single use plastic!
On September 4th, two members of our team spoke at the Bothell City Council meeting about the dangers of plastic and a potential reusable bag ordinance. Andrea’s speechs were fabulous! [We think Jeanine's was, too!] Our next steps are talking to individual council members and gathering more signatures. We have almost 400 signatures at this point!
Watch the video of Jeanine's comments here:
And watch Andrea's comments here:
On September 13th, not one but two of members of the Mothers Out Front San Jose/South Bay team (the team’s co-coordinator, Amanda Senior, and team member Rebecca's 7th grade daughter, Ariana Habermann) spoke at San Jose’s Global Climate Action Summit (#GCAS) affiliate event for the official “Flipping of the Switch” launching the San Jose’s new Community Choice Energy program. The comments about Mothers Out Front were glowing!
Watch the video of Ariana Habermann (7th Grader) speaking for her future!
Thank you to Sarah Miles Smiley for the report-in from the Westchester Rivertowns Team and for all you're doing to #RiseForClimate!
Our table at the TASH Farmers Market on Saturday was a success! We signed up 33 supporters/potential team members, plus had some great conversations with people about the need to transition our communities to renewable energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Many thanked us for doing this, and others were excited and hopeful to find a local group of like-minded people to join. One mom knew of the Mothers Out Front chapter in Boston and was happy to find out that there was a chapter here.
Read Robyn Purchia's column in the San Francisco Examiner profiling the #BrownsLastChance Campaign:
During a heat wave last year, the night-time temperature in Amanda Senior’s San Jose home was 95 degrees. The air conditioning wasn’t working, and Senior was worried about her two young sons, who were only two and six-years old at the time. She did all she could to keep them healthy and comfortable, including letting her youngest sleep without his diaper. A dirty, wet bed was the least of her concerns.
“I was concerned when I woke up the next morning, they may not,” Senior, a volunteer with the nonprofit Mothers Out Front, told me. “I can only imagine how worried other mothers who have no air conditioning must have been for their children.”
Read the whole column here:
On Saturday in the Finger Lakes region, hundreds of mothers, fathers, college students, teachers, clergy, scientists and concerned citizens of every stripe joined millions of others around the globe in "Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice," calling on their elected officials to take immediate and bold action in the face of the climate crisis.
Watch video of the event below!