Earlier in April, Mothers Out Front San Francisco stood up at a press conference with Supervisors Ahsha Safai and Vallie Brown and representatives from the Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter and 350 Bay Area to hear Mayor London Breed announce San Francisco’s commitment to a just and swift transition to 100% renewable electricity in buildings citywide by 2030, and to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
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In an official ceremony at San Jose City Hall in March, the Mothers Out Front South Bay team was named San Jose’s Climate Champion of the Year! And three of the young members of the team were named Youth Climate Champions of the Year!
Congratulations to the teams and thank you for your leadership!
Catherine Mosley at Apex Clean Energy writes "Congratulations to Susan Campbell who was awarded the Bruce Kershner award this week by the Niagara Chapter of the Sierra Club for her "commitment to community and environment"! We couldn't agree more! Thank you also to Sierra Club Niagara Chapter, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and Mothers Out Front, particularly Ellen Banks and Neely Kelley who are also pictured here."
Neely Kelley writes " Susan’s message has consistently been: the Lighthouse Wind turbines will ensure a strong local economy, provide good paying jobs, give us tax relief, increase funding for our schools, support our farmers, all the while ensuring a livable planet for all future generations. She is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 13, and is the family breadwinner. The countless hours she has spent to ensure economic growth and prosperity to her hometown is laudable and worthy of recognition. It is Susan Campbell’s tireless and fearless grassroots volunteer leadership that is changing the world. She is showing her community, and the world, how we can fight with dignity, grace, compassion and courage for environmental and economic justice and a 100% clean and renewable energy future."
Photo Credit to Niagara Regional Group of the Sierra Club
On April 6th & 7th, nearly 200 mothers from across the country gathered for Mothers Out Front’s first National Meeting. The power of connection was palpable as local fights gained greater context as pieces of a larger picture. Mothers united for their children. Mothers determined to take on the impossible.
Watch our highlights video below!
Donald and Cari Gardner (Mothers Out Front Greene Team) sent in a letter to the editor outlining why two utility scale solar farms are needed for a rural lake community in Coxsackie, NY. On March 31st, the Mothers Out Front Greene County NY team held a neighbor to neighbor event to discuss the questions and concerns the area residents have.
Click here to see the Letter to the Editor: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/sleepy-hollow-could-benefit-solar-farms
Over 40 Mass. Mothers Out Front members gathered Thursday March 28th to officially launch our two-year “Beyond Gas” campaign and a new Campaign Team and structure. Every Task Force, Working Group, and Functional Team, the Mass Leadership Team, and most Massachusetts Community Teams were all represented.
We started the Launch Meeting with a celebration of all that has been done in past years to limit the use of dangerous fracked gas, and to stop the build-out of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts. Attendees wrote our successes out on a timeline on the wall, and then added our visions for the future: the wins we hope to have in this two-year campaign. Members were hopeful that we would stop the Weymouth Compressor Station, join the fight in Western Mass. against the Agawam Pipeline Expansion, pass the FUTURE bill (SD1953 and HD3719) and fix all large volume leaks near schools throughout the state — and more! We toasted (with non-alcoholic bubbly cider) to our past and future successes, and to the determined and talented members from across the state that were in the room!
Thank you to Abby Williams and Amy Hill, Members of Mothers Out Front, Westchester Rivertowns Team for #UsingYourMomVoice to push for less "natural" gas and congratulations on being published!
Climate change is an existential threat that we do not have the luxury of ignoring. Our children’s futures quite literally depend on our ability to reduce greenhouse gases in the immediate future. It is imperative of all new construction to consider this reality as we plan for the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond.
Read the letter here:
Report in from New York: Sue Ruoff and Diane Beckwith, the Lansing team coordinators let us know about the great progress on outreach made by the Cayuga/Lansing team.
Thank you to everyone who showed up to get action on climate!
One major group at the rally was the Sunrise Movement, which is mostly for young people who are looking to support some kind of green new deal. Another community organization that joined the movement was Mothers Out Front, led by Ithaca High School’s art teacher Gina Cacioppo.
Although many of the speakers discussed global climate efforts, Cacioppo spoke about one in Tompkins County’s backyard: the use of fracked gas at the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing. A highly controversial issue, Cacioppo spoke about how the plant isn’t in regular use because it’s a peaker plant, meaning it is primarily used when more power is used by residents throughout the county.
Mother Out Front in Lansing NY, Diane Beckwith starts her letter with:
My family has lived in Lansing for 24 years. We live just off Rt. 34B, five miles north of the Lansing Schools and just 2 miles south of the Cayuga Power Plant. The owners have submitted a permit request to convert the plant to natural gas. All of this gas would be transported by truck.
Find out why this matters; read the whole letter here: