GREAT NEWS! We've achieved a big step forward for clean energy in Boston -- and across the state.
Boston is the state's first big city to commit to a community energy plan, and Boston-based Mothers Out Front are celebrating this milestone. With the city's new commitment, some 190,000 homes and 31,000 businesses will get their energy from a municipal provider, who will be under contract to provide more renewable energy citywide. The Jamaica Plain and Downtown Boston teams started advocating for this in 2017 and it's taken longer than expected to bring it to fruition. Kudos to these moms and all our Boston-based allies for their persistence in getting this done!
Congratulations to Mothers Out Front New York and all the allies who took action!
At the end of January, the utility Consolidated Edison (ConEd) announced a moratorium on new gas customers in Westchester County claiming a gas supply shortage and triggering panic and outcry among elected officials and business leaders who demanded an increase in gas supply to the region. Westchester county has a population of nearly 1 million people and has the second highest median income in New York State after Manhattan.
Mothers Out Front and our allies sprang into action and generated calls to Governor Cuomo's office, written comments to the Public Service Commission, and spoke at a hastily convened public hearing. Our message: the Westchester gas moratorium is an OPPORTUNITY not a crisis.
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.”
Mothers Out Front was a partner at the press conference the San Francisco Board of Supervisors held at City Hall on February 26 to announce their Climate Emergency Resolution!
Pictured: Anya Deepak, Tamar Cooper, Liliana Peliks, Friday Apaliski, Tina Martin, Kathie Piccagli, and Maia Piccagli
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.