MA - Worcester residents demand gas leak repairs near schools

Mothers Out Front Worcester took to City Hall on June 17th to demand that Eversource repair 5 leaks near schools!

During the hearing, residents and Mothers Out Front volunteers spoke about their personal experiences with gas leaks in the city. Worcester resident and Mothers Out Front volunteer Rhonda Wahya Hicks said she couldn’t sleep when a leak was discovered at her granddaughter’s school.

“I’m very angry that it’s taken so long. We’ve been fighting this for a while. Why is it taking this long?” she said during the meeting. “Anything that has the words gas leaks and schools should not even be a public forum. It should already be taken care of. We shouldn’t have to do any kind of talking.”

Read all about it:

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MA - Green Living Tour 2019 in Jamaica Plain

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-May, Mothers Out Front-Jamaica Plain held our first-ever Green Living Tour, showcasing a wide range of ways to “go green”—from electric cars and bikes to worm composting, induction stoves, air and ground source heat pumps, and backyard bees and chickens. The feedback from the 150+ participants was overwhelmingly positive: “I had no idea so many of my neighbors were doing so much to shift to a green lifestyle,” “we brought our daughter with us to help her take her role and responsibility for nature seriously,” “the tour gave us a much better idea of which direction to take to reduce our own carbon footprint,” “It was cool to get up so close to the hive – we even got a look at the Queen being a total BOSS LADY.”

 

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NY - Bethlehem board votes 'no' on National Grid pipeline

From Albany/Hudson Valley NY Organizer, Megan Root:

"Last month the town of East Greenbush (the east end of the pipeline) passed a resolution opposing the E37 Albany Pipeline Loop. Now the town of Bethlehem (the west end of the pipeline loop) joins in with voting to oppose this expansion. This is a result (although not mentioned) of Mothers Out Front organizing in the Town of Bethlehem to gain support. We were the main group out front on this end of this dirty fracked gas pipeline expansion."

From the article

The Bethlehem Town Board voted Wednesday night to oppose a $70 million natural gas pipeline that National Grid wants to build from Glenmont and under the Hudson River into Rensselaer County.

The town joins East Greenbush in opposition to the project, which needs approval from the state Public Service Commission.

"I don't think that these natural gas pipelines are our future," [Maureen] Cunningham said. "I don't think anyone believes they are. I do think that we have to look at the repercussions of every energy source."

 

Read the whole article here:

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NY - Commentary: Find an alternative to gas pipeline expansion

Find out about one mom's view of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Capital Region of NY:

As a mother of two amazing kids in the Capital Region, I strongly oppose National Grid's Albany Loop natural gas pipeline expansion project. It would have far-reaching health and environmental consequences for our communities, particularly in regard to our children's chance for a livable future and well-being.

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CA - Mothers ask Gov. Newsom to seize Our Last Chance for Climate Justice

Mothers Out Front California Senior Organizer, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, recently attended the CA Democratic Conference in San Francisco as an observer. When she ran into Governor Newsom in the lobby, she jumped on the chance to bring him a message from California mothers, saying:

"Thank you, Governor, for your strong words on climate. Mothers Out Front around the state now ask you to match your words with action. Please Stop, Drop & Roll for a livable climate for all children. We’re actually here collecting petitions asking you to do just that, and will deliver them to you soon. It’s our Last Chance!” Though non-committal, the Governor cheerfully posed for a photo.

We urge everyone to sign our petition to Governor Newsom and see why, along with hundreds of allies in the Last Chance Alliance, we’re asking him to Stop, Drop & Roll to address the public-health and climate emergencies. As the producer of much of the nation’s dirtiest oil—and the only oil-producing state without setback limits—it’s past time for California to make climate justice a top priority. Words are nice, but moms want to see action, now.

 

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CA - San Jose moms deliver nearly 400 postcards to Council Members and Mayor!

On June 3rd, a group of 10 mothers, grandmothers and daughters from Mothers Out Front South Bay enthusiastically delivered to the San Jose City Councilmembers and Mayor Liccardo nearly 400 postcards in three languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Each of the 10 Councilmember received a stack of hand-signed postcards from their constituents urging them to protect Coyote Valley by allocating all available voter-approved Measure T funds to purchase the land from developers.

 

Left to right: Susan Butler-Graham, Isabelle Chappuis, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Danchi, Meg, DanAnh, Karina (and her sign), Mayor Liccardo’s staffer Mackenzie Mossing, Jane Mulcaster, Anika, and Kelly Graham

 

 

The clarity of youth: Meg explains that, while the City has zoned Coyote Valley for industrial development, “nature zoned it for open space.” 

 


CA - DYNAMIC DUO: Mother & Daughter OUT FRONT

 

As a lead team member and one of the original founders of Mothers Out Front South Bay, I was so uplifted to see our team receive San Jose's 2019 Climate Smart Champion of the Year award! It reminds me that our efforts over the past two years have been very successful, including helping to pass Community Choice Energy, Senate Bill 100, and Climate Smart San Jose.

This not only encourages me, but motivates me to continue with our ambitious efforts to create a more livable climate for all children. And the cherry on top of the cake is the fact that my daughter was named one of the three 2019 Youth Climate Champions of the Year! This makes me so very proud of her! As a youth, it is important for her to know she can make a difference and be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. It is an honor to be her mother and to know that her efforts have been commended as well. Together, we can help pass on a livable planet to future generations.

 


MA - Mothers Out Front brings visibility to Acton gas leaks

Terrific coverage of the Mothers Out Front Acton Team's art exhibit to change the conversation about #methaneleaks and to make the invisible, visible.

According to Judith Aronstein of Mothers Out Front Acton, an environmental activist group dedicated to addressing climate change, a 2017 survey funded by the Acton Board of Selectmen and completed by Gas Safety USA measured the size of some 234 gas leaks in town. These leaks were reported over time by National Grid to town the town Department of Public Works.

Aronstein said Mothers Out Front wanted to “make the invisible, visible” by finding a way to visually represent those leaks and their size to town residents to help them see the number and size of those leaks and discuss their impact.

She said the display was about eight months in the making. It was marked Tuesday evening by about 30 residents and community leaders.

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NY - Lansing Takes the Lead on Energy Transition

Following the recent news that the Cayuga Power Plant operators have abandoned their plan to convert from coal to gas, and instead develop a renewably powered data center, solar array and battery storage, Our Mothers Out Front community team held a community event to discuss the coming transition. More than 50 concerned citizens turned out to the Lansing Town Hall last night for our event, "Lansing Takes the Lead on Energy Transition."

Lauren Chambliss kicked off the meeting by telling the group how Lansing Community Team worked to engage the local community around the issue of the power plant saying, "I was really becoming a grandmother that convinced me with the support of Mothers Out Front to get over my fear and go door to door to talk to my neighbors about the Cayuga Power Plant."

 

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NY - Lansing Leads the Way on Energy Transition

Mothers Out Front NY in the news for their event on May 29th:

Mothers Out Front and Concerned Citizens of Lansing are hosting guest speaker Claire Muller, of Toxics Action Center in Massachusetts, to talk about a successful “Coal to Sol” transition in Massachusetts.

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