VA - BLOG: Mothers Out Front!

Thank you to Al Markowitz for interviewing Mother Out Front Kim Williams from Virginia on the meaning of Mother's Day and what it means to be a member of Mothers Out Front!

I was invited by Virginia Organizing friends to attend the very first MOF House Party in Norfolk. I went to that party mainly to be supportive of the friends holding it. I told myself I was too busy to get involved, and that climate change was still far off and far away. Plus, I recycle and compost to do my bit for the earth, right? However, at that meeting a young woman asked me “so how has your life been impacted by sea level rise in Hampton Roads?”

Read the whole blog post here:

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MA - Gas Leaks Working Group Launch

Mothers Out Front's Gas Leaks Working Group launched on May 23rd with 20 people at the first meeting! 
 
The team planned a “two-way street” learning opportunity to share what we’ve done so far and develop a shared vision of where we can go and what tools and support will take us there. Stay tuned for more information on our campaigns!
if you'd like to get involved, please contact Amber Martin at amber.martin@mothersoutfront.org

 

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Ania Camargo presenting

 


CA - NEWS: Town Hall for Green New Deal meets Saturday, May 25

Mothers Out Front in Woodland/Sacramento joined this town hall meeting hosted by the Sunrise Movement, Yolo County Progressives, Sierra Club (Yolano Group), University Professional and Technical Employees, and Young Democratic Socialists of America at UC Davis

“As a mother and a frontline community representative here in Yolo County, I worry about the effect of the smoke from nearby fires on my two boys when they play and train for football outside,” said Adelita Serena of Mothers Out Front. “On hot days, heat stroke worries me, and I am very concerned to think that some day extreme heat will make it more difficult for kids to play outside and do the things they love.

Read the whole article here:

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NY - Long Island teams up with 11-year old author and advocate Andrea Wilson

Mothers Out Front Long Island teams up with 11-year old author and climate advocate Andrea Wilson of Huntington, NY for #FridaysForFuture!

Eleven-year-old Andrea Wilson won the Gold Award for the Voices of Future Generations (VoFG) contest with her book Sarah’s Journey for Tomorrow in 2018 to become that year’s Child Author for Europe and North America. Her mom, Sandra Wilson, fully supports her advocacy work.

 

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MA - After DeSmog’s Revelations, Enbridge’s Weymouth Gas Facility Air Permit in Jeopardy

This is an important article outlining the recent events around the Weymouth Compress Station air permit process, with Mother Out Front Andee Krasner offering the closing quote.

The drama continued on Tuesday, when the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the agency contracted by the state to conduct the health impact assessment (HIA) that informed the air permit, essentially withdrew its support for the assessment’s original conclusion, which did not anticipate human health effects from building the fossil fuel facility. It was this conclusion that greenlighted the air permit.

Citing the newly revealed data, the MAPC said that “the conclusions of any HIA cannot be assumed to hold if new information comes forth, particularly new data that may suggest an increase in risks to people's health.”

In its statement, the MAPC called for considering the cumulative effects of the facility’s emissions, as well as investigating safety concerns and climate change impacts — issues that were beyond the scope of the original assessment.

Activists have been encouraging the MAPC to take a public stand against the assessment, at times excoriating the agency on social media.

We appreciate the professional integrity that the MAPC demonstrated in making their statement,” said Andee Krasner of the group Mothers Out Front, following the agency’s statement. “As a public health professional, I was heartened to see that they included the need to understand the cumulative impact of the current pollution burden and emissions from new sources. There is ample data to demonstrate the compressor is a danger to health, a danger to safety, and will significantly add to greenhouse gases.”

 

Read the whole story here:

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NY - OP ED: State must end fossil fuel dependency

Johanna Fallert, Dutchess County Mothers Out Front Team Leader, uses her mom voice to remind us that pollution can cross state lines. 

I was born and raised in New Haven and my family and friends reside in Connecticut. Although I live in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., I care about what happens in Connecticut. I now live in Dutchess County, N.Y., where the 1,100 megawatt Cricket Valley Energy Center located in Dover, to be completed by January 2020, will be emitting some 3.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, every year for the next 30 to 40 years of its natural life cycle. The people of western Connecticut are downwind and just a few miles away.

Please contact the governor of Connecticut and ask him to do more to protect us, and to lead the way toward investments in renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal — that don’t harm people or our environment. We have many solutions at our disposal, but the commitment and investments needed to end dependency on fossil fuel is not. The fossil fuel industry has seen to that through its deception and its lobbying influence.

Read the whole letter here:

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NY - PRESS RELEASE: Energy Efficiency advocates issue midterm report card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2019

Contacts:

Rochester: Neely Kelley, neely.kelley@mothersoutfront.org 585 451 9875

Buffalo: Clarke Gocker: clarke@pushbuffalo.org, (716) 884-0356 ext. 230


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Community Groups and Renewable Energy Advocates from Across New York State Issue “Midterm Report Card” for Energy Efficiency at Forum in Rochester

Regulatory Agencies Get a “D” for Failing to Secure Equitable Energy Efficiency Policy

Rochester, NY - Today in Rochester, community groups and renewable energy advocates gathered and held a press conference at the Low Income Forum on Energy, hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). The advocates came bearing a “Midterm Report Card on Energy Efficiency,” calling attention to the agencies’ failure to create a process that guarantees real accountability and benefits for low income New Yorkers - the full report card can be found HERE. Today's press conference in Rochester is just the first event in a statewide series; communities and advocates all over New York are calling on NYSERDA and the PSC to make the promises and potential of Governor Cuomo's efficiency policies a reality for low income communities and communities of color across the state.


MA - Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability

This opinion piece by Jesse Lederman is a nice tribute to the power of community organizing. 

With the support of a coalition of organizations like the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Arise for Social Justice, Mother’s Out Front, and the statewide watchdog group HEET, we worked to bring the gas company together with local officials and community members, and in 2017 were able to announce a deal to repair these leaks over time, with a concerted focus on the largest leaks first. The announcement was the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

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NY - After NYC gas pipeline blocked, what's future of Albany Loop?

The Albany Times Union reached out to NYS Mothers Our Front Capital Region team for a reaction to the Williams Pipeline Water Quality permit denial and how that denial will impact the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop that is slated to begin its construction by the end of this summer. The newly formed Albany Mothers Out Front team is rapidly working on a strategic plan to oppose this pipeline. 

 

Mothers Out Front is another local group that ties the expansion of natural gas pipelines to climate change.

Mothers Out Front in the Capital Region feels this decision on the Williams pipeline highlights the dangers the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop will have on the Hudson riverbed and surrounding communities if approved by the PSC," said local Mothers Out Front organizer Megan Root. "Similar to the Williams pipeline, National Grid has failed to present reliability and resiliency need for the E37 Albany Loop Pipeline to the communities it will serve.

 

Read the whole article here:

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CO - Denver gathering for Paris To Pittsburgh - May 15th

On Wednesday, May 15th Mothers Out Front held a screening of the National Geographic film "Paris to Pittsburgh" at The Alliance Center in Denver. We co-hosted this special Mother's Day screening with Colorado Moms Know Best and Moms Clean Air Force - Colorado.

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Our program opened with a moving update from Patricia Nelson, a Greeley native and mother of Diego, a student at Bella Romero Academy, where the construction of a 24 oil well pad site has been approved, 686 ft from the playground. She is the parent plaintiff in a case against the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for the approval of the permits. The case is currently working its way through the court system, having been heard the day before in Denver. The very engaged crowd stayed for the duration of the film and many stayed to share their reactions and participate in a lively discussion after the film led by President of Western Resource Advocates, Jon Goldin-Dubois.

Goldin-Dubois suggested a number of areas where we could focus our efforts over the coming months: monitoring the action of government commissions such as the 1) the Public Utilities Commission, 2) the Air Quality Control Commission, 3) Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commissions rule making and implementation processes on the recently passed bill (SB19-181) to provide reasonable protections to the public regarding oil and gas operations. He also suggested mobilizing support and awareness ahead of additional clean energy legislation expected in 2020 and pushing our local governments to convert to renewables. We left the evening with a number of highly engaged (and enraged) contacts who want to escalate their advocacy with Mothers Out Front!