NY - Sarah Smiley interviewed on The Feminist Perspective - VIDEO

Watch Mother Out Front and environmental justice activist, Sarah Smiley, discussing climate change and the politics of fossil fuels around the country.

 


VA - Richmond leaders meet with Rep. Spanberger

Mothers Out Front Richmond leaders Carrie Pruett and Beth Kreydatus met with Rep. Abigail Spanbeger on Saturday, December 14th, along with other climate groups to discuss pressing concerns around climate and the environment.

 


MA - Amherst Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party!

Mothers Out Front Amherst had an excellent turnout (~35) at our Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party at the Jones Library in Amherst on November 24.

Our petition was signed by many and will go to the School Committee once we reach 150 signatories. Guest speaker was Brian Foulds, a strong advocate for electric school buses in Concord.

The event got news coverage from WWLP and was funded by a grant from Climate Change Conversations in Libraries.


VA - Students lead Fairfax County’s first climate strike

Fairfax county students #inthenews for the first climate strike in their county, supported by Mothers Out Front Fairfax County:

A hush settled over the students clustered around the stage of Vienna’s Town Green on Dec. 6 for Fairfax County’s first official climate strike.

They remained there in silence for 10 full minutes, one for each year that the United Nations believes humanity has left to save the planet from the most devastating effects of climate change.

Organizers originally planned to conclude the morning’s rally with that moment of silence, but when a ringing alarm signaled that 10 minutes had lapsed, they asked if their fellow protestors wanted to march down Maple Avenue and received an enthusiastic, affirmative response.

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CA - SF Youth Climate Strike #2

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On Friday, Dec 6, youth from Youth Vs Apocalypse and Sunrise led an inspiring and empowered strike outside of BlackRock headquarters in downtown San Francisco. They called out BlackRock for funding the burning of the Amazon and the oppression of black and brown people via investment in private prisons and detention centers.

Youth leaders led chants, held a planting activity, passed out hot chocolate, and invited youth to speak out. They approached the doors of BlackRock to ask to speak to the leadership, but were denied access. 

 


    


VA - Calling out Virginia Natural Gas

If our public works are meant to serve the public, then all of our voices need to be included. Kim Sudderth of Mothers Out Front Hampton Roads is #InTheNews:

Before an influential planning commission was set to publicly debate throwing its support behind the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the group’s executive director went back and forth with an employee of one of the pipeline’s chief proponents, according to emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Kim Sudderth, a senior organizer with the climate-change focused advocacy group Mothers Out Front, said the people who would be directly affected by the pipeline have been left out of the conversation.

 

Read the whole story:

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MA - Amherst group campaigns to convert school bus fleet to electrical power

Mothers Out Front Amherst/Pioneer Valley are #inthenews fighting for a for a clean ride to school for our children!

Mothers Out Front recently launched an online petition, which the group anticipates submitting to school officials Dec. 17 with the signatures of community members and students, aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing pollution and improving the health of those affected by diesel exhaust.

On Tuesday, Mothers Out Front member Felicia Mednick told the School Committee that transitioning from fossil fuels to electricity will send a message to children that the town is taking the effects of climate change seriously and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

You can sign the petition here!

 

Read the whole story:

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PR: UN Awards Ceremony Celebrates Innovative Climate Solutions

(Madrid,10 December 2019)Fifteen game-changing initiatives from more than twenty countries have been celebrated as winners of the prestigious UN Global Climate Action Awards during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.

The Awards spearheaded by UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative showcase some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people across the globe are doing to tackle climate change.Speaking at a special ceremony at COP25 hosted by the Chilean Government in Madrid,Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said:

“These award-winning projects shine a light on outstanding examples of scalable, innovative and practical climate action from around the world. Each of these projects serve as beacons, guiding us towards a better future,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change. 

“The recipients of the UN Global Climate Action Awards are leaders from communities, governments, businesses and organisations, and they are from all corners of the globe and all levels of society. The teams behind these projects are stepping up to meet the global climate challenge by delivering on the Paris Agreement,” Ms. Espinosa concluded.  

 


MA - First ever Leadership Academy class graduates!

 

Huge congratulations to the first cohort to complete the first ever Leadership Academy! No small feat! Now we have newly minted leaders knowledgeable in campaign strategy, one to one's, personal narratives and meetings with public officials. They will be unstoppable! Enormous gratitude goes out to all the trainers and staff who created curriculum and made all four modules happen. Hopefully this will be something that can be duplicated in other states!

 

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VA - Fairfax County Students Demand Climate Action During Vienna Strike

Led by our youth leaders, the intergenerational #climatestrikes are building the strength of our collective movement each Friday. In Vienna, high school climate activist Katie M "decided to organize the strike in Vienna, because 'D.C. already has a strong climate movement.'" 

At the strike, protesters urged people to write a postcard to the Fairfax County School Board. The students and adult allies are pushing for a Green New Deal for FCPS that would switch all of the schools to net-zero carbon emissions by installing solar panels and energy-efficient windows. The plan would also continue the push for electric school buses in the county.

“I just want to make sure [my kids] have a liveable planet to live in,” Tiziana Bottino, a community organizer for Mothers Out Front, told Tysons Reporter about why she joined the strike.

Read the whole story:

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