Volunteers at the Town of Huntington Tulip Festival on May 7th in Heckscher Park in Huntington, asking attendees to thank Senator Todd Kaminsky for filing S2683, which will require the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health to study and regulate 1,4-Dioxane, a chemical “likely to be carcinogenic,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They will be hand delivering a stack of postcards to his office in celebration of Mother's Day.
Mothers from the Keene Valley COT attended the Climate March in Glens Falls on 4/28
Mothers Out Front Finger Lakes Community Team leaders, Katie Quinn-Jacobs, Lizzy Evett, and Nancy Norton, with Community Organizer Lisa Marshall (3rd from left) win the Signs of Sustainability Award from Sustainable Tompkins for their extraordinary work building power to hold Dominion Transmission Inc (DTI) accountable for the Borger Compressor station expansion in Dryden, NY. The Borger compressor station expansion is part of a larger transmission project to move gas from Pennsylvania through NY and onto the open market. Our hat is off to these mothers' work to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure - to protect their community from this gas compressor, support communities fighting fracking in PA, AND our children's future in the face of climate change.
Mothers in Long Island, NY at the People's Climate March in April!
Mothers Out Front volunteers stand with some of the organizers of the People's Climate March on 4/29/17 in Long Beach, NY.
Edith Buhs from the Mothers Out Front Jamaica Plain team inspires the photographer while at the Boston People's Climate March, April 20, 2017!
With the People’s Climate March coming up on Saturday, you may be wondering if it makes sense for you to go. The whole subject can feel depressing, and you could easily be excused for thinking that we are living in unlucky times:
- The weather is wacky, and extreme weather events have been happening in greater frequency. And high temperatures are breaking long-standing records.
- The new administration is doing away with protections for clean air and water and controls on carbon fuel production.
- The oceans are rising and coastal communities and cities in the U.S. and worldwide are already implementing adaptations and/or planned retreat.
- And we as mothers and others are concerned about what the future will bring in terms of climate, community livability, and health for our children and grandchildren.
Stefanie Valovic, Mothers Out Front Keene Community Team leader, and her family represented the Keene Team at the March for Science rally in Albany, NY.
Photo credit:Stefanie Valovic
Long Island Community Team members and volunteers tabling at the Town of Huntington Earth Day Event, encouraging residents to sign their postcards to Senator Marcellino and Senator Tom Kaminsky. We need Senator Marcellino's support on the Senate Surety Bill to require shippers by rail of hazardous materials to provide proof of liability coverage. And we're grateful to Senator Kaminsky for his support of the bill that will protect Long Island water supplies.
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, many Mothers Out Front members helped pack the Boston City Council chambers for a special public session on Community Choice Energy (or Aggregation). There is a proposal being taken to the Boston City Council and to Mayor Walsh to approve the City to search for a contract that would increase the amount of renewables for the default electrical supply to the entire city (residential and small business) by at least 5% above the state RPS while keeping the cost competitive to the current EverSource rates. When first addressing the crowd, Councilor Matt O'Malley made reference to the citizen groups present and backing the proposal, starting with --who else?-- Mothers Out Front. Black and grey Mothers Out Front t-shirts were visible throughout the crowd.
Volunteer Leader Connie Seifert, Mothers Out Front Corning Community Team, telling a crowd at a climate rally in Corning, NY, about their Seal The Cracks campaign with the Finger Lakes Climate Fund: funding weatherization of low income households through carbon offsets.
She also encouraged the crowd to sign Mother's Day postcards to Congressman Tom Reed, " Preserve our countryside! Bring REAL clean energy jobs to NY's 23rd district. Solar - yes! Wind - yes! Efficiency - yes! Gas - NO!!!