Thank you to Phil McKenna from Inside Climate News for this thoughtful analysis of the situation facing nearly 9,000 homes in the Merrimack Valley. Environmental advocates are calling for a "green new deal" that would shift thousands of homes off natural gas and onto electric heating.
Thinking Bigger, with Help from a River
Zeyneb Magavi, research director for the energy efficiency and clean energy advocacy group HEET and a member of Mothers Out Front, said the collapse of the gas system in the three communities calls for a bigger, more outside-the-box solution.
She is proposing a district heating system with an unusual heat source: the Merrimack River, which runs through Lawrence and skirts North Andover.
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Read this insightful piece about how #Mothers from Mothers Out Front and Moms Demand Action are making a difference. Thank you, Morra Aarons-Mele!
From our friends at Conservation Law Foundation, written by Bradley M. Campbell—read the case for why it's time to break our addiction to fossil fuels.
Congratulations to Mother Out Front Susan Campbell for having your Letter to the Editor published and thank you for using your voice to push for more renewable energy!
So Yates residents, this is where some of our tax dollars are going that the Town Board agreed to share with Somerset on lawyer fees. We are paying fees for a lawyer to fight the release of information about the turbines! Where is the transparency? How much was spent to file this motion?
What are they afraid of?
A wonderful group of eleven mothers and others (two had to leave before we took the group photo) gathered last night at the home of Kristin Bartholomew in Lansing NY to discuss the issue of the repowering of the Cayuga Power Plant. Kristin's two boys have to cross the county road where the top-heavy compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks will be driving every day as they walk or bike to and from school. An estimated 50-120 truck trips per day are projected to be required to fuel the gas burner if the coal-to-gas conversion is approved. This represents an 85-200% increase in truck traffic on that route.
On September 23rd, Arlington Mothers Out Front had a big event in Arlington to celebrate the anniversary of community choice aggregation and to publicize the many things Arlington has done in the move to sustainability.
(All photos by Christa Kelleher.)
Thank you to Adelita Serena for the report-in from Mothers Out Front Woodland/Sacramento on their celebration and planning session after #RiseForClimateJobsJustice!
Our Mothers Out Front Woodland/Sacramento Team was excited to gather on September 23rd and celebrate our strength in unity that we presented at the Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice March in San Francisco! All felt proud after watching the short video I put together.
Gas Leak Allies (including Mothers Out Front and HEET) are in the news!
[Nathan Phillips has] been working with the Gas Leaks Allies — a partnership of groups that typically focus on the environmental impacts of natural gas and other fossil fuels. At the same time, safety has always been part of the discussion. But now, that’s moved to the forefront.
Zeyneb Magavi is part of two organizations that are in the Gas Leaks Allies: Mothers Out Front and HEET. She said this crisis illustrates the dangers of natural gas. “It's shocking and yet not surprising,” she said. “And it creates a sense of urgency about moving to a safer solution for our society.”
23 members of the Mothers Out Front South Bay (San Jose) team celebrated our recent big wins with a picnic in the park today. We showed off the vibrant yellow shirts we got for the Rise for Climate march.
The story of how over 100 mothers came together at #RiseForClimateJobsJustice in San Francisco on September 8, 2018 is in video! Narrated by Adelita Serena, Mothers Out Front organizer, find out what it was like to be at the march with these moms as they fight for their children's health.