Mothers Out Front Receives 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award - Press Release

Contact:
Anne Roach, Mothers Out Front: anne.roach@mothersoutfront.org

 

(Boston, Massachusetts: September 26, 2019) - Mothers Out Front proudly announces today that it is the recipient of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award: Women for Results. These awards help to shine a light on some of the most practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change. Mothers Out Front was the only recipient in the United States. 

“We are profoundly grateful to receive this recognition from the United Nations,” said Kelsey Wirth, Mothers Out Front co-founder and chair. “Each day our mothers wake up determined to protect their children from the growing threat of the climate crisis. We know that we have until 2030 to cut carbon emissions by half. We will only accomplish this if decision-makers begin to take bold action on climate. This is a question of justice — for our children, and for those communities currently suffering the impacts of climate injustices.” 

The announcement of the award winners comes shortly after the UN Climate Summit in New York,  convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and in parallel with Climate Week NYC.

“The recipients of the UN Global Climate Action Awards are leaders from communities, governments, businesses, and organizations, and they are from all corners of the globe and all levels of society,” said Niclas Svenningsen, Manager of the UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme. “It is crucial we celebrate all actors who are leading the way. Their award-winning initiatives send a strong political signal to all nations — and through their leadership and creativity, we see essential change.”


VA - TV interview with Bobby Monacella, Fairfax County Mothers Out Front co-leader

Check out Fairfax County co-leader, Bobby Monacella, explain why Mothers Out Front is excited about the Electric School Bus Campaign! Bobby is interviewed right at the beginning.

 


MA - LTE: We need to build green roofs in Cambridge, joining other cities in climate change fight

Mother Out Front Florrie Wescoat asks an excellent question in her recently published Letter to the Editor at Cambridgeday.com and announces a new campaign from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, MA:

Let’s take a bird’s eye view of Cambridge. We see mostly empty rooftops, and some with mechanical systems on top to protect them from flood damage. Many of the flat roofs are heat-absorbing black, which can reach upwards of 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, increasing the city’s heat island effects. These aren’t the rooftops that a city such as Cambridge, which is committed to fighting climate change, ought to have, and we know it. Why aren’t we acting on what we know? Why don’t we have more white roofs that can reduce surface temperatures by an average of 43 degrees in the summertime? More solar collectors? Where are roofs with growing plants?


CA - San Jose could become largest US city to ban natural gas in new construction

Mothers Out Front San Jose #inthenews and #onmic for this proposal, with Mother Out Front Susan Butler-Graham reminding us:

“Our kids need us to electrify our buildings as much as possible, and stop building with gas,” said Susan Butler-Graham of Mothers Out Front, a non-profit seeking to move climate change issues to the political forefront.

 

Watch the video here:

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CA - NEWS: Hundreds marched through downtown San Jose for climate strike

Mothers Out Front San Jose were part of the #ClimateStrike in their city and were captured by the San Jose Spotlight!

As part of Mothers Out Front, a group dedicated to creating a healthy climate and a livable future for children, Deanna Pursai said she was marching for herself and her two children.

After Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, she said she thought the climate issue was obvious and that decision makers would take action. “I love being a mom, but now I feel guilty,” Pursai said. ”This is going to bring awareness, this is our civic duty.”

 

Read the whole story:

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NY - NEWS: Long Island group brings 'power' of parents and children to climate strike

Mothers Out Front Long Island made the news when they joined the #ClimateStrike in Battery Park:

Greta Thunberg had just finished addressing the big crowd in Battery Park, when Jennifer Rogers-Brown of Mothers Out Front LI, a few hundred feet from the stage, described what tied together her group and the youth-led Global Climate Strike held at sites around the world Friday.

"There's power in us as parents. And kids clearly have power collectively," Rogers-Brown of Huntington Station said, gesturing toward the stage. "It's learning how to use it."

Their group seeks to build mothers' power and mobilize "to ensure a livable climate for all children." Mothers Out Front started in Massachusetts in 2013, and the LI team began a few years ago. It has a core group of about six people, Rogers-Brown said last week.

About a half-dozen people from Mothers Out Front LI traveled to Manhattan for the climate strike, and Mothers Out Front had about two dozen at the event overall, including attendees from the city and upstate. Among them were men, kids and two strollers.

 

Read the whole story:

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VA - NEWS: “We need to take action:” Hampton Roads climate strike in Virginia Beach demands change

Mothers Out Front Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach are #inthenews and on #climatestrike, bringing together allies and supporters at the King Neptune statue in Virginia Beach. Watch the video in this news report and see Mother Out Front Golden Carter interviewed as well as Mother Out Front Ruth McElroy Amudsen in the quote below.

Mothers Out Front, in addition to organizing the event, encouraged attendees to register to vote, saying that if politicians who don’t believe in climate change are elected, nothing will change.

“If you don’t vote, you can’t change anything,” argued Ruth McElroy Amudsen, a volunteer with Mothers Out Front. “Take action. Don’t just go to meetings and talk about what you might do — do something.”

Amundsen posed a summarizing question to a round of cheers.

“The climate is changing — so why aren’t we?”

 


VA - Cheap Renewables Could Make 90% of Proposed Gas Power Plants — and Many Pipelines — Obsolete by 2035

Check out DesmogBlog's coverage of the Applied Economic Clinic's report, sponsored by Mothers Out Front. The truth is we don't need the methane gas supplies that the utilities are claiming we do.

Take, for example, the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a project that would cross West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, and was originally projected to cost roughly $4.5 billion (a price tag which has spiraled up to roughly $7.5 billion as the project has run aground in court challenges, with Moody’s Investor Services downgrading the project to “credit negative” in February).

A report in January by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis questioned the need for the entire project, predicting that demand for natural gas would be eroded by cheap renewables and observing that most of the companies planning to ship gas on the pipeline were actually affiliates of the pipeline’s own sponsors.

In July, 18 Virginia lawmakers wrote to FERC, urging the commission to suspend federal authorization for the pipeline, arguing that developers had failed to show the pipeline was neeeded. 

That argument was potentially bolstered this week by the publication of a report focused on a proposed extension of the Atlantic Coast pipeline to Hampton Roads, Virginia. The report was sponsored by Mothers Out Front, an organization focused on fighting climate change.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton, director of the Applied Economics Clinic and author of the report, concluded that the local utility, Virginia Natural Gas, had overestimated demand for natural gas in the region. She noted that the utility’s estimates were five times higher than projections by energy consulting firm Wood MacKenzie.

 

Read the full story here:

 


Press Release: Mothers Out Front Joins the Global Climate Strike

 

MOTHERS OUT FRONT JOINS THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKES 

National movement of mothers stand with youth to call for real action to address the climate crisis

 

BOSTON- September 13, 2019 - Mothers Out Front announces its support of the youth strikes during the Global Week of Action. Mothers will be joining rallies across the country to stand with youth in their call to address the climate crisis. 

“As mothers, we feel the urgent need to lead the way forward to a clean energy economy and a livable climate,” said Ellen van Bever, Mothers Out Front National Leadership Team member of Cambridge, Massachusetts. “We have until 2030 to cut carbon emissions by half. The denial and inaction of prior generations have led to the mess we are in.  To the youth around the world who are planning to strike this September 20th—you are not alone. We assure you that mothers will join the global climate strike and lead the way for other adults to join.” 

Mothers Out Front has been convening parents around the country in an alliance in advance of the September 20-27th strikes. We provided training, resources and a space for planning, organizing and connecting to events around the US.

Mothers Out Front members will be at youth strikes all across the country. 


What I Learned from the Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster

Sarah Griffith is a friend of Mothers Out Front and a mother herself. A member of Climate Reality Project, she shares her thoughts on the anniversary of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

By Sarah Griffith

Last September 13, three towns in Massachusetts went from a calm, 70° day to a conflagration in minutes. A series of explosions followed by eighty fires suddenly broke out. Roads were chaos as electricity and street lighting went down, communications infrastructure failed, and visibility was cut by billowing fumes. One person died, dozens were injured, and 30,000 people were evacuated. Over a billion dollars has been spent refurbishing 8,500 homes and repairing miles of gas pipelines.

Given the scale of ongoing tragedies in the paper everyday—mass shootings, hurricanes, and political corruption—I have to admit that it was hard to take in the implications of this massive event immediately. It was only over time and by volunteering with Gas Leaks Allies that the dangers of the gas distribution system started to become apparent.