NY - LTE: Con Ed Gas Mora­to­rium is a Mo­men­tous Op­por­tu­nity

Thank you to Abby Williams and Amy Hill, Mem­bers of Moth­ers Out Front, Westch­ester River­towns Team for #UsingYourMomVoice to push for less "natural" gas and congratulations on being published!

Cli­mate change is an ex­is­ten­tial threat that we do not have the lux­ury of ig­nor­ing. Our chil­dren’s fu­tures quite lit­er­ally de­pend on our abil­ity to re­duce green­house gases in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture. It is im­per­a­tive of all new con­struc­tion to con­sider this re­al­ity as we plan for the next 10, 20, 30 years and be­yond.

Read the letter here:

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NY - Cayuga-Lansing Team Canvass Their Community!

Report in from New York: Sue Ruoff and Diane Beckwith, the Lansing team coordinators let us know about the great progress on outreach made by the Cayuga/Lansing team.




NY - Ithaca Mothers Join High School Students to Rally for Climate

Thank you to everyone who showed up to get action on climate!

One major group at the rally was the Sunrise Movement, which is mostly for young people who are looking to support some kind of green new deal. Another community organization that joined the movement was Mothers Out Front, led by Ithaca High School’s art teacher Gina Cacioppo.

Although many of the speakers discussed global climate efforts, Cacioppo spoke about one in Tompkins County’s backyard: the use of fracked gas at the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing. A highly controversial issue, Cacioppo spoke about how the plant isn’t in regular use because it’s a peaker plant, meaning it is primarily used when more power is used by residents throughout the county.

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NY - LTE: Gas Trucks in Lansing

Mother Out Front in Lansing NY, Diane Beckwith starts her letter with:

My family has lived in Lansing for 24 years. We live just off Rt. 34B, five miles north of the Lansing Schools and just 2 miles south of the Cayuga Power Plant. The owners have submitted a permit request to convert the plant to natural gas. All of this gas would be transported by truck.

Find out why this matters; read the whole letter here: 

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Media Advisory for Saturday, March 30, 2019

Contact: Alise Murawski at amurawski@westendstrategy.comor 202-702-6903


Concerned Mothers Hold Urgent Public Forum About Gas Leaks, Climate Change

Over 800 methane gas leaks in Worcester alone, community must act


WORCESTER, MASS.Mothers Out Front Worcester is holding an urgent public forum on gas leak safety and climate change on Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

After months of research and an audit of gas leaks, Mothers Out Front Worcester is gathering the community to take action against the serious threats posed by aging gas infrastructure and climate change. Worcester has over 800 methane gas leaks, some on school properties and in other sensitive locations.

The forum will discuss actions that can be undertaken by the community and individuals to reduce the harm caused by Worcester’s aging gas infrastructure. Speakers will include representatives from Gas Safety USA, Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, the Worcester Tree Initiative and more.

MA - Big Step Forward for Clean Energy in Boston and MA

GREAT NEWS! We've achieved a big step forward for clean energy in Boston -- and across the state.  

Boston is the state's first big city to commit to a community energy plan, and Boston-based Mothers Out Front are celebrating this milestone.  With the city's new commitment, some 190,000 homes and 31,000 businesses will get their energy from a municipal provider, who will be under contract to provide more renewable energy citywide.  The Jamaica Plain and Downtown Boston teams started advocating for this in 2017 and it's taken longer than expected to bring it to fruition. Kudos to these moms and all our Boston-based allies for their persistence in getting this done!




NY - WIN! $250M Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan Announced

Congratulations to Mothers Out Front New York and all the allies who took action!

At the end of January, the utility Consolidated Edison (ConEd) announced a moratorium on new gas customers in Westchester County claiming a gas supply shortage and triggering panic and outcry among elected officials and business leaders who demanded an increase in gas supply to the region. Westchester county has a population of nearly 1 million people and has the second highest median income in New York State after Manhattan.

Mothers Out Front and our allies sprang into action and generated calls to Governor Cuomo's office, written comments to the Public Service Commission, and spoke at a hastily convened public hearing. Our message: the Westchester gas moratorium is an OPPORTUNITY not a crisis.

MA Hired Energy Industry Execs to 'Independently' Review State's Gas System

Mothers in Massachusetts are holding the governor's administration accountable for a fair and unbiased review of the state's gas infrastructure, following last September’s gas explosions in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.

Debbie New of Mothers Out Front still holds hope the review will reflect the public’s interest. “There's an opportunity now for our DPU that hired them — and that's on the Independent Review Panel — to demonstrate that they're working for the public, not the utilities, by giving us a comprehensive, transparent report.”

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CA - San Francisco Press Conference for Climate Emergency Resolution

Mothers Out Front was a partner at the press conference the San Francisco Board of Supervisors held at City Hall on February 26 to announce their proposed Climate Emergency Resolution!



Pictured: Anya Deepak, Tamar Cooper, Liliana Peliks, Friday Apaliski, Tina Martin, Kathie Piccagli, and Maia Piccagli

NY - Westchester River Towns Community Team Speaking out in Sleepy Hollow!

First, a huge shout-out to Abby Williams, Arline Segal, Karen Vastola, and Susie Browarsky for speaking at last week’s Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees meeting (and to Katie Hyams for coming from Irvington)! View video here: https://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/board-of-trustees/pages/02-26-2019-board-of-trustees-meeting (skip to 01:24:30).

We urged the trustees to a) prioritize a reduction of fossil fuels in the Comprehensive Plan Update, and b) to ask the developers of Edge-on-Hudson to avoid using gas to heat their buildings and use clean technologies like electric heat pumps and solar instead.   Whatever we put in place now will impact us for decades to come, at a time when we have a narrow window to slow the course of climate change. To quote Abby, whose 6-year old daughter has a dream to destroy pollution and be a scientist, “that’s 20 years away, so this is really our job now. We can do it, we have the technology.”