The Climate Solutions Summit (and Mothers Out Front) in Rochester gets a shout out from D & C Editorial Board!
"Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms."
BOSTON- Mothers Out Front announced the receipt this week of a $1M gift from the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation to support general operations and program expansion. This transformational gift will have significant, lasting effects on the organization, enabling it to make key foundational investments in staff, leadership capacity, systems and infrastructure.
“My wife Lulie and I and our family are extremely impressed with what Mothers Out Front is accomplishing,” said Gordon Gund. “We are pleased to make this additional gift to help Mothers Out Front develop an organization that can leverage its unique creativity, entrepreneurship, and energy to an even greater extent.”Read more
Mothers Out Front Janet Powers and Dorothy Anderson-Perales joined the Mass. Power Forward allies to stand in at the MA State House:
"Over the course of seven weeks over 100 residents have joined the lunch hour stand-ins outside the Governor’s office. Said Janet Powers 'We’ll keep coming back until the Governor does the right thing. The gas pipelines and power plants he supports are not needed, hurt our communities and cost us billions.'”
Find out about the groundbreaking collaboration happening in Massachusetts to #FixBigGasLeaks!
“Kelsey Wirth, [Co-Founder of Mothers Out Front], a Boston-based environmental advocacy group, acknowledged that the utilities face many ‘competing pressures’ that ‘don’t necessarily align with a commitment to fix the largest gas leaks. In this context, the utilities have been working with us with surprising good will,’ she said. ‘The collaboration has been impressive.’”
Two members of the Norfolk/Hampton Roads Team, Team Leader Kim Williams and Theresa "Nia" Amoruso were interviewed and featured in a recent article in the local news site Southside Daily. They are speaking out against the proposed pipeline that will plow through parts of Suffolk. This pipeline threatens parks and water reservoirs along the proposed path.
“An active member of Mothers Out Front – an organization that exists in part to “influence decision-makers to make a swift and just transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy” – [Theresa] Amoruso spoke quickly, even after the three-minute buzzer that alerted her time was up.
‘The city of Norfolk and other regulators agree that boring pipelines under our priceless reservoirs cannot be assessed as completely safe, only as low-risk,’ Amoruso said, citing language used by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pipeline project assessment. ‘Why is any level of risk acceptable to our priceless water supply?’”
"Almost a year ago, a group of Bedford citizens concerned about climate change started looking into what it would take for Bedford to become a Net Zero community. A Net Zero community offsets its annual greenhouse gas emissions with carbon-free energy production. We felt that this would be a concrete and meaningful way for Bedford to combat climate change. We were inspired by Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Lexington, and Concord, communities that are currently implementing or developing Net Zero plans for themselves."
Listen to the interview with:
- Neely Kelley, New York State senior organizer for Mothers Out Front
- Abby McHugh-Grifa, leadership team co-coordinator for the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
- Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence, Department of Environmental Studies, Ithaca College
- Zack Dufresne, director of communications and membership for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Arlington Mothers Out Front and the town of Arlington are being recognized by our partner, Mass Energy, for their work to “promote and pioneer green municipal aggregation” in Arlington. Congratulations to Arlington Mothers Out Front and with gratitude to the town of Arlington and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance!
"Ultimately, organizers want to advance the discussion around what sort of actions will be required to move the state off of fossil fuels, [Sue] Hughes-Smith says. Some of the efforts will be legislative; others will be technical, such as identifying realistic targets for wind or solar power development, she says.
'There is a solution,' says Hughes-Smith. 'We can do this.'"