As mothers, we know that it is necessary to take bold, innovative measures to ensure that our kids will have a climate in which they can thrive. We commend the House of Representatives for standing up for the children of America to push our economy towards one that is based upon green technology like electric vehicles and clean energy. This pandemic has exposed the inequities that exist in our country. Inequities that are exacerbated by climate change. Making a just transition from dirty fossil fuels that pollute the air and water of people who live near them and speed the climate catastrophe is urgent. We cannot wait to act and must upend this looming climate crisis and protect our children and their future now. This bill is a strong first step to achieve a complete and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy.
Mothers Out Front PWC, Climate Groups Applaud Bold Climate Resolution by Prince William County School Board
Published by Lowkell, Blue Virginia
Woodbridge, VA- The moms’ climate group Mothers Out Front (MOF) Prince William County is thrilled to announce the approval of the boldest climate resolution ever passed by a local Prince William authority.
The resolution, which was drafted with significant input over the course of the year from MOF, the Greater Prince William Climate Action Network (GPWCAN) and youth group PWC Climate Action, was passed unanimously by the PWC School Board last night.
Our groups advocated for several of the most significant actions included in the resolution:
- Recognizing climate change as a “worldwide threat with the potential to harm our economy, safety, public health, and quality of life” and planning to create “a long-term strategic plan to address sustainability concerns”;
- Directing staff to establish standards that include renewable energy and “provide options for design and construction of net zero buildings, including all new construction and major renovations over 10,000 square feet, as well as any major roof replacements”;
- Presenting the School Board with solar Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) plans for all new construction, and retrofitting opportunities for older schools, where appropriate;
- Providing the cost of replacing all fossil fuel school buses with electric school buses;
- Establishing a Sustainability Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, staff, and students, that will provide the School Board with perspectives of all stakeholders;
- Requesting that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors creates a Joint Task Force on Sustainability in concert with the School Board; and
- Creating measurable standards of environmental literacy, to include a focus on sustainability for all K-12 students in PWCS.
Protests have erupted around the country in response to racist incidents and killings of Black men and women. These incidents and murders come at a time when the nation is particularly vulnerable as it contends with the first deadly pandemic in a century.
Sadly, when we need national leadership to tackle these life-threatening issues and chart a clear path forward, galvanizing citizens around a common solution, we have a president who incites division, encourages violence, and nurtures insecurity in the American people.
The overt racist acts in the spotlight over the last several weeks must be condemned, but beyond that the insidious and institutional forms of racism at work every day in this country need to end. As an organization of mothers dedicated to working to curb climate change and stop our dependence on fossil fuels, we know our Black moms wake up everyday with the fear of not only climate change, but also the fear that their Black sons and daughters will not make it home. No mother should live with this fear, and justice must be served and a new way of policing must be practiced today.
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Mothers Out Front Calls Out Congress on Efforts to Bailout the Fossil Fuel Industry
As Congress prepares to vote on a new stimulus package, Mothers Out Front issued the following statement:
We were dismayed to learn that the newest stimulus bill being developed by Congress includes funds to be used for bailing out oil and gas companies, yet no funds allocated to building a green economy. The fossil fuel industry has deliberately misled the public for decades, polluted our air and water, leading to negative health impacts for those of us who live on the frontlines of extraction and processing, and led to climate change which affects us all.
Mothers around the country are clear on the links that the coronavirus has to the climate crisis. We see the connections between industrial pollution and those who suffer the most from the virus. Americans who live on the frontlines of fossil fuel and other industries that pollute our air and water, many of whom are Black and Latino families, are contracting the virus in higher numbers and are dying from it at disproportionate rates.
At a time when the effects of environmental destruction are so clearly linked to the health of people around the world, it seems impossible to imagine that our government would not be doing everything within its power to build a clean energy sector—one that provides a just transition for workers in the energy industry and ensures that all children will have the hope of a livable climate for their lifetime. We call on Congress to learn the lessons that the pandemic so urgently brings to us all and to acknowledge the links of industry to public health. We must transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy.
Mothers Out Front is a national movement that brings together mothers to take action on climate change and work towards a just transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy.
2020 | By Brady Seal and Andee Krasner
Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution
Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club
Across the United States, millions of homes and apartments rely on gas appliances for heating and cooking. Burning gas in buildings is not only a threat to climate action but also to human health, as these appliances are sources of indoor air pollution. Gas stoves, particularly when unvented, can be a primary source of indoor air pollution. What’s more, a robust body of scientific research shows the pollutants released by gas stoves can have negative health effects, often exacerbating respiratory conditions like asthma.
Despite this growing body of evidence, indoor air pollution remains largely unregulated. In this report, we synthesize the last two decades of research and offer recommendations for policymakers, researchers, health care professionals, and the public to work swiftly to mitigate the health risks associated with gas stoves. Air pollution is preventable, and we hope this report can spur the necessary action to protect public health.
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure that our staff and members are placing their health and wellbeing at the forefront. It is important that we adapt how we work in the near term to ensure as best we can that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and members.
In accordance with CDC and WHO protocols of social distancing, Mothers Out Front staff and member leaders will be looking at how we creatively continue to move our campaigns forward in a digital capacity while also ensuring access to all who need it.
Some ways we’ll be moving digital include:
- Moving portions of upcoming state leader meetings to online gatherings
- Host trainings in messaging, social media and other digital tools to help teams move campaigns to a digital space
- Offer training videos to support digital work
- Offer digital campaign tools to create social media, call-in and email, etc., campaigns to teams
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(Madrid,10 December 2019)– Fifteen game-changing initiatives from more than twenty countries have been celebrated as winners of the prestigious UN Global Climate Action Awards during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.
The Awards spearheaded by UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative showcase some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people across the globe are doing to tackle climate change.Speaking at a special ceremony at COP25 hosted by the Chilean Government in Madrid,Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said:
“These award-winning projects shine a light on outstanding examples of scalable, innovative and practical climate action from around the world. Each of these projects serve as beacons, guiding us towards a better future,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change.
“The recipients of the UN Global Climate Action Awards are leaders from communities, governments, businesses and organisations, and they are from all corners of the globe and all levels of society. The teams behind these projects are stepping up to meet the global climate challenge by delivering on the Paris Agreement,” Ms. Espinosa concluded.
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Brookline Bylaw Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Major Construction
Bylaw is only such regulation in country to address not only new construction but also renovations, will significantly reduce local emissions
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Brookline Town Meeting tonight approved sweeping legislation prohibiting installation of new fossil fuel infrastructure in major construction. Passed with a vote of 207 to 3, with six votes abstaining, sponsors and supporters of the bylaw, known as Warrant Article 21, are confident that it will reduce Brookline’s carbon emissions from buildings by an estimated 15% over the next 30 years through this single action. The bylaw is part of a wave of fossil fuel bans initiated in July in Berkeley, California. Brookline’s ban is the first one east of the Sierra Nevadas and the only one to include renovation projects.
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Mothers Out Front Awarded $100,000 McNulty Prize
for Mobilizing Moms to Demand Bold Action on Climate Change
New York, NY, October 30, 2019 — The McNulty Foundation and the Aspen Institute today announced Kelsey Wirth and Mothers Out Front as the recipient of the 12th annual John P. McNulty Prize, which recognizes individuals who are creating sustainable models for social change. Mothers Out Front is mobilizing more than 30,000 women and their children to demand those in power at all levels of US government take bold action that will accelerate the nation’s transition away from fossil fuels.
Great News from Hampton Roads, VA!
The regional committee that consists of all Hampton Roads cities and towns was considering supporting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The vote was scheduled today (October 17th) but they decided to delay the vote (WIN) until after they have formed a committee that will include community stakeholders (Super Duper Win!) and study the issues/concerns for supporting it. From what I understand, that process could take over 6 months. (Woohoo!)
The chairperson for the committee said during the meeting that they received over 150 emails by yesterday afternoon, another 50+ came in overnight and we're sure even more came in today. This doesn't count the emails, tweets and tags that went out directly to the individual members of the committee.
Over 20 people spoke during the public commenting period (which took over an hour!). Most of the speakers were speaking out against the ACP and associated pipelines like the Southside Connector and of them, most were residents of impacted communities from Georgetown in Chesapeake.
This is very exciting for us in Hampton Roads!