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Who We Are

We are mothers, grandmothers, non-binary parents, non-parents, and allies in Brookline who are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy. Together, we can create a healthy climate and a livable future for all our children. Join us and take action!

Our Commitment

We at Mothers Out Front Brookline know that systemic racism creates suffering, pain, and death for people of color and marginalized communities. It leads to inequities in health, education, economic opportunity and housing. Climate change, environmental degradation and pollution all disproportionately impact these populations. And so we have redefined our work by applying a racial equity lens to our goals and campaigns. The urgency has never been greater to build a more just, equitable and livable world.

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Upcoming Events

Mothers Out Front welcomes everyone to join us in our fight for a livable climate. Every month we have opportunities to learn, engage, and take action on the issues that you’re most passionate about. Get to know us at one of our informal monthly Zoom brunches on Sunday mornings or gear up for action on a specific topic at one of our weekly 30-minute “action-ars.” We can’t wait to meet you!

Coffee and Collective Action

  • DATE: Every Thursday
  • TIME: 10:00am – 10:30am

Join the Brookline chapter every Thursday for a quick climate action. At these drop-in events, you will learn about a climate-related topic and take action in just 30 minutes. No experience is required or necessary to participate!

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Monthly Sunday Brunch

  • DATE: Sunday, October 17
  • TIME: 9:30am – 11:00am

Join us for our monthly brunch meeting. Grab a cup of coffee and meet some of our members to learn what campaigns we are working on and how you can contribute.

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From Costly Waste to Zero Waste – Learn how we can get there!

  • DATE: September 20, 2021
  • TIME: 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET

Tune in to a lively and informative talk with Kirstie Pecci, senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation. Kirstie will explain all things Zero Waste, with stories of inspiring successes and an important reality check on what’s at stake in Massachusetts and beyond. She will help us find answers and encourage us to act to address the transition to Zero Waste in our own lives, in our town, and in our state.

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Gas Leaks Rally & Art Build

  • ART BUILD: Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 PM
  • RALLY: Wednesday, October 16 at 10:00 AM

We have 219 gas leaks in Brookline! These leaks are costly, dangerous and bad for the health of our children and the climate. Join us for a family-friendly art build and rally.  It’s time for National Grid to #FixBigGasLeaks and #TriageAndTransition to healthy, safe and climate friendly energy options.

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Our Campaigns

Clean Heat, Clean Air: Building a Fossil- Fuel-Free Future

A livable future for our planet is possible—and practical. Starting now, we can replace fossil fuels with practical, cost-effective all-electric technology in our buildings. Brookline Mothers Out Front led the charge on a local fossil fuel prohibition that led directly to statewide legislation that will codify net-zero building standards in Massachusetts. Today, we are building on this work in Brookline and beyond, showing in ways big and small that a fossil-fuel-free future really is within reach. Learn more.

Gas Leaks

The gas pipes that run beneath our streets are riddled with leaks. At last count, Brookline had 219 active, unrepaired leaks releasing methane gas into our neighborhoods. We are calling on National Grid to fix the largest, most dangerous leaks while we simultaneously transition away from methane gas – a dirty fossil fuel. Learn more.

Green Electricity

In Brookline, green electricity is just a few clicks away, and Mothers Out Front is making sure everyone in Brookline knows how easy and affordable it is to sign up for 100% renewable electricity. Through email and social media campaigns, partnerships with schools, neighborhood associations, and places of worship, letters to the editor, and more, we are spreading the word and generating excitement about this powerful, simple step that we can all take right now. Learn more.

Zero Waste and Compost

By reducing throwaway materials and making sure that organics are turned into compost, not trash, we are moving toward a zero waste future in Brookline and beyond. Through collaboration with the Brookline Department of Public Works, Black Earth Compost, and more, we are advocating for policies and practices that reduce the amount of waste Brookline incinerates, move us beyond plastics and make composting easy and accessible for everyone in Brookline. Learn more.

Kids Earth Action Club

The Kids Earth Action Club engages children in activities that encourage appreciation for nature, raise awareness about climate action, spark imagination and build skills. Our activities help children understand their impact and find ways to make a difference. This group is led by moms with young children. We do activities that allow us to spend time with our kids and learn about climate issues and take action simultaneously. Learn more.

The Power of Trees

Trees reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere naturally while also cleaning the air, absorbing stormwater, sequestering carbon, reducing heat islands, and boosting energy conservation. But Brookline’s tree canopy is declining. We can reverse that trend, support climate resilience, and boost our urban forest by working toward Brookline’s goal of planting 700 trees a year for the next 10 years. We are partnering with the Town to encourage residents to apply for a free “Back of Sidewalk” tree. Learn more.

Corporate Responsibility

When financial and investment institutions and insurance companies choose to bank on renewables, not fossil fuels, they have the power to transform the future of energy. We are calling on pension plans to divest from fossil fuels, banks to stop financing fossil fuel companies, investment managers to commit to green values, and corporations to put climate change front-and-center in their goal-setting and planning. Learn more.

Centering Environmental Justice

We are all affected by climate change, environmental degradation, and pollution, but we recognize that some communities face disproportionate impacts. Mothers Out Front is reaching out to allied groups led by people of color, Indigenous people, and poor and working class people to build a shared vision of environmental justice and back their efforts and leadership. We will center all of our campaigns in equity and environmental justice, and we will continue to push for environmental justice legislation and other equity policies. Learn more.

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If you stop worrying about climate change and start taking action—you can make a difference! 

There are so many varied ways you can apply your time and skills, from attending or organizing events, to researching topics related to our work, to showing up at local or state government hearings, to helping with publicity, and everything in between. Don’t worry about having too little time to offer. We can find a task that fits the amount of time you have available while still making a meaningful impact.

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