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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.