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The struggle against the climate crisis connects us in strange ways.
In Weymouth, residents are struggling against a proposed natural gas compressor station. It's part of the Atlantic Bridge project to pipe fracked gas from Pennsylvania up to Canada for export to Europe. Across the ocean in Germany, community activists are also protesting the import of this gas. An ocean may separate these two groups of activists, but their common cause binds them.
As 350 Mass volunteer Sabine von Mering wrote in a recent op-ed ([link removed]) , "it’s time for a different kind of bridge across the Atlantic – one that connects people, not profits." Find ways to get connected below.
** September 20 Global Climate Strike in Boston
Next Friday, millions of people will strike around the world to demand action on the climate crisis. Join us in Boston at City Hall Plaza as we kick off a week of climate actions! This event is youth led and community supported. See the Facebook event ([link removed]) . Fri, Sep 20, 10 am, Boston City Hall Plaza.
** Charlie's Climate Catastrophe Tour
The week after Sep 20's Global Climate Strike, we're taking our Gov. Charlie Baker puppet on tour to all the gas leaks, compressor stations, and train stations that he's never visited.
Host a stop on the tour! Charlie Baker is a climate failure. We need your help to expose him. Host an event in your community—a movie screening about the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, a rally near the biggest gas leak in town, or something else. Create your event here ([link removed]) and we'll help you do outreach. Contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) with any questions!
No Eastie Substation Day of Action: Join GreenRoots and 350 Mass for a local action that will put pressure on politicians like Gov. Baker to protect the people of East Boston and neighboring communities from more environmental injustices from fossil fueled backed energy like Eversource’s high voltage electrical substation. Details here. ([link removed]) (Art build details here ([link removed]) ). Thurs, Sep 26, 2pm, 100 Cambridge St, Boston.
Transit Tour in Framingham: Demand better action on public transportation from the Baker Administration on the commuter rail and Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs)! Details and RSVP here. ([link removed]) Thurs, Sep 26, 7am, 417 Waverly St, Framingham.
** Other 350 Mass News
TODAY: 350 Mass Cambridge-Somerville Climate Picnic: Join our community gathering for an introduction to the upcoming Global Climate Strike and follow up actions! This gathering is part of a statewide series to grow community support leading up to the Global Climate Strike ([link removed]) on September 20 and in advance of Charlie's Climate Catastrophe Tour ([link removed]) . See the Facebook event ([link removed]) . Tue, Sep 10, 6-8 pm, Joan Lorentz Park, Broadway, Cambridge.
TODAY: Hype Webinar—Let's Get Ready to Strike: Ahead of the Sept 20-27 Global Climate Strikes & Week for Climate Justice, 350.org will be hosting a hype webinar featuring climate movement leaders across the US who are fighting for climate action. Join them for an exciting conversation about what to expect during the strikes and how you can get more involved in your community. Register here. ([link removed]) Tue, Sep 10, 8 pm Eastern (US and Canada).
Candidate Forum on Energy and the Environment—Boston City Council District 9:
Come hear from Jonathan Allen, Brandon Bowser, Liz Breadon, Craig Cashman, Dan Daly, Lee Nave, and Amanda Smart. Thu, Sep 12, 6-8 pm, Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC, 404 Washington St, Boston.
Big Money Needs a Lesson on Climate Change: BlackRock, the world's biggest investor in coal, oil, and gas, is the most powerful driver of climate destruction on the planet. Their 2019 grades are in—and they don’t look good! Moms will deliver report cards to people walking by the BlackRock office. Tue, Sep 17, BlackRock's Boston office, 60 State Street, 8-9 am then 5-6 pm.
Next Transportation Working Group Meeting: Mark your calendars! As usual, we'll have dinner, and you can call in via Zoom. Thu, Sep 19, 5:45-8 pm, Cambridge Cohousing, 175 Richdale Ave (near Porter Sq).
Mass Power Forward Environmental Justice & Action Training
—Strengthening Local Engagement in our Statewide Campaign: Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley Hills, MCAN, and others are co-sponsoring this Mass Power Forward Coalition training on building power and achieving our Environmental Justice and Action legislative priorities. Mingling and light refreshments at 6:30 pm; program at 7 pm. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Thu, Sep 26, 6:30-9 pm, Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St, Wellesley.
Worcester Climate Strike: To close our month of climate action, join us for a Worcester climate strike! More details coming soon. See the Facebook event. ([link removed]) Fri, Sep 27, noon-1 pm, Worcester City Hall and Common, Worcester.
Honk Festival: Lets march together in the Honk Parade October 13! All nodes are invited to join together and march under the 350 Mass banner. Please send your node's desire to participate and suggestions on parade activities to More info coming soon! Sun, Oct 13, Davis Sq, Somerville.
Franklin 2050—The Climate Crisis: Join the 350 Mass Greater Franklin node for a free educational forum on the climate crisis, its challenges, causes, effects and policy implications. More details and RSVP here ([link removed]) . Thu, Oct 17, 7-9 pm, Elks Lodge #2136, 1077 Pond St, Franklin.
Make a video to support the Climate Strike: School strikers are calling on youth, parents, and all concerned citizens to join the Sep 20 Climate Strike and the week of action that follows. Adults will stand in solidarity with youth to ensure a just and livable future for all. Create a short video about why you're striking, why you care about the climate crisis, and why it's personal to your life! See the first video here ([link removed]=68.ARBkVA1M_bDKXvXwVupdCXkfPns6Xm6_nikvCs8Pl5zSaGJq4hk_vwT0hVcXoOnaHwNqzKw5MCqB75J5RtJGDKKKvIuYm-tIHSg8mzmu-7CGwj8Eh4AVLqqTkgecEtfQ2dKHDgdtfCf0HgdxHe3lQV25lUTUKQ94qWaSXk9ooMyFfE-amJGWDWfCCX7eAaYlnfGtsaaey9XvyNoOcUeoIn0zcVhhf-Fd13P6XpSwd8Xl4IZgnk3WIuaqzrcvYQ7QCtYyEYc4K-ozA_MTFX9oCcLBcSQyA8ZichfvCPRhRwCXe8ODn99K6kdhDAcWZ_4Y3231ZTyEDIWjykdR_WPxG8uaGGgJfF5-QzqfBECh&__tn__=-R) . Instructions here ([link removed]) . Upload
videos here ([link removed]) .
Write a Letter to the Editor: 350 Mass members write lots of letters to the editor, many of which get published! Here are some recent letters:
* The Boston Globe: Climate activists don’t want to see Markey’s vital work undermined ([link removed])
* The Berkshire Eagle: Meeting brought the science on climate change ([link removed])
* Cape Cod Times: No logic in delaying offshore wind projects ([link removed])
Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!
** Other Climate Movement News
Women of Cancer Alley Film and Discussion: The Women of Cancer Alley is a first-ever collection of films made by women who live adjacent to chemical plants, tank farms and refineries along the Mississippi River in south Louisiana. More info and RSVP here ([link removed]) . Wed, Sep 18, 7 pm, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst.
Event with Dr. Adrienne Hollis: Come to a free event with Dr. Hollis, the Lead Climate Justice Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists and former Director of Federal Policy for WE ACT for Environmental Justice in NYC. Thu, Sep 19, 3-4:30 pm, Integrated Sciences Complex Building, 3rd floor conference room #3300, UMass Boston.
Changing Climate, Changing Health—Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change: Join us for this EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum to learn about how climate change is impacting public health, and hear a keynote by Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and Director of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment. Learn more and register here. ([link removed]) Fri, Sep 20, 7:15-11:45 am, UMass Club 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St, Boston.
Active Hope—An Introduction to the Work that Reconnects: How can we remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our world? Drawing on The Work That Reconnects, developed by teacher/activist Joanna Macy and others, we'll explore the spiritual, emotional and intellectual aspects of envisioning and creating a life-sustaining society. $20/$10 student/low-income. Get tickets here ([link removed]) or contact Rosalie Anders (mailto:[email protected]) . Sat, Sep 28, 9 am-4 pm, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq).
Quinceñera—15 de Falsas Promesas #LicenciasParaTodos: For 15 years, the state's undocumented community has fought to pass drivers licenses regardless of status. The immigrant community and the their allies are coming together to demand that legislators follow through on their promises to protect immigrants in. We will show cultural resistance over the course of three days and nights in front of the State House. See the Facebook event ([link removed]) . Fri, Sep 13, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
Michael Mazerov Discusses Corporate Taxes: Michael Mazerov, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in DC, will discuss corporate taxes with MassBudget. This is a great opportunity to learn more about corporate taxes and get a sense of what's happening around the country with battles and victories in other states. Mon, Sep 16, 4-5 pm, Room 2B at SEIU 32BJ, 26 West St, Boston.
Raise Up Progressive Revenue Workshops: These workshops will empower you to become a vocal advocate about the need for fair and adequate revenue to address the many critical needs that require additional state funding.
* Brookline Workshop: Thu, Sep 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village, 361 Washington St. Learn more here. ([link removed])
* Lexington Workshop: Sun, Sep 29, 1:30-4 pm, Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room, 1847 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington.
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