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Earlier today, Cambridge node volunteer Fred Hewett wrote in WBUR Cognoscenti ([link removed]) , "[Oil companies are] doing all they can to sustain their high-profit status quo, and protecting the climate is an afterthought, at best."
It's no surprise that the fossil fuel's industry's bottom line is protecting their profits, especially since they spent the better part of three decades spreading misinformation and climate denial.
That's why it's more important than ever to build a movement that puts people and planet over profit. See below for opportunities to take action to fight for a better future for all of us.
** Video Recap of Charlie's Climate Catastrophe Week
Here’s a fun video recap of Charlie’s Climate Catastrophe Week’s kickoff action ([link removed]=68.ARAzLFXN7AmvbokQmwGW0KLDXHUYMn8Bv62DRcyO19Jy5Uvk6Pk44o6o4UbbFz3g2R7Z6PA6LS4hvpg9bwMOYMNmdU5IE0EhYHASMj7X3XAOba_1KQCvaLxxrKv_akwstmyc13lnjusCfi63e7FdRHKytv15VsnqWU40XZIguUuc2azfk_P09ByLCdDrSEBHk6wQeN8YSVltRLOkrMpN3xR-M7wqREOVs8BDNCyVm6qAU8d-xHTEuIiXGCn1MeyedqhD9h8HxVz41A67FZmoptCWa47ccZc1Kdm91Ytm_RSIJ95Jlbn-439yzfEfLKW1C6P9I0_pwSRehyANpoNDAPNl5fXLmMhoUYVfNQ&__tn__=-R) ! Please share with your friends and RSVP for the Statewide Summit on Nov. 3 to help us plan the path forward. ([link removed])
** Petition on Improving Public Transportation
Public transportation in Massachusetts should be green, affordable, accessible, and reliable for every person in this state because it is a public good. As we fight for climate solutions, we must fight for better public transportation as a cornerstone of a Green New Deal. Sign the petition here. ([link removed])
** Other 350 Mass News
Greater Franklin Node Fundraiser: Enjoy a fundraiser at a local brewery with great craft brews. Hang out and play some fun games, including Climate Bingo! Suggested donation: $25 for a pint and food. Sun, Oct 27, 6-8 pm, CraftRoots Brewing, 4 Industrial Rd, Milford.
Here Comes The Sun—A Climate Cabaret: Enjoy a fabulous night of theater, music, story, dance and a poem or two to explore the climate crisis and celebrate the work of 350 Mass and other groups. Learn more and buy tickets ([link removed]) . Fri, Nov 15, 7:30-9:30 pm, Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St, Gloucester.
Survey from Municipal Working Group: The MWG supports nodes working to pass climate solutions at the municipal level. Fill out this survey ([link removed]) to support the development of the Municipal Working Group.
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:
* MassLive: Teachers must understand climate change ([link removed])
* Cape Cod Times: Routine weather crises illustrate urgency of global warming ([link removed])
* Boston Herald: Moore wrong on climate ([link removed])
Want to join the team? Email Vignesh Ramachandran (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more!
** Other Climate Movement News
Sign the No Compressor Pledge and Contact TRC: Despite five years of intense local advocacy, construction of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station appears imminent. Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station is gauging the resolve of allies to further resist this project by asking for action pledges. Read the pledge and, if you feel moved to act, sign it. ([link removed]) Also, please contact James Doherty at TRC, Enbridge's consultant: more info and instructions here. ([link removed])
Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshops: Join Massachusetts environmental and transportation officials and stakeholder groups for workshops:
* Central Massachusetts: Thu, Oct 24, 6 pm, MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond St, Worcester.
* South Coast, Cape & Islands: Thu, Oct 24, 6 pm, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Dr, Bourne.
* Merrimack Valley: Mon, Oct 28, 6 pm, Northern Essex Community College, Hartleb Technology Center, College Ave, Haverhill.
* Greater Boston: Wed, Oct 30, 6 pm, Roxbury Community College, Reggie Lewis Center, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing.
* Western Massachusetts: Mon, Nov 4, 6 pm, Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke.
Film Screening—Necessity: Grounded in people and places at the heart of the climate crisis, Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying toxic tar sands oil through North America. More info and tickets here ([link removed]) . Register here. ([link removed]) Sun, Oct 27, 4 pm, First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain.
Webinar—What the Transportation and Climate Initiative Means for State Climate Policy: The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a promising regional cap-and-invest program for transportation emissions. Join Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts, Jordan Stutt of Acadia Center, and Jonah Kurman-Faber of Climate XChange to learn about the TCI. Register here. ([link removed]) Mon, Oct 28, 3-4 pm.
Compressor Station Toxic Tour: Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station presents a tour of some of the agencies that have played a part in this toxic proposal. Visit Gov. Baker's office, DPH, TRC, MAPC, and others to call on them to do the right thing by opposing Enbridge's dangerous compressor station proposal. See the Facebook event ([link removed]) . Tue, Oct 29, 11 am, front steps of Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
Can Utility-Scale Geothermal Replace Gas in the Commonwealth?: HEET has evaluated the engineering and economics with an independent state-wide feasibility study. Does the HEET Grid make sense for our state? Come help us decide. Register here. ([link removed]) Mon, Oct 28, 7-8:30 pm, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Wy, #9, Boston.
Blackrock Pass Climate Class: Blackrock is one of the world's biggest investor in coal, oil, and gas. Join Mothers Out Front and allies to get Blackrock CEO Larry Fink to do his homework and lead the clean energy transition. More details here ([link removed]) . Tue, Oct 29, 11:45-12:45am, Blackrock Offices, 60 State Street, Boston.
Doctors Speak Out—Stop the Weymouth Compressor Station: Physicians for Social Responsibility has written three reports showing that the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station is a threat to human health and safety. Join clinicians, scientists, students, mothers, and supporters in asking Governor Baker to stop the compressor station. Clinicians, please wear your white coat and stethoscope! See the Facebook event ([link removed]) . Fri, Nov 1, noon-1 pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston.
"Climate Matters!", a Climate Reality Project Presentation: Come to a talk by Bill Keydel that'll give you an overview of the current state of the planet and what can and should be done. Sun, Nov 3, 1-2:30 pm, Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St, West Roxbury.
Building Codes Hearing and Letter: The Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS) wants to hear from the public about building code changes. This June, the BBRS made a commitment to update our current stretch code to a Net Zero stretch code. Join the Massachusetts Climate Action Network to keep momentum building towards this goal. RSVP for the hearing here ([link removed]) or send a letter of support ([link removed]) . Tue, Nov 5, 10 am-1 pm, 1000 Washington St, Boston.
Documentary Screening—Under Pressure: Come to a free screening of the Four Rivers Charter Public School Class of 2019 Senior Documentary about the tragic gas accident that revealed the deep-seated flaws in our energy industry. Thu, Nov 7, 5:30-8 pm, Koussevitzky Art Center, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield.
Active Hope—An Introduction to the Work that Reconnects: How can we remain resilient, creative, and empowered? 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. Register here. ([link removed]) Sat, Nov 9, 9 am-4 pm, Beacon Hill Friends House, 8 Chestnut St, Boston.
Let's Fix Our Upside-Down Tax System: Join Raise Up Massachusetts to learn about our upside-down tax system, its impact on working people in Massachusetts, and how we can fix it together. RSVP here ([link removed]) . Tue, Nov 12, 6-8 pm, VietAID in Fields Corner, 42 Charles St, Boston.
Write a letter to support an official statewide Indigenous Peoples Day: Find the details to write an original letter to the join committee to support An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day. Find details here. ([link removed])
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