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Springfield Climate Justice Rally Generates Enthusiasm and Media Buzz

Photo credit: Rene Theberge

Activists, religious leaders at Springfield climate justice rally: Action must happen now  Laura Newberry@masslive.com

Religious dignitaries, political leaders and musicians gathered at the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon, calling for swift implementation of a plan that will help Springfield respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. See masslive coverage here

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition held a rally at City Hall Coalition: 1 in 5 residents has asthma
 
Matt Caron, WWLP
  
 A group of Springfield based organizations came together on Thursday to raise awareness for climate change and its impact on the City of Springfield. The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition held a rally at City Hall. They spoke, prayed, and sang their message in the hopes of getting the city to their climate action resolution which was passed last year.  See WWLP coverage here 

For Valley Advocate coverage go here

 
Photo Credit: Northeast Solar Design

Mass Power Forward Rallies Hundreds for Statehouse Hearing on Energy


On Tuesday, September 29th several hundred people rallied at the Boston Statehouse on behalf of clean, renewable energy. Afterwards the crowd packed Gardner Auditorium  to comment on eleven bills currently in front of the Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee. One highlight of the hearing was a spirited exchange between Senator Marc Pacheco (author of the 20008 Global Warming Solutions Act) and Governor Charlie Baker.  Senator Pacheco called for: a clean fuel standard; considering the benefits of solar energy as well as its costs; ensuring that large scale Canadian hydropower does not dominate the renewable fuel picture and the opportunity to create good paying jobs in the renewable energy sector for residents of our Commonwealth. 

Grandparents of the World Unite
 Climate Action Day Flash Mob
 
Check out this elders' flash mob at Union Station in NYC


Photo credit: Rene Theberge

The Peace of Wild Things
By Wendell Berry 

When despair for the world grows in me 
and I wake in the night at the least sound 
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, 
I go and lie down where the wood drake 
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. 
I come into the peace of wild things 
who do not tax their lives with forethought 
of grief. I come into the presence of still water. 
And I feel above me the day-blind stars 
waiting with their light. For a time 
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things" from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998. Published and reprinted by arrangement with Counterpoint Press.
Source: Collected Poems 1957-1982 (Counterpoint Press, 1985)

Photo Credit: Gabe Shapiro
 

The Tide is Rising and So Are We


The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

I’ve been part of the religious climate movement for many years, but I’ve never experienced as deep and wide an awakening to the urgent call to stand up for life as I did last week. In order to give our children a livable planet, we need the vision and passion of people of faith – people who can see the long view, not just short-term quarterly or annual reports; people who care about the homeless, hungry, and poor, not just about elites; people who understand that the web of life is a gift to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited and destroyed; people who place their hope not in the promise of success but in the faithfulness of God.

People like that are rising up on every side. ... I look back on last week as a watershed moment, because around me and within me I sense a rising tide of activism, resolve, and love. Read more here

 


Photo credit: Rene Theberge

Important request from PIPE LINE AWARENESS NETWORK for the Northeast
 

Dear Members & Supporters,
We're pleased to announce that a very generous supporter has put forward a $20,000 challenge grant.  Please help us match this challenge before the end of October -- whether you give under $50 or over $5,000, we greatly appreciate your support of our work.
 
We remain engaged in proceedings in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and have filed scoping comments at FERC on several key topics (including alternatives/need, socioeconomics, drinking water supplies, and air quality)...Many of you have heard that we've just appealed the decisions of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that denied us full intervenor status in the NED capacity contract proceedings.  Our appeals are made directly to the highest court in Massachusetts. Read more here

 
 

Mothers Out Front House Parties

 
Wed. October 21 from 6:30-8:30pm in Amherst
Wed. November 4 from 6:30-8:30 in Leverett.

For more information or to RSVP contact Madeleine Charney 

 
Follow our blog and "flex" your civic muscles with us. 
Email amherst.ma@mothersoutfront.org to get involved!
 

State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg says energy officials made gas pipeline promises during trip to Washington

 Mary Serreze | Special to The Republican 

State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg says energy officials made gas pipeline promises during trip to Washington...The regulatory commission is the agency that will review Northeast Energy Direct, a controversial natural gas pipeline that would cut through the senator's district if approved. 

Rosenberg met with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Norman C. Bay and commissioner Cheryl LaFleur as part of his trip, which also involved time with Department of Energy officials.

Rosenberg told reporters that the commissioners agreed to accept into the record, as part of public testimony, an upcoming energy study being prepared for Attorney General Maura Healey. The report, due by the end of the month, will identify and evaluate options to address regional electricity reliability needs, including natural gas capacity demand, in New England through 2030. 

Healey has said that regulators should understand future demand, and what cost-effective resources can be deployed to meet that demand, before making major decisions about new pipeline infrastructure. Read more here

 See our calendar for details on these events, more future events, or to suggest your own!

   

Join The Picket Line in Pittsfield 



Berkshire Gas Office
Every Tuesday from Noon - 1:00 PM 
Berkshire Gas Headquarters
115 Cheshire Road
(Rte. 8, just north of Allendale Plaza)
 
 Kinder Morgan’s Pittsfield Office
Every Friday  from Noon – 1:00 PM
137 North St., near corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St  (off Depot St) Parking Garage behind and west of North St.
 
Contact Jan Bradley 413- 684-3732 for more information.

 

Stand Together Against the Proposed Northfield Compressor Station

 

 Please join us at the Northfield Thursday vigil on Gulf Road. People meet at the proposed site of this compressor station in Northfield every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 PM. For more info, contact Hattie Nestel: hattieshalom@verizon.net or 978-790-3074

Non-Violent Direct Action Training
Saturday, October 24th from 10-4  

Trainers: Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland. 
Location:  White Elephant, 19 East Main Street in Orange
To register:  contact Hattie Nestel
Hattieshalom@verizon.net or call me at 978-790-3074
 


Climate Action Now is a people powered, grassroots Western Massachusetts based organization dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, and mobilize for climate action. To change everything we need everyone! What would you like to do?



We focus on five campaigns

*Divestment

*Carbon Pricing

*Interfaith Eco-Action


*Stop the Pipelines!
Our goal is to stop all new fossil fuel infra-structure as we increase sources of renewable, clean energy 


* We are a  founding and active member of the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition.

If you would like to join any of these efforts, email us and/or come to our monthly gatherings. 

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