Incredible Update on the Trial of the Lobster Boat Blockaders!

10670244_873517429327655_2286747737602488265_n (1)The trial of the lobster boat blockaders just ended in an amazing — and entirely unexpected — way!
A little before noon on Monday, September 8, the district attorney walked out of the courthouse holding a copy of Bill McKibben’s latest article from Rolling Stone.
He told the cheering crowd of more than 100 people that he saw the need to take leadership on climate change and that he was dropping Ken and Jay’s criminal charges down to civil infractions. 
 ”Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced,” he said — and added that he’d be joining us at the People’s Climate March in New York City in two weeks.
It’s clear that the DA — like so many of us — was deeply inspired by Ken and Jay’s story. 
As Ken said:  ”DA Sutter in effect accepted our necessity defense….protest works, indeed protest may be the only thing that can save us.” 

There’s been incredible media coverage already from The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, Salon, Politico, Channel 10 NBC Boston, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and more. Stay tuned for a full listing of media hits at www.lobsterboatblockade.org!
 
And help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter

We’ll see you in New York!

Buy Equal Exchange Products and Support BFP!

Screen-Shot-2014-09-08-at-3.15.49-PM-300x162We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange has been on the forefront of the Fair Trade movement since its inception and is dedicated to a fair, honest and equitable trading system that works to better the lives of both farmers and consumers. Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts is very proud to be partnering with them! Here’s how it works: if you purchase Equal Exchange chocolates, coffee, or tea through our online portal, 25% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Better Future Project to support programs like 350 Massachusetts. It’s a win-win-win: support small-scale farmers, enjoy delicious chocolate, coffee and tea, and contribute to groundbreaking climate activism all at the same time! Click here to purchase.

 

Join us at the People’s Climate March!

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  • We’re bringing hundreds of Bay Staters to New York City for the People’s Climate March!
  • You can buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • For the most up-to-date information on bus departure times and locations, please go to the ticket purchasing page: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • In order to coordinate before and during the People’s Climate March, we will be sending periodic updates to all bus registrants. If you’re planning to make your own way to the march, but you want to stay updated on our plans, you can fill out this form to receive the updates. 
  • There will also be a mass texting system with updates, locations, and reminders before and day of the march. To sign up for that, text @PCM350MA to 23559.
  • Are you interested in helping with outreach and recruitment leading up the march, and then checking people in on the day of? Sign up to volunteer here! We’re especially in need of bus captains in Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and Amherst. 
  • Help us pay the full cost of the buses by making a donation through the Better Future Project donation page!

Historic Trial of the Lobster Boat Blockaders

lobster boat meme 4Last spring, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara used a small white lobster boat  to blockade a delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Plant.

When they go to trial on September 8 and 9, they will seek to use a necessity defense to argue that they were defending their lives from the imminent threat of climate change. James Hansen and Bill McKibben, among other expert witnesses, are being called to testify.

Can you join Ken and Jay in the courthouse to show solidarity and support? RSVP here!

WHAT: Trial for Ken and Jay, the lobster boat blockaders
WHEN: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9
WHERE: Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River, MA

Rally and Festival for Our Future in Salem

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On Saturday, August 16th, we’ll gather at Salem’s Derby Wharf to continue our fight against the proposed gas plant and envision a better future for the North Shore and beyond.

We’re at a crucial juncture in our campaign against the gas plant. Despite preferential treatment from state and local officials, Footprint’s project is delayed and their financing is uncertain. Now they’re asking federal regulators to give them a break.

If we keep the pressure up, we can stop the sweetheart deals — and perhaps halt the plant entirely.

We’ll rally at 2 pm and enjoy a “Festival for Our Future” afterwards with music, a giant interactive art piece, kids’ activities, and more. Join us as we work together to envision a future that depends on renewables, not fracked gas! Register here!

WHAT: Rally and Festival for Our Future
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Derby Wharf, Salem, MA (next to the Orientation Center on Derby St.)

 

Join the Rally to Stop the Pipeline!

Here’s a riddle for you: what do goats, apple farmers and Bill Cosby all have in common? tumblr_n974c4OH9h1tgtyvgo1_1280

Stumped?

They oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline — as do poets, musicians, kayakers, chickens, kids, climate activists, dozens of state and local officials, and concerned citizens from all over Massachusetts.

Kinder Morgan, one of the country’s largest fossil fuel companies, wants to build a brand-new pipeline to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania through our state. And citizens are being asked to pay for it. tumblr_n9bu1319XS1tgtyvgo1_1280

It’s outrageous. On Wednesday, July 30th, we’ll join people from all over Massachusetts to say NO to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, NO to the gas tariff, and NO to fracked gas in Massachusetts.

Can you be there?

WHAT: Rally against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the gas tariff
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th, 11 am – 1pm

RSVP now! 

It’s Time to Ban Tar Sands!

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The horrors of the tar sands are familiar by now: poisoned water, clear-cut forests, broken treaties with First Nations peoples, and staggering levels of carbon pollution. That’s why it’s outrageous — almost unbelievable — that by 2020, 11-18% of Massachusetts’ oil could come from the tar sands. As part of the Climate Legacy Campaign, we have been calling on Governor Patrick to ban tar sands oil. On July 13th, Governor Patrick will meet with his peers at the New England Governors’ Conference. Together, they could implement a regional Clean Fuels Standard to ban tar sands oil from New England entirely. We are staging a People’s Conference to tell them to follow the will of the people and ban tar sands now!
WHAT: People’s Conference and Speak Out
WHEN: 12PM, July 13th
WHERE: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Register here to let us know you are coming so we can coordinate transportation!

Check Out Our Newest Report!

cover imageBetter Future Project / 350 Massachusetts released a new report today showing that methane leakage increases the climate impact of natural gas consumed in Massachusetts by as much as 172%, adding dramatically to the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The new report reviews the latest scientific literature and finds that, over a 100-year timescale, methane leaks adds 34-68% to the greenhouse gas emissions from the use of natural gas. Evaluated over 20 years, methane leakage adds 86-172% to the greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas.  Natural gas pipelines, plants and drilling wells leak methane, which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide when leaked directly into the atmosphere. Methane stays in the atmosphere for fewer years than does carbon dioxide, so its greenhouse gas impact is greater over 20 years than over 100 years. There is no scientific consensus as to which time period is more relevant for evaluating the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change on the planet.

The report also finds that fully accounting for methane leaks would raise overall statewide greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts by 10 to 25% — an amount which negates much of the state’s emissions reduction efforts over the last decade and threatens to push the state’s legally mandated 2020 emissions reduction target of 25% below 1990 levels out of reach.

Many federal and state agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, rely on out-dated or inaccurate estimates for methane leakage. Because Massachusetts, like many New England states, is highly dependent on natural gas, properly accounting for methane leaks has a dramatic impact on the state’s overall emissions profile.

The state’s consumption of natural gas has grown by more than 30% since 2000,  and natural gas power plants within Massachusetts provide around around 68% of all the electricity consumed in-state. Fracked gas, which is associated with higher methane emissions, makes up a rapidly increasing proportion of the region’s gas supply.

Read the full report here. 

The report was co-sponsored by Toxics Action Center, Students for a Just and Stable Future and the Climate Action Liaison Coalition.

Tell ISO-NE: No Backroom Deals for Fossil Fuel Companies!

salem-harbor-power-plant-e1393017684979-638x425When the controversial new gas plant in Salem was first proposed, the New England grid operator told Footprint Power that they would need to open the plant by June 2016 or face steep fines. The president of Footprint Power has admitted that the company will miss the deadline and now he expects the New England grid operator, which is known as ISO-NE, to cut a deal and waive the fines. Click here to sign our letter to ISO-NE and tell them not to make a backroom deal with Footprint Power! Instead of bending over backwards for fossil fuel companies, ISO-NE should find ways to meet new electricity demand through wind, solar, geothermal, small-scale hydropower, efficiency, and conservation.

Mark your calendars: Better Future Project, 350 Massachusetts, and our partners on the North Shore are organizing a major mobilization against the Salem plant on August 17th. It won’t be easy, but we’re determined to stop this plant in its tracks.

Tyler Park Festival in Lowell on Thursday Featuring Climate Summer

424578_274813275925373_1329753435_nEach year, residents of Lowell gather for live music, local art, and free hot dogs at Tyler Park. This year, the Tyler Park Festival will mark the formal start-up of the 350MA Lowell node. Lowell residents have been planning to bring 350MA to Lowell for months.  The Lowell-presence for 350MA will make it easier for people in Lowell to stay up to date with climate issues and take action to slow climate change. Climate Summer will also be there! Climate Summer is Better Future Project’s flagship leadership development program; Climate Summer riders spend the summer bicycling across Massachusetts building the grassroots climate movement.
WHAT: Friends of Tyler Park Festival featuring Climate Summer
WHERE: Tyler Park, 64 Tyler Park, Lowell
WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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