- In February, Better Future Project spearheaded a campaign to save the Cape Wind offshore wind project. We organized a rally of more than 300 supporters on the Boston Common and teamed up with CREDO Action to launch an online petition that garnered 95,000 signatures.
- Over the course of 2015, Better Future Project supported more than a dozen fossil fuel divestment groups on college campuses, helping students strategize, plan, and earn media attention for historic sit-ins at schools like Harvard, Tufts, and MIT.
- In April, as a member of the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, Better Future Project helped host a delegation from British Columbia who visited to talk to state lawmakers about the success of British Columbia’s carbon pricing scheme. In the months since, we’ve held house parties and community forums all over the state, educating hundreds of people about the groundbreaking campaign to put a price on carbon emissions in Massachusetts.
- Throughout 2015, we supported people fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure projects proposed in their communities. We helped local groups strategize and publicize events and mobilized hundreds of people for rallies, vigils, and public hearings. In July, for instance, volunteers from Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future (350 Mass) joined some 250 activists to form a human chain at the Dedham-Boston line in opposition to Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral natural gas pipeline project.
- In August, we hosted a vibrant panel discussion, “10 Years After Katrina: Reflections on Climate, Race, and Justice,” with economic and environmental justice leaders at the Islamic Cultural Center.
- In September, Better Future Project and 350 Mass participated as founding members of the Mass Power Forward coalition, which brings together nearly 150 organizations—from grassroots climate groups to socially responsible businesses—to fight for clean energy in the state.
- In September and October, Better Future Project and 350 Mass helped pack the State House for multiple hearings on gas leaks, carbon pricing, and Massachusetts’ clean energy future.
- Throughout the fall, we collected 500 petition signatures for the Raise Up Mass coalition’s campaign for a progressive, fair-share income tax (the only climate or environmental organization to do so).
- We are very excited to be working with 350 organizations across New England, as well as labor and immigration allies, to plan the Jobs, Justice, and Climate rally on December 12th. We are hoping for the largest turnout to a New England climate rally in recent memory as we stand with allies to call for climate solutions that create secure, well-paying, union jobs and enhance the resiliency of our communities. We hope to see you there!
In 2016, we plan to build on our momentum by continuing to expand 350 Mass. The statewide volunteer network currently boasts ten nodes across the state, including two new nodes that have launched in just the last few months. Over the course of 2016, we will continue growing the 350 Mass network to meet the immense interest from Massachusetts residents who want to take action on climate change.
We are also looking forward to deepening our work with students on New England campuses. In early 2016, we will launch a yearlong fellowship program to provide student leaders with ongoing training and development opportunities. Fellows will meet regularly to share their experiences and form a community of leaders
We look forward to continuing to work with you as we advance a clean energy future in Massachusetts—and beyond!