Better Future Project works to build a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward a renewable energy future for all. We educate the public about climate change, empower new leaders, and help citizens to make their voices heard.
We began with a single summer program in 2011. Since then, more than a hundred young people have graduated from our multiple summer programs (including Climate Summer, Ride for the Future, and now our Climate Organizing Summer Program). Many alumni are currently spearheading fossil fuel divestment movements on their campuses, and others are now engaged full-time in organizing and climate justice work.
In June 2012, we launched 350 Massachusetts, a state-wide volunteer climate action network. 350 Massachusetts now includes hundreds of active members in 15 nodes and counting across the state. With support from Better Future Project staff, 350 Massachusetts members choose campaign priorities and work together to achieve critical victories on climate and clean energy.
In September 2012, we launched multiple campus divestment campaigns across New England in close partnership with 350.org, and we have continued to support student leaders with mentorship and trainings. Since spring 2016, this work has been largely conducted through our Campus Organizing Fellowship, which provides mentorship, training, and guidance to student leaders on more than eight campuses in and around Massachusetts.
Better Future Project staff and 350 Massachusetts volunteers are among the strongest voices demanding swift action on climate change in Massachusetts. In the years since our founding, we've engaged in countless campaigns for climate and clean energy. We helped to bring an end to coal in Massachusetts and helped catalyze the state's burgeoning offshore wind industry. We started the campaign to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels, and co-founded two critical coalitions in the state: Mass Power Forward, which advances state energy policy, and the Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, which is working on passing carbon pricing legislation. We're committed to fighting all proposed new gas infrastructure in Massachusetts, and have helped stall or prevent the construction of multiple gas pipeline and power plant proposals.