Each year, Better Future Project staff work to support 2-3 campaigns chosen by the 350 Massachusetts volunteer network. We believe that empowering volunteers to choose campaign priorities and set strategy helps us develop new leaders and build a powerful grassroots movement. The 350 Massachusetts network has decided to focus on 3 priority campaigns in 2015:
1) Divestment: We’re working to divest the Massachusetts state pension fund from fossil fuels. We’re also supporting campaigns to divest universities, towns, and religious institutions.
2) Fair Carbon Pricing: We’re working to hold polluters accountable by making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to pass a fair price on carbon. 350 Mass is a member of the MA Carbon Pricing Coalition, which is using a set of basic principles to insure that carbon pricing legislation reduces GHG emissions, strengthens the MA economy and is fair to households, businesses, and institutions.
3) Renewables Mass: We’re working to stop new gas pipelines and plants, including the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipelines, the Spectra pipeline expansions, and the Salem gas plant. We’re also working to fix gas leaks and promote renewables and energy efficiency!
In addition to the campaigns chosen by the 350 Massachusetts network, Better Future Project engages in other climate and clean energy campaigns as opportunities arise. For instance, in January 2015, we launched a campaign to save Cape Wind in response to the decision by National Grid and NSTAR to drop their contracts to buy power from the offshore wind farm.