Choosing Between Two Floods: Responding to Pope Francis' Encyclical

o-pope-francis-facebook.jpg“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
--Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

We welcome the strong prophetic witness on climate change offered this week by His Holiness Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’.”  

Pope Francis addresses this encyclical to people everywhere: “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet.... In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” We hope that indeed people of all faiths will heed his words and take action.  As the Pope affirms, climate change is largely human-caused. In keeping with his commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable, Pope Francis emphasizes that climate change has especially devastating effects on the poor.  Addressing climate change is an essential aspect of ethics. As individuals we must reduce our personal consumption of fossil fuels; as citizens, we must push for effective governmental and international action.

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Canceled!

unnamed.jpgSpectra Energy has canceled the Q1 loop, a 3.5 mile stretch of new gas pipeline that would have been built through Franklin, Medway, and Bellingham as part of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion project. This is a major victory for the 350 Mass Central Mass node and for all the Franklin, Medway, and Bellingham residents who mobilized to stop the pipeline! We'll build on this momentum as we continue working to #StopSpectra in Weymouth, West Roxbury and beyond.

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Alums of New England Colleges and Universities -- Join Us on May 27

alumni-470x313.jpgThe divestment movement has spread like wildfire over the past few years. But one major voice is still largely absent from the debate: alumni. It's time to change that! Alumni are an immensely powerful force on campuses, and their involvement can make all the difference. If you're an alumnus of a college or university in New England, join us on May 27 for a gathering and discussion about divestment. This is your chance to meet other alumni from your school, learn about ways to get involved, and start taking action!

WHAT: Divestment Gathering for Alumni for New England Schools
WHEN: Wed, May 27, 5:30pm – 8:00pm (food and mingling from 5:30 to 6:00, with presentations and discussion starting at 6:00)
WHERE: First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge
RSVP now!

 

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Standing in Solidarity, from Baltimore to Boston and beyond

Many of us are part of this movement because we see climate change as a social justice issue. We’re fighting for a clean energy economy because we know that the use of fossil fuels has devastating consequences for people already facing economic and racial injustice -- especially communities of color here in the US and around the world. From poisoned air to polluted water, from droughts to flooding to extreme storms, communities of color are hit first and hit hardest.

But to truly stand in solidarity with the communities most impacted by fossil fuel use and global warming, we need to do more than demand action on climate change: we need to confront the other types of oppression and injustice that affect communities of color. When people of color are beaten or killed by the police, we have an obligation to speak out. 

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We're Hiring a Director of Operations

We are looking for an organized, experienced, and confident Director of Operations to join Better Future Project and support organizers and advocates in building the climate movement in Massachusetts. The Director of Operations manages the financial, IT, office administration, and human resources aspects of the organization, ensuring compliance with state and federal nonprofit regulations and helping Better Future Project function smoothly and efficiently. We're looking for candidates with 2+ years of direct operations experience, among other qualifications. Please apply if interested, and help spread the word! For more details, click here.

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47 Groups Call for a Clean Energy Economy at New England Governors Meeting

The governors of six New England states, including Massachusetts, met in Hartford, Connecticut last week to discuss regional energy policy. On just a few days notice, 47 groups, including 350Mass, mobilized to issue a joint press release calling on the governors to focus on renewables and efficiency, not dirty fossil fuels. Dozens of activists from across the region gathered in person outside the meeting to bring the message home! Check out the video here!

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Tufts Students Sit In for Divestment

11084027_828888557204314_7178344361130064265_o.jpgOn Friday, Tufts students concluded a three-day sit-in after securing a written statement from their administration agreeing to an in-person meeting between students and the chair of the Board of Trustees. The Tufts action was the latest in a series of sit-ins and blockades for divestment on campuses all over the country. Read all about the sit-in in The Boston Globe, and check out the photos here

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An Amazing Week in Harvard Yard

Harvard-Heat-Week-Divestment-Fossil-Fuels-5.jpgLast week, hundreds of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, along with members of the greater Boston community, shut down business as usual at one of the country's most powerful institutions. 

Screen_Shot_2015-04-18_at_8.36.58_PM.pngFrom Sunday night to Friday evening, the Yard echoed with chants and songs calling on Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. A five-day blockade prevented administrators from entering Massachusetts Hall. Rallies, marches, panels, and vigils brought huge crowds to campus, united in a single demand: divest now. 

Check out all the photos from the week here! 

It was an incredible week -- and it's only the beginning. We'll keep turning up the heat until Harvard chooses to stand on the right side of history. Stay tuned! 

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Harvard Heat Week Kicks Off

11116755_819732638075721_1276854156_n-300x300.jpgHarvard Heat Week is officially underway — at this moment, students, alumni and faculty are blockading Massachusetts Hall to demand that Harvard divest from fossil fuels. The blockade will continue all week, along with an amazing line-up of rallies, speakers, and more — check out the full schedule here! The week will culminate with a final rally in Harvard Yard on April 17. Join us as we celebrate the recent successes of the divestment movement and commit ourselves to continuing to push for radical action on climate change!
WHAT: Harvard Heat Week Closing Rally
WHEN: Fri, April 17, 6pm – 7pm
WHERE: Science Center Plaza, Harvard, Cambridge

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Fighting for a Living Wage and a Livable Planet

CClIvx5WIAABjYu.jpgIt was great to see such a strong climate justice contingent at today's #‎WageAction #‎Fight4Fifteen march. Economic and climate justice are intimately linked — as Bill McKibben said today, there’s no such thing as a living wage on a dead planet! Better Future Project staff, 350 Mass volunteers, and student divestment activists joined community groups, labor unions and faith communities from across Massachusetts for a massive march and rally. Tens of thousands of others will join Fight for Fifteen rallies and mobilizations across the globe tomorrow — stay tuned! 

Thank you to everyone who was there!

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