2013 has been an incredibly exciting year, with major mobilizations, victories, and movement growth.
We mobilized thousands of people who helped grow our 350 Massachusetts network from one meeting in Cambridge to folks hosting regular meetings all over the state – from Boston to Worcester, from the North Shore and Lowell to the South Shore and the Pioneer Valley (with the Berkshires and the Cape close behind). We trained and empowered dozens of new student leaders who are taking greater leadership roles in the movement across the nation.
We gathered hundreds upon hundreds to march and rally outside of New England’s largest coal plant which later announced it was closing for good in 2017. We marched from that same coal plant 66 miles to the Cape in support of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind. We launched a new network, Mothers Out Front, to bring to bear the moral authority that mothers possess when demanding a livable future for their children. We helped launch Houstonians Against the Tar Sands, to bring together organizations in the fossil fuel headquarters of the world to join together against the Tar Sands. We spoke directly to President Obama in historic Faneuil Hall to call for a rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
But there is also deep cause for concern. Despite all of our efforts and those of our allies, the climate continues to worsen, with more superstorms like Typhoon Haiyan, more heat waves, more droughts, more food and water crises and more conflicts over dwindling resources while our political and corporate leaders continue to ignore the climate crisis.
We have big plans ahead in 2014. Plans to demonstrate what real climate leadership looks like in Massachusetts as we continue to build the movement in other crucial places like Houston, Texas. We’re going to work closely with students, people of faith, mothers, and others to make our movement so powerful that no politician or corporate leader can afford to ignore us.
We’re going to push Massachusetts to be the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels and the first state in the nation to ban the burning of coal and to make sure that all of our new electricity demand is met by conservation, efficiency, and renewables – that means no more new power plants burning fossil fuels, and no more pipelines shipping them around.
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a challenge we’re going to take head-on. And we’d love for you to join us!