On August 29, it will be 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. A decade later, the hurricane remains a symbol why we work to confront the climate crisis: as the world warms, super-storms like Katrina will become all too common.
Katrina is also a reminder of the complex ways in which climate change overlaps with other forms of injustice. It’s no accident that those most impacted by Katrina were poor families of color. The criminalization of Black and Latino citizens, the displacement of poor communities by gentrification, and neglect by elected officials and government institutions all contributed to the pain, fear and trauma of the storm. In the ten years since, continued discrimination and systemic racism have made it hard for communities to recover. Reflecting on Katrina reminds us that fighting for climate justice means fighting for an economic and political system that offers dignity, security and freedom to all.
On August 29, we'll commemorate the 10 years that have passed since Hurricane Katrina with an event that will include video profiles documenting climate change in the Gulf South, a panel with climate and environmental justice leaders from organizations like Neighbor to Neighbor and Alternatives for Community and Environment, and a reception. This is a moment to reflect, discuss, and deepen our commitment to justice. Join us!
For more details and to RSVP: http://www.betterfutureproject.org/commemorating_hurricane_katrina
Last week represented a major push in the effort to keep solar working for Massachusetts! 350 Mass joined Environment Massachusetts, Clean Water Action, and other groups outside the State House for a rally and lobby day in favor of raising the caps on net metering. Net metering is a crucial program that allows solar owners to be paid for the power they generate, but there's a cap on the number of projects that can participate. The cap has been hit in 171 communities across the state, bringing our solar progress to a screeching halt. In addition to rallying, we helped flood Speaker DeLeo's office with phone calls asking him to raise the cap. Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned for their summer recess without taking action. We'll keep building power over the next few weeks, and we'll be back in September stronger than ever and ready to keep fighting for solar!
More than 250 people gathered yesterday for a worship service, rally and march to oppose Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline! We chanted, sang, and walked together to the Dedham-Boston city line, where we formed a human chain to symbolize our united resistance to the pipeline. Many groups came together to make this event a reality, including Resist the Pipeline, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Dedham Safety Over Profits, West Roxbury Saves Energy, the 350 Mass Boston node, and others! Spectra has started construction on the pipeline, but with local residents and officials still standing strong, there's no way the company will be able to finish the project without a fight. Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook and read more about the action in the Boston Globe, and stay tuned for more updates on the campaign to #StopSpectra!
The state legislature is currently considering several bills that would raise the net metering cap and allow our solar industry to keep growing. Of all the bills under consideration, S. 1770 / H. 2852, filed by Senator Eldridge and Representatives Calter and Mark, provides the clearest, most comprehensive framework for supporting the future growth of the clean energy industry in Massachusetts. But passing any of the bills would represent a step forward -- the most important thing is that we raise the cap soon!
Please call your legislator today and ask them to support raising the net metering cap!
2) Ask your State Senator and Representative to support legislation that would lift the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours and a member of 350 Massachusetts. I'm calling to urge you to support raising the cap on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts.
If your legislator is already supportive of raising the net metering cap, you should thank them for their position and ask them to reach out to their colleagues on this issue.
“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.Read more
Spectra 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.
The 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
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.Read more
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.
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!