Saturday's rally to #SaveCapeWind was a tremendous success, with 300+ people in attendance and great media coverage from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, WGBH, Dig Boston, CommonWealth Magazine, MetroWest Daily News, Fox25 News, The Associated Press, and other outlets!
It was a stunning day with perfect weather. We planted 130 beautiful rainbow pinwheels in the snow to symbolize the 130 turbines of Cape Wind, and it made for a wonderful visual -- check out some of the great photos from the day here.
Congratulations to all the amazing folks who made this day a reality, and thank you to our partner organizations in the effort to save Cape Wind: Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Business Association, Jewish Climate Action Network, Healthlink, UU Mass Action, and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, along with sponsor Clean Water Action and endorsers Commit2Respond, Cape Downwinders and Environment Massachusetts!
As Jim Gordon, developer of Cape Wind, said during Saturday's rally, we are not giving up -- we have only just begun to fight.
- Earlier this week, our partners at CREDO Action sent out our #SaveCapeWind petition to their national email list. Their effort, combined with help from 350.org and our ten partners, sponsors and endorsers -- along with the amazing effort of our outreach team -- has allowed us to reach 95,843 signatures on the petition to National Grid asking them to reinstate their contract to buy 50% of the power from Cape Wind.
- 350Mass volunteer leaders and Better Future Project staff met with National Grid executives on Thursday and had the chance to make a powerful case for saving Cape Wind.
- Our dedicated volunteer phonebankers have called more than 800 people to let them know about Saturday's rally.
- We've already gotten some solid press coverage (eg, this Commonwealth Mag op-ed and this short piece in the The Boston Globe).
What a great day of action for divestment at the MA State House! We heard from an amazing line-up of speakers, including climate activist Tim DeChristopher, financial experts from Fossil Free Indexes and Green Century Funds, community leaders like Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu, and more. Youth leaders from the Alliance for Climate Education, Student-Organized Climate Action Network - SOCAN, and Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) brought amazing energy and enthusiasm to the event!
Read about all of the divestment events across the state, including the Harvard sit-in and our action, in the Boston Globe here. And check out the wonderful photos and videos by 350Mass volunteer Peter Bowden!
Tired of hearing people saying that #Blizzardof2015 refutes #climate change? In fact, it's just the opposite: climate change is making huge snowstorms more likely. We've compiled some links and resources to help you educate the climate deniers in your life:
- Statistician Nate Silver crunches the numbers and finds that big blizzards have become more common in New York in recent years -- probably driven by global warming.
- Blogger Jom Romm reviews the latest climate science and concludes that the giant snowstorms of recent years have been fueled by climate change.
- The 2014 National Climate Assessment found that the quantity of precipitation dumped by huge New England storms (like the one outside your window) have increased by more than 70% since 1958, driven by warmer temperatures.
- National Geographic has a great explanation of the counterintuitive physics that connects global warming and huge snowstorms.
After fourteen years of effort, Cape Wind -- meant to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm -- is in trouble. As you probably know, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, which had agreed to purchase power from Cape Wind, backed out of their agreements in early January after a lawsuit funded by oil billionaire Bill Koch prevented Cape Wind from locking down the full financing for the project. Now, the project is on life support, at best.Read more
We’re at a critical moment in the fight against Keystone XL and the tar sands. Only a few days ago, President Obama responded to threats from Congress by promising to veto any bill that required him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, following a ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, the decision about the pipeline is once again in Obama’s hands. We’re calling on him to go beyond his veto threat and finally reject this pipeline once and for all.Read more
It's deja vu all over again: Republicans in Congress have vowed to pass a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline within the next few weeks. If they succeed, the bill will land on Obama's desk -- and he'll have to choose whether to veto it or allow the pipeline to go forward. We're mobilizing now to make sure that Obama makes the right choice. One thing is for sure: we're ready to keep fighting Keystone XL and the tar sands for as long as it takes!Read more
We’re down to the wire: we’ve got only a few hours left in 2014.
Here are eleven reasons (count 'em!) to give to Better Future Project before the year is up.
Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance”, with actions from December 13 through December 19 in opposition to the project. The actions are planned in anticipation of the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) due on or about December 19, 2014.Read more
On Thursday, 350 Massachusetts activists and Better Future Project staff delivered 1300+ postcards calling for a ban on tar sands oil to David Cash, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He said that the DEP would make progress towards tracking tar sands oil before Governor Patrick leaves office. Tracking would allow us to know exactly how much tar sands oil is entering Massachusetts, and it's a great first step towards a ban on tar sands oil in our state! Great work by all who have pushed for a ban on tar sands oil by collecting postcards or sending the online petition link to friends.