Events Archive 2019 — July – December

WEDNESDAY — JULY 3, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — JULY 4, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

WEDNESDAY — JULY 10, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — JULY 11, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

SATURDAY — JULY 13, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Bridge Standout 7-13
Bridge Standout to Stop the Compressor Station

DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg announced on Friday (July 12) that he will adopt Presiding Officer Jane Rothchild’s decision to approve the air quality permit for the Weymouth compressor station. This is completely unacceptable. We will not stand for this.

The Commissioner’s decision to ignore existing air quality data and to allow further pollution in the Fore River Basin will cause direct harm to the Fore River Community if the entire project is approved. The Commissioner and the Department itself could have prevented the exacerbation of pollution in the Basin but chose instead to grant additional polluting powers to Enbridge.

In response to the decision, we will be holding a large standout at the Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth. We will meet at the proposed compressor station site (55 Bridge Street) at 3pm and will walk up to the bridge. We will have some signs, but please feel free to bring your own! We hope that you can join us in voicing our outrage and concern as we prepare for the fight ahead.

Free public event
Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

3 PM – 4 PM
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA 02191
» Facebook event page  
» More info: NoCompressor.com

TUESDAY — JULY 16, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Green Drinks Pittsfield
— No-Till Farming – Pittsfield Green Drinks

At our July gathering we will welcome Cynthia Gripaldi from the The Berkshire Conservation District to talk about no-till farming. Starting at 5:15 PM we’ll chat and nosh and at 6 PM Cynthia will talk for about 20 minutes.

What is No-Till Farming? A sustainable farming practice that helps reduce soil erosion, improve soil health and water quality and increase resilience to climate change. It’s the practice of planting without typical seedbed preparation using heavy equipment which compacts soil. Crops are planted faster, with reduced fossil fuel use and the soil structure remains intact.

Cynthia Grippaldi is a life-long environmental educator and advocate. She recently joined the Berkshire Conservation District which recently purchased a new No-Till Seeder that is available to Berkshire County farmers for use on their land. Come and hear more about this exciting new venture!

Each month a guest speaker talks for about 20 minutes beginning at 6 PM. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring your questions!

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business. Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.

Free Public Event
Hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team and 3 others

5:15 PM – 7 PM
J. Allen’s Clubhouse Grille
41 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — JULY 16, 2019 — BOXFORD, MA
Burned documentary
“BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?” Movie Screening

The Boxford Sustainability Committee and North Parish UU Climate Justice Group present the documentary BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? Burned tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The film follows a dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens who are fighting to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad.

Mary S. Booth, PhD, Director and ​Ecosystem Ecologist,Partnership for Policy Integrity says: “Yes, these trees may grow back in time, but we don’t have 50, 70, 100 years to wait for those trees to grow back to take that carbon out of the atmosphere. We need to do it right away.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is proposing to allow biomass power plants to burn a huge variety of woody fuels, including whole trees, that DOER is re-classifying as “residues” to allow calculation of a minimal carbon impact, even though a previous study’s definition of residues was confined to tops and limbs from saw timber harvesting.

We hope to see you there. Free public event, hosted by Karen Martin

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lincoln Hall
561 Main Street
Boxford, MA 01921
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — JULY 17, 2019 — NORTH ADAMS, MA
kitchen zero waste workshop
Zero kitchen waste workshop – beeswax wraps
Go Green in the kitchen- with ease and with creative and fun solutions! Learn how much waste you can reduce in your kitchen while simultaneously incorporating healthy alternatives into your lifestyle. During this workshop, you will create Beeswax wraps that are fit to cover sliced fruit and veggies, keep cheese moist and safe, cover bowls and plates with leftovers, and so much more!

This is one workshop in a series of five. Come to all, some, or just one of them! You will learn so much and leave feeling accomplished and inspired.

Hosted by Berkshire Zero-Waste Initiative and 2 others

Free admission, but space is limited to 15 attendants. Please email Bret Beattie at NBCC (bbeattie@nbccoalition.org) to save your spot!

5 PM
UNO Community Center
157 River Street
North Adams, MA 01247
» Registration required due to limited space – see above
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — JULY 17, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — JULY 18, 2018 — WORCESTER, MA
T-C Community Engagement Workshop
Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshop
We have an opportunity to address two of our greatest challenges together — transportation and climate change.

At this workshop we will talk about how states across the northeast are working together to develop a regional policy to fight climate change and improve transportation. The goal is to deliver a better, cleaner transportation system that benefits all our communities, while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution across the region. And, in particular, to make improvements in communities who are underserved by current transportation options and disproportionately burdened by pollution.

Massachusetts state agencies are looking for your input on how to accomplish these goals through a program that would cap and reduce transportation emissions and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon, more resilient transportation infrastructure.

Hosted by Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, MassDEP and MassDOT
Registration required – free public event

6pm – 8pm
Clark University
Higgins University Center – Grace Conference Room
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
» Program description and registration

THURSDAY — JULY 18, 2018 — CAMBRIDGE, MA
NDA Training 7-18
— Nonviolent Direct Action Training
If you want to learn more about NVDA (Nonviolent Direct Action), please join us for this training. Taking part in direct action doesn’t necessarily mean risking arrest. We encourage everyone to attend this training, as it is a useful and important tactic to learn about. The training will be facilitated by The FANG Collective. Please sign up if you plan to attend, so that we can plan and prep accordingly.

Intro to NVDA & Affinity Group Building: This brief workshop offers an introduction to the history of Nonviolent Direct Action and its implementation as well as examples of intersectionality within our community/movements, affinity groups and their formation, consensus decision making, strategy, various tactics, and a discussion on self-care and community care.

Sign-up required – Click here
Free Public Event
Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Democracy Center
45 Mount Auburn Street (Nelson Mandela Room)
Cambridge, MA 02138
» Facebook event page

THURSDAY — JULY 18, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

SATURDAY — JULY 20, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Repair Cafe 7-20
Pittsfield Repair Cafe
Repair and reuse saves energy and resources! Bring up to two items. We welcome stuff for the free table, too, if it is in good repair and not too large.

We always look forward to seeing you and your broken lamps, vacuums, fans, bikes, dulled knives and garden tools, torn or buttonless clothing —and whatever else you’d like to get working and useful again!

We also welcome new volunteers with sewing, fix-it, and other skills to share.

Repairs, refreshments, music, and free table stuff are always available and free at the Repair Cafe. Donations small and large are welcome but not required. We ask that you arrive by 3:00 so that we have time to complete your repairs.

12:30 – 3:30 pm
St. Stephen’s Church basement
67 East St. (Enter on Allen St.)
Pittsfield, MA
» Facebook page

TUESDAY — JULY 23, 2018 — PITTSFIELD, MAT-C Community Engagement Workshop
Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshop
We have an opportunity to address two of our greatest challenges together — transportation and climate change.

At this workshop we will talk about how states across the northeast are working together to develop a regional policy to fight climate change and improve transportation. The goal is to deliver a better, cleaner transportation system that benefits all our communities, while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution across the region. And, in particular, to make improvements in communities who are underserved by current transportation options and disproportionately burdened by pollution.

Massachusetts state agencies are looking for your input on how to accomplish these goals through a program that would cap and reduce transportation emissions and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon, more resilient transportation infrastructure.

Hosted by Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, MassDEP and MassDOT
Registration required – free public event

6pm – 8pm
Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Program description and registration

WEDNESDAY — JULY 24, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — JULY 25, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

THURSDAY — JULY 25, 2018 — LAWRENCE, MAT-C Community Engagement Workshop
Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshop
We have an opportunity to address two of our greatest challenges together — transportation and climate change.

At this workshop we will talk about how states across the northeast are working together to develop a regional policy to fight climate change and improve transportation. The goal is to deliver a better, cleaner transportation system that benefits all our communities, while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution across the region. And, in particular, to make improvements in communities who are underserved by current transportation options and disproportionately burdened by pollution.

Massachusetts state agencies are looking for your input on how to accomplish these goals through a program that would cap and reduce transportation emissions and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon, more resilient transportation infrastructure.

Hosted by Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, MassDEP and MassDOT
Registration required – free public event

6pm – 8pm
Lawrence Library, Sargent Auditorium
51 Lawrence Street, 3rd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840
» Program description and registration

SATURDAY — JULY 27, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
Quincy envoronmental fair
— Quincy Environmental Fair
Join us for a free outdoor environmental fair on the front lawn of the Thomas Crane Public Library. There will be fun green activities for all ages, live local entertainment, electric vehicle ride-alongs, food trucks, and a free bike valet.

Free Public Event
Rain date: Saturday, August 3, 11am-2pm

11 AM – 2 PM
Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington Street
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
» Facebook event page    

SATURDAY — JULY 27, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
NE Electric Auto
Quincy electric car show/ride and drive at the Quincy Environmental Fair

EV Ride and Drive event sponsored by Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

EV owners are welcome to attend and share their EV experience. EV owners should park their vehicles in the Coddington Hall parking lot on Coddington Street across from the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Free public event
Hosted by New England Electric Auto Association

Please call John Fitzmaurice at (781) 985-0117 for more information.

11 AM – 2 PM
Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington St, Quincy, Ma

» Facebook Event Page

WEDNESDAY — JULY 31, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 1, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 7, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 8, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details   

FRIDAY — AUGUST 9, 2019 — WEST HARTFORD, CT
Killingly gas pwr plant protest
— Killingly Gas Power Plant Protest at the Governor’s Mansion

It is likely that you recognize that we are in a Climate Emergency and need to radically transition our society away from fossil fuels. Unfortunately a few people in the CT state government do not agree. The CT Siting Council has approved a plan for NTE to build a fracked gas power plant in Killingly, CT which will not only harm local air quality and setback efforts to meet emissions reduction goals in state law but also delay the transition to the clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

In addition to the climate and pollution problems with the plant , we can see from the example of the Inland Empire Energy Center that fracked gas is no longer economically viable. This gas plant will close only 10 years into it’s intended 30 year operating life because renewable technology has improved so much that it is more efficient than a gas plant. It is unwise for the Siting Council to approve a gas plant project when we know that we need to reduce emissions immediately and that there is high probability this plant will be obsolete by the time it is built.

Free public event hosted by 350CT.org

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Governor’s mansion
Corner of Asylum Avenue and Prospect Street
West Hartford, CT
» Event Information   

TUESDAY — AUGUST 13, 2019 — HARTFORD, CT
CT Trans Future
— CT’s Transportation Future – An Equitable, Low Carbon Future

Acadia Center, Transport Hartford, the Center for Latino Progress, the, Sierra Club and CT Roundtable for Climate and Jobs invite you to join us on August 13th at the UCONN Hartford campus for an important Connecticut-focused meeting to discuss efforts to deliver a more equitable, modern, low-carbon transportation future.

We will discuss Connecticut’s role in the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI), a multi-state effort to reduce transportation emissions, identify opportunities to engage in the TCI process, and identify how this effort aligns with your organization’s mission and goals. TCI will address and fund cross-cutting issues such as housing, health, access to transportation and jobs, climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Your voice at the table is extraordinarily important in this effort to effectively address a broad range of issues for communities bearing the disproportionate effect of pollution.

Hosted by Transport Hartford Academy and 10 others
Free public event

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
UConn Hartford 
10 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 14, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 15, 2019 — NEW BRITAIN, CT
Killingly gas pwr plant protest
— Killington gas power plant protest at Connecticut Siting Council energy and telecommunications hearing

It is likely that you recognize that we are in a Climate Emergency and need to radically transition our society away from fossil fuels. Unfortunately a few people in the CT state government do not agree. The CT Siting Council has approved a plan for NTE to build a fracked gas power plant in Killingly, CT which will not only harm local air quality and setback efforts to meet emissions reduction goals in state law but also delay the transition to the clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

In addition to the climate and pollution problems with the plant , we can see from the example of the Inland Empire Energy Center that fracked gas is no longer economically viable. This gas plant will close only 10 years into it’s intended 30 year operating life because renewable technology has improved so much that it is more efficient than a gas plant. It is unwise for the Siting Council to approve a gas plant project when we know that we need to reduce emissions immediately and that there is high probability this plant will be obsolete by the time it is built.

Free public event, hosted by 350CT.org

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
CT Siting Council Meeting
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT
» Event Information

THURSDAY — AUGUST 15, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Sit With John at MA Statehouse Weekly Event
— Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg

WHY Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal.

THE ASK A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

HASHTAGS #MassGreenNewDeal     #SitWithJohn     @johnflerner on Twitter

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

» Facebook Info and Location Details

SATURDAY — AUGUST 17, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Extinction Rebellion Pittsfield
— Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and demands profound changes in all aspects of society. Join us to learn how you can be part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future!

See the attached flyer for details about the upcoming talks.  They are on Saturday at 10:30 at the Atheneum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield;  Saturday at 4:00 at the Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington;  or Sunday at noon at Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale NY.

Free public event
Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Berkshires and Extinction Rebellion MA

10:30AM – 12:30PM
Berkshire Atheneum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA
» Facebook event page  

SATURDAY — AUGUST 17, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Fall Springs
— Free Symposium: Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires
What, no climate change? Fall Springs* themes speak to the very real serious environmental challenges we’re facing. Join this important conversation with our esteemed panel, which includes: Laura J. Martin, moderator, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Affiliate in History at Williams College. She is also on staff at the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams. Judith Enck, who served as the regional director of the EPA under the Obama Administration. Rosemary Wessel, Program Director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, a Program of Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

*”Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is presenting the world premiere musical comedy Fall Springs, in which boulders, buildings and the occasional bartender are being swallowed in the ground due to fracking. And that’s only the beginning…” Performances run August 14 through 31.

Symposium is a free public event – reservations strongly recommended – see below

2:00pm
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
30 Union Street
Pittsfield, MA  01201
» Reservations are strongly recommended for these events by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888
» The symposium is paired with the 8pm production of Fall Springs that night. (Buy Tickets)

SATURDAY — AUGUST 17, 2019 — GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
Extinction Rebellion GB
— Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and demands profound changes in all aspects of society. Join us to learn how you can be part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future!

See the attached flyer for details about the upcoming talks.  They are on Saturday at 10:30 at the Atheneum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield;  Saturday at 4:00 at the Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington;  or Sunday at noon at Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale NY.

Free public event
Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Berkshires and Extinction Rebellion MA

4:00PM – 6:00PM
Friends Meeting House
280 State Road
Great Barrington
» Facebook event page

SUNDAY — AUGUST 18, 2019 — HILLSDALE, NY
Extinction Rebellion Hillsdale

— Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and demands profound changes in all aspects of society. Join us to learn how you can be part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future!

Free public event
Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Berkshires and Extinction Rebellion MA

12:00PM – 2:00PM
Mettabee Farm
551 Harlemville Road
Hillsdale NY
» Facebook event page  

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 21, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 28, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Stand Out - Weymouth
Stand out – spread the word about the Weymouth Compressor Station!

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA, 02191 (map)
» Event Info Here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 29, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
amazon burning
Protest to protect the Amazon

The Amazon has raging wildfires at a scale that they can be seen from space! Since the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, took office this year there has been a 39% increase in deforesting the Amazon over 2018. More than 1,300 square miles were cut in the first 7 months of his term. That’s the size of Rhode Island! And it puts him on pace to deforest an area larger than the whole of Massachusetts.

Bolsonaro is opening up Amazonia for increased cattle ranching, agriculture, and mining. At the expense of indigenous land. “Not one centimeter of land will be demarcated for Indigenous reserves,” Bolsonaro declared during the 2018 presidential campaign.

This policy puts the 1 million indigenous peoples and the ~200,000 animal species of the Amazon at risk. Come join us at the Brazilian consulate in downtown Boston to let the Brazilian government know they need to respect indigenous rights!

Accessibility:     We will be on the street outside the consulate.
Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion MA

8 am to 9 am
Brazilian Consulate
175 Purchase Street
Boston, MA
» Facebook event page
» RSVP here

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — LENOX, MA
download-1
— Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) 400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible. Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:

  • We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away.
  • We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bernstein Theatre’s Artists Rehearsal Studio
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA

» Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — AMHERST, MA
download-1
— Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) 400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible. Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:

  • We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away.
  • We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
UMass Amherst Campus Center
Amherst Room
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst
, MA
Parking is located in the Campus Center Parking Garage on level 2
» Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
N Berkshire Green Drinks
September Green Drinks: Berkshire Zero Waste Initiative

Mary Stucklen of Berkshire Zero Waste Initiative, joins us for a great discussion on all things WASTE! As usual, we’ll meet on the first Thursday of the month (Sept 5) from 5:30-7pm, at the Purple Pub Annex. Meet like-minded environmentalist friends and hear about what we’re each working on.

Northern Berkshire Green Drinks is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more.

It’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s informal, it’s friendly, and it’s where we come together for the most important thing we need to sustain our work and community: it’s where we connect.

Free public event

5:30-7pm
Purple Pub Annex
65 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA
» Northern Berkshire Green Drinks Facebook page

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 — WORCESTER, MA
end ecocide
Die In for the Climate
Join the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition for a Die In on September 6th!

We are in a crisis! Join the growing movement bringing attention to the dire circumstances around the climate crisis!

We will gather in front of City Hall at 11:45am. Please use the sign up link below to let us know you’ll be there!

Free public event. Hosted by 350 Central Mass and 2 others

11:45 AM – 1 PM
Worcester City Hall and Common
455 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
» Facebook event page  
» Please let us know you’re coming

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 — MANCHESTER, NH
NH Dem Conv pipeline protest
No Granite Bridge Pipeline Demonstration at NH Democratic Convention

In 2016, ECHO Action demonstrated against the NED pipeline at the NH Democratic Convention. The stakes are even higher in 2020 as the the looming climate emergency makes fossil fuel expansion an event greater threat to the Granite State, our nation and planet. Join us in being seen and heard outside the convention. Bring your signs, your voice and your energy for positive change! Join us in saying no to the Granite Bridge Pipeline and all fossil fuel expansion in NH!

Come demonstrate with us and then join friends inside the convention. Need free tickets? Contact the climate action candidate of your choice and ask to join their section at the convention! Raise your voice for climate action!

Free public event. Hosted by ECHO Action NH: A #FossilFree603 for Environmental Justice and 4 others

8 AM – 11 AM
NH Democratic Convention
SNHU ARENA
555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 — MANCHESTER, NH
NHDP convention visibility
— NHDP Convention Visibility

Get your t-shirts and your banners and signs ready to join 350NH at our upcoming visibility!

We’re showing our opposition to the proposed Granite Bridge Pipeline at the NH Democratic Party Convention happening in Manchester this next Saturday. Bring your friends and meet us at the entrance to the SNHU Arena to help us urge our candidates and elected officials to come out publicly against the GBP project! We’ll have extra signs and our new Protect our Home tee-shirts available there as well.

Free public event. Hosted by 350 New Hampshire

SNHU Arena
555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
» RSVP and more info here

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
download-1
— Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) 400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible. Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:

  • We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away.
  • We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
MassART
Tower Auditorium
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
» Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 — REHOBOTH, MA
Under Pressure
Film Screening – Under Pressure
This award-winning student-produced documentary explores the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions and their aftermath. It presents details of this tragedy and explores the dangers of fracked gas.

“Under Pressure” received a 2019 Massachusetts Economic and Environmental Affairs Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

Free public event
Hosted by Jenn Williams
Sponsored by 350 MA, The Sierra Club, and The Blanding Library.

6:30 PM – 8 PM
Blanding Public Library
124 Bay State Road
Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769
» Facebook event page

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 — WILLIAMSBURG, MA
Jen Benson talk
Rep. Jen Benson discusses climate bills

Franklin First District’s state representative, Natalie Blais, has invited Representative Jen Benson to Williamsburg to talk about two climate bills that Rep. Benson has sponsored, a carbon pricing and rebate bill, H.2810, and H.2808, for electric grid modernization.

The carbon pricing bill, H.2810, imposes a fee on the companies  that sell or burn fossil fuels, based on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions released when the fuels are  burned. According to a recent report by ClimateXChange on the H.2810’s financial impact, “52.5 percent of the revenue raised by the state government from the fees will be used to provide rebates to households, with the funds shifted toward low and moderate-income residents. For low and moderate-income households, the rebates exceed the expected  costs of the program, leading to net positive monetary benefits.” To read more on how the bill will impact residents of differing incomes, check out this excellent report: https://climate-xchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Impacts-of-Carbon-Pollution-Pricing-on-Massachusetts-Households-at-Different-Income-Levels-Website.pdf.

Free public event
If you plan to go to this presentation, please RSVP so that the space reserved is large enough for everyone who wants to attend.

6:30 pm
Anne T. Dunphy School
1 Petticoat Hill Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
» Please RSVP here by 9/2

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 — FALL RIVER, MA
download-1
— Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) 400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible. Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:

  • We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away.
  • We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bristol Community College
Room H-210
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA

» Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
mock funeral
Mock Funeral

Continuous actions that disregard the state of our planet are leading to a climate emergency and overall extinction. Join us in showcasing the funeral for the many things will lose. The procession will start at the Worcester Public Library parking lot, leading to City Hall. Dress in black.

Free public event. Hosted by 350 Central Mass

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Street
Worcester, MA 01608
» RSVP – please let us know you’re coming

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — FITCHBURG, MA
download-1
— Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) 400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentation

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible. Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:

  • We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away.
  • We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to DOER.SMART@mass.gov, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fitchburg State University
Kent Recital Hall
Fitchburg, MA
Parking is located at the Wallace Civic Center Parking lot. Please take campus shuttle to the Kent Recital Hall.
» Any questions regarding this proceeding can be directed to DOER.SMART@mass.gov.

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
W MA Trans Forum
— Western MA Transportation Forum: How Do We Get There from Here?
Featuring a keynote address by Senator Eric Lesser.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association and many partners

Public event
For more information, to suggest a speaker or to volunteer to share your work, contact Laura Sylvester at lauras@foodbankwma.org.

9am to 12 noon
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
» Facebook   

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
NVDA training
XR NVDA training

Interested in being part of direct actions led by Extinction Rebellion? To participate – whether you’re in a role that risks arrest or not – you must have nonviolent direct action training!

Join us in Northampton on September 14th from 10-5 at the Northampton Friends Meeting House for comprehensive training in advance of Global Climate Strike Week beginning September 20th. Further details will be provided closer to the training day based on planned XR actions. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 to participate in the training, toward the cost of space and resources, but no one will be turned away if they’re unable to make a donation.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The training has a maximum capacity of 20 and we may have to set up a waitlist if interest exceeds the space available. Register here.

If you register and later cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Carol at curiouscarol@gmail.com with cancellations or questions.

Public event / suggested donation
Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Western MA and Extinction Rebellion MA

10 AM – 5 PM
Northampton Friends Meeting
43 Center Street, Suite 202
Northampton, MA 01060
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 — SOMERVILLE, MA
extinction rebellion massachusetts
— XR Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training

Learn how to take part in XR actions at this NVDA training series! You will be empowered to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring friends who you would like to form an affinity group with, or make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you’re here!

What to bring

  • wear comfortable clothes
  • your own plate, cup, and cutlery to minimize waste. We will provide snacks and drinks during a short break — no disposable plastic water bottles please!
  • this training is free. If you would like to and can bring a contribution, we will collect cash donations for our trainer at the end of the session.

Preparation for Civil Disobedience. Honoring the movements we stand on. Building community for action.

This training session will provide engagement on non-violence and the dynamics of civil disobedience, offer scenarios and practical information for taking collective action, and look at movement messages that convey powerful impact. Time to connect, get energized, and deepen readiness for being and acting together.

Accessibility

Please let us know any accessibility concerns you have by emailing mcusi@pm.me. The training involves several sections, and we always let people know ahead of time in order to give people the option to participate:

  • group and partner discussion
  • some roleplays which may involve aggression and loud noise
  • exercises which involve some gentle movement

We can often structure exercises to include people of various levels of mobility, so please let us know about what might help you.

We are looking into setting up childcare for the day but it has not been confirmed yet — please notify us if this would be helpful for you.

Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Massachusetts

9am until 2pm
Please arrive at 8:50pm to give yourself time to settle before the training begins, and please plan to stay the entire time.
First Church Somerville
89 College Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
» We recommend that you attend an XR orientation meeting before you attend our NVDA training. You can find the next orientation on our calendar.
» Contact mcusi@pm.me with questions.
» Please RSVP here

SUNDAY — SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 — CHARLEMONT, MA
Drive Electric Week
— National Drive Electric Week – Western Mass Hilltown Electric Car Show

Join us to celebrate the commitment to sustainable transportation demonstrated by residents of the hilltowns and to provide information about electric vehicles.

EV owners will share their perspectives on driving electric and their strategies for charging at home, at work and on the road. Representatives from state and regional agencies will share information about purchasing and owning an EV, and local businesses will discuss domestic uses of renewable energy, such as solar power, for EV charging.  No test drives will be conducted on-site. The various benefits of other electric technologies, such as chainsaws and lawnmowers, will also be addressed.

Learn from residents of the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts who are escaping a dependence on fossil fuel by driving electric.  Meet individuals who charge their EVs with solar power. The public is welcome. The event will take place at Charlemont Park & Ride at 24 Mohawk Trail in Charlemont near the Rte 112/Rte 2 cloverleaf. The Park & Ride Lot is about a mile west of Shelburne Falls Village Center – home of Glacial Potholes and the Bridge of Flowers.

Free public event.
1PM – 3PM
Charlemont Park & Ride
24 Mohawk Trail
Charlemont, MA
» More info here    
» For a chance to win $250, register to attend and complete a short survey*
*must be 18 years or older.

WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Steingraber event
Dr. Steingraber speaks on health and enviro impacts of fracking
Join acclaimed biologist, author and activist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. at Boston University to hear her speak on the environmental and health impacts of natural gas and fracking.

Free public event. Hosted by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

7 PM – 9 PM
Boston University
685 Commonwealth Ave, Room 132
Boston, MA 02215
» Facebook event page

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Climate Strike Pittsfield
Climate Strike Solidarity Rally September 20th

Indivisible Pittsfield, Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP. and other organizations invite everyone to join us in a rally in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike.

Free public event. Hosted by Indivisible Pittsfield Events and NAACP-Berkshire County Branch

12 PM – 1 PM
Park Square Historic District
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Pittsfield, Ma
» Facebook event page

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — AMHERST, MA
walk out for climate
Walk Out for Climate

We’re in a state of climate emergency. On September 20th, we stand in unity with youth, adults, and rebels all over the planet.

To join the Sunrise Movement in Boston, click here.

At UMass, Sunrise Movement UMass Amherst and Extinction Rebellion Western MA invite students, staff, faculty, and community members to strike and stand together for climate justice.

Further details to come! We hope you’ll also join us for our declaration of rebellion on 9/27.

If you or an organization you’re part of is interested in supporting, performing, or speaking as part of this event, fill out the form here.

Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Western MA and Sunrise Movement UMass Amherst

12 PM – 3 PM
UMass Amherst
» Facebook event page   

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
PV climate strike
— Pioneer Valley Climate Strike

Calling everyone in the Pioneer Valley! If you are concerned about the climate, and can’t make it to the big New York City strike with Greta Thunberg, show up here! Get connected with other folks that are hungry for change and action!

If you are also interested in traveling to NYC or Boston, we are also going to organize groups to go together. There is pre-arranged transportation to Boston available thanks to Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike. Get in touch with us!

Free public event. Host Contact Info: twong33@smith.edu

12:00 PM
Pulaski Park
240 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
» More info here

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
climate emergency march
Climate Emergency March for a Just Future – Strike Solidarity

Our life support systems must be protected now!

The students who strike on #fridaysFortheFuture know that this is a climate emergency. We know that this is a climate emergency.

4:15 pm: gather & get organized
Sheldon Field Northampton commuter lot

4:30 step off march.
Climate Emergency March & chanting to city hall.

5:00 protest rally at Northampton City hall

It’s time for our government , institutions, corporations, and all people to take action to scale with the enormity of the problem. Today is the day for all to acknowledge the urgency of our situation.

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now MA and 2 others

4:15 PM – 6 PM
Sheldon Park
269 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA 01060
» Facebook event page    

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
Ecstatic Rebellion Dance for Life
Ecstatic Rebellion: Dance for Life

Hello sweet friends and community! Ecstatic Rebellion is an opportunity to come together in celebration and awareness with all of our emotions, grief, and desire to heal and change the world.

This will be a fundraising and education event for Extinction Rebellion as they bring more Climate Action and Earth healing organization to Massachusetts and the greater US. It will also be kicking off Global Youth Climate strikes to inspire action on mass scale. The event has been organized by local Ecstatic Dance Community and in partnership with the Heartbeat Collective.

Join us in creating this incubation chamber to explore the kind of brave, deep, and authentic expression that we as individuals and as a community have the power to bring out into the world; in protest, in rebellion, in rising up for our living planet. There is an incredible power in the interwoven grief and ecstasy that we all feel being alive at this time in history and we hope to light a spark and harness that in a way that has an impact on the greater earth. Coming together in deep presence and creative free expression is THE thing that we need to begin this shift.

There will be a climate grief ritual, presentations, tables by local changemakers offering ways to step up in our communities, live painting and last but not least live music for Ecstatic Dance!

Public event / fundraiser. Please consider a $20 donation.
Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Western MA and Heartbeat Collective

6 PM – 12 AM
First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts
129 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
» Facebook event page and full schedule

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — SPRINGFIELD, MA
Springfield solidarity vigil
— Global Climate Strike Solidarity Vigil – Springfield

Consider attending if you’re unable to go to the big Climate Strike in Boston.

Free public event

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Court Square
Springfield, MA
» Contact Verne McArthur (413-439-3324) for questions and information.

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
Worcester Stikes Back
Worcester Youth Climate Strike and March
Join us on September 20th in Worcester, MA for Youth Climate Strike’s call to action to fight against the #climatecrisis. Following the lead of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people and adult allies will gather in Worcester this September to kick off a week of climate action!

We are a group of empowered young people who are passionate about saving our environment and are pushing for new practices and systems to lessen the impact on our climate and our planet. The climate strike in Worcester is one of many strikes happening around the world on September 20th, so join us in fighting against #climatechange.

******MARCHERS WILL DEPART FROM CLARK AND WPI*******

Those leaving from Clark will gather at the Sigmund Freud statue in front of Jonas Clark Hall and those leaving from WPI will gather at Institute Park.

Both groups will be gathering at 9:00 AM, begin marching at 9:30, and converge at Worcester City Hall at 10:00, where we will hold a rally until 11:00.

From 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM there will be tabling in Worcester Commons by the various organizations involved in the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition.

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Strike Worcester and 9 others
Please contact wyclimatestrike@gmail.com with questions.

9 AM – 2 PM
Worcester City Hall and Common
455 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
» Facebook event page

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Boston Climate Strike
Boston Climate Strike

On September 20th, 2019, millions of people will strike around the world to demand action on the climate crisis. Join thousands in Boston at City Hall Plaza as we kick off a week of climate actions! This event is youth led and community supported.

#StrikeWithUs #StrikeWithUsBoston #ClimateStrike #ClimateStrikeMA

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Climate Strike and 23 others

9 AM – 3 PM
Boston City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

» More info on website   
» Facebook event page  

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 — HARTFORD, CT
Climate Strike - Hartford
— Youth Climate Strike Rally at State Capitol

On Friday, Sept 20, Greta Thunberg, has called for the adults to join the kids in striking for climate. What began in 2018 as one girl’s effort to save the planet has grown into a global movement of youth that one oil executive called “the greatest threat” to the fossil fuel industry. In April 2019, youth across the world held 2,300 school strikes in 130 countries. This September, they are calling on us to join them.

We are still in the planning stages of the kickoff event on Friday, Sept 20, but it will be during the day. Please save the date. The climate crisis happened on our watch, not theirs – we absolutely cannot let the kids down.

350 CT will be starting the day ( 8:00 AM) at the residence of Gov Lamont (990 Prospect Ave) demanding he intervene in the building of the NTE Energy Center , a fracked gas burning power plant, in Killingly, CT. After the protest we plan to march from the governor’s residence to the site of the 12:00 Climate Strike Rally at the State Capitol building.

Free public event
Hosted by Ben M. from 350CT

8:00 AM
Governor’s Residence
990 Prospect Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Followed by…

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Connecticut State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
» Event details here

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
teach-in
Climate Emergency Teach-In
As part of the Global Climate Emergency Action Week, this day-long event is open to the community as a space of discussion on the climate crisis and reflection on the steps we can take to act for climate justice.

Here is the schedule for the day:

Main Sessions (Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons)

10:00 AM
Climate 101; a Review of the Science
Dr. Mark Johnson, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology, Worcester State University

11:00 AM
Promises and Limits of the Green New Deal, an EcoSocialist View
William Westgard-Cruice, Graduate Student, Clark University

11:30 AM
Environmental Justice, a Photographic Exploration.
Ema Mehuljic, Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

12:00 PM
Divest the University!
Panel of student divestment activists

12:30 PM
Envisioning Worcester’s Adaptation to Climate Change
Dr. Susi Moser, Ph.D., Expert on climate adaptation www.susannemoser.com
Luba Zhaurova, MA, LEED, AP, Sustainability Project Manager, City of Worcester Energy and Asset Management Division www.WorcesterEnergy.org

2:00 PM
What Do We Do Now? Taking Action, a Facilitated Discussion
Errica Saunders, Coordinator, 350 Central Mass, www.350centralmass.org
Alan Palm, Director of Organizing, 350 Massachusetts, Better Future Project, Boston, 350mass.betterfutureproject.org/

*Special Session for Families* (Carlson Hall, Room 128)
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Climate Change Planning for Families
Sammi Waldsmith + Andrew Ahern, Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Free public event. Hosted by A New Earth Conversation and 4 others

Sessions from 10 AM – 4 PM
Clark University: Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons
Worcester, MA
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 — NEW PALTZ, NY
Climate Solutions Summit 2019
3rd Annual Climate Solutions Summit

The Climate Solutions Summit aims to build a larger movement that is prepared to take action for climate solutions. The summit is an opportunity for organizers and people from all communities across the region to come together to share projects, case studies, resources, experiences and skills to tackle climate change and implement solutions. Program details coming soon.

9AM
Student Union, SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY
» Ticket and Event Information

SATURDAY TO SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 21 THRU 28 — ALL AROUND MA
Climate Catastrophe Tour
Charlie’s Climate Catastrophe Tour.

Governor Charlie Baker is a climate failure. Time and time again Governor Baker and his administration have claimed that their hands are tied when it comes to finding solutions to the climate crisis. Whether it is approving faulty air quality permits for the dangerous fracked gas Weymouth Compressor Station, not following proper environmental justice protocol in East Boston, or allowing National Grid to break contracts and allow fracked gas to leak into the air, the Baker administration is polluting our air, water, and communities.

Power lies with the people. Organize a stop on “Charlie’s Climate Catastrophe Tour” to highlight how Governor Baker’s administration and the fossil fuel industry are polluting your community. It can be a rally, march, teach-in, or other action to draw the connections between them.

Join the movement. Attend an action near you. We are kicking off the week by taking “Governor Baker” out of his limo and and onto the T for more than just a one-off photo-op, but on a weeklong tour of the climate catastrophes that his administration has long ignored.

It’s going to take all of us to change everything and there’s no better time to join us. Business as usual is over. 
Free public events. Hosted by 350 Massachusetts

Times and locations vary. Check below to join the tour!
» Tour map and details here

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 — WASHINGTON, DC
shut down DC
— Shut Down DC – Global Climate Strike 2019

We will block key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual, bringing the whole city to a gridlocked standstill. Parents, workers, college students, and everyone who is concerned about the climate crisis will skip work and school and put off their other responsibilities to take action on the climate crisis.

The transition off of fossil fuels is inevitable; justice is not. To achieve Climate Justice, we must not only decarbonize the atmosphere, but also decolonize and democratize our economies and our communities. Shutting down the nation’s capital could be our best shot at starting this justice-based transition; we need a broad-based coalition that emphasizes the overlap of our struggles. We look to the recent passage of the Climate & Communities Protection Act by New York Renews, a coalition led by Black, Brown, and labor organizations, for inspiration.

To achieve something as monumental as shutting down DC, we are going to need everyone to step up. We need everyone’s creativity, everyone’s energy, everyone’s insights, and everyone’s ideas. Every single person has skills and experience to contribute to the strike.

We do not take this action lightly. We know that this shutdown will cause massive disruption to people who bear little responsibility for the climate catastrophe we are facing. But we will also cause massive disruption for politicians, huge corporations and the lobbyists who control our government. We need to fundamentally change the power structure of the United States if we want to stop the climate crisis, and shutting down DC is a big step in the right direction.

Free public event. Hosted by Beyond Extreme Energy

All day
Washington, DC
» Check here for details

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
forest protection
Hearing for H.897 An Act Relative to Forest Protection

The hearing will be in Room B-1 for H. 897 An Act Relative to Forest Protection that will protect all state land as parks or reserves where forest ecosystems are guided primarily by natural processes. This action will fight climate change by reducing carbon loss and increasing carbon sequestration. The bill would preserve 11% of the state’s land base and 20% of forest lands, including large contiguous landscape blocks that are needed to avert plant and animal extinctions, and offer safe havens for humans and wildlife alike. It would also provide a wide array of other public benefits, such as clean air and water, recreational opportunities, and economic diversification. This bill allows management flexibility to address public health, safety, and other concerns. It will cost nothing to implement.

Free public event. Hosted by The Enviro Show and Save Brook Rd. Forest
Sponsored by Representative Susannah Whipps

1 PM – 3 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
» Facebook event page

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 — CAMBRIDGE, MA
Rise Up for GND
— Rise Up for a Livable Future

The climate crisis is not a singular, or simple issue. Complex, and symptomatic of deeper struggles, it challenges us to rise to the occasion and address the forces that have led to this catastrophe. If we hope for peace and a livable future for all, we must recognize its broad, intersectional causes, declare an emergency, and take swift action.

Mass. Peace Action’s Peace & Climate working group will host a collaboration between attendees and movement leaders who dedicate their lives to fighting for our survival. With action-oriented climate movement leaders, we will discuss how peace, climate, and justice intersect, and how we can rise up.

Join us to become a part of the movements that will define our time; those that recognize the power we all have, and fight for a livable future.

Featuring:
Nick Rabb, Sunrise Movement
Sue Donaldson, 350Mass, retired M.D.
Adam Sacks, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
John Burkhardt, Extinction Rebellion
Rosalie Anders, Mass. Peace Action
Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action

6 PM – 8:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library – Central Square Branch
45 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
» Facebook event page

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — AMHERST, MA
rebellion begins
Rebellion Begins

The Rebellion has landed in Western Massachusetts.

Beginning with UMass, we call on the five colleges to declare a climate emergency and take immediate action. Join us 9/27 for a funeral for our futures. Wear black.

Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Western MA

11 AM – 2 PM
UMASS Amherst
» Facebook event page for updates and details

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
global climate strike - worcester
— Worcester Climate Strike
To close our month of climate action in September, join us on September 27th for a Worcester climate strike!

Meet at Lincoln Square and other locations, to rally at Worcester’s City Hall. More details coming soon.

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Strike Worcester and 9 others

12 PM – 1 PM
Worcester City Hall and Common
455 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
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FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
flood the seaport
Flood the Seaport!
Our planet is facing climate, ecological, and societal collapse because of human behavior. We continue to burn oil, coal, & natural gas, and destroy and pollute natural habitats. Together, we must rise up to create a just and livable future for all life on earth. We cannot sit back any longer and hope that someone will save us. We must stand together and demand that our governments tell the truth about the climate emergency and act now.

We will peacefully disrupt business-as-usual in order to raise awareness about the climate emergency and call on the public to join the rebellion. We will also demand that the Massachusetts government declare a climate emergency and implement policies to address it. Join us at Dewey Park near South Station. It lies at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue, Summer Street, Federal Street, Purchase Street and Surface Artery.

Watch Greta Thunberg’s call to action.
Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion MA

3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dewey Square
Boston, Massachusetts
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SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 — FITCHBURG, MA
become a climate advocate
Become a Climate Advocate

Come to a free Climate Advocacy Training & Group Start led by Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan volunteer group (www.citizensclimatelobby.org) focused on national policies to address climate change. Trainers from CCL will teach techniques to use in building public political will for climate action. Our consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of equitable, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. All are welcome to attend, and attendance is not a commitment.

Free parking is available in the lot on the corner of Boulder Drive and Newton Place, and in the Municipal Parking Lot on Boulder Drive. Metered parking is available on Main Street. The library is a .6 miles (approx. 12 minute walk) from the Fitchburg Intermodal Facility and .8 miles (approx. 16 minute walk) from Fitchburg State University.

Free public event. Hosted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby

10:00 AM – 12:30
Fitchburg Public Library, Garden Room
610 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
» More information and registration here     

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
FRRACS fall festival
2nd Annual Fall Fest in the Park
FRRACS welcomes you to our 2nd Annual Fall Fest in the Park. We will gather in the park that is located next to the proposed compressor station site from 2-5pm. It will be a fun and festive fall celebration, so be sure to invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

We will have John’s famous homemade veggie soup and bread, a special bridge dedication ceremony, games and activities, tours of the site, and more. We’ll even have a special guest (thanks to our friends at 350 Mass): Charlie Baker in puppet form. It’ll be the first time he has visited the site in any form, so be sure to welcome him!

Games and activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting, corn hole, and a donut-on-a-string eating contest. We will also be giving tours of the site to give background on what already exists in the Basin, and to illustrate the impact that the compressor station would have on the surrounding community.

Food and activities will all be free. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

This event is being held in support of the Youth Climate Strike Week. We hope you can join us!

2 PM – 5 PM
King’s Cove Park
55 Bridge Street (GPS, use 60 Bridge Street)
North Weymouth, MA 02191
» Rain date is September 29, from 2-5pm.
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 1, 2019 — ONLINE WEBINAR
First Lobby Day - MPF
— Do it like Berkeley- Gas Hook Up Ban Interest Call

Are you interested in copying the Berkeley Ordinance to ban to gas hookups in your town/city? Join the Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network, Toxics Action Center and the Pipeline Awareness Network to learn more about how that translates to Massachusetts.

To join the call either click: https://zoom.us/j/295645678 or dial +16465588656,,295645678#

Free public event. Hosted by Mass Power Forward and 2 others

7 PM – 9 PM
» Facebook event page     

WEDNESDAY  — OCTOBER 2, 2019 — ASHLAND, MA
Under Pressure
— Under Pressure Film Screening

Join us for a film screening of Under Pressure, a documentary film created by the 2019 senior class of Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA.

The 45-minute documentary, Under Pressure, explores the complex truth of natural gas as an energy source as well as the struggles of local families and small businesses as they attempt to rebuild their lives after disaster.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session on the film. There will also be a discussion of the controversial Eversource Pipeline project whose proposed route crosses through 88 parcels in town and would go through wetlands, wildlife habitats, Ashland State Park and neighborhoods, at times going through yards and within 10 feet of homes.

This screening of Under Pressure is being sponsored by No Ashland Pipeline, Ashland Sustainability Committee, Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series, Ashland Open Space Committee and Massachusetts Sierra Club.

Under Pressure received a 2019 MA Economic and Environmental Affairs Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

Free public event. Hosted by Mass Sierra Club and Ashland Sustainability

7 PM – 9 PM
162 W Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721
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THURSDAY — OCTOBER 3, 2019 — SAUGUS, MA
incineration forum
— Forum on Trash Incineration with National Experts

Join us as the Alliance for Health and Environment hosts a public forum on trash incineration with GAIA. GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries.

GAIA and their members are global leaders in advancing visionary, win-win solutions to waste and pollution that protect the environment and human wellbeing and build strong, participatory local economies.

Free public event. Hosted by Alliance for Health and the Environment and 5 others

6:30 PM – 8 PM
Saugus Town Hall
298 Central Street
Saugus, MA 01906
» Facebook event page

MONDAY — OCTOBER 7, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
full spectrum resistance
Full Spectrum Resistance: Building Movements and Fighting to Win

In a time when human rights and our living planet are under attack, only powerful social movements and resistance movements can fight back and ensure a future of social and environmental justice.

In a talk based on his new book Full Spectrum Resistance, author and organizer Aric McBay will explore key lessons of movements through history and around the world. From the Suffragists to the Black Panthers, from Nelson Mandela to Gay Liberation, McBay illuminates the paths and pitfalls that movements must navigate, and the principles that make them succeed.

Full of stirring case studies and practical checklists, this book showcases the hard won lessons that movements for justice and freedom have learned. FullSpectrumResistance.org

Aric McBay is an organizer, a farmer, and an author. He lives near Kingston, Ontario. His latest book is Full Spectrum Resistance, which explores how to build more effective movements.

Free public event. Hosted by The HX Library

7 PM – 9 PM
4 King Street
Worcester, MA 01610
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 8, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
DOER - resiliency session
MA-DOER Stakeholder Session 5: Resiliency

Please join us in attending the fifth of six stakeholder sessions being hosted in 2019 by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). These sessions will bring together key stakeholders as we discuss some of the opportunities and challenges related to energy storage and microgrids across the Commonwealth.

The fifth event in this series will focus on resiliency and energy storage. Together, participants will:

  • Develop a shared understanding of the challenges posed by long-duration power outages and the potential contribution of storage and microgrids to energy resilience strategies
  • Review recent state energy resilience policies and programs and provide input to decision-makers on next steps and future directions
  • Identify high-value opportunities to align surging distributed energy resources with statewide energy resilience and emergency preparedness imperatives.

It’s only by bringing together experts like yourself to share our unique experiences and expertise that we can design effective pathways to advance energy storage and microgrids in Massachusetts. We hope you join us at this fifth event!

Because space is limited, we encourage you to please RSVP as soon as possible to secure a spot. When capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist, and we will notify individuals on this list should spots open up.

Free public event. Organized by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard
13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
» RSVP and more info

THURSDAY — OCTOBER 10, 2019 — TURNERS FALLS, MA
EE workshop Turners Falls

THURSDAY — OCTOBER 10, 2019 — EAST WEYMOUTH, MA
Weymouth meeting notice
Public Meeting for Contamination at Proposed Compressor Site

This will be a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) meeting to discuss the ongoing contamination issue at the proposed compressor station site. We need your help to pack the room!

Background: We filed a PIP petition a few years ago with MassDEP to request clean-up of oil contamination at the site. The purpose of the meeting on 9/25 is to present TRC’s Release Abatement Measure (RAM) plan. MassDEP defines a RAM as “a voluntary remedial measure taken to totally clean up small problems, or reduce the magnitude of larger problems.” TRC, as you may remember, Enbridge’s consultant.

The draft RAM Plan is available on MassDEP’s website here: (https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/portal#!/search/wastesite) under RTN 4-0026230. Paper copies are available at the Tufts Public Library at Pratt (1400 Pleasant Street, East Weymouth, MA) and the Weymouth Board of Health (Town Hall, 75 Middle Street).

Submit Public Comments: There will be a 20-day comment period which will end on October 15, 2019. All comments and questions must be submitted in writing to: James Doherty, PE, LSP650 Suffolk Street, Suite 200Wannalancit MillsLowell, MA 01854jdoherty@trccompanies.com

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

7 PM – 9 PM
Abigail Adams Middle School
89 Middle Street
East Weymouth, MA 02189
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THURSDAY — OCTOBER 17, 2019 — FRANKLIN, MA
Franklin 2050
» Register here for Franklin 2050 event

SATURDAY — OCTOBER 19, 2019 — SOUTH HADLEY, MA
green home open house
CARBON NEUTRAL OPEN HOUSE
All are invited to 15 The Knolls Rd. South Hadley for a Green Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19. On view will be a passive solar house with a plug in electric car, mini split heat pumps, photovoltaic solar, heat pump hot water heater, interior storm windows, heat recovery ventilation and recycled doors and windows. Shown by owner so the only sales pitch is for energy (money) savings.

Free public event

10 AM to 4 PM
15 The Knolls Road
South Hadley, MA

SATURDAY — OCTOBER 19, 2019 — ATTLEBORO, MA
Talking climate change
How to Talk About Climate Change so People will Engage

We invite people from faith communities and secular groups who are working to maintain a healthy environment for future generations. We will provide specific, practical tools developed by social scientists and tested by hundreds of colleagues in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). With them, you can shape communication and dialogue to increase the chances for positive and productive engagement and avoiding or navigating many common pitfalls that arise when Americans talk about climate change.

The workshop is also designed to support networking among groups, and for sharing ideas for next steps. This workshop envisions an ongoing process of learning and practice supported by active co-participants.

Pre-registration is required as outlined below, but the workshop has no fee. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Information: Please fill out this form to register. We will send a confirmation to registrants. If you have any trouble, please email John Anderson at andersonjc37@gmail.com.

  • We strongly encourage registering a pair of people from your organization. We have found that training is more likely to have an impact when participants join in pairs rather than as individuals. Please discuss this workshop with your local group and agree, together, on which people to recommend as participants.
  • Registration includes a survey. Please ask your partner to complete the registration survey independently, and be sure to name each other in your respective surveys.

Further Details about the workshop: Co-Facilitators John Anderson, former Director of Education at New England Aquarium, and Andrea Stein, Manager of School Programs at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in RI. They have each been facilitating workshops for the NNOCCI network for several years. Our host, Alex Chatfield, is a clinical social worker and longtime climate protection activist.

The workshop will introduce “strategic framing,” a social-science-based approach to help navigate patterns of thinking to support productive engagement. It’s recommendations increase the likelihood that people will be engaged constructively and feel empowered to shape a healthier, more just and more stable future, with slower rates of climate change. Strategic framing helps avoid common “traps” that, too often, lead to disengagement, fear or frustration. We will blend presentations and practical exercises. Participants will leave with practical ideas they can begin to use right away. It will be important to have a partner and a network of peers to support more practice in the days and months ahead.

9am – 3pm
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
121 N. Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703

FRIDAY — OCTOBER 25, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
DOER logo
Public Hearing – Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is currently under development and will be designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, acting under statutory authority of M.G.L. Ch. 25A § 17, DOER filed Notice of Public Review of the proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard regulation, with the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth to be published in the Massachusetts Register.

The public notice for this filing can be found here

The unofficial version of the proposed regulations can be found here

DOER is seeking comment on the proposed regulation. Comments must be submitted to DOER.CPS@mass.gov or by mail to Kara Sergeant, Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge St. Suite 1020 Boston, MA 02114 by 5:00pm, October 30, 2019.

DOER will be hosting the following public hearings and will receive verbal comments on the proposed regulation at the following time and place:

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Department of Energy Resources

2nd Floor Conference Room B & C
100 Cambridge St. Boston, MA
» Please send any questions to DOER.CPS@mass.gov.

SUNDAY — OCTOBER 27, 2019 — BECKET, MA
Food and Farming as Climate Change Solution
Food and Farming as Climate Change Solutions
7pm – 9 pm
Becket Athenaem
3367 Main Street
Becket, MA 01223

MONDAY — OCTOBER 28, 2019 — GREENFIELD, MA
DOER logo
Public Hearing – Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is currently under development and will be designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, acting under statutory authority of M.G.L. Ch. 25A § 17, DOER filed Notice of Public Review of the proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard regulation, with the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth to be published in the Massachusetts Register.

The public notice for this filing can be found here

The unofficial version of the proposed regulations can be found here

DOER is seeking comment on the proposed regulation. Comments must be submitted to DOER.CPS@mass.gov or by mail to Kara Sergeant, Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge St. Suite 1020 Boston, MA 02114 by 5:00pm, October 30, 2019.

DOER will be hosting the following public hearings and will receive verbal comments on the proposed regulation at the following time and place:

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Greenfield Community College

Room C208
1 College Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301
» Please send any questions to DOER.CPS@mass.gov.

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 29, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
toxic tour
Compressor Station Toxic Tour

Enbridge wants to dump a toxic, methane-emitting compressor station in Weymouth, but they aren’t the only agency involved in this proposal. Join us on a tour of some of the agencies that have played a part in this toxic proposal. We’ll be visiting Gov. Baker’s office, DPH, TRC, MAPC, and others, to call on them to do the right thing by opposing Enbridge’s dangerous compressor station proposal.

We’ll meet at the front steps of the MA State House (24 Beacon St.) at 11AM on Tuesday, October 29. From there, we will march to other agencies in Downtown Boston. Come march with us and make some noise!

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

11 AM – 1 PM
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
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TUESDAY — OCTOBER 29, 2019 — KEENE, NH
NH Offshore Wind
— NH Offshore Wind Potential

Doug Bogen* will be talking about the history and potential for NH OFFSHORE WIND: Blow the winds of change into the Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine is considered the “Saudi Arabia” of Offshore Wind. Let’s make Doug’s trip from the seacoast to Keene worth the trip. Everyone should know about the tremendous potential of Offshore Wind to reshape our energy future!–

*Executive Director, Seacoast Anti-Pollution League. Program Manager at Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative

Free public event. Hosted by Monadnock Progressive Alliance

6 PM – 8 PM
Keene Public Library
60 Winter Street
Keene, NH 03431
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WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 30, 2019 — WESTBOROUGH, MA
DOER logo
Public Hearing – Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is currently under development and will be designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, acting under statutory authority of M.G.L. Ch. 25A § 17, DOER filed Notice of Public Review of the proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard regulation, with the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth to be published in the Massachusetts Register.

The public notice for this filing can be found here

The unofficial version of the proposed regulations can be found here

DOER is seeking comment on the proposed regulation. Comments must be submitted to DOER.CPS@mass.gov or by mail to Kara Sergeant, Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge St. Suite 1020 Boston, MA 02114 by 5:00pm, October 30, 2019.

DOER will be hosting the following public hearings and will receive verbal comments on the proposed regulation at the following time and place:

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Department of Fish and Wildlife

1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
» Please send any questions to DOER.CPS@mass.gov.

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 30, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
Weymouth compressor protesters 10-9
— Weekly Standout – No Compressor Station

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth. Feel free to join them! Signs are provided. We are need of more sign holders!

Days and NEW Time: Wednesdays, 4-5 pm (the standout will be cancelled if the temperature goes below 40 degrees F)

This month’s location: Meet at the foot of the Fore River Bridge on the Weymouth side (55 Bridge Street, Weymouth)

3:00 PM 4:00 PM
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA, 02191
» More info here

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 30, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
climate health crisis 1
climate health crisis 2
Free public event!

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 30, 2019 — TAUNTON, MA
Under Pressure - Taunton
— Under Pressure – Taunton showing

As their for-credit senior class project, student filmmakers produced Under Pressure, a 45-minute documentary film that investigates the 2018 gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, explores safety issues in the nation’s gas distribution system, and challenges the value of gas and other fossil fuels in an era of accelerating climate change.

Free public event. Hosted by 350 Mass South Coast

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Trescott Street Gallery
8 Trescott Street
Taunton, MA 02780
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FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 1, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
Weymouth compressor protesters 10-9
— November 1 Standout – No Compressor Station

We will be on the proposed site early on November 1, the purported construction start date of the compressor station.  Whether or not they actually start construction on Nov. 1, we want to have a strong presence at the proposed site starting at sunrise on November 1 until sunset. This will be a family friendly event in the spirit of Samhain, the ancient Irish holiday from which Halloween comes. It is also All Saints Day/Day of the Dead, when we take courage and inspiration from those who have gone before us on the path of peace rooted in justice.

More info will be announced later, but mark your calendars! 
Free public event

7:00 AM 5:00 PM (come any time!)
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA, 02191
» RSVP here to let us know you can join us

FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 1, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Benzene 4X
Doctors Speak Out – Stop the Weymouth Compressor Station

Clinicians, scientists, students, mothers, and supporters welcome! Join us in asking Governor Baker to stop the Weymouth Compressor Station. 12:00 pm: Gather in the hallway outside Governor Baker’s Office. We’ll call upon Governor Baker to use his power to stop the Compressor Station.

***Clinicians please wear your white coat and stethoscope.****

Background: Enbridge, a gas company from Canada, is planning to build a compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts despite already high levels of air and soil pollution. Physicians for Social Responsibility has written three reports showing that the compressor station is a threat to human health and safety. » Read reports here    

Free public event. Hosted by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and 7 others

12 PM – 1 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
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FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 1, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Funeral for 6th mass extinction
— Funeral for the 6th Mass Extinction

Please join our (rescheduled) funeral procession with the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, to mourn the Sixth Mass Extinction and the inevitable flooding of downtown Boston. We will take a tour around the financial district and introduce you to the folks who are the proud funders of this horror show.

PLEASE SIGN UP to receive complete information and updates (especially important due to unpredictable weather)    https://xrmass.org/action/funeral-6th-mass-extinction-rescheduled/

Wear your best funeral finery; you do not need to bring signs, we will have many.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible – we will be on city streets.

Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion MA

3:30 PM – 6 PM
Park Street MBTA Station – Green & Red Line
Boston, MA 02108
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SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 2, 2019 — FLORENCE, MA
arise and dance
Arise and Dance for Climate Justice

In the tradition of fall, the Arise Community Resource Board is again sponsoring its annual fall fundraising event for Arise. This year we lost our dedicated Executive Director of more than 30 years, Michaelann Bewsee, who succumbed to cancer August 15, 2019. To honor her years of organizing low-income people to fight for their economic, social and environmental rights, this year we are focusing on raising funds for climate justice organizing with this fall’s benefit dance concert. We are fortunate to have noted bass guitar, drums and keyboard player Jo Sallins and his band. Playing with Jo will be Bassist/Vocalist Heshima Moja, Keyboardist Jordan Johnson, Saxophonist Ed Linehan, and Drummer Matt Penza. They will offer some exciting Jazz Standards, R & B Classics by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, including some spicy Latin dance rhythms in the traditions of Salsa and Reggaeton!!!

Public fundraising event – sliding scale admission. Hosted by Arise for Social Justice

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall
18 Meadow Street
Florence, MA
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SUNDAY — NOVEMBER 3, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
Clark U Town Hall
Green New Deal Town Hall – Worcester

In February, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution, a bold set of goals that calls for a national mobilization to transform the economy, fight climate change, and create millions of jobs. In Congress, Ed and Representative Jim McGovern are fighting for the climate action we need to avert a catastrophe.

Central to the Green New Deal resolution is ensuring a democratic, inclusive process for determining how we move forward as a nation. Ed and Representative McGovern invite you to join them in Worcester for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal and more.

Free public event. Hosted by Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Jim McGovern

2 PM – 3:30 PM
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 5, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
BBRS public hearing
— BBRS Public Hearing

This June, the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS) made a commitment to update our current stretch code to a Net Zero stretch code, and we want to use this hearing as an opportunity to keep momentum building towards reaching this exciting goal. A Net Zero building code is not only an important step towards achieving our climate goals, but will also make buildings safer, more comfortable, and more equitable for communities across the Commonwealth.

Whether you’re a climate activist or a town official passionate about changing the way we build buildings for the better, the BBRS needs to hear why a Net Zero code is crucial for your community.

If you are a municipal official interested in showing your support for a Net Zero stretch code, add your name to this letter to the BBRS.

We can’t wait for you to join us on November 5th!

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Climate Action Network

10 AM – 1 PM
1000 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
» RSVP to join MCAN on November 5th to tell the BBRS why we want a Net Zero stretch code NOW
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 6, 2019 — NEEDHAM, MA
climate advocacy training NeedhamClimate Advocacy Training: Needham

As part of an ongoing campaign, Massachusetts Sierra Club leading advocacy trainings across the Commonwealth about solutions to expand renewable energy and reduce climate pollution. Training attendees will learn more about current Massachusetts energy laws, opportunities/barriers for climate action, best practices for cities and towns, and how they can better engage with public officials to make real progress in their community. Presentations by Deb Pasternak, Massachusetts Chapter Director, and Jacob Stern, Clean Energy Organizer will discuss what you can do to advocate for policies that match the urgency of the climate crisis.

AGENDA:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Climate Crisis 101
  • Our Clean Energy Landscape
  • Building a Climate Movement
  • Opportunities and Barriers to Success
  • Next Steps

Free public event. Hosted by Mass Sierra Club

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Temple Beth Shalom
670 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
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THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 7, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Under Pressure at BCC
— Under Pressure with speakers Nathan Phillips & Curt Nordgaard

Screening of the documentary film on the Merrimack Valley / Columbia Gas disaster, created by the 2019 senior class at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA. To be followed by a brief clip from the one film’s producers and a discussion with our Special Guests.

Special Guests Dr. Curt Nordgaard, pediatrician, Dr. Nathan Phillips, Professor of Earth Sciences, Boston University. Both guests have been instrumental in bringing public awareness to the health and safety hazards of gas infrastructure to communities and the harms of using gas within the home.

Free public event. Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), 350-Berkshire Node, No Fracked Gas in Mass, MA Sierra Club

5:30 PM – 8 PM
Berkshire Community College
Koussevitzky 111 (The small theater in the Koussevitzky Art Center building)
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA
» Campus map
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 12, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
moral support rally for CZM
— Weymouth Compressor Station – Moral Support Rally for CZM

On Tuesday, November 12, the Office of Coastal Zone Management will decide whether or not to allow Enbridge to attempt construction of their fracked-gas compressor station in Weymouth.

To help CZM make the right decision we will be hosting a moral support rally outside of their offices from 8:30-10:00am Tuesday morning. Please bring teddy bears, supportive signs, and/or any items of moral encouragement for CZM to make the right decision. We will be bringing a gold star in anticipation of them making the only acceptable choice for our neighborhoods, our health, and our climate.

While rain is expected on Tuesday feel free to wear comfortable clothing including snuggies, onesies, and cuddly animal costumes. We want to create a supportive environment for CZM and will not be targeting them as they are the last State agency with the opportunity to make the right decision.

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS)

8:30am-10:00am
Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street #800
Boston, MA
Closest T stop: North Station
» More information

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 12, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
future act MOF
— FUTURE Act hearing by the Joint Committee on
Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE).

The FUTURE Act:

  • Creates a path to a safer renewable energy future.
  • Addresses the neglected gas system’s current leaky pipes and safety challenges.
  • Reforms our Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

Shirt Up and Show Up
Put on your Mothers Out Front T-shirt and join us at the State House’s Gardner Auditorium. We need to show the TUE that Mothers and our allies care. We want to heat our homes with clean, renewable sources, not with dirty natural gas. Let’s pack the auditorium! RSVP below.

The starting time of 1:00 pm has been confirmed but plan on coming earlier to get a seat. There will be multiple gas bills discussed; so stay all afternoon if you can, but attending any part of the hearing will be helpful.

Written Testimony

Please write your story about why you want to get off natural gas. We’ll submit it and a photo of your loved ones as part of our collective written testimony on the day of the hearing. Send a paragraph about why you personally feel strongly about these issues and include a photograph of the important children in your life by Sunday, November 10th to gasisthepast@yahoo.com.

Click here for samples of written testimony.

Attend a webinar on November 6th, 2:00-3:00pm to learn more.

You can read all about the FUTURE Act here.

The FUTURE Act hearing is 1pm. We need to fill the seats to show that we’re serious about transitioning off fracked gas as a heat source in our buildings.

12pm – 5pm
Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
»  RSVP and event info here

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 12, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
November FRRACS meeting
November FRRACS Meeting

Join our monthly meeting of FRRACS. New folks are welcome to join us at 6:30pm to get caught up on the campaign.

7pm – 9pm
Fore River Clubhouse
16 Nevada Road
Quincy, MA
»
More info here

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 12, 2019 — SPRINGFIELD, MA
zero waste hearing Springfield
— Tell Gov Baker – We need Zero Waste – Public Hearing

Our state prides itself on being ahead of the curve, but we have so much further to go away from incinerating trash and leaking landfills polluting our air, land, water- and children! Join us at this important public hearing about the Baker administration’s new plan!

Free public event. Hosted by Zero Waste Massachusetts and 3 others

5 PM – 8 PM
1187 Parker Street
Springfield, MA 01129
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
fracked gas for export
Weekly Standout Against the Weymouth Compressor Station

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth.

Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

3-4pm (when temp above 40 degrees)
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 14, 2019 — RINDGE, NH
Franklin Pierce climate teach-in
— Climate crisis teach-in and action workshop;
Franklin Pierce Institute for Climate Action

3-4 pm:Teach In: Roots of the Climate Crisis
4 pm: Action Workshop: What should we do to fight climate change?

For more information contact: Jerry Burns @ 603.899.4293 or Catherine Koning @ 603.899.4322

Free public event. Hosted by Franklin Pierce University

3 PM – 5:30 PM
Cheshire Hall Community Room
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 16, 2019 — MONTAGUE, MA
Fall Fix-It Montague
10AM – 2PM
The Montague Common Hall
34 Main Street
Montague Center, MA

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 16, 2019 — CANTON, MA
Canton green fest
Canton GreenFest & Earth Expo (Free)

Canton GreenFest is a free community event designed to engage and educate area residents of all ages about the causes of climate change, along with the many ways each have the ability to make a difference.

EVENT AGENDA

1:30 – 2:20 — Earth Expo: It’s Easy Going Green
2:25 – 2:35 — President’s Welcome, Sponsor Recognition, and Keynote Introduction
2:35 – 3:00 — State of the Planet: Climate Change 101 Keynote by Nathan Phillips, PhD, Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University

3:05 – 3:20 — Student Open Mic Session: Concerns, Ideas About #ClimateCrisis
3:25 – 4:15 — The Time is Now Panel Presentation
—Emily Norton: Moderator; former director of MA Sierra Club
—Alice Arena: Fore River Residents Against Weymouth Compressor Station
—Saya Ameli Hajebi: Sunrise Movement
—Carol Oldham: Massachusetts Climate Action Network; Community Choice Aggregation

4:20 – 4:30 — Students Climate Change Poster Awards
4:30 – 5:00 — Earth Expo Resumes

​Thank you to our Gold Sponsor: The Bank of Canton, as well as Silver Sponsors, RevoluSun Solar and Shaws Canton.

Free public event. Hosted by Canton Residents For a Sustainable, Equitable Future

1:30 PM – 5 PM
Canton High School
Canton, Massachusetts 02021
» Facebook event page 

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 16, 2019 — EAST BOSTON, MA
Chelsea Toxic Tour
Gira Tóxica \\ Toxic Tour

** English below

¿Estás harto del tráfico, contaminación del aire, goteras de gas tóxica en las calles, y de el subestación de alta voltaje de Eversource? Nosotros también! Acompáñanos para nuestra gira tóxica de los injusticias ambientales.

Nos reuniremos enfrente de la estación de Woodisland y caminaremos hacia Urban Wilds en la calle Cóndor hablando sobre:

  1. La destrucción del parque Woodisland que existía ante de la expansión de Massport liderado por Chris Marchi
  2. Los niveles aumentadas de las emisiones carbonos de los automóviles manejan entre East Boston para llegar a Boston y de vivir bajo las rutas de vuelos de el aeropuerto- liderado por Mothers Out Front East Boston
  3. Líneas de inundaciones presentes y actuales en nuestro vecindario – liderado por Profesor Marcos Luna
  4. La historia reciente y el estado presente de la subestación Eversource de alto voltaje – liderado por GreenRoots
  5. Historia presente de gentrificación y desplazamiento en East Boston. – Liderado por residentes Gloribel + Christian
  6. Hablar de la seguridad y diseño de los calles en Neptune Road – liderado por Magdalena de Harborkeepers – En Español!
  7. Hablar de los tanques de petroleum – liderado por Heather de The Harborkeepers
  8. Patrones recientes de lo animales quienes viven por el río de CHelsea y East Boston- liderado por el equipo de HarborKeepers
  9. La historia indígena y agricultura del río de Chelsea y East Boston – liderado por Native American Indian Center Of Boston,
  10. Terminaremos con un llamado de acciones contra la subestación y para trabajar con Eastie Farm dentro de la finca urbana Our Garden en la propiedad de BPS cerca de la Umana.

(Interpretación Inglés a Espanol, y Espanol a Inglés)

**Are you tired of traffic, air pollution, gas leaks, and high voltage substations? So are we! Join us for the environmental justice toxic tour. We will be meeting in front of Woodisland station and walking towards the Urban Wilds on Condor street talking about:

  1. the destruction of WoodIsland Park for Massport expansion – led by Chris Marchi
  2. the levels of increased carbon emissions from cars coming into Boston and from living under flight paths – led by Mother’s Out Front Chapter East Boston
  3. future and present flood lines in our neighborhood – led by Salem Uni. Professor\ Eastie Resident Marcos Luna
  4. the recent history and present status of the high voltage Eversource substation – led by East Boston residents Gabriela + Mayra
  5. present gentrification and displacement in East Boston – led by Eastie residents Gloribel + Christian
  6. Urban street design on Neptune road, public safety and traffic – led by Magdalena from The HarborKeepers
  7. The Petroleum tanks by the waterfront – led by Heather from The HarborKeepers
  8. Recent\ past native animal trends – led by The HarborKeepers team
  9. Honoring the indigenous and agricultural History of the Chelsea Creek – led by Jean-Luc, from the Native American Indian Center of Boston
  10. We will end with a call to actions against the substation and to work hands with Eastie Farm at Our Garden on BPS property.

Free public event. Hosted by GreenRoots and 4 others

11 AM – 1:30 PM
Wood Island T Station
MBTA Blue Line, located off Bennington Street (Route 145) in Day Square
East Boston, Massachusetts 02128
» There will be interpretation available Spanish to English and English to Spanish
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 16, 2019 — ALBANY, NY
CASE logo
2019 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
Be part of this one-stop shopping event for news and ideas about living in harmony with our earth. There will be exhibits and information on renewable energy and sustainable living in addition to good food and drink.

Meet motivated attendees, speak with like-minded exhibitors, lead workshops or listen to speakers on a variety of topics. Our goal is to continue to educate the public while showcasing products and services to achieve this end. This event is free public event with free and easy parking. This is the largest indoor/outdoor environmental Fair in the Capital Region.

The fee to have a table at the Fair is still only $200 for a business/for-profit organization and $35 for a not-for profit organization. We are offering “early bird” registration discounts that are reduced to $175 for businesses/for profit organizations and $30 for not-for profits that are sent in by June 30, 2019.

We had over 250 people attend our first ever Fair in 2016 and we had close to 400 attend last year with 53 exhibitors explaining everything from geothermal/solar/wind energy to carbon sequestration to car sharing to zero waste.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please register here.

Hosted by Robert Connors
Free Public Event

10 AM – 4 PM
Armory at Sage College
130 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
» Facebook event page  

SUNDAY — NOVEMBER 17, 2019 — WENDELL, MA
Wendell State Forest Alliance
Wendell State Forest Alliance Holds National Take a Hike Day Event

Wendell State Forest Alliance celebrates National Take a Hike Day by inviting the public on a short hike in Wendell State Forest, stopping at the half-way point to hear a brief presentation on the Wendell Ghost Forest Project by Bill Stubblefield.

The roundtrip walk to the Ghost Forest from the parking area is approximately 1.1 miles on a gently rolling woods road. An optional four-mile hike, lead by Alliance members, will follow.

National Take a Hike Day in the United States is an annual event designed to get people outdoors to hike and spend the day exploring the trails in our area. The Alliance Ghost Forest Project presentation showcases this past summer’s activities in the Brook Road area of Wendell State forest by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation.

Participants in Take a Hike Day at Wendell State Forest are encouraged to carpool to the Carlton Road entrance (shown as Marshes Road on Google maps: https://bit.ly/2PQvz11) to the forest on Montague Road in Wendell. (Park well off the roadside). An orientation meet-up will begin shortly after 1pm. where maps and information will be shared.

1 PM start time
Wendell State Forest
Carlton Road entrance (shown as Marshes Road on Google maps: https://bit.ly/2PQvz11)
» For more information: savebrookrdforest@gmail.com

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 19, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
NVDA Training
Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training

If you want to learn more about NVDA (Nonviolent Direct Action), please join us!

Taking part in direct action doesn’t necessarily mean risking arrest. We encourage everyone to join us for the training, as it is a useful and important tactic to learn about. It will be facilitated by The FANG Collective and FRRACS.

6:30-9:30pm
Fore River Club
16 Nevada Road
Quincy, MA 02169
» Please sign up here if you would like to attend.

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
fracked gas for export
Weekly Standout Against the Weymouth Compressor Station

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth.

Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

3-4pm (when temp above 40 degrees)
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — ATHOL, MA
Under Pressure
Under Pressure: film examines Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas Disaster

Join he North Quabbin Energy citizens group for a one time free screening of “Under Pressure” at the Athol Public Library, in collaboration with Massachusetts Sierra Club and Friends of the Athol Public Library.

This original film by Western Mass. High school students describes and analyzes the September 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions that severely affected three Eastern Mass. communities. The costs were high: one death, 25 injuries, thousands of residents in three towns evacuated, and over 100 structures destroyed, with around $1 billion in damages.

Why did this disaster happen, and could it happen again? These were some of the questions asked by a team of seniors from the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield who chose the disaster and its difficult aftermath as the focus of their 2019 senior film project.

In teams, the students researched, wrote and filmed, interviewing explosion victims, first responders, business owners, elected officials, scientists, utility representatives, and activists. Greenfield Community Television partnered with equipment and training.

In just ten weeks the new filmmakers produced a documentary that received the state office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

“This film is powerful,” says North Quabbin Energy organizer Diane Nassif, “speaking to issues affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of gas customers. It also relates to on-going citizen efforts to stop construction of fracked gas pipelines throughout the state and beyond.”

Discussion after the film will be led by special guest Nathan Phillips. An expert interviewed in the film, Dr. Phillips is a professor at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. His research was the first of its kind to map gas leaks in a major city (Boston). Lilly Lombard, Sierra Club activist and mother of one of the student filmmakers, will also attend the showing and discussion.

Leah Plath, Four Rivers English teacher on “Under Pressure”: This film explores the complex truth of natural gas as an energy source as well as the struggles of local families and small businesses as they attempt to rebuild their lives after disaster. We also tell the “behind the scenes” story of the students’ work creating the film in “Under Deadline,” available here.

Watch the Under Pressure trailer on YouTube.

Hosted by North Quabbin Energy citizens group, Massachusetts Sierra Club and Friends of the Athol Public Library. North Quabbin Energy, founded in 2005 by members of energy committees in local towns, works to save and improve energy and environment in the area.

The event is free of charge, all are welcome, but to ensure space on a first come, first serve basis, the library requires advance registration by phone to:  978-249-9515.

6:30 pm
Athol Public Library
568 Main Street
Athol, MA
» Advance registration required. Call 978-249-9515

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 21, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
dams kill
— Stories from the Front Lines of Canadian Megadam Resistance 

In 2014, the Pimicikamak Okimawin served an eviction notice on Manitoba Hydro for 37 years of illegal occupation of Indigenous lands. Speakers Rita and Tommy Monias, Noretta Miswaggon and youth evicted the megadam corporation from the Jenpeg station and shut it down for almost two weeks. Over the past several years, speaker Amy Norman has been arrested and jailed for protesting the Muskrat Falls megadam in Manitoba built without free, prior informed consent of all affected Indigenous communities.

These actions are part of the global resistance to Megadams. Ignoring the destruction of rivers, cultural genocide, and climate impacts of these massive hydro project. Massachusetts seeks to import more Canadian hydro via the New England Clean Energy under the Baker Administration’s green energy plan. Ratepayers will pay more than $12.5 billion for the power over twenty years. A majority of Maine residents oppose the NECEC corridor. The three to four transmission corridors planned for the Northeast are driving a dam construction boom in Canada. The forum will explore issues that ignored in the clean energy debate.

Free public event. Hosted by North American Megadam Resistance Alliance.

6 PM – 8 PM
Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter Offices
50 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
» If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to attend via Zoom, get the zoom information by clicking here.
» Facebook event page

SUNDAY — NOVEMBER 24, 2019 — GRANVILLE, MA
VRT on the green
VRT on the Green: November – We are Thankful
Inspired by Fire Drill Fridays, we want to be a monthly presence on the Granville town green and/or the Granby, CT green to support things like climate action, social justice, and getting out the vote.

Since we are starting in November, we are going to start with positive messages that answer this question:

What are we grateful for in our country?

Immigrants! The Constitution! The First Amendment! Marriage Equality!

Give it some thought and make a sign! Contact Darcy if you need a sign. Please include the phrase, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” or some variation thereof.

Free public event. Hosted by Voices Rising Together

10 AM – 12 PM
Town Green
Granville, MA
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 27, 2019 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA
fracked gas for export
Weekly Standout Against the Weymouth Compressor Station

Occupy Hingham, a long-time supporter of FRRACS, hosts a weekly standout to help spread the word about the compressor station. They hold signs every Wednesday afternoon in North Weymouth.

Feel free to join them! Signs are provided.

3-4pm (when temp above 40 degrees)
55 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 3, 2019 — AMHERST, MA
GND-1
GND-2
Roundtable Discussion: historical perspectives on a Green New Deal

Free public event

5:30PM to 7:00PM
UMASS Amherst
Integrative Learning Center, Room S231
650 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 3, 2019 — ONLINE
EV webinar
Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar – Drive Green

Interested in learning more about electric vehicles (EVs)? Well look no further, we have the perfect webinar for you! Join us to learn the basics about electric cars, charging, financial incentives, environmental and public health benefits, our Drive Green program, and more!

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

7 PM – 8 PM
Online webinar
» Register for our webinar here
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 4, 2019 — ONLINE
MCAN banner
— Webinar to learn about Brookline’s gas ban

As a climate advocate you have most likely heard the news by now that last week at town meeting Brookline passed a ban on natural gas hookups for new buildings. You may not know, however, how that ban came to be. We are enthused to invite you to a webinar on December 4th where you will get to hear from two of the co-petitioners.

The Brookline warrant article is really important because we all know:

  • Climate change is the defining issue of our time
  • Buildings are more than 50% of our emissions in MA
  • All electric buildings are the path forward
  • Communities are leading the way!

The good news is, you will get to learn about Brookline’s process from the folks who did it. You will get to hear how this warrant article came about, how and why it changed over time, what the process was, and what’s next.

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN, Toxics Action Center, and Pipe Line Awareness Network

7PM – 8PM
Online
» RSVP here (required)     

THURSDAY — DECEMBER 5, 2019 — NORTH ADAMS, MA
MCLA McKibben
Free and Open to the Public

7PM
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Campus Center Gym
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA
» Information: 413.662.5224

FRIDAY — DECEMBER 6, 2019 — SPRINGFIELD, MA|
Springfield climate action strike 12-6
Climate Action Strike – Rally & March 

On December 6th, we strike. In Springfield, at City hall, we will hold a rally, followed by a march and an action at the office of Congressman Richard Neal. We demand that he endorse the Green New Deal and sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, the only federal representative in Massachusetts who hasn’t done so. Join us on Friday, December 6. Sign up for more information at bit.ly/ClimateStrikeWMAss.

In September, many politicians shared nice words of encouragement. But, we didn’t walk out of school and work to earn their praise. We joined the climate strike because our lives depend on elected leaders treating this crisis like the emergency it is.

We are taking things into our own hands because our generation is destined to not only survive but bring in a new Era of the Green New Deal that is more just and equitable for everyone. We are #GenGND.

Free public event. Hosted by Sunrise Amherst and 4 others

12 PM – 2 PM
City Hall
36 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 10, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
Telling the Stories
Film Screening – Telling the Stories + Monthly FRRACS Meeting

Exciting news! Our wonderful filmmaker, Sue Murad, has finished our short film, Telling the Stories. This film is about pollution in the Fore River Basin and the impact it has had on people in the community.

Join us on for the film premier at our monthly meeting of FRRACS.
We will have sweet treats and lots of updates on the fight.

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

7 PM
16 Nevada Road
Quincy, MA 02169
» Facebook event page

THURSDAY — DECEMBER 12, 2019 — LENOX, MA
passive house 101 training
An Introduction to Passive House Buildings & Design

In this course, we will provide an overview of the Passive House building standard including certification metrics, common design elements, and net-zero potential, as well as the impacts Passive House has on carbon and health. Examples of various building types will be presented and information on funding opportunities will be provided. Get your questions answered on what Passive House is, where it came from, and how it is expanding throughout the state and region.

Offered for free through the new Mass Save Passive House program, this course is designed for architects, builders, engineers, developers, and all members of project teams, as well as homeowners, renovators, and others with an interest in low-carbon, high-performance homes and buildings.

Featured Speakers

John Loercher, CPHC, Passive House Alliance; Owner, Northeast Projects

Aaron Gunderson, Executive Director, Passive House Massachusetts

About the Mass Save Passive House Program

The Sponsors of Mass Save®, in partnership with Passive House Massachusetts, have launched a Passive House Training offer to support workforce development and market transformation in the energy efficiency and building construction industries. Our goal is to enhance the skill set of the energy efficiency workforce in Massachusetts. You can keep up with the growing demand for high-performance housing and become certified as a Passive House builder, consultant, designer, rater, or verifier.

Visit MassSave.com/PassiveHouse for more info.

Free public event. Registration required. Organized by Passive House Massachusetts

6PM to 8PM
Lenox Memorial Middle & High School Library
197 East St
Lenox, MA 01240
» Register here

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 17, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Divestment rescheduled
Fossil Fuel Divestment: what it is, why it matters, how to do it

Come join us on December 17th for a discussion on fossil fuel divestment with BEAT’s very own advocacy coordinator, Logan Malik. We start gathering around 5:15pm and Logan will speak at 6pm in the private dining room at Patrick’s Pub in downtown Pittsfield, MA.

Prior to joining BEAT, Logan spent several years working to get large, academic institutions to divest their endowments from fossil fuels. His efforts ultimately led to Clare Hall – one of 31 Colleges at the University of Cambridge – divesting of its £32m endowment, becoming the first College to commit to full divestment.

As part of the discussion, Logan will talk about his experience working in the divestment movement, why divesting is an important form of climate action, and what you can do to be a part of this movement.

Free public event. Hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team and 3 others

5:15 PM – 7 PM
Patrick’s Pub
26 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 17, 2019 — QUINCY, MA
NVDA Training - FRRACS

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

If you want to learn more about NVDA (Nonviolent Direct Action), please join us for this training. Taking part in direct action doesn’t necessarily mean risking arrest. We encourage everyone to attend this training, as it is a useful and important tactic to learn about. Please sign up here if you plan to attend, so that we can plan and prepare accordingly.

Intro to NVDA & Affinity Group Building: This brief workshop offers an introduction to the history of Nonviolent Direct Action and its implementation as well as examples of intersectionality within our community/movements, affinity groups and their formation, consensus decision making, strategy, various tactics, and a discussion on self-care and community care.

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station
The Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible.

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fore River Club House
16 Nevada Road
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
» Sign Up form     
» Facebook event page

 


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