Events Archive 2021 July-December

FRIDAY — JULY 2, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
stand-out protest 7-2-21
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

SUNDAY — JULY 4, 2021 — CAMBRIDGE, MA (EVERY OTHER SUNDAY)
sitting for survival
— Sitting For Survival (Outside): Meditate in Protest for Climate Action

With warmer weather we are ready to resume our Sitting for Survival outside, meditating in public spaces to bear witness to our current climate emergency and in doing so, strive to awaken others to see and take action.

We will sit distanced with signs that we will provide or you can bring your own. Please come masked.

~-~-~-~-~-~

Who We Are:

We are spiritual practitioners dedicated to facing the climate crisis with compassion and determination to engage in nonviolent direct action. We see climate justice within the framework of social justice and commit to advocating for policies that empower communities most impacted by climate change.

What We Do:

We invoke our mindfulness practice to hold the pain of this ecological and spiritual crisis. We bring silent sitting and walking meditation to public spaces to raise awareness to the devastating effects of our planetary emergency and the urgent need to take personal and collective action.

Recognizing the need for regeneration in this consuming effort, we invite pauses to be in community, to care for one another and nourish ourselves, bringing the energy of love and understanding to sustain this demanding effort.

During the pandemic, we have been working towards our goals through virtual gatherings. As the days get warmer, we are now doing a combination of outdoor protest and virtual regenerative practice.

If you’re interested in learning more about us, check out our website https://www.awakeningforearth.com/ or, if you have any questions or are interested in getting more involved, feel free to e-mail us at awakeningforearth@gmail.com

Free public event. Hosted by Awakening For Earth, 350 Mass for a Better Future and 2 others

1 – 2 PM EDT
Central Square Post office
770 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
» Facebook event page         

FRIDAY — JULY 9, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout fridays
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

TUESDAY — JULY 13, 2021 — ONLINE
biochar online
— Biochar: what it is and what it isn’t / Rachel Smolker

Our Forest Speakers Series is a collaboration of Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests.

Rachel Smolker is co-director of Biofuelwatch. Her work has spanned local grassroots organizing to participation in international processes, including the United Nations conventions on climate and biodiversity. She has researched, written and organized on the impacts of biofuels, bioenergy and biochar on land use, forests, biodiversity, food, people and the climate.

She has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan and worked previously as a field biologist. She lives in Vermont.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your personal link for joining the meeting.

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now MA

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here

FRIDAY — JULY 16, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout fridays
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

SUNDAY — JULY 18, 2021 — CAMBRIDGE, MA (EVERY OTHER SUNDAY)
sitting for survival
— Sitting For Survival (Outside): Meditate in Protest for Climate Action

With warmer weather we are ready to resume our Sitting for Survival outside, meditating in public spaces to bear witness to our current climate emergency and in doing so, strive to awaken others to see and take action.

We will sit distanced with signs that we will provide or you can bring your own. Please come masked.

~-~-~-~-~-~

Who We Are:

We are spiritual practitioners dedicated to facing the climate crisis with compassion and determination to engage in nonviolent direct action. We see climate justice within the framework of social justice and commit to advocating for policies that empower communities most impacted by climate change.

What We Do:

We invoke our mindfulness practice to hold the pain of this ecological and spiritual crisis. We bring silent sitting and walking meditation to public spaces to raise awareness to the devastating effects of our planetary emergency and the urgent need to take personal and collective action.

Recognizing the need for regeneration in this consuming effort, we invite pauses to be in community, to care for one another and nourish ourselves, bringing the energy of love and understanding to sustain this demanding effort.

During the pandemic, we have been working towards our goals through virtual gatherings. As the days get warmer, we are now doing a combination of outdoor protest and virtual regenerative practice.

If you’re interested in learning more about us, check out our website https://www.awakeningforearth.com/ or, if you have any questions or are interested in getting more involved, feel free to e-mail us at awakeningforearth@gmail.com

Free public event. Hosted by Awakening For Earth, 350 Mass for a Better Future and 2 others

1 – 2 PM EDT
Central Square Post office
770 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
» Facebook event page         

THURSDAY — JULY 22, 2021 — ONLINE
hydrogen debate— Online Debate: Hydrogen… Gamechanger or Overhyped?
Governments across the globe have bet big on hydrogen, making it the “rockstar of the energy system” and a leading solution to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors. But, with costs of low carbon and green hydrogen remaining high, huge infrastructure needs, and efficiency concerns, is the hype merited?

Join our debate as we discuss:

  • What is different now compared to previous cycles of interest in hydrogen
  • Where hydrogen can and cannot be applied
  • Is the excitement around hydrogen driven by fossil fuel industry to protect their share of the energy make-up and assets?
  • Availability of renewables
  • Hydrogen ready infrastructure to transport and store: will the costs be worth the return?
  • Is the consumer ready for a hydrogen economy?

Ask the experts, hydrogen proponents and sceptics debating the topic include:

  • Alicia Eastmann, Managing Director, InterContinental Energy
  • Frank Wouters, Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries
  • Fabio Ranghino, Principal – Head of Sustainability and Strategy, Ambienta
  • Paul Martin, Program Manager and Senior Technical Fellow, Zeton
  • (Moderator) Simon Ellis, Head of Global Gas Analytics, ICIS

Note: If you cannot attend, please sign up and we will send you the recorded discussion afterwards.

Free public event. Hosted by Reuters Events.

9:30 – 10:30am EDT
Online
» Register here

FRIDAY — JULY 23, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout fridays
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

SUNDAY — JULY 25, 2021 — ONLINE FORUM

— How to Defund Climate Criminals: Why Finance Matters
featuring leaders like Mary Cerulli from Climate Finance Action, Thomas Meyer from Food & Water Watch, and Sabine von Mering from 350 Massachusetts and Brandeis University as we discuss how to defund the fossil fuel industry.

Our planet is on fire and massive corporations extracting fossil fuels and overconsuming natural resources are responsible. It’s on us to demand an immediate end to all taxpayer-funded fossil fuel subsidies. We must maintain Earth’s biodiversity for future generations.

Join us as we organize a people powered movement to end fossil fuel subsidies and lead us towards a more progressive Massachusetts!

Free public event. Hosted by Our Revolution Massachusetts.

7:00 p.m. ET
Online
» Register here

FRIDAY — JULY 30, 2021 — LIVESTREAM ONLINE
TUE hearing details
— Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard Public Hearing
(Including Biomass Regulations)
Pursuant to its authority under Section 12 of Chapter 25A of the General Laws, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy will be holding a virtual public hearing on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. on proposed amendments by the Department of Energy Resources to the Class I and Class II RPS regulations (H.3923).

Oral testimony will be by invitation only only. Written testimony can be submitted to magdalena.garncarz@mahouse.gov and samuel.anderson@masenate.gov.

Free public event. Hosted by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy

10 am
Online
» The live stream of the public hearing may be viewed under the Hearings & Events section of the Massachusetts legislature’s website: www.malegislature.gov.
» If you have any questions, you may email Magdalena.Garncarz@mahouse.gov and Samuel.Anderson@masenate.gov.

FRIDAY — JULY 30, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout 430-530pm
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 5:30 PM EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

SATURDAY — JULY 31, 2021 — TWO LOCATIONS (WAREHAM and GREENFIELD, MA)
honoring the land
Honoring Our Lands & Waters: Massachusetts Statewide Rally
Massachusetts forests, waterways and biodiversity are being destroyed by reckless state energy policies that subsidize big corporations who are cutting our forests for industrial solar.

Wareham MA is ground zero with 1,400 acres of new ground mounted solar in the approval stage. Sand mining is being done to clear the forests for solar. This is a fragile and globally rare Pine Barrens ecosystem and our water, rivers, fish, wildlife and biodiversity are experiencing extinction at alarming rates due to this wide-spread and destructive practice.

Statewide we’ve already lost 4,000 acres of carbon sequestering forest and soils to industrial ground mounted solar. 100,000 more acres are threatened by the state’s energy plan. Major projects are planned for Shutesbury and Northfield in Western MA.

Forests are our best defense against the climate crisis! They should not be clear-cut and destroyed for corporate profits! We can put solar on rooftops and leave our forests alone! www.savethepinebarrens.org

Free public event. Hosted by Community Land & Water Coalition

1 – 4 pm
Onset VFW, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road, Wareham, MA
and…
Energy Park, 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA
» Facebook event page             

SUNDAY — AUGUST 1, 2021 — CAMBRIDGE, MA (EVERY OTHER SUNDAY)
sitting for survival
— Sitting For Survival (Outside): Meditate in Protest for Climate Action

With warmer weather we are ready to resume our Sitting for Survival outside, meditating in public spaces to bear witness to our current climate emergency and in doing so, strive to awaken others to see and take action.

We will sit distanced with signs that we will provide or you can bring your own. Please come masked.

~-~-~-~-~-~

Who We Are:

We are spiritual practitioners dedicated to facing the climate crisis with compassion and determination to engage in nonviolent direct action. We see climate justice within the framework of social justice and commit to advocating for policies that empower communities most impacted by climate change.

What We Do:

We invoke our mindfulness practice to hold the pain of this ecological and spiritual crisis. We bring silent sitting and walking meditation to public spaces to raise awareness to the devastating effects of our planetary emergency and the urgent need to take personal and collective action.

Recognizing the need for regeneration in this consuming effort, we invite pauses to be in community, to care for one another and nourish ourselves, bringing the energy of love and understanding to sustain this demanding effort.

During the pandemic, we have been working towards our goals through virtual gatherings. As the days get warmer, we are now doing a combination of outdoor protest and virtual regenerative practice.

If you’re interested in learning more about us, check out our website https://www.awakeningforearth.com/ or, if you have any questions or are interested in getting more involved, feel free to e-mail us at awakeningforearth@gmail.com

Free public event. Hosted by Awakening For Earth, 350 Mass for a Better Future and 2 others

1 – 2 PM EDT
Central Square Post office
770 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
» Facebook event page         

THURSDAY — AUGUST 5, 2021 — ONLINE
MOF-MASS
Monthly Welcome Call, Mothers Out Front, MA Chapter

New to Mothers Out Front in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts mothers and others are working together to ensure a livable climate for all children. Attend a Welcome Call and learn how you can join the effort! At this informative and engaging one-hour event, you will meet other newcomers, explore opportunities to take action, and discover the power of participating in a grassroots movement for change.

Mothers Out Front welcomes everyone – mothers, fathers, non-binary parents, and non-parents – to join our movement. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, there are opportunities for you to be involved!

We look forward to meeting you!

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front – Massachusetts Chapter

7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Online
» Register here

FRIDAY — AUGUST 6, 2021 — ALBANY, NY
August_6th_Banner
Join us at the Youth Climate Rally in Albany
After a year of social distance protests, the New York Youth Climate Leadersare heading to Albany on August 6th to demand that the New York Legislature take action on climate and the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS), that provides pensions for NY public school teachers, divest from climate destroying fossil fuels.

This past year, during the pandemic, climate destruction continued, yet the New York legislature did little to address the climate crisis and NYSTRS increased their investments in coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and the world is experiencing unprecedented firestorms, floods, droughts and superstorms that are destroying communities, crops and lives.

The legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in 2019, but this is not nearly enough. As the legislature waits for the CLCPA process to play out and the Teacher’s Retirement System refuses to take responsibility for the billions of dollars they continue to invest in fossil fuels, the climate crisis continues to get worse.  “Delay only threatens the livelihoods of our generation and future generations.“ said Matt Oill, a capital district member of the NY Youth Climate Leaders.

Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment and Stop the NY Fracked Gas Pipeline urge all our supporters to join the NY Youth Climate Leaders on August 6, at 1:30 in West Capitol Park in Albany as they demand swift climate action. We owe it to the next generation.

Free public event. Hosted by New York Youth Climate Leaders

1:30 pm
West Capitol Park
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
Albany , NY 12210
» RSVP, map, and more info             

FRIDAY — AUGUST 6, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout 430-530pm
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 5:30 pm EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 11, 2021 — ONLINE
better path presents 8-21
Carbon Capture and Storage

Free public event. Hosted by Better Path Coalition.

7:00 pm ET
Online
» Register here for Zoom link                          

THURSDAY — AUGUST 12, 2021 — ONLINE
MOF climate action call
— Climate Action Call
Make a difference for our climate by taking action at our monthly statewide Climate Action Call. Join us for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

You don’t have to be an expert to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Last March, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Next-Generation Roadmap Bill, a landmark piece of climate legislation, providing for more energy efficient buildings, greater access to renewable energy, and the creation of green jobs across the Commonwealth.

It’s time to check in with Governor Baker to make sure his administration is moving swiftly to implement this bill. We’ll ask for better communications, and remind the Governor to act with urgency. There’s no time to waste on climate action!

Come prepared with paper, pen, envelope and stamp. We will mail hand-written notes and test that old saying – “The pen is mightier than the sword!”

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front

12:00 – 12:45 pm
Online
» Register here                 

FRIDAY — AUGUST 13, 2021 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
defund line 3
— “Wait, what’s Line 3?”
Learn and Protest!
Many people outside  the climate movement have no idea what Line 3 is or why we want banks to defund it.

Not sure yourself?–Here’s what you need to know!

On Friday, August 13, from 2-3 pm in Pulaski Park, Northampton we’re going to educate folks!  We’ll hand out buttons & info, talk to people & print free T shirts/totes.

At 3pm we’ll circle down to Bank of American & TD Bank on Main Street, both major funders of Line 3, and–ahem–remind them about the climate crisis.

The event is part of a national day of action-please join us!

Bring a sign— about Line 3, the climate emergency, indigenous rights.

Print yourself a T shirt, come hassle the banks

Want to get more involved?
Check out  Climate Action Now’s new “Stop the Money Pipeline” group
Email Sue at susalson@gmail.com  for details

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now.

2PM gathering; 3PM protest
Pulaski Park
240 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
» For info email us at 413STMP@gmail.com
» Watch video: “What is Line 3?” (scroll down page)

FRIDAY — AUGUST 13, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
peaker standout 430-530pm
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet – same place, same time – every Friday leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 5:30 pm EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

SATURDAY — AUGUST 14, 2021 — NEW MARLBOROUGH, MA
McKibben-Halpern event
— Environmentalist Bill McKibben and Author Sue Halpern on Technology and Climate Change

Authors Bill McKibben and Sue Halpern will talk about two of the most pressing issues of our times: technology and climate change.

The Future You Can Have — Halpern explains how your smart speaker isn’t smart and artificial intelligence isn’t intelligence. Coming to terms with technology is the only way to hold onto (our collective) humanity, especially in the face of catastrophic climate change.

The Future You Don’t Want — McKibben, a nationally known environmentalist, shows us where we stand now in the climate crisis, and the prospects for heading off as much damage as we still can.

Tickets $20.

Open to the public. Hosted by the New Marlborough Meeting House

4:30 – 6:00 pm
New Marlborough Meeting House
154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd.
New Marlborough, MA
» Info and tickets here            

SUNDAY — AUGUST 15, 2021 — CAMBRIDGE, MA (EVERY OTHER SUNDAY)
sitting for survival
— Sitting For Survival (Outside): Meditate in Protest for Climate Action

With warmer weather we are ready to resume our Sitting for Survival outside, meditating in public spaces to bear witness to our current climate emergency and in doing so, strive to awaken others to see and take action.

We will sit distanced with signs that we will provide or you can bring your own. Please come masked.

~-~-~-~-~-~

Who We Are:

We are spiritual practitioners dedicated to facing the climate crisis with compassion and determination to engage in nonviolent direct action. We see climate justice within the framework of social justice and commit to advocating for policies that empower communities most impacted by climate change.

What We Do:

We invoke our mindfulness practice to hold the pain of this ecological and spiritual crisis. We bring silent sitting and walking meditation to public spaces to raise awareness to the devastating effects of our planetary emergency and the urgent need to take personal and collective action.

Recognizing the need for regeneration in this consuming effort, we invite pauses to be in community, to care for one another and nourish ourselves, bringing the energy of love and understanding to sustain this demanding effort.

During the pandemic, we have been working towards our goals through virtual gatherings. As the days get warmer, we are now doing a combination of outdoor protest and virtual regenerative practice.

If you’re interested in learning more about us, check out our website https://www.awakeningforearth.com/ or, if you have any questions or are interested in getting more involved, feel free to e-mail us at awakeningforearth@gmail.com

Free public event. Hosted by Awakening For Earth, 350 Mass for a Better Future and 2 others

1 – 2 pm EDT
Central Square Post office
770 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
» Facebook event page         

TUESDAY — AUGUST 17, 2021 — ONLINE (SESSION 1 of 4)
MOF-US
— A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class

Are Ya Feelin Alone?  It’s Better Together!

A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class.

Have you lost members or leaders in the pandemic? Just starting a new team, or want to revitalize your current team? Waking up to the realization that we can’t win against climate change without organizing across race and class? This 4-part organizing training series is for you!

Session 1: How to Build a Movement for Climate Justice Across Race and Class:

This session is an introduction to organizing across race and class. It will cover:

  • How and why it’s so important to be aware of your privilege and positionality when organizing in a community you don’t belong to,
  • Some basic considerations for organizing across race and class effectively and responsibly,
  • We will hear real examples from actual teams at Mothers Out Front who have successfully begun to build across race and class in their team or region.

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front.

8 – 9:30 pm ET
Online
» Learn more about the series here        
» Register here          
» Contact  Sheila Keller • sheila.keller@mothersoutfront.org

WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 18, 2021 — ONLINE
too hot to handle
— Radioactivity in Fracking! Too Hot to Handle

Award-winning journalist, celebrated author and knowledgeable environmental scientist Justin Nobel, our featured speaker for this forum, will discuss his research into the terrifying levels of radioactivity being produced by fracking for oil and gas.

Fracking for oil and gas causes large amounts of radioactive material to be brought up to the earth’s surface, where it poses serious health threats that are not being properly addressed by regulators or the industry. The wastewater that is produced contains radium that has a half-life of 1600 years and it is being wantonly released into the environment. Unbelievably, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is considering allowing it to be imported into the Watershed for discharge. We, the watershed community, can fight this foolhardy and threatening proposal by participating in the upcoming DRBC rulemaking this fall. Please join us to learn the facts that will arm us to win a FULL Frack Ban!

As Justin wrote in his 2020 expose of fracking’s radioactivity, “There is little public awareness of this enormous waste stream, the disposal of which could present dangers at every step — from being transported along America’s highways in unmarked trucks; handled by workers who are often misinformed and under protected; leaked into waterways; and stored in dumps that are not equipped to contain the toxicity. Brine has even been used in commercial products sold at hardware stores and is spread on local roads as a de-icer.” 

We can’t tolerate and won’t accept this – please join the forum to find out more and learn what you can do!

Free public event. Hosted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network

7:00 to 8:00 pm ET
Online
» Register here                
» Read Justin Nobel’s Rolling Stone article, America’s Radioactive Secret         

THURSDAY — AUGUST 19, 2021 — ONLINE
Clean Energy Group
— Behind-the-Meter Solar+Storage Market Data and Trends
More than 50,000 customer-sited, behind-the-meter solar+storage systems have been installed in the U.S., with the market expanding every year. Despite the growing demand for solar+storage at homes and businesses across the country, little information has been publicly available about the state of the market. To fill that void, Berkeley Lab released an in-depth analysis of this emerging market, Behind-the-Meter Solar+Storage Market Data and Trends.

The report provides valuable insight into important solar+storage topics including:

  • How much behind-the-meter solar+storage has been installed and where
  • Typical system sizes and configurations
  • The cost of adding storage to behind-the-meter solar
  • The economics of adding storage to solar
  • How much backup power solar+storage can provide
  • How many solar installers have experience with battery storage

In this Clean Energy Group webinar, report authors will describe how the research was conducted, present key findings from the report, and answer questions from attendees.

Presenters:

  • Galen Barbose, Research Scientist – Electricity Markets and Policy Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Salma Elmallah, Graduate Student Researcher – Electricity Markets and Policy Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Will Gorman, Graduate Student Researcher – Electricity Markets and Policy Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Moderator: Seth Mullendore, Vice President, Clean Energy Group

Free public event. This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit www.resilient-power.org.

1 – 2 pm ET
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 19, 2021 — ONLINE (SESSION 2 of 4)MOF-US
— A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class

Are Ya Feelin Alone?  It’s Better Together!

A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class.

Have you lost members or leaders in the pandemic? Just starting a new team, or want to revitalize your current team? Waking up to the realization that we can’t win against climate change without organizing across race and class? This 4-part organizing training series is for you!

Session 2: “Planting A Lot of Seeds:”

This session will introduce you to some tangible skills to reach out to a large number of people to begin or continue building your base. It will include:

  • The how-to of setting up and carrying out a canvass, tabling event, and using social media to reach out to large numbers of people
  • Time to build your own plan to carry out these seed planting events

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front.

8 – 9:30 pm ET
Online
» Learn more about the series here        
» Register here          
» Contact  Sheila Keller • sheila.keller@mothersoutfront.org

FRIDAY — AUGUST 20, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
PPP Saturday graphic
— Put Peakers in the Past Stand-out Protest
Speak out for Clean Air! Come join our Put Peakers in the Past Coalition for this stand-out protest to let folks know about Pittsfield Generating’s peaker power plant, now filing for renewal of its Air Quality Permit.

This peaker plant:

  • Over 30 years old
  • Runs on fracked gas or oil
  • Only runs when demand on the grid hits peak, yet is the 2nd largest polluter in Berkshire Co.
  • Emits super-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, nitrous oxides and sulfur oxides
  • Contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications
  • Is directly across from Allendale Elementary, about a mile and a half from from Morningside and Williams and John Reid Middle School, and less than two miles from PHS and Herberg Middle School
  • Located in the heart of Pittsfield, right near Environmental Justice neighborhoods
  • Could be replaced by zero-emissions grid-scale battery storage, charged by zero-emissions renewable energy.

We’re standing out in the streets of Pittsfield to let everyone know that this aging fossil fuel plant is polluting our air and needs to convert to zero emissions. The Mass Department of Environmental Protection needs to deny the Air Quality Permit, and we need folks in our community to demand this when the time for the permit hearing comes.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

We’re going to meet every week leading up to the Air Quality Permit hearing later this summer.

4:30 – 5:30 pm EDT
Corner of Dalton & Thorndyke Ave. (near Zucco’s, across from Plastics Ave.)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Facebook event page          
» Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!        

MONDAY — AUGUST 23, 2021 — ONLINE
BERDO session
Campaign Update – BERDO Working Session Scheduled
As the next step toward amending BERDO, Boston’s law governing carbon emissions from large buildings, the City Council will hold a working session on Monday, August 23, 12-3PM, to be livestreamed on Boston City Council TV. Like hearings, working sessions are public, but they are less formal and provide an opportunity to thrash out details of proposed legislation.

Please plan to tune in! You are likely to hear different stakeholders debate controversial aspects of the proposed law: the composition and role of the Review Board, rules for granting exceptions to the standards, the proposed fines, and more. Although you will not be seen or heard on livestream, the number of viewers is recorded, and high attendance reminds City Councilors that Bostonians care about cutting climate emissions from Boston’s biggest emitters – big buildings.

Free public event.

12 – 3 pm ET
Online
» More about BERDO         
» Access Boston City Council TV livestream here

TUESDAY — AUGUST 24, 2021 — ONLINE (SESSION 3 of 4)MOF-US
— A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class

Are Ya Feelin Alone?  It’s Better Together!

A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class.

Have you lost members or leaders in the pandemic? Just starting a new team, or want to revitalize your current team? Waking up to the realization that we can’t win against climate change without organizing across race and class? This 4-part organizing training series is for you!

Session 3: The One on One:

The one-on-one conversation is one of the foundations of organizing. It is a natural follow-up from a canvassing or tabling event, as well as a large social media outreach effort to begin building your movement of mothers and others. It is both a science and an art. This session will cover the how-to of the one on one and provide time to practice and make a plan in your team/ area for these vital one-on-one’s following the initial contact made in a canvass, tabling, or social media outreach.

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front.

8 – 9:30 pm ET
Online
» Learn more about the series here        
» Register here          
» Contact  Sheila Keller • sheila.keller@mothersoutfront.org

THURSDAY — AUGUST 26, 2021 — ONLINE, then NORTHAMPTON, MA
Main Street For Everyone
— Join Northampton’s Energy & Sustainability Commission zoom meeting, followed by downtown bike ride and ice cream party!
Join Northampton’s Energy & Sustainability Commission zoom meeting in which Main Street For Everyone member, Ben Weil, will propose installing a district heat exchange system under Main Street to begin transitioning downtown from fracked gas to abundant, cost-saving, clean energy. Ben is a sustainable building scientist at UMass and a member of the Northampton Energy & Sustainability Commission. Meeting agenda here.

This is another example of the forward-thinking, evidence-based recommendations that Main Street for Everyone continues to advocate for in order to seize this once-in-a-generation chance to boldly future-proof and vitalize our downtown.

And right after you’ve been energized by Ben, come join us for a downtown bike ride!

Free public event. Hosted by Main Street For Everyone

4 pm Zoom meeting (join here)
6 pm Ice Cream Bike Party
Gather at Northampton High School, ride downtown, then back up the bike path to Florence to buy ice cream!
» Facebook event page for bike ride and party info         

THURSDAY — AUGUST 26, 2021 — ONLINE (SESSION 4 of 4)
MOF-US
— A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class

Are Ya Feelin Alone?  It’s Better Together!

A 4-Part Organizing Series on How to Build Your Team Fighting for Climate Justice Across Race and Class.

Have you lost members or leaders in the pandemic? Just starting a new team, or want to revitalize your current team? Waking up to the realization that we can’t win against climate change without organizing across race and class? This 4-part organizing training series is for you!

Session 4: Going Deeper to Build your Movement: The Group Meeting:

In every community, there is an already existing network of relationships. The group meeting is an organizing method we use to tap into those already existing networks to build out your base from your initial canvass and one on one conversations. This session will cover the why and how-to of various culturally appropriate and responsive group meetings that can follow your one-on-one conversation step in the basebuilding phase.

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front.

8 – 9:30 pm ET
Online
» Learn more about the series here        
» Register here          
» Contact  Sheila Keller • sheila.keller@mothersoutfront.org

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 — ONLINE
people vs fossil fuels
— Kick off call – People Vs Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuel pollution and climate disasters are already disrupting millions of lives. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. That’s why we are coming together to ensure Biden becomes the climate president he promised to be before attending the global climate talks this November.

Indigenous people, pipeline fighters, water protectors, young people, scientists, faith leaders, and more are saying enough is enough: it’s time to finally place people over fossil fuels.

This October, thousands of people will come to DC to demand that President Biden end the fossil fuel era. He must stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency right now, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in November.

Join our kick off call to learn how to take action, get a ride to the event, and much much more!

Free public event. Hosted by People vs Fossil Fuels

7pm Eastern Time
Online
» Register here
» Info about the October action

FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 — PITTSFIELD, MA
BRPC logo
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Breakfast Information Session
You are invited to attend an agency information session to learn about the County Health Initiative’s (CHI) Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Breakfast will be provided, and there will be time for networking following the event.

Come learn the answers to these questions, and share your thoughts and suggestions:

  • What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?
  • What is the process for developing a CHIP for Berkshire County?
  • Who are the County Health Initiative?
  • How can your agency be involved?

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free public event. Organized by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

9 – 11 am ET
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield
74 1st Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
» Please register here for this free event                    

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 — SPRINGFIELD, MA
seal the deal Richie Neal— Fight for Our Future Rally at the Office of Congressman Richard Neal
The $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill is being marked up in Congressman Neal’s Ways and Means Committee right now. The importance of this bill cannot be overstated. It offers so much of what is needed today: childcare, free pre-k AND community college education; expansion of what Medicare pays for and whom it serves; good, energy efficient affordable housing; a permanent child tax credit to support low-wage families and a major investment in the clean renewable energy we need to fight the pollution in our cities and combat climate change. It is a huge step toward a society the people of the First Congressional District need and deserve. Yet if we do not demand its FULL FUNDING NOW, we may not get another chance.

We all know that our people are hurting, and the planet is in deep trouble from the climate crisis. We have limited time – less than ten years — to convert a majority of our economy off climate-killing fossil fuels and protect our communities from the heat, storms, flooding, sea level rise, drought and fires of global warming. We have the technology to face the challenge but, as economist Paul Krugman said this week, the solution in dealing with the climate emergency is political. The Budget Reconciliation Bill is a major opportunity but may also be our last chance, if Republicans regain control of Congress.

Congressman Neal, as chair of Ways of Means has the crucial voice in shaping this bill. He will play a critical role in determining the size and scope of the human needs that it meets and the climate rescue plan it creates. This is his opportunity to be an environmental justice hero and we want to gather at his office to urge him to do so. More than any other Member of Congress, he is at the nexus of the climate and inequality solution. We must encourage him and make our voices heard.

Free public event.

11 am
Office of Congressman Richie Neal
300 State Street
Springfield, MA
» Co-sponsor our September 13 Fight for Our Future Rally to request full funding and passage of the Budget Reconciliation Bill by signing HERE!

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 — HARTFORD, CT
town hall
— End Environmental Racism: A Climate Emergency Town Hall
Join us for an afternoon of powerful speeches, music, and poetry by those most harmed by state inaction on the climate crisis.

Despite voicing concerns about the climate crisis, the Connecticut government continues to expand the use of fossil fuels. Fossil fuel emissions damage the environment and directly harm Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income folks. In this event, members of those communities will share their experiences and perspectives on the necessary response to climate disruption.

Please join us in sending a clear message to state leaders: a serious, urgent plan for getting off fossil fuels is long overdue!

Covid-19 safety precautions will be taken throughout. Please wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

More information, including our lineup of compelling speakers, will be announced closer to the event.

Free public event. Hosted by Community Action Works, Windham Willimantic CT NAACP and 4 others

2 pm to 4 pm
Bushnell Park
Jewell Street
Hartford, CT 06103
» Facebook event page
» Registration is not required, but doing so helps us estimate attendance. Please RSVP here.

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 — ONLINE

— Pittsfield Green Drinks: Pulling the curtain back on The Hydrogen Hoax
Cathy Kristofferson, from the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, tackles one of climate change’s most popular misconceptions about using hydrogen as an energy source (and how industry is hyping false solutions) and the future of clean renewable energy for Massachusetts.

Gas utility companies, like Berkshire Gas and Eversource, see the writing on the wall with new climate goals in Massachusetts and nationally. In the “fight for their lives,” they plan on piping hydrogen, an expensive, explosive gas, most often produced with fossil fuels, into our homes and buildings for heating, cooking and hot water. We’ll explain what the gas utilities plan on doing and why it isn’t safe, affordable, equitable, clean, green, or the solution we need for a clean renewable energy future.

The Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) mission is to prevent the overbuild of natural gas infrastructure and to champion clean, sustainable energy solutions.

Pittsfield Green Drinks is an informal gathering on the third Tuesday of the month. These nights are free and open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green but the conversations are. Bring your questions! *Due to COVID-19, these events are virtual until further notice.

Free public event. Pittsfield Green Drinks is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Jane Winn jane@thebeatnews.org or (413) 230-7321.

6 pm Eastern Time
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 — ONLINE

— Climate Action Call / Social Media Campaign Kick-Off: Future of Clean Heat
Mothers Out Front Massachusetts has launched its “Future of Clean Heat” campaign, targeting the gas utilities as they prepare their AGO-required reports to show how they plan to comply with the state’s mandated emissions reduction targets. We know that they are not planning to get off fossil fuels, and that they plan to include explosive gases, so we want to tell them in no uncertain terms: we want clean, safe and affordable energy!

With just 45 minutes of your time next Thursday, Sept. 23rd, you can join us for the kick-off of the social media portion of this campaign. We’ll all get on a call, learn about the issue, then take 15-20 minutes to write and send tweets, and other social media messages, to the companies and their CEO’s.  Mothers Out Front chapters and individuals  all over the state will be taking part, and many will be following up getting postcards signed and delivered to the CEO’s of National Grid, Eversource, and Berkshire Gas.

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front

12 pm Noon
Online
» Register here to join the chorus of voices saying: We Want Real Climate Solutions!

WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 — ONLINE
9-22-21 John Judge Flyer with QR Code
Free public event. Hosted by Simsbury Public Library

6 – 7:30 pm
Online (Zoom)
» Register with QR code, or contact Simsbury Public Library

FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY — OCTOBER 1 – 3, 2021 — CENTRAL NH (TBD)

— Training and Direct Non-Violent Action – Shut Down Bow Coal Plant
We are gathering to train ourselves in nonviolence and mutual aid, build community, and go to the coal plant in Bow to take direct action to shut this plant down.

This harm of burning coal has to stop. Together we have the power to create the change we need.

We invite you to join us to learn, make friends, and find courage to take bold action. This is a family-friendly event, and there will be many ways to participate. (Scroll down to see frequently asked questions.)

Where is the weekend?
A beautiful, private farm/camping venue in central NH. We’ll send you more details when you register.

What does the weekend look like?
Imagine summer camp… but if summer camp was a powerful community of climate dissidents taking direct, transformative action to slow the climate crisis. Plan to arrive on Friday late afternoon for dinner. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with trainings, workshops, art, music, activities, community, opportunity for nonviolent direct action. We will provide a draft schedule for registered attendees.

What are the Covid protocols?
You must get a negative Covid test with test results dated within 72 hours of arriving at camp. Rapid tests will be available onsite as needed. (If you need help finding a place near you to get free testing, please contact us.)

In addition, we ask everyone to wear a mask in indoor spaces, and outdoors when in large, close groups.

What about Trainings?
We’re offering a plethora of trainings and info sessions in the coming weeks to help you get ready for the action. Whether you want to brush up on your general nonviolent direct action skills or learn about a specific role like street medicine or jail support, there’s something here for you! You can check out the training options at https://www.nocoalnogas.org/events.

I’m in! How do I get more info?
RSVP below! When you RSVP: 1. You’ll be in the loop and won’t miss important logistical emails, and 2. We can plan the right amount of food, portapotties, tent space, etc.

We look forward to seeing you on Oct 1-3. Together we can close Bow and end coal in New England, once and for all.

Free public event. Hosted by No Coal, No Gas

Friday, October 1, 2021 3:00 PM to Sunday, October 3, 2021 9:00 PM
Location will be announced soon.
» RSVP for more information as it becomes available

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 5, 2021 — ONLINE
Breathe Clean North Shore
— North Shore Town Hall: Building a Healthy and Sustainable Community

Join us to learn more about how air pollution is impacting our local communities, and how an energy transition can protect our health.

Panelists          

  • T. Stephen Jones, M.D., M.P.H. (formerly of the CDC)
  • Staci Rubin, Vice President of Environment Justice at Conservation Law Foundation

Peabody is one of 20 environmental justice communities in Massachusetts, with dozens of hazardous and air-polluting sites. But it doesn’t have to be this way – we can take action to clean up our air, protect our environment, and ensure a healthy, happy life for future generations.

Join us for a discussion about public health and the energy transition in Massachusetts, and about how our elected officials and decision makers can play key roles to protect the North Shore. More panelists to be announced.

Please reach out to Breathe Clean North Shore at breatheclean.ns@gmail.com with any questions.

Free public event. Hosted by Breathe Clean North Shore

6:30 pm Eastern Time
Online – Zoom
» Facebook event page
» Register here                 

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 6, 2021 — ONLINE
Defund Formosa
Stop the Money Pipeline and Defund Formosa
Fierce resistance has stalled Formosa Plastics’ plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-making plants in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Join us for a live zoom webinar at 8pm ET.

Led by St.James leader Sharon Lavigne of RISE St James, together we’ll take action demanding the banks and financial institutions who would profit from the massive new petrochemical complex in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley stop funding environmental racism and Defund Formosa.

At the same time this summer that Sharon Lavigne won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, RISE St James won a major victory as the Army Corps of Engineers ordered a full environmental impact review for the proposed plastics and petrochemical plant.

The project has been delayed but not cancelled — and Formosa continues to push its plans for new single-use plastics factories. Fighting Formosa project by project is a losing proposition — so we’re going after their financers. #DefundFormosa

Free public event. Hosted by Stop the Money Pipeline, Action Center on Race and the Economy and Friends of the Earth U.S.

8 pm ET
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here                 

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 13, 2021 — HOLYOKE, MA
banner drop
— Banner Drop: Solidarity with People VS. Fossil Fuels
Last week, fossil fuels began flowing through Line 3 with the potential to emit 50 coal plants worth of carbon emissions each year. The Biden administration has done nothing to stop this. All this week, People VS. Fossil Fuels is mobilizing in DC to demand action! Learn more at https://peoplevsfossilfuels.org/

For those who can’t travel to DC, we invite all who stand against the threat of fossil fuels to join us for a banner drop at the Mount Tom overpass above I-91 on Wednesday, October 13th from 4-5:30PM!

Bring signs and flags – bigger is better! Here are the day-by-day themes of this week’s People v. Fossil Fuels actions in DC if you want to align messages for any new signs:

  • Monday, October 11th: Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Tuesday, October 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
  • Wednesday, October 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
  • Thursday, October 14: We need real solutions, not false promises. Only phasing out fossil fuels will deliver climate and environmental justice. We cannot rely on technologies like carbon capture and storage, carbon offsets, or nuclear energy.
  • Friday, October 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. (Youth-led action.)

To protect those among us who are or care for those vulnerable to COVID-19, we ask that you maintain social distancing and wear masks as appropriate.

Free public event . Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Western MA and Climate Action Now MA

4:00 to 5:30pm
Mount Tom overpass above I-91
**To get to the overpass, take Route 5 to Reservation Road, turn into Mount Tom State Park, and drive until you’re on the overpass.
» Facebook event page           

MONDAY THRU FRIDAY — OCTOBER 11-15, 2021 — WASHINGTON, DC
biden test DC action
— People vs. Fossil Fuels: Biden’s Test

President Biden has a choice to make: Will he side with the people or a handful of fossil fuel executives? It’s a test with results that will determine the future of our planet and the wellbeing of future generations that will inhabit it. We are putting our bodies on the line to ensure President Biden passes this crucial test.

From October 11-15, we will gather in DC for the largest civil disobedience action in decades, demanding President Biden use his executive authority to hasten the end of the era of fossil fuels.

Free public event. Organized by People vs Fossil Fuels

8 am Oct. 11 thru 6 pm Oct. 15
White House
Washington, DC
» Sign up to join the action     
» More info

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 12, 2021 — ONLINE
EEA public hearing
Public hearings on proposed amendments to implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy
Notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to 301 CMR 11.00 MEPA Regulations.

The proposed amendments will implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. The amendments also reflect updates to MEPA filing and circulation requirements.

Public hearings will be conducted via Zoom on October 12 at 10am, October 13 at 1pm, and October 13 at 6:30pm. Register below.

Following public hearings, written comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on October 20, 2021 by email at MEPA-regs@mass.gov, or by mail to MEPA Office, Attn: Tori Kim, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. A copy of the proposed regulations is available on the MEPA website here, or may be obtained by sending an email to MEPA-regs@mass.gov.

Free public event. Hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

10am-12noon
Online
» Zoom link to register for this session                 
» Notice of public hearing with additional information               
» Redlined document showing proposed amendments            

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 13, 2021 — ONLINE
EEA public hearing
Public hearings on proposed amendments to implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy
Notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to 301 CMR 11.00 MEPA Regulations.

The proposed amendments will implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. The amendments also reflect updates to MEPA filing and circulation requirements.

Public hearings will be conducted via Zoom on October 12 at 10am, October 13 at 1pm, and October 13 at 6:30pm. Register below.

Following public hearings, written comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on October 20, 2021 by email at MEPA-regs@mass.gov, or by mail to MEPA Office, Attn: Tori Kim, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. A copy of the proposed regulations is available on the MEPA website here, or may be obtained by sending an email to MEPA-regs@mass.gov.

Free public event. Hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

1-3pm
Online
» Zoom link to register for this session                 
» Notice of public hearing with additional information               
» Redlined document showing proposed amendments            

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 13, 2021 — ONLINE
EEA public hearing
Public hearings on proposed amendments to implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy
Notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to 301 CMR 11.00 MEPA Regulations.

The proposed amendments will implement new requirements under Sections 55-60 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. The amendments also reflect updates to MEPA filing and circulation requirements.

Public hearings will be conducted via Zoom on October 12 at 10am, October 13 at 1pm, and October 13 at 6:30pm. Register below.

Following public hearings, written comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on October 20, 2021 by email at MEPA-regs@mass.gov, or by mail to MEPA Office, Attn: Tori Kim, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. A copy of the proposed regulations is available on the MEPA website here, or may be obtained by sending an email to MEPA-regs@mass.gov.

Free public event. Hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

6:30-8:00pm
Online
» Zoom link to register for this session                 
» Notice of public hearing with additional information               
» Redlined document showing proposed amendments        

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 20, 2021 — ONLINE
Hayhoe— A Moms Climate Conversation with Katharine Hayhoe
Worried about climate change? Not sure what all the climate news and reports really mean? Interested in finding out how you can make a difference?

Join us for a Moms Climate Conversation with Climate Scientist, Katharine Hayhoe. Katharine has been called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times and is the author of the newly published, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope.

Katharine’s new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World is available now.

Free public event. Hosted by Mothers Out Front

7pm EDT
Online
» RSVP here
» Facebook event page

WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 27, 2021 — ONLINE
FutureCleanHeatFULL-HEAD
— Future of Clean Heat Action Call
Come join us as we welcome Mothers Out Front Massachusetts. They’ve just launched their “Future of Clean Heat” campaign, targeting the gas utilities as they prepare their AGO-required reports to show how they plan to comply with the state’s mandated emissions reduction targets. We know that they are not planning to get off fossil fuels, and that they plan to include explosive gases like hydrogen, so we want to tell them in no uncertain terms: we want clean, safe and affordable energy!

This action meeting is designed to send a message to the local gas distribution companies in western Massachusetts, we want clean, safe and affordable energy. At this regional event, participants will learn about the issue and take action together.

Free and open to the public. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass and Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Contact Rose at BEAT, rose@thebeatnews.org or Anne Wright at Mothers Out Front, anneswright@gmail.com with any questions.

Co-sponsors: Mothers Out Front Northampton, Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group, No Fracked Gas in Mass

6pm ET
Online
» Register here          
» More info
» See the info handout here! https://tinyurl.com/CleanHeatFlyer
» Facebook event page             

THURSDAY — OCTOBER 28, 2021 — ONLINE
up in smoke
— Up in Smoke: How incinerators pollute MA and should scare all of us

When we burn trash, it doesn’t just disappear.

Anyone in Saugus, MA could tell you that – they live next to a trash incinerator that burns up to 1,500 tons of trash a day.

And the consequences for health and environment are real. Breathing polluted air can cause cancers and other serious health problems, which families in Saugus know all too well.

That’s why Saugus residents are rising up and fighting back against trash incineration. And now, we’re inviting you to learn more and join us.

Free public event. Hosted by Community Action Works

11:00am to 11:50am Eastern Time
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 4, 2021 — ONLINE

— Connecting with Americans on Climate Change

Weaving climate science with local storytelling, with author Arlie Russell Hochschild and MIT’s five environmental solutions journalists

How do we engage Americans in areas of the country where many still are uncertain about the science of climate change, the seriousness of the impacts, or the practicality of the solutions?

Join the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) as six speakers share their learnings from connecting climate with their audiences’ values and perspectives. We’ll explore strategies for understanding your audience, balancing environmental education with storytelling, and the role of bridge-building in activating action on climate change, among other themes.

Free public event. Hosted by MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

12-1:15 pm Eastern
Online
» Register here + more info                                

SUNDAY — NOVEMBER 7, 2021 — ONLINE
Local Climate Leadership Project
— Climate Leadership Fall Session: Building Decarbonization and Transportation
This session will focus on key items which will impact municipalities through the end of 2021 and into next year. This two hour session will educate elected and appointed officials on:

  • The launch of Massachusetts Sierra Club’s municipal climate action database
  • A call to action on the upcoming Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) Rule, and
  • Preparation for the Department of Energy Resources’ net zero stretch code.

Free event geared toward municipal officials. Hosted by MA Sierra Club and Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

3:00pm – 5:00pm ET
Online
» Register here

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 9, 2021 — ONLINE
project open house
— Eversource Longmeadow/Springfield Western Mass Reliability Project

Virtual open houses to discuss gas pipeline expension project, including new meter station and 5+ mile of 16” 200psi high pressure pipeline.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

6pm ET
Online
» Download a detailed pipeline route map (PDF)
» Registration and details              

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 10, 2021 — ONLINE
project open house
— Eversource Longmeadow/Springfield Western Mass Reliability Project

Virtual open houses to discuss gas pipeline expension project, including new meter station and 5+ mile of 16” 200psi high pressure pipeline.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

1pm ET
Online
» Download a detailed pipeline route map (PDF)
» Registration and details              

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 10, 2021 — ONLINE
project open house
— Eversource Longmeadow/Springfield Western Mass Reliability Project

Virtual open houses to discuss gas pipeline expension project, including new meter station and 5+ mile of 16” 200psi high pressure pipeline.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

1pm ET
Online
» Download a detailed pipeline route map (PDF)
» Registration and details              

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 11, 2021 — ONLINE
forest carbon offsets
— Forest Carbon Offsets: Too Good to be True?
Join Cary Institute President Joshua Ginsberg for a virtual Cary Science Conversation on the limitations of forest carbon offsets. This event will feature forest ecologist Charles Canham, a distinguished senior scientist emeritus at Cary Institute who has deep concerns about the true climate benefits of the current forest carbon offset market.

In their quest to become net zero, many companies purchase carbon offsets as an alternative to phasing out fossil fuel use. Offsets can come from renewables, like wind and solar, or increasingly from natural climate solutions, like forested lands. Forest carbon offsets allow landowners to monetize the carbon being stored by their trees and soils and sell it on the carbon market, where there is high demand.

Over the past decade, forest carbon offsets have emerged as one of the fastest growing finance tools to incentivize forest conservation. Environmental groups, land trusts, and municipalities are involved in deals that sell forest carbon to buyers, including major corporations like Disney, JP Morgan Chase, Delta, and Google. Millions of dollars are changing hands. But are these transactions leading to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions?

Canham will discuss fundamental flaws in how forest carbon offsets are awarded, the folly of granting offsets to already protected lands, and ecological limits on how much carbon US forests can sequester. He will also explore how ‘leakage’ can shift forest harvests to vulnerable locations, and the ethics of allowing industries to purchase credits from faraway forests so they can continue polluting locally.

In Canham’s words, “Flaws in the current forest carbon offset markets are structural and deep, and may be irredeemable.”

Join the conversation. This event will include time for audience Q&A. Free and open to all. Zoom login info will be sent with registration confirmation.

Sponsored in part by Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Free public event. Hosted by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studues

7:00-8:00pm EST
Online
» Register here             

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 13, 2021 — PEABODY, MA
Peabody Peaker Push

— Peabody Peaker Push, Day of Action
In August, the Department of Public Utilities approved financing for a gas and oil powered peaker plant to be built in Peabody, directly in an environmental justice neighborhood and less than a mile from 8 other environmental justice communities.

However, the local Peabody group, Breathe Clean North Shore (BCNS), has not let this stop them and they have been hard at work in Peabody opposing the plant in their community. We know there has been a lot of interest from advocates across the state to support this effort, and we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Join MCAN, JCAN, Community Action Works and BCNS on Saturday, November 13th for a big Peabody Peaker Push! We’re inviting activists from across the state to come out to the North Shore to help with door-to-door canvassing, petitioning, social media posting, and standouts.

The whole day from 9 AM to 5 PM will be filled with grassroots actions to build our campaign’s momentum. Lunch and snacks will be provided!

Building a dirty peaker plant is bad for the health of Peabody residents and undermines the state’s climate goals.  A report issued by the Clean Energy Group showed battery storage technology is a cheaper and cleaner alternative for this plant.

Free public event. But if you cannot make it out, please consider donating to help defray the costs of holding the line against investments in dirty fossil fuel projects. Donate here.

The future is clean energy that supports community health and resilience for everyone.

All day, 9am to 5pm
Meet at Peabody District Court
1 Lowell Street
Peabody, MA
» RSVP here, and receive more info about the event and training              

MONDAY — NOVEMBER 15, 2021 — ONLINE
E Kolbert— The Climate of Attention; Elizabeth Kolbert
Few have covered the climate crisis as deeply and as thoughtfully as Elizabeth Kolbert. Her work includes Field Notes from a Catastrophe (2007),the Pulitzer-prize winning The Sixth Extinction (2016), and her latest Under A White Sky (2021), “a book about people trying to solve problems caused by people trying to solve problems.” She discusses what “a good Anthropocene” might look like, from managing fish in the Midwest to geo-engineering the atmosphere to turn our blue sky white.

Free public event. Hosted by MIT

7 pm Eastern
Online
» Register here                 

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 18, 2021 — ONLINE
Eversource logo
— Eversource Solar Webinar
Recently signed legislation now allows Eversource to partner with our communities to develop solar and storage projects that support state and local climate resilience goals at no cost to the municipality. Eversource is seeking to work with our local governments to define how we can develop highly impactful projects under this new legislation that:

  • Reduce peak energy demand
  • Support the state’s climate and solar goals
  • Provide meaningful benefits to Environmental Justice communities
  • Support local economic development

As we launch this long-term initiative, Eversource is hosting a series of webinars to introduce this new program to local governments across the Commonwealth. These introductory sessions are designed to answer key questions about the legislation and how your community can partner with Eversource to develop solar and storage projects. Local government officials and staff, energy committee members, and emergency preparedness professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

Noon to 1pm EST
Online
» Register here                           

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 18, 2021 — ONLINE
Eversource logo
— Eversource Solar Webinar
Recently signed legislation now allows Eversource to partner with our communities to develop solar and storage projects that support state and local climate resilience goals at no cost to the municipality. Eversource is seeking to work with our local governments to define how we can develop highly impactful projects under this new legislation that:

  • Reduce peak energy demand
  • Support the state’s climate and solar goals
  • Provide meaningful benefits to Environmental Justice communities
  • Support local economic development

As we launch this long-term initiative, Eversource is hosting a series of webinars to introduce this new program to local governments across the Commonwealth. These introductory sessions are designed to answer key questions about the legislation and how your community can partner with Eversource to develop solar and storage projects. Local government officials and staff, energy committee members, and emergency preparedness professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

6:30 to 7:30pm EST
Online
» Register here                           

MONDAY — NOVEMBER 22, 2021 — ONLINE
MAPC playbook
— Metropolitan Area Planning Council Net Zero Playbook Webinar

Drawing on our years of experience working with cities and towns in clean energy and climate, MAPC’s Municipal Net Zero Playbook provides guidance and tools to equip cities and towns with the resources to tackle their climate goals efficiently and equitably.

The Playbook includes chapters on how your municipality can encourage zero-emissions mobility, transition to net zero buildings, implement climate-smart zoning and permitting, and increase clean energy supply. Every chapter is guided by a Framework for Action and Framework for Equity, which inform suggestions for community engagement, plan development, and strategy.

At this launch, you’ll learn more about the Playbook’s best practices and hear about how cities and towns are already using it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.

Free public event. Hosted by MAPC

11 am Eastern Time
Online
» Questions? Contact Megan Aki at maki@mapc.org
» Register here            

MONDAY — NOVEMBER 22, 2021 — ONLINE
MCAN_logo_transparent_background
— Net Zero For All Webinar
Intended for advocates who want to be prepared to respond to the DOER’s draft net zero stretch code that is currently being developed.

Free public event for better building advocates. Hosted by MCAN

7 pm to 8 pm Eastern Time
Online
» Register here               

MONDAY — NOVEMBER 22, 2021 — ONLINE
ministry for the future
— The Climate of the Future / a webinar with author Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson’s thriller The Ministry for the Future (2020) is science fiction that reads as hard-edged journalism. With short chapters and a myriad of characters, Robinson creates a kaleidoscope of perspectives on a global climate collapse coming in 2025. Bill McKibben writes “In Kim Stanley Robinson’s anti-dystopian novel, climate change is the crisis that finally forces mankind to deal with global inequality.” At heart an optimist, Robinson lays out a possible path to move forward with faith in what we can create together in a post-capitalist world.

Free public event. Hosted by the Harvard Divinity School and the Planetary Health Alliance.

7 pm Eastern Time
Online
» Register here

TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 30, 2021 — ONLINE
Eversource logo
— Eversource Solar Webinar
Recently signed legislation now allows Eversource to partner with our communities to develop solar and storage projects that support state and local climate resilience goals at no cost to the municipality. Eversource is seeking to work with our local governments to define how we can develop highly impactful projects under this new legislation that:

  • Reduce peak energy demand
  • Support the state’s climate and solar goals
  • Provide meaningful benefits to Environmental Justice communities
  • Support local economic development

As we launch this long-term initiative, Eversource is hosting a series of webinars to introduce this new program to local governments across the Commonwealth. These introductory sessions are designed to answer key questions about the legislation and how your community can partner with Eversource to develop solar and storage projects. Local government officials and staff, energy committee members, and emergency preparedness professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.

Free public event. Hosted by Eversource.

Noon to 1pm EST
Online
» Register here                           

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 1, 2021 — ONLINE
three-year plan
— Virtual Public Comment Hearings – MA Energy Efficiency (Hearing #1)
The Department of Public Utilities will be holding two virtual public comment hearings later this week regarding the 2022-2024 Three-Year Plans filed by the Program Administrators. Please find info on the hearings and Zoom links below:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Emily Powers Webb
Energy Efficiency and Zero Energy Program Manager
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114
617.626.7379

Free public event. Hosted by MA DPU.

7pm – 10pm EST
Online
» Zoom link to join hearing
» Or dial-in at (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592 (not toll free) and then enter the Meeting ID# 857 0665 4588

THURSDAY — DECEMBER 2, 2021 — ONLINE
ACEEE webinar image
— Reorienting Utility Energy Efficiency Programs to Meet the Climate Challenge
Utilities’ energy efficiency programs have a proven record doing what they were originally intended to do: save energy. But in the face of the climate crisis, they must now adapt to prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions – and scale up to meet the challenge. By embracing efficient fuel switching and saving energy when the power grid is most carbon-intensive, these programs can change the game for utilities as they strive to meet their climate commitments and the demands of an evolving grid.

Join us to gain insights from a new ACEEE report about the need for a new climate-forward efficiency framework for utilities’ programs—one that balances and aligns the goal of net-zero emissions with other benefits customers and communities seek from energy efficiency. Our speakers will provide perspectives from the legislative, regulatory, and utility sectors, highlighting examples of leading states and utilities that are embracing new models across the United States.

Speakers:

Nora Esram, Moderator Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Mike Specian Utilities Manager, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Mohit Chhabra Senior Scientist, Climate & Clean Energy Program, NRDC

Rob Greig Energy Efficiency Strategy & Planning Manager, Con Edison

Chris Duffrin President, Center for Energy and Environment

Free public event. Hosted by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research organization, develops policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. Its independent analysis advances investments, programs, and behaviors that use energy more effectively and help build an equitable clean energy future.

11am – 12pm EST
Online
» Register here            

THURSDAY — DECEMBER 2, 2021 — ONLINE
three-year plan
— Virtual Public Comment Hearings – MA Energy Efficiency (Hearing #2)
The Department of Public Utilities will be holding two virtual public comment hearings later this week regarding the 2022-2024 Three-Year Plans filed by the Program Administrators. Please find info on the hearings and Zoom links below:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Emily Powers Webb
Energy Efficiency and Zero Energy Program Manager
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114
617.626.7379

Free public event. Hosted by MA DPU.

2pm – 5pm EST
Online
» Zoom link to join hearing
» Or dial-in at (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592 (not toll free) and then enter the Meeting ID# 844 7571 6947

FRIDAY — DECEMBER 3, 2021 — ONLINE
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— Comment Writing Workshop for the Pittsfield Generating Power Plant’s Air Quality Permit Hearing

Mireille from Community Action Works is offering a comment crafting workshop by Zoom. Community Action Works has been a key organizer with No Fracked Gas in Mass and it could be a good way to get your comments ready for the Dec. 7th hearing and/or the Dec. 15 written comment deadline.

Free public event. Hosted by Community Action Works

6pm EST
Online
» Register here    

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 7, 2021 — ONLINE (ZOOM OR PHONE)
Pit Gen AQ perrmit hearing
— DEP Hearing on Pittsfield Generating Air Quality Operating Permit
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing on the renewal of the Air Quality Operating Permit for the Pittsfield Generating Peaker Plant is at 6:30 PM on December 7th with options on participating by Zoom or phone.

DEP recently had a conversation with us about what the hearing is supposed to be about and what it’s “not about”.  In that conversation we found out that though DEP has declining emissions limits goals established, they never put in place regulations to allow them to enforce them, making their entire process a toothless rubber-stamp permit approval.

This is our focus for this hearing – what SHOULD happen and how wrong it is that it can’t.

We have talking points ready for the DEP Hearing on the Air Quality Operating Permit renewal for Pittsfield Generating. There are lots of comment options to choose from, and of course, any of your own points are fine to make as well, especially if you live close to the plant and are impacted by it when it runs!

If you can’t make the hearing on December 7th, or if the often limited time allowed for oral statements is too short, you can submit written comments of any length (even multiple comments if you think of more later), up until December 15th. See comment writing workshop above: December 3!

Free public event.

6:30pm EST
Online
» Join Zoom meeting (Meeting ID: 868 9893 0512 ; Passcode: 515635)
» Telephone Dial-in: 888 330 1716 US Toll-free ; Conference code: 971116
» More info and talking points here                 

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 8, 2021 — AMHERST, MA
STMP Amherst
— Stop the Money Pipeline / Rally at TD Bank and BoA
STMP targets banks financing pipelines, like Line 3, demanding that they stop funding fossil fuel projects that destroy our planet. We will be delivering letters to the managers of TD Bank and Bank of (BoA)  and voicing our demands loud and clear outside, with a festive march from TD Bank to BoA in-between.   It’s a half-day for Amherst schools so the high schoolers can make it!

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now, Western Massachusetts, Extinction Rebellion Western Massachusetts, Mothers Out Front,  UMass Environmental and Social Action Movement (ESAM) and Amherst Regional High School Sunrise.

2:30 to 3:30 pm EST
Meet in front of TD bank  243 Triangle St, at 2:30 for a rally. At 3:00 we will march to a second rally at 1 Pleasant St. in front of Bank of America.
Amherst, MA

FRIDAY — DECEMBER 10, 2021 — ONLINE
cradle to grave
Cradle to Grave: The Reverberating Health Hazards of Oil and Gas Industry
Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania (PSR PA) and Halt the Harm Network are teaming up to offer a virtual, half-day conference that focuses on worker’s often uninformed toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals and radioactivity, and its effects on their family, communities, and beyond.

Although the unconventional gas development (UGD) industry has consistently and falsely claimed to be a great creator of jobs promising regional prosperity, the quantity and quality of those jobs are not questioned enough. Thankfully, the Ohio River Valley Institute recently released a set of reports exposing how the UGD industry failed as a job creator in Appalachia, and how a real-life model of successful energy transition can bring the promised regional prosperity.

Meanwhile, the inferiority of UGD industry jobs remains underexposed, despite the excellent investigative journalism covered in Rolling Stone magazine, Public Herald, the DeSmog Blog, and other recent reports. The danger in promoting UGD industry jobs as safe or healthy opportunities cannot be scrutinized enough because of the harm and danger these jobs pose for workers, their families and communities, and, ultimately, as the impact spreads, our climate.

The speakers will include: Dr. Carl Werntz, Occupational Physician; Wilma Subra, Environmental Scientist; Lee McCaslin, Master Driller; Justin Nobeland Kristen Locy, Investigative Journalists; Dusty Horwitt, Investigative Journalist; Paul “Bobby” Manion, Wayne State University/PSR PA Research on Radioactive Emissions. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Pouné Saberi.

Free public event. Hosted by Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania (PSR PA) and Halt the Harm Network.

12:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST
Online
» Register here. You will receive the Zoom link to attend the conference after completing registration.               


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