Great editorial today from The Boston Globe applauding the grassroots climate movement — including a shoutout to the People’s Climate March and Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts! Read and share with friends — here’s the link.
On Wednesday, October 1, about a hundred people — plus Elmo, Big BIrd and The Count — joined us outside the offices of WGBH to call for the removal of climate denier David Koch from their Board of Trustees. It was an impressive crowd despite the rain, and earned great coverage from The Boston Herald, The Boston Herald (again), WGBH, and WGBH (again). We’ll be keeping the heat on WGBH along with our partners at Forecast the Facts, so stay tuned for updates — and let us know if you have ideas for the campaign!
More than 100 city and state officials, financial professionals, and community leaders joined at Harvard Law School on Monday for the Boston Carbon Risk Forum, which we organized along with the Mayors Innovation Project. Remarks by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Rev. Bob Massie, former SEC Commissioner Bevis Longstreth, and others sparked discussion about carbon risk, and presentations by experts from Carbon Tracker, MSCI, Bloomberg and more offered details on the technical aspects of divestment. Thanks to all who made this event a success, especially our hosts (State Senator Ben Downing, State Senator Jason Lewis, State Representative Marjorie Decker, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, State Representative Jay Livingstone, State Representative Dave Rogers, Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Mayor Michael McGlynn, Council Maj. Leader Seth Yurdin, Councilor Leland Cheung, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Matthew O’Malley, Councilor Michelle Wu, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, former mayor Michael P. McGinn, The Reverend Doctor Jim Antal and The Reverend Doctor Robert Massie) and our sponsors (Impax, Pax, Portfolio 21, Calvert, Trillium, Green Century Funds, Boston Common and MSCI).
Today was the largest climate march in history…by far. And we’re just getting started.
THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible. Check out photos and updates from the scene on Twitter: @BetterFuturePro and @350Mass!
We’ll see you in New York!
We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange has been on the forefront of the Fair Trade movement since its inception and is dedicated to a fair, honest and equitable trading system that works to better the lives of both farmers and consumers. Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts is very proud to be partnering with them! Here’s how it works: if you purchase Equal Exchange chocolates, coffee, or tea through our online portal, 25% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Better Future Project to support programs like 350 Massachusetts. It’s a win-win-win: support small-scale farmers, enjoy delicious chocolate, coffee and tea, and contribute to groundbreaking climate activism all at the same time! Click here to purchase.
When they go to trial on September 8 and 9, they will seek to use a necessity defense to argue that they were defending their lives from the imminent threat of climate change. James Hansen and Bill McKibben, among other expert witnesses, are being called to testify.
Can you join Ken and Jay in the courthouse to show solidarity and support? RSVP here!
WHAT: Trial for Ken and Jay, the lobster boat blockaders
WHEN: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9
WHERE: Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River, MA
On Saturday, August 16th, we’ll gather at Salem’s Derby Wharf to continue our fight against the proposed gas plant and envision a better future for the North Shore and beyond.
We’re at a crucial juncture in our campaign against the gas plant. Despite preferential treatment from state and local officials, Footprint’s project is delayed and their financing is uncertain. Now they’re asking federal regulators to give them a break.
If we keep the pressure up, we can stop the sweetheart deals — and perhaps halt the plant entirely.
We’ll rally at 2 pm and enjoy a “Festival for Our Future” afterwards with music, a giant interactive art piece, kids’ activities, and more. Join us as we work together to envision a future that depends on renewables, not fracked gas! Register here!
WHAT: Rally and Festival for Our Future
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Derby Wharf, Salem, MA (next to the Orientation Center on Derby St.)
They oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline — as do poets, musicians, kayakers, chickens, kids, climate activists, dozens of state and local officials, and concerned citizens from all over Massachusetts.
Kinder Morgan, one of the country’s largest fossil fuel companies, wants to build a brand-new pipeline to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania through our state. And citizens are being asked to pay for it.
It’s outrageous. On Wednesday, July 30th, we’ll join people from all over Massachusetts to say NO to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, NO to the gas tariff, and NO to fracked gas in Massachusetts.
WHAT: Rally against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the gas tariff
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th, 11 am – 1pm