Tell FERC: No New Gas in Mass!

15000229096_8b998f57e0_oFor years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber-stamping new gas pipelines and plants, ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible to preserve a livable climate.

Now, it’s time to stand up to FERC. From November 3-7, people are gathering at FERC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to oppose new gas infrastructure.

In solidarity, the 350 Massachusetts Climate Legacy campaign is mobilizing to submit comments to FERC opposing two new gas projects proposed for Massachusetts: the Spectra pipeline expansion and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

By submitting hundreds of thoughtful, well-researched comments, we can help turn the tide and stop the new gas projects planned for Massachusetts.

Join us!

HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT 

1) Click here and enter your name, address, email address, and phone number, then hit “Authorize’.

2) FERC will send you an email. Click on the link at the bottom of the email. The link will take you to a page for submitting your comments with your name and contact information already filled in.

3) Start by inputting the docket number for the Kinder Morgan pipeline (PF14-22). Hit the button marked “Search”, then wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.

4) Then, input the docket number for the Spectra pipeline expansion (CP14-96). Again, hit “Search” and wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.

5) Finally, enter your comment and tell FERC why we need to stop new gas pipelines! It lets you enter up to 6000 characters. It’s best if you type up your comment before, and just copy and paste it into this box. When you’re done, hit the “enter” button on the site.

7) Fill out this form so we know how many comments have been submitted from the 350MA network!

WHAT TO WRITE

Quality matters. FERC is required by law to read each comment carefully and weigh the substantive arguments for and against each project. Concise, well-written, and well-researched comments can make a big impact.

Here are some ideas:

Remind FERC that building new gas pipelines will lead to climate chaos. Need background material? Check out the “Bridge Too Far” report from 350MA’s own policy team!

Tell FERC that new pipelines are unnecessary. To learn more about why the Kinder Morgan pipeline, in particular, isn’t needed, click here.

Submit questions and requests for information. What questions should gas companies have to answer before they can build new projects?

Share personal stories about how gas pipelines will impact you.

Note: do not share specific information about your individual objections to the Kinder Morgan pipeline (such as, “the north end of my property is home to this endangered species”, etc.). The Kinder Morgan pipeline is still in the “pre-filing” stage, and it’s better to reveal such information during the “filing” stage. 

 

350MA Divestment Retreat

DSCN0725 copyThe 350 Massachusetts divestment team met this weekend on Cape Cod for two days of planning, strategizing and fun. We’re excited to make MA the first to divest in 2015! Interested in getting more involved in divestment? Contact Eli Gerzon, State Divestment Organizer for Better Future Project, eli@betterfutureproject.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Check Us Out in The Boston Globe!

ByESccDIIAAMeOeGreat 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.

 

 

 

 

Standing Up for a Koch-free WGBH!

1653348_885627734783291_2307955903860012651_nOn 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!

Great Divestment Conversations at Boston Carbon Risk Forum

photo of roundtable discussionMore 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).

WOW!


ByFCr10IQAEMEGSInitial estimate from the People’s Climate March organizers: 310,000 people — including literally thousands of MA residents — just marched  through New York to demand climate justice!

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!

 

 

 

 

Incredible Update on the Trial of the Lobster Boat Blockaders!

10670244_873517429327655_2286747737602488265_n (1)The trial of the lobster boat blockaders just ended in an amazing — and entirely unexpected — way!
A little before noon on Monday, September 8, the district attorney walked out of the courthouse holding a copy of Bill McKibben’s latest article from Rolling Stone.
He told the cheering crowd of more than 100 people that he saw the need to take leadership on climate change and that he was dropping Ken and Jay’s criminal charges down to civil infractions. 
 ”Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced,” he said — and added that he’d be joining us at the People’s Climate March in New York City in two weeks.
It’s clear that the DA — like so many of us — was deeply inspired by Ken and Jay’s story. 
As Ken said:  ”DA Sutter in effect accepted our necessity defense….protest works, indeed protest may be the only thing that can save us.” 

There’s been incredible media coverage already from The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, Salon, Politico, Channel 10 NBC Boston, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and more. Stay tuned for a full listing of media hits at www.lobsterboatblockade.org!
 
And help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter

We’ll see you in New York!

Buy Equal Exchange Products and Support BFP!

Screen-Shot-2014-09-08-at-3.15.49-PM-300x162We’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.

 

Join us at the People’s Climate March!

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  • We’re bringing hundreds of Bay Staters to New York City for the People’s Climate March!
  • You can buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • For the most up-to-date information on bus departure times and locations, please go to the ticket purchasing page: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
  • In order to coordinate before and during the People’s Climate March, we will be sending periodic updates to all bus registrants. If you’re planning to make your own way to the march, but you want to stay updated on our plans, you can fill out this form to receive the updates. 
  • There will also be a mass texting system with updates, locations, and reminders before and day of the march. To sign up for that, text @PCM350MA to 23559.
  • Are you interested in helping with outreach and recruitment leading up the march, and then checking people in on the day of? Sign up to volunteer here! We’re especially in need of bus captains in Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and Amherst. 
  • Help us pay the full cost of the buses by making a donation through the Better Future Project donation page!

Historic Trial of the Lobster Boat Blockaders

lobster boat meme 4Last spring, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara used a small white lobster boat  to blockade a delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Plant.

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

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