LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series Continues

The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy, in partnership with local Leagues, is presenting a series of regional forums in 2017. The first forum of the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, “On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy,” was held in Worcester May 2, co-sponsored by the Worcester Area LWV. Four forums are planned for the fall in Boston, Winchester, Lexington and Falmouth.

We will kick off the series in the fall with a forum at the New England Aquarium’s Omni Theater Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is part of the Aquarium’s Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by LWVMA, the Aquarium, and the UMass Boston School for the Environment. The speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas, will address extreme events and climate change. She will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for adapting to these changes.

The remaining forums are planned for Winchester Oct. 4 (7 p.m., refreshments at 6:30 p.m.), with a presentation on the Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing; Lexington Oct. 19 (7 p.m.), with a discussion of greening the grid; and Falmouth (date and time TBD).

Save the Trees Ride: Sunday, June 11th at 10 am

Save the Trees Ride

Sunday,  June 11, 10 am

Meeting place: Newton Centre Green

Join Mothers Out Front & Bike Newton for a ride through Newton’s scenic neighborhoods and see firsthand what happens to trees near gas leaks.  Learn more about the harmful effects of methane on tree health, and show your support for a healthier Garden City and greener world.  Meet in Newton Centre on the Green across from Panera Bread.  The ride will last approximately 2 hours. Co-sponsored by Green Newton, Newton Tree Conservancy, League of Women Voters Newton, 350 MASS Newton Node, HEET (Home Energy Efficient Team)  Rain date:  Sunday June 25th.  Check www.bikenewton.org for updates.

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on Saturday, May 13th!

Newton has over 400 gas leaks, leaking methane which contribute to climate change and harming our children’s future. Mother’s Out Front, Green Newton, Bike Newton, the Newton Tree Conservancy, LWVN and other groups are working together to highlight the gas leaks this Saturday, May 13th, starting at 1:30 pm (rain date May 20th).  Volunteers are meeting at the Newton Free Library, Homer Street Entrance.  

For more information, email mothersoutfrontnewton@gmail.com.

From LWVMA: MA Clean Energy Future Tour

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate.

 The Committee wants to know: how do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?

The Conversations are taking place in nine locations from May 8 to June 26.

  • May 8, Mashpee
  • May 9, Sudbury
  • May 15, Melrose
  • May 16, Taunton
  • May 22, Weymouth
  • June 12, Springfield
  • June 19, Pittsfield
  • June 20, North Shore
  • June 26, Boston

See the committee’s website for details for each event and check back if the location is TBD.

Please consider attending and making your voice heard. Committee Chair Sen. Marc Pacheco wants to bring the issue to the attention of House and Senate leaders and the Governor. We can help!

On the committee’s website there are links to email and/or tweet your input.

Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA’s Specialist for environmental legislation, has prepared talking points to help guide your comments. If you have any questions contact her.

Sen. Patrick O’Connor of Weymouth, a speaker at the recent LWVMA Convention and the one Republican on the committee said, “The arguments that have been surrounding global warming, climate change and sea level rise are over. That has been determined, and now it’s time to continue the conversation of what we need to do collectively – Republicans, Democrats, independents, moderates, conservatives and liberals – to combat this great threat to our entire coastal communities as well as the entire commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

We agree with Senator O’Connor!

April 24th: Green Newton event–“Continuing the Course of Greening Our Community and the World”

Join Green Newton on Monday, April 24, at 7pm in the Drucker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library (330 Homer St., Newton) for the next in GN’s Greening Our Community series, ‘Continuing the Course of Greening Our Community and the World’.

Ann Berwick, Newton’s Co-director of Sustainability, will speak on available opportunities for taking action during a time when Trump Administration policies are reversing the environmental  progress that has been made over the last 50 years.  The focus will be on what individuals can do. Some of the things that will be discussed as part of this mission include:

  • Take action to make your home more energy efficient, drive less and drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, install clean electric heat pumps, compost your waste.
  • Join local environmental organizations like Green Newton.
  • Donate to national environmental organizations.
  • Stay informed on pending state legislation and municipal action, and call your legislators in support of climate protections.
  • Show up at demonstrations, support progressive candidates and truth-telling media outlets by subscribing and donating. Your involvement can make a difference!

Ann Berwick served as Chair of the Department of Public Utilities under Governor Deval Patrick, President of the New England States Committee on Electricity, Commonwealth’s Undersecretary for Energy, and Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

This event is sponsored by Green Newton. 

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