U-CHAN Education Forum on Housing on Thursday, May 17, 7-9 pm

U-CHAN Educational Forum on Housing

Thursday, May 17  7-9pm, Eliot Church, 474 Centre St. in Newton Corner

Fourth of a four part series: Come and add your thoughts as part of a facilitated discussion of the question: 

What are the common values residents of Newton can agree upon and adhere to as the city undertakes planning for a city that ensures adequate housing for all its current and future residents? 

For further information contact Josephine McNeil – 617-543-8097 or jomac1941@aol.com.

Lobby Day on Beacon Hill for Energy and Environmental Justice–Thursday, 12 to 4

LWVMA coalition partners, Mass Power Forward and The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future (carbon pricing) are working hard to push important energy and environmental justice (EJ) bills forward for a vote this session. A State House Lobby Day is being planned for Thursday May 10th from 12:00-4:00PM. Meetings with legislators are being scheduled and all materials will be available to those participating. Click here to register.

What do we want? The League is advocating for passage of S.2302: An Act to promote a clean energy future, also referred to as the “Omnibus Bill”, submitted by Senator Pacheco.

Why is this bill so important? S.2302 contains virtually all the critical elements of individual energy and EJ bills submitted this session and supported by the League and our partners. We are pushing for passage of the entire bill, with special emphasis on:

·        carbon pricing language (as described in the attachment)

·        a strong plan for implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act (referred to as the “roadmap”).

The task at hand is to mobilize membership to attend the State House Lobby Day on May 10th. Please register using the link above to participate on May 10th if you can and do all you can to spread the word to encourage others to join you.

May 9th Webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger on Cap and Trade

Invitation to a Webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger    

Cap and Trade – An Introduction

Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Cap and trade systems are the dominant method of pricing carbon globally. The enormous markets of the European Union and China use cap and trade, and California, with the sixth largest economy in the world, also has a cap and trade system with an effective price on 85% of its emissions. Currently the California system is trading allowances with Quebec and Ontario, possibly extending trade to other Canadian provinces, U.S. states, and even Mexico.

RSVP to join us on Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 pm PDT, for an informative presentation on how carbon pricing can be a major element in reducing carbon emissions. Dr. Emily Wimberger, chief economist at the California Air Resources Board, tasked with managing California’s cap and trade system, will give an overview of California’s cap and trade system.

Registration for the webinar is limited to 100 people, so sign up early. Register here.

Webinars are hosted by the LWVUS Price on Carbon Steering Committee and PriceonCarbon.org. Webinars are designed to help us learn more about pricing carbon and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Recordings of our previous webinars are available on the Price on Carbon website here.

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on May 12th

NEWTON HAS 600 NATURAL GAS LEAKS leaking methane which contributes to climate change, harming our children’s future. National Grid is working with The City of Newton to fix some of the biggest leaks, however…

• Methane is a powerful global warming pollutant… 86 times more potent than
carbon dioxide on a 20-year time scale.
• Methane harms our health, kills trees and is a safety hazard.
• You pay for leaks
• Utilities pass the cost of this waste to us, the customers.
• We pay up to $135 million every year in Massachusetts (2013 Sen. Markey study).
• In the Boston area alone, the value of lost gas is $90 million, enough to heat
200,000 homes (2015 PNAS Harvard/Boston University McKain study).

Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm • Rain Date May 19
Front Steps of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre 02459

LWVN is co-sponsoring this event with Mothers Out Front and several other groups.

Support the Extreme Risk Protection Order on Monday at 11 am, MA State House

Join the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence


Where:  Massachusetts State House, 3rd Floor
Wolcott Statue (outside House Chamber)

When: Monday, April 30, 11:00 AM

Speakers include:
  • Chief Steve Wojnar, President of the MA Chiefs of Police Assoc.
  • Rep Marjorie Decker
  • John Rosenthal, Stop Handgun Violence
  • Janet Goldenberg, MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

 Come together for the final push to enact this important GVP legislation!

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