Pages tagged "in the news"

  • MA - In a first for Massachusetts, Brookline votes to ban oil and gas pipes in new buildings

    A historic vote in Brookline, MA, as Mothers Out Front, friends and allies work to make sure new construction and renovations do not include fossil fuel infrastructure.

    “Our goal was to make this as practical as possible, and to make this bylaw work for everyone,” said Kathleen Scanlon, an architect and Town Meeting member who serves as coordinator for Brookline Mothers Out Front. “Many communities are watching Brookline’s ... vote on this issue. We want our efforts to spread regionally and beyond.”


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  • MA - Eastie Mother Testifies in Support of Future Act

    Mother out Front Sonja Tenglad testified at this Massachusetts hearing in the name of her son and for all our children's future.

    Like others that testified at the hearing Tengblad argued the bill works with utilities to make these changes happen, and also seeks to re-introduce additional public scrutiny within the Department of Public Utilities through improved transparency measures.

    “There are two days that changed my life forever: the day my beautiful son Soren was born, and a day two months later when I read a Bill McKibben article outlining the climate crisis,” began Tengblad at last week’s hearing. “That day, I realized that when my son is my age, he might not feel he has the option to have a beautiful child of his own. Not on this planet. That night, I sang him his regular lullaby, and then cried myself to sleep: I see trees of green, red roses too, I watch them bloom, for me and you, and I think to myself: what a wonderful world.”

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  • MA - Gas is in the past after second night of Brookline special Town Meeting

    Brookline had a terrific win when this bylaw passed overwhelmingly!

    The action was urgently needed, co-petitioner and architect Kathleen Scanlon said in the same Mothers Out Front press release.

    “We cannot install new gas infrastructure that will last 30 years, past the time that we have committed to achieving zero emissions,” Scanlon said. “This decision will move us away from new oil and gas infrastructure when it’s convenient and possible to do so. It’s a step in the right direction for Brookline and for our climate.”


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  • MA - Somerville Mothers Out Front joins city to announce renewable energy program

    Great news out of Somerville from the work of Somerville Mothers Out Front, our friends at Green Energy Consumers Alliance and Mayor Joe Curtatone:

    In the New Year, every Somerville resident will have 25 percent clean electricity powering their homes, and those inclined can opt in for 100 percent.

    This is all made possible through the expanded Somerville’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program.

    “As mothers, we are deeply concerned about our children’s health and safety,” said Jessica Garrett, a science educator and member of Mothers Out Front, a group dedicated to mobilizing around climate change issues. “Somerville’s CCE program is part of the solution to transition to clean, renewable energy.”


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  • WGBH News: Focusing On The Impact Of Climate Change On Children And Families

    On November 11th, Saya Ameli Hajebi from the Sunrise Movement & Kelsey Wirth, Co-founder and Chair of Mothers Out Front appeared together on Boston Public Radio.

    The shift in the national dialogue towards climate change has often been attributed to a surge in climate activism, largely led by the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise Movement is a national organization of youth activists advocating for bold leadership on climate change. Saya Ameli Hajebi, an organizer with the group, said during an interview with Boston Public Radio on Monday that one goal of the Sunrise Movement is to raise awareness for the immediate danger climate change poses to communities around the world.

    “How many families, how many kids, are looking out to their home and seeing it burned to ash? How many kids are watching the last bits of brick and drywall from their school drift away because of more and more hurricanes?” Hajebi said. “This is an issue about protecting our families, and once we realize that, once we internalize just how urgent this crisis is and how it could really take our loved ones away from us, there’s no other path but to action.”

    Joining Hajebi on Monday was Kelsey Wirth, the co-founder and chair of the board of Mothers Out Front. Similar to the Sunrise Movement, Mothers Out Front focuses their climate activism around the experience of being a mother during the climate crisis. Ultimately, Wirth said the goal of the group is to mobilize citizens to rival the power and influence major corporations have on elected officials.

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  • NY - Letter: PSC, make utility firms do their part

    Mother Out Front Lisa Marshall can't see why customers are being incentivized to switch to #frackedgas for heating and wrote a letter to the Times Union!

    It is the five members of the Public Service Commission, appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who are tasked with actually regulating the utilities. It is their job to ensure that the utilities do their part to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets while keeping households connected to heat and power. Right now, the PSC is sitting on an energy efficiency order that can do just that.

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  • MA - The future is now: Worcester Youth and residents continue to fight against climate change

    Read this opinion piece in The Gardner News covering the communities in Worcester continuing the fight against climate change, including Mother Out Front Selina Gallo and her daughter.

    One Worcester family’s story

    Xochitl Cruz-Gallo, a 13-year-old from St. Peter Central Catholic, and her mother, Selina Gallo, a professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross and member of Mothers Out Front, exhibit symptoms of climate anxiety and grief.

    When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Cruz-Gallo readily responded with “climate change activist.”

    “She has no other choice,” added Gallo, who could not hold back tears when thinking about her daughter’s future.

    “She’s always been super talented in the theater,” Gallo said. “She thought she would be a Broadway actor one day, but this year she told me ‘I can’t do that anymore because I have to work on climate change.’ That really sucks because I can’t tell her she’s wrong.”

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  • MA - LTE: Bedford Opts Up—A Green Wave Growing in Town

    Mothers Out Front teams know the value of a Letter to the Editor to get the message out, and they want Bedford, MA to know all the benefits of the Community Choice Aggregation program.

    Besides contributing to the reduction of  harmful carbon emissions—a huge benefit for all of us who care about our children’s futures—this program provides additional options and benefits to which most of us may not have given much thought. For more information about Bedford’s program, please check the website (


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  • NY - Mothers Out Front Plans Rally For Climate Action October 13 In Poughkeepsie

    Mothers Out Front Duchess County (NY) is #inthenews as they get ready for a tremendous rally on October 13th! (You can join in by RSVPing here.)

    “The earth has a fever, and it gets hotter every year. What is New York doing about this?” asks Johanna Fallert of Mothers Out Front–Dutchess County.             

    On October 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the environmental advocacy organization will take that question public with Earth to Cuomo: The Rally for New York’s Climate, at Waryas Park, in Poughkeepsie. 

    While the rally will include family fun, live music and food trucks, Fallert says, it will also send a strong message to Gov. Cuomo from his constituents. “We will voice our concerns about climate warming and the threat to health and the environment from the emissions of fracked gas power plants, pipelines and infrastructure throughout New York,” she says.


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  • Meet the ‘Raging Grannies’ and ‘Gray Rangers’ Calling for Climate Action

    Thank you to author Mythili Sampathkumar for this thoughtful look at the intergenerational movement to fight the #climatecrisis.

    The Grannies are part of a larger, worldwide support group of senior citizens armed with signs, buttons, songs, tips on proper ways to get arrested they perfected while protesting the Vietnam War, plenty of words of encouragement, and a wealth of experience in calling for change within and outside of the system. The Elders for Climate, Mothers out Front, and the Gray Rangers are just some of the groups that make up this overlooked contingent.


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