Pages tagged "in the news"

  • CA - Local teens organize to combat climate change

    Thank you to these St. Francis High School Juniors taking the lead on climate!

    Worldwide, "Fridays for Future" school walkouts in March brought together students from across 112 countries. Among them were St. Francis High School juniors Sindhu Vajrala and Jamie Minden, who co-founded the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike the same month, putting together resources to organize walkouts in under four days.

    The chapter, which has since expanded to 20 members and five co-leads, is readying for its next march, set for Friday, Sept. 20.

    The group has formed a coalition between local youth-led environmental groups, including Sunrise Movement, 350 Bay Area and Extinction Rebellion, to organize the event and is consulting with adult organizers from the Women's March, March for Science, and Mothers Out Front.

     

    Read all about it:

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  • VA - Local mothers call on FCPS to get onboard electric school bus initiative

    More coverage for Mothers Out Front Fairfax County Electric School Bus initiative launch!

    The budding Fairfax County chapter of the national advocacy network Mothers Out Front introduced itself to the larger community on Aug. 20 at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna by launching a Clean Buses for Kids campaign to bring electric buses to Fairfax County Public Schools.

    “We felt like it was a great way to do something concrete and make a difference in our local area,” Mothers Out Front Fairfax County co-founder Bobby Monacella said. “…Fairfax can make a really big difference if we switch to electric school buses.”

     

    Read all about it:

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  • VA - Community members and school board reps consider electric school buses

    VA - Mothers Out Front Fairfax County makes the news again as they call for healthy, electric school buses! 

    VIENNA, Va. (WDVM) — Mothers Out Front Fairfax, a chapter of the national climate group, wants the Fairfax County School Board to ditch its diesel fueled school buses in exchange for electric school buses; the healthier choice for the kids, and for the environment.

    “We have the second-largest fleet in the country, so if we make this change it’s going to make a real impact on the entire country’s emissions,” said Bobby Monacella, co-leader of Mothers Out Front Fairfax. “It’s just important, I think, for everyone in Fairfax County to reach out to the school board and let them know that they care about this.”

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  • MA - NEWS: Rally calls for National Grid to repair gas leaks

    Mothers Out Front in Massachusetts held a rally with allies on July 31st to make sure that National Grid understood we wanted them to keep their promise to fix the gas leaks. We're grateful to the Boston Globe and the community for listening!

    Protesters decked out in neon orange, yellow, and green vests called on National Grid to repair gas leaks across the state at a rally in Boston on Wednesday.

    Members of Mothers Out Front, Gas Leaks Allies, the Sierra Club, and other environmental groups gathered between the MBTA’s Government Center Station and the John F. Kennedy Federal Building to bring attention to the problem, a waste of energy and a significant contributor to climate change.

    Organizers said the rally was held at a site of a major leak near the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

    Protesters held signs with large letters that spelled #FIXBIGGASLEAKS for a drone that took pictures from above, and many pointed to a dead tree at the center of the circle as evidence of the nearby leak.

     

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  • MA - Concord mothers to NGrid: Fix these gas leaks

    Mothers Out Front Concord takes it to the source! Congratulations to the team on being #inthenews and changing the conversation! Thank you to Concord Wicked Local for covering this issue.

    “We’re here to hold them accountable, make them comply with the regulations and to keep their promises to measure and fix these gas leaks,” Davis said. “The reason we’re so fired up about this is because they’re over 16,000 gas leaks in the state of Massachusetts. And the methane that leaks out is 10 percent of our emissions in the state. It’s the same amount of emissions that all the business and stores in the whole state (discharge). It’s a huge greenhouse gas emitter.”

    Read all about it!

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  • CA - Chevron's Huge Kern County Spill Endangers Valley Residents

    California mothers are alarmed by an ongoing, uncontained oil spill in Kern County and are dismayed at the lack of independent oversight of California’s powerful oil and gas industry, as this powerful article quoting Linda conveys.

    “We have lost all faith in the ability of DOGGR to do its job of protecting Californians, and we call on the Governor to completely reform this corporate-captured agency,” said Linda Hutchins-Knowles, California Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front. “Regulators should not be allowed to own stock in the very industry they’re supposed to regulate. As California faces serious water scarcity, we need increased protections for our aquifers, not weakened rules.”

    Along with over 500 public-interest groups in Last Chance Alliance, mothers and others call on Governor Newsom to protect California’s communities and climate by agreeing to:

    STOP new oil & gas permits,

    DROP existing production in a just and managed transition, and

    ROLL out science-based 2500’ buffer zones between drilling zones and sensitive sites like homes and schools. 

    Will you amplify our call? Sign our petition to Gov. Newsom to STOP, DROP & ROLL for public health and climate safety. Let’s demand real climate leadership! Thank you! 

     

  • MA - Valley communities feted for clean energy initiatives, fighting climate change

    Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley speaking out for 100% by 2035!

    The event featured speakers representing Holyoke, Amherst and Northampton, Environment Massachusetts, and the climate activism groups Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now.

    The 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act, H.2836 in the House and S.1958 in the Senate, was touted at the event. The legislation would transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and phase out fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2045. So far 113 legislators have endorsed the legislation, according to Environment Massachusetts, including state Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, and state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton.

     

    Read the story here: 

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  • MA - Somerville mothers demand National Grid fix gas leaks

    Mothers Out Front Somerville is taking on National Grid, together with other teams throughout Massachusetts, to #FixBigGasLeaks!

    “I’ve been in the same house for the last nine years and, like every other resident in East Somerville, I’m in National Grid territory,” she said. “I’ve known for years about gas leaks in the area — it’s been an ongoing problem for 20 years — but I started getting involved in Mothers Out Front in Somerville because I knew they were raising awareness about leaks as a safety threat and an environmental threat.”

    - Mother Out Front Paola Massoli

     

    Read the whole story here:

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  • NEWS: Mothers Out Front Named McNulty Prize Laureate

     

    The McNulty Foundation Announces Four New Laureates for 2019

     

    JULY 16, 2019

    The Laureates for the $100,000 leadership award are working in India, the United States, South Africa and across Central America.

    The announcement will be celebrated on July 24 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Watch the Laureates share their bold visions, following an interview with international statesman & McNulty Prize juror Olara Otunnu at 6:00 MDT on July 24: agln.aspeninstitute.org/live

     

    Contact: Nina Sawhney
    McNulty Foundation
    [email protected]

    Philip Javellana
    The Aspen Institute
    [email protected]

     

    Aspen, CO, July 16, 2019––The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 12th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates, five extraordinary individuals who have leveraged their expertise, experience and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures.

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  • MA - NEWS: Mothers helping to fight Air Quality Permit Approval for Weymouth

    Mother Out Front Susan Lees #InTheNews and demanding that Governor Baker stand by our communities and our families rather than fossil fuel interests.

    “Permitting this dangerous and toxic facility next to neighborhoods where residents raise families, send their children to school, and build communities is deeply negligent,” said Susan Lees of Mothers Out Front, an environmental activist group. “Governor Baker must show that he has the backbone to stand up to large energy corporations and intervene in this broken permitting process.”

    #NoWeymouthCompressorStation

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