Events

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    4/26 Greenfield Eversource Rate Hearing

    Recently, you might have gotten something with your Eversource bill about hearings for a "rate case". You probably tossed it, but it turns out this is something that is really important to allow renewable energy to continue to grow in MA. It is particularly important for rooftop solar, which we all want to see more of! 

    I hope you will come to one of the hearings.

    Basically, overall Eversource is proposing a bill increase to you and I that would increase their revenue by about $100 million dollars. Eversource is asking the state (via the Department of Public Utilities, or DPU) to give them a guaranteed return on equity of 10.5%, which would be among the highest rate of any utility in the country. 

    There are many parts of this proposal that are bad for solar, including imposing "demand charges" on residential customers and higher "fixed customer charges"; which will both have the effect of lowering net metering credits. The proposal is also bad for low income households (western MA families could end up with an annual bill of $500 before they even turn on the lights!), and for energy conservation. 

    If you want to see more clean energy in MA, then please plan on attending one of the public hearings to express your opinion. It will be important for the DPU commissioners to see a broad range of constituents and ratepayers at the hearings. 

    I have put a short set of talking points here as well as the hearing schedule and locations, and if you cannot make it to a hearing you can submit written comments. 

     

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    The Capitol in Washington, DC

    4/29 People's Climate March

    Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People's Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. To change everything, we need everyone.

    There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles.

    We understand this event is in DC, but we hope that those who can attend, will. There are efforts to put together a sister march in Boston- we will let you know as more information becomes available.

    Resist. Build. Rise. March.

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Boston Common in Boston, MA

    4/29 Boston People's Climate Mobilization

    Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.

    The new administration has attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.

    We've fought back with a wave of protests larger than at almost any other point in history — let's make sure that we mark the 100th day of his presidency with another mass action that stands up for our communities.

    On April 29, the People's Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, we'll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Join us!

    To attend, fill out the quick form on their website here

    Their official Facebook page is here

    The schedule of events is:

    12:00-1:00pm

    • Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common

    1:00-3:30pm

    • Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common
    • Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice--including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more--at SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common)

    We hope you will join us to support this movement!

  • Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA

    5/3 MCAN and Audubon Movie Night

     

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    Join Mass Audubon, MCAN, and Young Voices for the Planet for an evening of inspiring short films about kids taking action on climate change and the environment!

    what: Screenings of four short films about youth taking action in their communities

    when: 7-8:30, May 3rd

    where: Audubon's Drumlin Farm Great Room (208 S Great Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773)

     

    The mission of the Young Voices for the Planet film series is to to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers, and catalyzing change.

    The short films document youth speaking out, creating solutions and leading the change. These youth solutions to the climate crisis include stories of California kids banning plastic bags, Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs, an 11-year-old German boy planting millions of trees and other young people changing laws, changing minds and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.

    We will show 4 of the short films and follow the films with a conversation with the stars from "Save Tomorrow", who changed the town bylaws in Lexington MA to allow for solar on public buildings.

     

    Dessert will be served.

     

     

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    5/8 MCAN and Audubon Movie Night

    Join Mass Audubon, MCAN, and Young Voices for the Planet for an evening of inspiring short films about kids taking action on climate change and the environment!

    What: Screenings of four short films about youth taking action in their communities

    When: 7:00-8:30pm, May 8th

    Where: Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126

    The mission of the Young Voices for the Planet film series is to to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers, and catalyzing change.

    The short films document youth speaking out, creating solutions and leading the change. These youth solutions to the climate crisis include stories of California kids banning plastic bags, Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs, an 11-year-old German boy planting millions of trees and other young people changing laws, changing minds and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.

    We will show 4 of the short films and follow the films with a conversation with the stars from "Save Tomorrow", who changed the town bylaws in Lexington MA to allow for solar on public buildings.

     

    Dessert will be served.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 3 rsvps

    5/10 MCAN and Audubon Movie Night

     

    Join Mass Audubon, MCAN, and Young Voices for the Planet for an evening of inspiring short films about kids taking action on climate change and the environment!

    What: Screenings of four short films about youth taking action in their communities

    When: 7:00-8:30pm, May 10th

    Where: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

     

    The mission of the Young Voices for the Planet film series is to to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers, and catalyzing change.

    The short films document youth speaking out, creating solutions and leading the change. These youth solutions to the climate crisis include stories of California kids banning plastic bags, Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs, an 11-year-old German boy planting millions of trees and other young people changing laws, changing minds and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.

    We will show 4 of the short films and follow the films with a conversation with the stars from "Save Tomorrow", who changed the town bylaws in Lexington MA to allow for solar on public buildings.

     

    Dessert will be served.


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