Our Issues

MCAN fights climate change by promoting clean energy and educating the public on the dangers of dirty energy. Our local chapter members, aided by MCAN, work with their elected state officials to increase renewable energy opportunities and combat legislation that supports dirty energy.

Clean Energy

Clean energy is produced when solar, wind and hydro are used to create power. These forms of power create jobs, reduce our air and water pollution, and aid in the prevention of further climate change.  Click here to see MCAN's clean energy fact sheet.

Dirty Energy

Dirty energy is any type of power that creates pollution and climate change. Our increased dependence on natural gas and fossil fuels continues to harm our environment and the well-being of the human race. Every day carbon and other toxic chemicals are being released into our atmosphere, causing irreparable damage.  Click here to see MCAN's dirty energy fact sheet.


Whether pertaining to inefficient appliances or unnecessary food and trash, waste contributes to climate change. Landfills are overflowing, toxic chemicals are abundant in our air and water, and one-time use products are full of untested and unsafe chemicals. By purchasing and using natural products and reducing waste, we can reduce our waste and work towards a cleaner world.

See Arlington's success in reducing food waste! 


Ecological resilience is how quickly an ecosystem recovers from damage. An ecosystem pushed past its capabilities changes the regimes and processes which control that environment. Climate change, deforestation and pollution all contribute to our environments reduced ability to heal.

Learn about BioMap2, a conservation plan for Massachusetts here.

Carbon Pricing

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a founding member of a new coalition, the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future. Together with allies in environmental, business, labor, faith, health and civic groups across the state, MCAN is working to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by taxing those who emit CO2.

Offshore Wind

Offshore wind farms are groups of wind turbines built in federal waters, five to fifteen miles from shore, which use wind to generate clean energy. Wind farms are particularly advantageous because wind produces the most energy during morning and daytime hours, when electricity demands are highest.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency reduces the amount of energy required to produce products and provide services. It is an easy and cost-effective way to slow climate change. Energy is wasted through transmission, heat loss, and inefficient technology every day, costing people money and increasing pollution.

Net Metering

Net metering is the process by which consumers can be credited the excess of energy they produce when they give it back to the grid. Net metering is controversial in Massachusetts because some believe clean energy users are not paying to maintain transmission lines, thereby increasing energy rates for non-solar energy users.

Citizens for Farm Animal Protection

The animal agriculture sector (made up primarily of large-scale factory farms)—which includes the production of feed crops, the manufacturing of fertilizer, and the shipment of meat, eggs, and milk—is responsible for 18% of all climate change-causing pollution. See what you and your chapter can do to help stop the impact these farms are having. 

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  • commented 2015-08-28 20:30:47 -0400
    Hi- I noticed water isn’t mentioned as a campaign. Given the trajectory of population growth it seems like preserving and protecting our freshwater sources should be a priority.

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