January 26, 2018
Speak Out Against the New 2019-2024 OffShore Drilling Plan!
Postponed Meeting for Northeast Rescheduled

You may have seen headlines recently about the Trump administration’s plan to open up the Outer Contintental Shelf (OSC) to drilling for gas and oil. This program, planned to run from 2019–2024, would open up over 90% of the OSC to exploration and exploitation. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has scheduled a series of Open House style public meetings to allow for public comment on the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

There are two ways to chime in: by submitting comments (deadline March 9) and by attending BOEM’s Open House Meetings.

February 13 — Hartford, CT
February 15 — Albany, NY
February 27 — Boston, MA
February 28 — Providence, RI
March 5 — Concord, NH
March 7 — Augusta, ME

Also, for those who want to go to the Capitol, the DC hearing is February 22.

Mass Power Forward Invites You to
Valentine's Day Action at the State House
I Love Clean Energy: Mass Power Forward
Valentine's Lobby Day

Love clean energy? Join us for Mass Power Forward's Valentine's Lobby Day! On February 14th, hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.
» Please RSVP to help the planners
10 AM - 3 PM

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA

» Facebook Event
No Fracked Gas in Mass and Berkshire Environmental Action Team are just two of over 160 member organizations of Mass Power Forward.

Conference on Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health
Informative for Board of Health members and health care professionals
NGI and Public Health Conference - Boston University 1-30-2018

Please ask your local Board of Health members to view the webcast of this event.
The venue is now fully booked but live streaming will be available starting at 10 AM on January 30.

» At the time of the event, CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WEBCAST
(Until 10 am Jan 30th this link goes to a long webpage of code.
The link will work after 10 am Jan 30th when the conference begins)

Please talk to your local Board of Health members!
about signing on to a letter to Governor Baker about the hazards of fossil fuel infrastructure, and contact Michelle Brooks about any efforts and progress made (or for any questions!)
» Check the list of 50 towns that have already signed on
to make sure your Board of Health isn’t already on board
Featured Events

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 31, 2018 — AMHERST, MA zeroenergybuildings.jpg
Zero Energy Buildings with Ellen Watts. How can our communities go 100% Renewable Energy? Ellen Watts, principal of Architerra, a firm specializing in high performance buildings, will talk about public buildings she has designed and discuss the feasibility and affordability of Zero Energy. This is the first of a series of educational events for the public to understand new local initiatives for Zero Energy and 100% renewable energy. Sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Now, Amherst League of Women Voters Hitchcock Center, Western MA Community Choice Energy, and the Sustaining Amherst Town Office.
» Free, but registration appreciated
» Facebook Event Page
7 PM - 8:30 PM
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West St.
Amherst, MA

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action — from Westchester County to the Hudson Valley and Long Island — to create and implement solutions to Climate Change.
Be a part of these solutions:
• 100% Renewable Energy
• Electric Vehicles
• Solar Pollinator Gardens
• Communicating Climate Change
• Carbon Tax
• Food and Soil
• Home of the Future Expo
Don’t miss Keynote Speakers:
• David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society
• David Gelber, Creator and Executive Producer of The Years of Living Dangerously The Summit is a Zero Waste Event.

» Much more info online
(Snow Date: February 4)

Doors open at 8:00am
Fox Lane High School
Bedford, NY

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 24, 2018 — W. HARTFORD, CT Feb24_WHartford_Climate-Justice-Teach-in

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 28, 2018 — HARTFORD, CT 2-28CTGoGreenCT Go Green Rally. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently released a draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that would be detrimental to renewable energy in CT. The people of CT demand a energy policy that serves their needs, instead of maintaining the control that large utilities, energy corporations and car companies currently enjoy. On February 28th we will be holding a rally in front of the Hartford State House to let our government know that the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Governors’ Council on Climate Change has a responsibility to represent the people of CT when it develops proposed energy policy for the future, and a rewrite is needed. We have been dependent on fossil fuels for too long, even though we know we have the technology to transition to clean energy like wind and solar. That’s why we need to take action now. Join us let your voice be heard.
10 AM - 12 PM
210 Capitol Ave

Hartford, CT
» If you plan to go, please fill out the Rally RSVP to help planners
» Facebook Event Page

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MONDAY — APRIL 23, 2018 — ALBANY, NY ALBANYapril23
Cuomo Walk The Talk, Off Fossil Fuels Convergence. We will have a short prayerful event sprinkled with creative storytelling and march together in Albany, NY together before entering the New York State Capitol Building to demand Governor Cuomo Walks the Talk and moves Off Fossil Fuels NOW. It’s time for the Governor to protect our future. The first step must be to halt all fracked-gas projects statewide. To stem climate change we must work toward a just transition to 100% renewable energy immediately. We must address issues of energy efficiency and storage. And we must do this with courage and expediency.
10 AM - 6 PM
Albany, NY
» Sign The Pledge To Resist NY InFRACKstructure on April 23rd

Many more Upcoming Events on our Events Page

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Continuing our work, thanks to you!

Thanks to your support, we're continuing our work to keep fossil fuel expansion at bay, helping you stay informed to take action for a cleaner, healthier environment and more just energy system.

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