350 Central Mass is an all-volunteer climate-action organization.
Our home is Central Massachusetts, the heart of the Commonwealth.
We work locally and nationally to end our dependence on fossil fuels
and transition to a just and sustainable future for all.
No More Empty Promises
By Nicole Nelson
A bus carrying just one passenger hurries past Union Station
So little time. So few buses.
A bicyclist races to keep up with traffic.
With no bike lane, he is a moving target
The hurried bus clips his bike,
Tossing the cyclist to the ground and his mask falls from his face
A gust of wind carries the mask further into the city
It scrapes the streets
And flows past unhoused folks with hungry bellies
It tumbles through graveyards and the smoke stacks of dirty corporations
75 mph on a hurricane
Until it settles on the last tree left in what was once a lush, enchanted green forest
Nicole gave this address at the No More Empty Promises climate rally on March 19 at Worcester City Hall. The rally was organized by Sunrise Movement Worcester (www.facebook.com/sunriseworcester), a close partner of 350 Central Mass. Nicole is a member of 350CM and Sunrise, and a student at Clark University, Worcester.
March 26 was an historic day for climate action in the Commonwealth: Governor Baker signed the Climate Policy Roadmap Bill S.9 into statute!
S.9 is the first piece of climate legislation passed in Massachusetts in over a decade. This bill creates the foundation for bold and robust statewide climate policy for years to come. This win would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of local activists like you.
Over the course of the 2019-2020 legislative session, advocates organized in communities across the Commonwealth to tell our decision-makers that we need bold, progressive, statewide action to effectively combat the climate crisis. 350 Central Mass was very active in this effort. Thank you for your efforts to get this bill over the finish line, and onto the Governor’s desk!
We are especially excited to share that the Roadmap Bill will:
Codify the definition of environmental justice (EJ), including the impacts of climate change in the bill's definition of "environmental burden.”
Strengthen Massachusetts’ emissions reductions targets to establish a 50% reduction by 2030 and a 75% emissions reduction goal by 2040. These targets hold the Commonwealth accountable to its residents for reducing emissions in our building and transportation sectors in years to come.
Direct the Department of Energy Resources to develop a Net Zero stretch code that cities and towns will have the option to adopt by 2022.
We know that our work is far from over. Today we are better positioned than ever before to continue mobilizing for stronger protections for EJ communities, but we must have an even more rapid transition away from fossil-fueled power plants, and toward an efficiency-based Net Zero building code that all communities can adopt.
On May 7, a dozen 350 Central Mass members rallied at a Bank of America branch in Worcester. We demand that BofA stop financing the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. BofA is one of the largest sources of money for building this environmentally devastating pipeline, which is on land of Indigenous people in Minnesota. The builder, Enbridge, started construction without the permission of these Americans. Our actions support the #DefundLine3 Day of Action.
Massachusetts’ renewable energy contracts with Hydro-Quebec are a direct violation of Indigenous and environmental rights!
Listen to speakers from the frontline communities affected by the Central Maine Power (CMP) Corridor and Canadian Hydropower, and learn what you can do to help by joining this educational Zoom event on Sept 29, at 6:30pm EST. This event is co-hosted by 350 Maine, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, the North American Megadam Resistance Alliance, and Sierra Club Maine Chapter. It is supported by 350 Central Massachusetts, the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Renew New England, Sunrise Bates, Sunrise Franklin County, and Sunrise Worcester.
Learn more and register: here: https://bit.ly/GreenwashedHydroEvent
Due to COVID, our meetings are being held online for now. All are welcome! To join us, contact Janet for details at email@example.com.
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On Feb. 12, 350 CM and Sunrise Worcester activists visited the Worcester office of U.S. Rep. James McGovern to urge him to support our climate goals. Rep. McGovern is a leading voice in addressing climate chaos.