What drives members of
350 Central Mass in the fight
against fossil fuels
350 Central Mass gathered in Holden on Nov. 21 to display signs demanding climate action at the local, state and national levels! We were at Lincoln Square in Worcester on Oct. 22 and at Insititue Park on Oct. 29. The receptions everywhere were great!
We advocate for the State House to pass a climate bill NOW and ban dirty biofueled power generation, and for America to build a 100% renewable grid by 2035, electrify everything, and promote environmental justice for for all. Because the climate crisis affects everyone, and we’re running out of time to save the planet.
Paul Popinchalk, of 350 Central Mass, said, “In general, I’m very impressed with the Green Worcester Plan. It’s doing all the right things, just not fast enough. Climate change is happening now, not in the future. We cannot wait until 2045, we need this tomorrow. City officials can’t do this themselves, they can only enable us. We the people need to own this and respond now.”
Massachusetts residents looked out their windows recently and saw the smoky haze from the West Coast fires. That smoke, filled with the ashes of millions of trees, plants, animals, toxic chemicals, thousands of homes and vehicles, and some human lives, traveled 3,000 miles to send us a message. Will we listen?
For too many years, despite concerted advocacy from thousands of Bay Staters, our state legislature has failed to pass any significant legislation to deal with global warming caused by carbon emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels.
A Conference Committee of the state legislature is now debating whether and how Massachusetts will respond to the climate emergency, even as we face another declared “significant” drought, another hottest-year record, a record-hurricane year, and a pandemic that just won’t quit.
We demand strong state legislation that would:
Halt all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure;
Provide greater voice and resources to Environmental Justice communities (those with significant numbers of Black, Brown, immigrant and low-income residents) that have been overburdened with polluting gas infrastructure and carbon emissions, waste incineration, etc.;
Support effective energy conservation and efficiency projects and prioritize renters;
Rapidly electrify transportation and heating/cooling of buildings;
Rapidly convert the electrical grid to 100% renewable energy sources prioritizing wind and solar (no biomass);
Divest state pension funds from fossil fuel companies.
350 Central Mass urges you to ask your State Representative and State Senator to advocate for a strong bill from the Conference Committee.
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Who We Are
Due to COVID, our meetings are being held online for now. All are welcome!
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