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Dear MetroWesters,

We are on the brink of getting a wonderful climate bill passed that will set up MA for a better future. To overcome the 11th-hour obstacles, let’s show them the faces of who we are fighting for!
Please read the notice below from 350Mass and respond NOW.
We encourage you to stay further informed by signing up with 350Mass.

Note: Mark your calendars for other upcoming events, listed at the end of this e-blast!
Debby and Sabine, co-ordinators
Stay in touch:

As you may have heard, the Massachusetts House has so far failed to meaningfully address climate change this session after the Senate unanimously passed a fantastic bill. We’re writing to ask for your help in a couple key ways:

1) Rally and Call Thursday, July 19th
We’re asking you to join us on Thursday, July 19th at the State House for an Emergency Climate Rally to demonstrate the need for the Mass House to act on climate now!

Can we count on you to show your support for the climate policies we need by attending our emergency rally? RSVP HERE.

2) Share who you’re fighting for!

We’re asking everyone who comes to bring 4 copies of a picture of who they are fighting for. This could be a picture of a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin, or sibling, or friend. Please write on the back of the photo why you care for this person, and why climate change concerns you.

If you can’t make it on Thursday, please send a picture of who you are fighting for to your rep and post it to social media. We’ll have more details about this ask early next week.

3) Call Your Rep

If you cannot make it to the rally, it’s more important than ever to call your representative and ask them to take impactful climate action. RSVP HERE to call your representative on Thursday, 7/19 and we will follow up with a call script. Please also consider sending a copy of that photo to your rep over social media.

Let’s flood the phones and the floor of the Massachusetts Statehouse to show the urgency of immediate climate action in our state policy!

Once again, if you can make it to the rally on July 19, RSVP HERE. If not, make your opinions heard, by calling your representative! Be sure to share the event on Facebook too!

Thanks for staying engaged,
Andrew Gordon
Legislative Manager, 350 Mass

P.S. We are also planning a larger Nonviolent Civil Disobedience action at the Statehouse on Wednesday, July 25, we need your support! If you’re interested in coming as a non-arrestable supporter or an arrestable participant, please be sure to fill out the RSVP form with your information.

Upcoming 350Mass and MetroWest node events:
Thursday, August 9, 7-9pm – MetroWest node planning meeting at Debby’s – all are welcome!
Sunday, August 19 – 350Mass state-wide BBQ at a park in Watertown (stay tuned for details)
Thursday, August 23, 7-9pm – MetroWest node monthly meeting, First Parish Sudbury (air-conditioned!)
(Note: this meeting date is an exception to our usual first Thursday scheme)
Thursday, September 6, 7-9pm – MetroWest node monthly meeting, Peace Lutheran, Wayland
Saturday, September 8 – Rise for Climate global action day! (stay tuned for details)

The 350 Massachusetts MetroWest node is a gathering of those who want to learn more about the causes of and remedies for climate change as well as having the option to support the following local initiatives: divesting from fossil fuel equities, carbon pollution pricing, and support for renewable energy resources and infrastructure. This node is part of the organization 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future. The public meetings are usually the first Thursday of the month, with a rotation of locations in our region. All are encouraged to join the subgroup meetings for the initiatives, as well as the planning group, which meets separately.

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.