Node Meeting Thurs 8/20 – For an inspirational lift, join us Thursday!
Thursday, Aug. 20: 6:45pm for newcomers; 7:00pm meeting begins.
Come be inspired by all the good folks who come to our meetings – we have stories to share and can offer ways to get meaningfully involved. We’ve found that collective action with like-minded people is the best lift.We’ve been doing some heavy lifting to get our House of Representatives to pass some serious climate legislation (read more below). We’ve also collected signatures to put questions about climate action and legislative transparency on the ballot in many districts in the Commonwealth. Now we’re gearing up for the upcoming elections on Sept. 1 and Nov. 3. Come explore – what would lift YOU up?
Candidates endorsed by 350 Mass Action: Here is a list of state-level candidates endorsed by 350 Mass Action that could use phonebanking or other support for their primary contests, including links to when and how you can help. Kyra (interning at 350 Mass Action) is also in touch with all of these campaigns, so reach out to her () if you are looking for more information or ways of getting in touch with a specific campaign. Only two weeks left before these primaries!
MA House Passes Climate Bill
On July 31 at 9 p.m., the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed H.4912, a variation on the “Roadmap” bill previously introduced by Rep. Meschino. This bill updates the Global Warming Solutions Act and commits the state to create a roadmap to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Many amendments were considered and voted on over two days, including an amendment that included most of the environmental justice bill, which passed with overwhelming support. The “EJ” bill was a top priority of many grassroots groups and its advance through the House is a significant victory.
H.4912 is the House’s response to the Senate Climate package passed in January of 2020. Unlike the Senate package, the House bill doesn’t include two other top priorities that 350Mass and its allies have advocated for, namely (1) deadlines for achieving 100% renewable energy and (2) mandating an equitable carbon-pricing regime and funding green infrastructure. (You can read here a more detailed analysis published August 3 by Sam Payne, Better Future Project’s new Digital Organizer, with links to additional resources.) However, this is the most significant climate legislation the House has passed in a decade. Its passage demonstrates the power of grassroots organizing and coalition-building by 350Mass and others. Thank you to everyone who called or wrote their state Rep or otherwise helped make this happen!
We can both celebrate these victories and know that we still have far to go. The 2018 UN IPCC report outlines the desperate need for drastic action to reduce emissions by 2030.