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Chapter and Node Meetings Thurs 1/7 and 1/21

Chapter and Node Meetings Thurs 1/7 and 1/21

Upcoming MetroWest Node & Chapter online meetings:.
Thursday, January 7:
6:45 pm – 
orientation (optional) to 350Mass & 350Mass Action;
     7:00 – 8:30 pm
 – 350Mass MetroWest Node and 350Mass Action MetroWest                                              Chapter meetings.
Thursday, January 21:
     6:45 pm – orientation (optional) to 350Mass & 350Mass Action;
     7:00 – 8:30 pm
 – 350Mass MetroWest Node and 350Mass Action MetroWest                                              Chapter meetings.

You’re on our mailing list, so we know you care.
The House and Senate today both passed “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” (S.2995).  It’s not a perfect bill, but it’s a great step forward. All it needs is Gov. Baker’s signature.
Call the Governor. (617) 725-4005
Email him.
Tweet at him. @MassGovernor
Sample Tweet: The science is clear; we are not doing nearly enough to avoid catastrophic climate change! @MassGovernor, please sign the Next-Gen Roadmap climate bill into law, we do not have another minute to waste! #mapoli
Do it NOW, while we may still influence him.  Thank you.
PS – We should all feel good about the part played by 350 Mass members and other activists in getting the statehouse this far!

Hear our statewide network’s next campaign proposals
Wednesday, Jan 6, 7-8:30pm via zoom
What will 350 Mass focus on in 2021-2022? You are invited to hear presentations on 10 proposals for non-legislative campaigns, submitted by activists throughout our statewide network. (We will be discussing these at our node meeting on Thursday, Jan 7). Kindly RSVP via this form if you expect to attend. Zoom link for this statewide meeting is here.

MetroWest Node meeting this week
Thursday, Jan 7, 7-8:30pm via zoom
Shall we ask our town governments to Declare a Climate Emergency?
We’ll hear from Michael Delman, who is championing this effort in Wayland.
Here are some thoughts he shared in proposing we take up this conversation:
How do we respond to the challenge that “It’s pointless, a declaration alone is just empty words, doesn’t actually change anything”? While those concerns have some merit and substantive commitments are critical, limiting ourselves to incremental change without acknowledging the broader context of a rapidly unfolding emergency is itself a danger. In tandem, the two work best. First, we recognize that major harm has already been done and that massive changes are the only solution to address the level of threat we face. This is not a panicked response. This acknowledgment is a pragmatic response to your team being down by 15 points with just a few minutes left in the game. We are saying, “We have seen during the ‘pop quiz’ that the pandemic represents just what it means when the threat requires urgency and is downplayed or turned into a political issue (masks, etc…). Now we face the ‘final exam’ of the climate crisis, and we need to do better for our children.” Something along those lines as one Wayland resident (not myself) said so eloquently. We do need to sound the alarm and mobilize through every means possible – town governments, state legislation, direct action, and public education.
Weigh in on campaign proposals (see statewide zoom meeting above)
Which proposals get our activists’ juices flowing? We’ll collect feedback for our network’s Statewide Steering Team.
Creating our node’s 2021 “Success Story”
In December we asked what members of a successful MetroWest node would be doing, creating a blueprint for taking action. What will you do to help our movement?
Here’s your zoom link for Thursday’s 7pm meeting.

Extinction Rebellion (“XR”) Rally
Thursday, Jan 14, 12:15pm, Boston City Hall Plaza
Our climate allies in Extinction Rebellion (“XR”) invite you to a rally at Boston City Hall Plaza on Thurs., Jan. 14, starting 12:15 pm, to insist on net zero emissions by 2025. The theme is that 2050 – Boston’s current target – is too little too late.  At the end of the rally we’ll head to the Boston Common for a “festive surprise!” Get more information and RSVP here to help the organizers manage COVID and general crowd safety.

If you missed the last meeting…
We missed you!  We don’t have notes from our Dec 17, 2020 meeting… join us and we’ll catch you up!

Handy guide to our work…
This two-pager provides a good orientation to our node and 350 Mass, the statewide network of which we are a part.

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If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to a friend so they can subscribe here, and invite them to zoom in for our next meeting.

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.