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 several local campaigns. This node is part of the organization 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future (350mass.betterfutureproject.org). The public meetings are usually the first Thursday of the month with locations changing to accommodate citizens through the region. All are encouraged to sit in on the subgroup meetings for the initiatives as well as the steering group that meets at different times.
Towns in our Node:
Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Sherborn, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston. See the current list of other 350 Mass nodes and towns here: 350mass.betterfutureproject.org/our_nodes.
Why join 350 Massachusetts?
350 Massachusetts (350Mass) is one of the most well organized climate activist groups in the state. If you care about addressing climate change in the state, this is the group to join. Our meetings are one of the best places to meet other activists in your region. We are organizing grassroots power for strong, science-based climate action. Climate change is the greatest challenge faced by humanity. If you are worried, concerned, curious to learn more, and looking to join a friendly group to take meaningful action — or, if you are already an activist looking to expand your circle of connections, come to a meeting! Bring your questions, talents and skills to where they are most needed!
Many who attend 350Mass meetings are already active in climate change or other issues, town or church politics. We’re not alone in this effort and want to to work with other groups in our region, so let us know who you are! An overlap of effort is common and can help and build awareness for all climate-related issues. Take back information on 350Mass to your other groups as you share information about your groups with us!
Who are we?
350 Massachusetts for a Better Future is addressing the climate crisis by building a powerful social movement to hold our politicians accountable and confront the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry. 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future is a statewide volunteer climate action network that includes hundreds of engaged activists across Massachusetts. The Metrowest node is one of currently ten nodes of the statewide network “350Mass”. The Better Future Project (BFP) is a non-profit organization founded in the summer of 2011. In June 2012, BFP launched a volunteer-led grassroots movement then called 350MA. In the fall of 2014, we renamed ourselves to “350 Massachusetts for a Better Future”. Although closely aligned with the mission and vision of 350.org, 350Mass is independent of 350.org.
What is the connection between BFP and 350Mass?
BFP funds staff support for 350Mass, including BFP Executive Director Craig Altemose, Network and Trainings Coordinator Marla Marcum, Director of Development and Operations Beth Newhall, Director of Campaigns James Razsa, Campus Divestment Organizer Shea Riester, Development Associate Ben Trolio, Communications Coordinator Emily Kirkland, and Legislative Coordinator Andrew Gordon. BFP also has a Board of Trustees with nine members, including Bob Massie. Its current Chair is Bonnie Cockman. The Distinguished Advisory Board of BFP includes Bill McKibben, Lawrence Lessig, and Jim Antal, among many others.
What does 350Mass Metrowest do?
The Metrowest node meetings are typically on the first Thursday of the month with other meetings throughout the month. Our meeting locations change throughout the region. We are always looking for volunteers at new locations to host our meetings.
Communication throughout the state is completed with a Monthly newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter here: betterfutureproject.org/join. Our volunteers currently work on three statewide campaigns: Fossil Fuel Divestment, Fair Carbon Pricing, and ReNEWable Mass. The members of the Metrowest node participate actively in all three statewide campaigns and are also active locally in Metrowest, holding monthly meetings alternately in Acton, Concord, Framingham, Natick, Sudbury, and Wayland, hosting speakers, and organizing rallies.
How does 350Mass organize its work?
Volunteers choose campaign priorities, set strategy, work with the media, organize events, educate their communities, lobby lawmakers, and more. Each node sends two elected representatives to the Statewide Steering Team (SST). The SST convenes biweekly on conference calls and holds quarterly in-person meetings. Its function is to make decisions that affect the entire statewide network. The current volunteer SST coordinator is Sabine von Mering.
Every other year, 350Mass volunteers decide on one or more specific “campaigns” to work on, so that our efforts are focused and effective. Each node gives its input to the Statewide Steering Team, which selects the campaigns based on the nodes’ rankings.
Our current campaigns are:
- The Legislative Campaign, focusing on 5 specific issues: carbon pricing, solar, RPS, gas leaks, and pipeline tax.
- The 100% Renewable campaign, working with towns local to each note to help them move towards 100% renewable energy;
- and SpeakUpCharlie, a campaign focusing on Gov Baker, trying to push him to move more assertively on climate-related issues—especially new gas pipelines.
Each campaign has a Node Campaign Coordinator, who is the node’s liaison to each statewide campaign.
Legislative: Larry Stoodt and Bob Morrison
100% Renewable: Leslie Lowe and Dave Doucette
Note that 350Mass is a 501c3 nonprofit, which means we can’t get involved in working for particular candidates. But we have a sister organization, 350Mass Action, that can do that, and 350Mass Action has a corresponding Metrowest chapter.