Wednesday, December 15, 2021

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting and Party, December 16th

Hey, everyone,

Zoom link for the meeting, December 16, 7:00 pm.

Join on Zoom 
Meeting ID: 544 734 092
Password: 350ma
Dial-in +1 646 876 9923

During the "business" part, before we can party and enjoy one another's company, we'll review the legislative agenda and status of Committee hearings currently taking place at the State House (see below, "Massachusetts Action"). We'll also discuss local and national developments and opportunities for individual and organizational action. 

For related updates, see this week's Climate Weekly email, sent from 350 Mass today, December 14. If you are not receiving Climate Weekly, you can request it here

Please take a moment to read the rest of this email for important information.

Actions you can take BEFORE THURSDAY'S MEETING:
Massachusetts Action: The House and Senate committees are actively reviewing the many bills proposed for the current 2021-22 session. This is a critical time to support 350 Mass' top three priority bills. We are asking everyone to contact your legislators via phone or email or, preferably, with a meeting between now and early January, to encourage them to cosponsor these bills. For constituents of Rep. Jeff Roy (Democrat, Franklin, and Chairperson, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy), the Node is working on setting up a meeting with him; if you'd like to participate, let us know by replying to this email. If you'd like to learn about all the bills that we support, you can find information sheets here.   

National Action: President Biden went ahead with the largest offshore drilling lease sale in US history, auctioning off millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico to Big Oil, even though they were not legally required to do so. Read about it here. But there's still time to act. Call 866-834-8040 as soon as possible and demand that the Department of the Interior stop the sale!  Learn about the organized opposition here. 

Hold-The-Date for our next Node meeting, January 6, 2022.
All of 350 Mass' nodes are working hard to promote and achieve the organization's priorities, as defined in our Campaign "Bringing the Green New Deal Home" and its three components focused on Buildings, Transportation, and Energy. At our first meeting of the new year, Thursday, January 6th, 7:00 pm, we will focus on the first component, "Building the Green New Deal," that is, requiring that new buildings be efficient and non-emitting, and retrofitting existing buildings, including insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and replacing fossil-fuel heating systems with non-polluting (electric) ones. These changes will occur via legislation, individual consumer choices, and policies and programs adopted by cities and towns. This will be an all-hands-on-deck effort. We ask all of you to join the January 6th virtual meeting to learn about the campaign, share information about groups and activities in your community, and help us plan and implement this campaign. We will send out more information prior to January 6th, and we ask your help in publicizing this important meeting. Thank you.

As for this week, we hope you can join us Thursday at 7:00. We'll send a reminder Thursday afternoon.

We wish everyone a healthy and happy new year. Thank you for your commitment to the struggle for a transition to a just, equitable, and clean energy economy.

Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
781-784-3839 (h)
339-203-5017 (c)

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting and Party, December 16th
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting and Party, December 16th

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