Wednesday, January 19, 2022

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting, Thu, Jan 20, 7:00 PM

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node. Next Meeting: 
Thursday, January 20, 7:00 PM.

Hello to all once again from the 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node. Please mark your calendars for this week's Node meetingThursday, January 20, 7:00-9:00 PM. (We have a lot to discuss, but feel free to leave early if necessary.)  

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

We welcome you to join us, whether or not you've attended previous meetings. We will review the status of climate bills at the State House and the actions we need to be taking. Here is the summary (with links) as sent out in the recent "Climate Weekly" email from Sam Payne at 350 Mass.

In order for climate bills to succeed in 2022, they must be reported favorably out of committee by February 3. With a record number of environmentally focused bills in this legislative session, we need to be clear and adamant about our priorities. Among the bills we are prioritizing in our legislative agenda are the Building justice with jobs bill, the Future of heat bill, and our first independently written bill, An Act relative to retiring high emissions vehicles. To learn how to lobby in favor of these bills, join our Lobbying Training webinar January 23, led by 350 Mass' very own Cabell Eames. 

Many of the bills we are prioritizing are centered around housing. Why? Roughly 40% of emissions in Massachusetts come from buildings, and housing closely ties environmental action with the related struggles of equity and justice. 350 Mass' current statewide campaign is Bringing the Green New Deal Home. Our Housing Working Group is running two actions next week (Monday 1/17 at 7 pm and Tuesday 1/18 TODAY! at 4 pm) to train you to lobby for our priority bills in anticipation of Mass Power Forward Lobby Week January 24-28.

We need to take action and keep up the pressure on elected officials in Washington and Boston, and on banks and insurers who enable fossil fuel infrastructure. We'll also continue our discussion about local activities and opportunities to engage town officials and residents.

If you'd like to chat or meet with one of us, please reply to this email and we will find a time to explore with you how you can get involved in our multi-faceted organization. Our Greater Franklin Node wants to collaborate with groups and individuals from the region who share the same concerns, so all our cities and towns can benefit. Please join us to learn and contribute. 

Visit the 350 Mass website to learn about opportunities to add your voice for a just transition for a climate-safe world.  Sign up for updates. 

We'll send a meeting reminder on Thursday. Thanks for your participation and support.

Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
781-784-3839 (h)
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350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting, Thu, Jan 20, 7:00 PM
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting, Thu, Jan 20, 7:00 PM

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