Wednesday, May 15, 2024

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, May 16, 2024

The 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node will hold our next meeting this Thursday, May 16, 7:00-9:00 pm.  Please add it to your calendar. 


This will be a HYBRID meeting: you can attend in person, or join on Zoom.  


Location of the in-person meetingFirst Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin


OPTION:  Join on Zoom             

Meeting ID: 819 3030 4274

Passcode: 350ma

Dial-in +1 646 876 9923

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, May 16, 2024
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, May 16, 2024



Here are some items for the meeting and for your attention:


Mini-Rallies for Climate Action on May 21! The state legislature is coming down to the wire to pass climate bills! We have about sixty days left to move forward on climate change in the state. 350 Mass and our allies invite you to rally for climate action! Our simultaneous mini-rallies will send a message to the legislature that we need them to do their jobs and pass climate legislation now. Find your local rally and join us. RSVP here.  

     One rally will be in Franklin, on Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-6:00pm. Location: Median strip: Main St & E. Central St. (Rt. 140), Franklin, in front of the Rome RestaurantWe call upon Rep. Jeff Roy, the House Chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee (TUE), to push to pass major climate legislation such as an environmental justice (EJ) siting bill and the Future of Clean Heat bill. Bring your enthusiasm, your bodies and your signs! (Signs can say "60 days left for Climate Justice!, We Want EJ Siting Bill!, Future of Clean Heat, etc.). Attend our Node meeting this Thursday and bring materials so we can work together to make our posters.


Stop Expansion at Hanscom Field! At the meeting we will each write a letter opposing the proposed expansion of private jet capacity at Hanscom Field which would allow more private jet flights with their extremely high carbon dioxide emissions. If you won't be at the meeting, it would still be helpful if you did this on your own. Here is some background information and a sample letter to send to Alexander Strysky, an environmental analyst in the state's Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA). 

Articles:  Massport's plan to expand private jet space at Hanscom is a climate debacle.   And These Massachusetts landmarks made a new list of the 'most endangered sites' in the US

     350 Mass member Jennifer Riley offers this instruction: "Some folks have expressed frustration with the guidelines for submitting comments regarding the proposed expansion of private jet capacity at Hanscom Field. I'm attaching a copy of my letter in hopes it might make it easy to modify it and send it in as your own; it needn't be this long. Please change any details that apply to me but not to you. The subject line should be: "EEA No. 16654 - L.G. Hanscom Field North Airfield Development, Bedford" and it should be sent to"  Jennifer's letter is attached to this email. 


For other activities and initiatives, see the Climate Weekly email and the Event Calendar. 


Please try to join us for Thursday's meeting. We will maintain our schedule of meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. 


Thank you.


Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
781-784-3839 (h)


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