Phyllis Theermann

One Way to Make A Big Difference This Year

Citizen’s Climate Lobby Boston has three initiatives in which they would welcome your assistance:

1. Getting signatures on letters of support for a federal level carbon tax. National CCL has drafted a letter of support and we want politicians, business leaders, faith organizations, environmental organizations, and influential individuals to sign it. They are looking for people to lead this effort in MA and the other NE states.

2. They want to put a carbon tax question on the MA ballot. There are some people working in other states to get carbon tax questions on ballots. They could leverage these experienced folks and do the same here.

3. Fundraising for CCL. The national discussion on taxing carbon is getting hotter than the planet and we have to up our game to take advantage of this interest! CCL really needs to grow permanent staff (there are only three right now!), but growing staff takes money. They are looking for people to lead fundraising efforts in MA and the other NE states. CCL can supply a lot of training and support for this effort and you could lean on local CCL volunteers to help also.




Phyllis Theermann

Support the Updated Bottle Bill. The update would expand the state’s container deposit system to include an estimated 1.3 billion non-carbonated beverage bottles per year. Analysis by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shows that an expanded bottle deposit law would save cities and towns millions of dollars in collection and disposal costs, and create hundreds of jobs in the state. It would also reduce litter: States that have comprehensive bottle deposit programs have experienced a 69 to 84 percent reduction in beverage container litter!
The bottle bill expansion was recently approved by the State Senate as an amendment to a jobs bill and is now being considered by a conference committee made of of six legislators from the Senate and House. State Senator Cynthia Creem is an original sponsor of the bill, and State Senator Richard Ross and State Representative Alice Peisch also support it. In fact, 77 percent of Massachusetts residents support the bill, and Wellesley is one of 208 towns and cities that have asked their state legislators to support it. Let’s hope the House passes this bill!Link for more information: Massachusetts Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill