A recent NY Times Op Ed:  Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet

Want to do something about your gas stove? your gas heat? your fossil fuel car?

Experience everyday life without gas or gas leaks.  Mothers Out Front teams in Jamaica Plain are hosting a Green Tour where you can see the future happening today.

JAMAICA PLAIN:  Sunday May 19th, 2-4pm

Take a self-guided tour in central JP, showcasing green living– from solar panels to electric cars, composting, beekeeping, edible gardens, etc.– in about 15 homes (and a few businesses and community sites). Neighbors can learn from neighbors and help us all envision what a clean-energy future could look like.

Online map and event page are here.

Phyllis Theermann

School Committee and Natural Resource Commission Seeking Action on Gas Leaks Near Schools

Did you know that there are roughly 200 active gas leaks near homes, schools, and businesses in Wellesley? An independent study commissioned by Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission shows that the leaks are even more extensive than those reported by National Grid. Click here for map. The gas company is required by law to prioritize for repair any gas leak that present an explosion risk, or that is on or within 50 feet of a school zone (click here for the statute). Click here to see gas leaks near your school.  The School Committee and the NRC plan to request that National Grid take action on these gas leaks.  This important issue will be discussed at the upcoming School Committee meeting on May 8th at 6:30pm at the Town Hall in the Juilani Room. It is first on the agenda that night.  Please attend to learn more about this public health and environmental problem in Wellesley.

Phyllis Theermann
Image courtesy of Mothers Out Front

Image courtesy of Mothers Out Front

Gas Leaks Forum: Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm at the Cary Memorial Building in Lexington

There are more than 20,000 gas leaks in Massachusetts (121 in Gas Leaks Wellesley) creating a safety, health, and environmental hazard that affects our communities and our climate. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon. What needs to be done to address these dangerous and expensive methane leaks? Discussion will include Professor Nathan Phillips (Boston University), Joe Newman (Director of Governmental Affairs, National Grid), Ed Woll (Sierra Club of MA). Sponsored by Lexington Board of Selectmen, Sen. Mike Barrett, Sen. Ken Donnelly, Rep. Jay Kaufman, and Mothers Out Front.

Please click Here for flyer.