Phyllis Theermann

mass-divest-300x224From Eli Gerzon at 350MA:

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if Massachusetts became the first state in the country to divest from fossil fuels?

Sign on to help make it happen: campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-the-state-of-massachusetts-pension-funds/

The Massachusetts pension fund has $1.3 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry, but right now there’s an exciting bill in the state legislature that could change all that. Senate Bill S. 1225 would divest the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Trust (PRIT) from fossil fuel companies, and it has a real chance of winning!

Save the date: We’re holding the biggest Massachusetts divestment rally yet on Tuesday, September 10th, at 9:30 AM at the front gates of the State House. The rally will be followed by the first hearing on S. 1225. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

We know that divestment won’t financially bankrupt the most profitable industry on earth — but we’re pretty sure we can morally bankrupt them. And if Massachusetts were to divest from fossil fuels, just think what we could do next.

Tell the legislature that Massachusetts wants divestment today.

WELLESLEY RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN HOSTING A LETTER WRITING PARTY BETWEEN NOW AND SEPT. 21, PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@SUSTAINABLEWELLESLEY.COM

Phyllis Theermann

More than 100 climate change letters were mailed this week to our elected officials from Sprague Elementary School students.

Kindergartners all the way up to 5th grade students voluntarily gave up recesses and put pencil and crayon to paper to share their ideas and reasons why the Earth was important to them and why our Senators, President and First Lady should make environmental issues a top priority.

Topics ranged from Hurricane Sandy, to protecting our oceans and the air we breath, as well as the earth we grow our food from.

Older students wrote specifically about their concerns in regards to global warming, while others shared ideas on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

“Please save trees as I like to climb on them,” wrote a second grade student.

“I like to swim with the healthy fish in a clean ocean on Cape Cod, please make laws to keep it that way,” wrote one 3rd grade girl.

Championed by Principal Dr. Stephen Goodwin and lead by parent volunteers, this was an empowering writing, civil and environmental science exercise that families could try at home.