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TOMORROW- Friday Sept. 20th

YOU ARE INVITED!

TOMORROW —  Friday, September 20th — join millions of people worldwide who will be taking part in global climate strikes to demand politicians start treating the climate crisis like the emergency it is.

Locally, Wellesley College students are inviting the Wellesley community to join them for a climate protest.

3:00pm – March from Wellesley College (meet at 3pm at the Chapel Lawn)

3.30pm – Rally at Wellesley’s Town Hall

-Feel free to march or meet them at the Town Hall.

There will be music, poetry slams, artwork and more.
Mark your calendars, and ask family, friends, neighbors and work colleagues to join you.

“We believe that there is hope for change, but that it will not come without our immediate action,” said representatives of Wellesley College EnAct (the College’s Environmental Action Organization). “Through our local strike, we are demanding this action from our international, national, and local leaders. We want this strike to provide an opportunity for us to connect as a community and work towards climate justice together,” EnAct said.

 

“This shouldn’t be just the children’s responsibility,” Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish student, raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change. “Now, the adults also need to help us. We are calling for them to strike from their work, we need everyone. There is nothing we can’t do, if not you, then who else, if not now, then when?” Thunberg said.

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Wondering how environmental justice plays a key role in achieving a clean energy future in our commonwealth, and how you can engage with state legislators to create the change we need?

Come to Mass Power Forward’s Legislative Training: Taking Action for Environmental Justice on Thursday, Sept 26, from 7 to 9 pm (refreshments start at 6:30 pm) at the UU Wellesley (309 Washington St, Wellesley 02481).

This training features leaders of the statewide Mass Power Forward climate coalition Laura Wagner of UU Mass Action and Claire Müller of Toxics Action Center. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Climate Action Network, Wellesley Village Church Environmental Ministry and Sustainable Wellesley. Click here to sign up!

The agenda will feature:

  • Brief introduction to the Mass Power Forward coalition
  • Grounding in what environmental justice means and how it is central to the Mass Power Forward legislative agenda
  • Overview and update of current energy legislation and strategy, and how it’s looking
  • Planning our next steps!
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TAKE ACTION on Tuesday, October 30!
Tell Gov. Baker and the Department of Public Utilities to
PROTECT OUR SAFETY!

Sustainable Wellesley wants to make sure you know about important actions taking place tomorrow to call on Governor Baker and his Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to protect public safety from dangerous gas infrastructure.

The gas pipes under our streets are leaking and neglected—putting us in danger, costing us money, harming our health, and damaging our climate.

Our government is failing to ensure our safety. Gov. Baker has appointed commissioners to head the the DPU— the state agency that regulates and oversees utilities—who are not doing their job. We need to hold Gov. Baker and his DPU accountable.

We need inspectors: Utilities have operating and maintenance plans that are not being followed, risking our safety.

We need action: Governor Baker and his DPU need to pressure National Grid to end the lockout of union workers and fine the company for documented safety violations.

We need regulations: Gas leaks laws from 2014 and 2016 are not being enforced, leaving the largest leaks to spew gas 24/7 for years.

We need a Department of Public Utilities focused on PUBLIC safety. Where are you, Governor Baker?

TWO WAYS TO TAKE ACTION ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30:

  1. HELP FILL THE ROOM ON OCTOBER 30 at Boston’s Gas Safety Hearing at 11 am at Boston City Hall.
  2. JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTORM ON OCTOBER 30, 11 am to 2 pm, targeting Gov. Baker’s Department of Public Utilities.

LET’S TREND!
To get the most attention, we’ll all send our messages from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, October 30, using the hashtag: #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU.

QUICK PREP STEPS:

THEN POST AND TWEET ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, between 11 am and 2 pm. You can post on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram.

  • Sample posts are below. Ask followers and friends to share, retweet, and resend your post.

  • ONLY post on October 30, not before.

  • EVERY TWEET AND POST SHOULD INCLUDE: @massgovernor #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU and @SustWellesley.

  • On FACEBOOK, make your post “Public” so others can share it. Use the drop-down menu directly to the left of the Post button.

SAMPLE POSTS:

Joining @SustWellesley to ask, are ALL these leaks safe @MassGovernor? #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @Heet_MA #mapoli https://www.wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10383/Gas-Leaks-reported-by-National-Grid-as-of-2017-and-leak-data-from-2017-independent-study?bidId=

Join @SustWellesley and me in asking @MassGovernor & his Department of PUBLIC Utilities to #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU and act on Gas Leak Laws! Please RT in support! #mapoli @loriehrlich

Our safety is on the line. #MVGasFires should never happen again. @MassGovernor #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU. Protect our communities from gas explosions & climate change. @SustWellesley

Has @MassGovernor put the fox in charge of the henhouse? Where is our #departmentofPUBLICutilities? #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @SustWellesley

#BakersDPU – Please do safety inspections and enact regulations. We need your help! #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @MassGovernor @SustWellesley

#BakersDPU – Your middle name is PUBLIC. Please stop working for the utilities and start working for us. #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @MassGovernor @SustWellesley

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TO KEEP US ALL SAFE!