Care About Environment & Climate Justice? Let Legislators Know by Taking Part in An Event Monday, July 11th @ 11am
Does environmental and climate justice; air quality; siting reform; housing justice and retrofits, 100% renewable energy, just transition for workers; indigenous justice matter to you? If so, join others on Monday, July 11th at 11am for 11 minutes in front of the Wellesley Congregational (Village) Church at 2 Central St., to let our legislators know we want them to wake up and do more. We will be ringing the bells in symbolism that this is the 11th hour. This event here in Wellesley will be one of ten simultaneous actions across the state calling on legislators to do more for climate justice this legislative session.
Specifically, we are focusing on the legislators that are currently sitting on the conference committee that are deliberating over the current climate bill -- 3 senators and 3 representatives- including Wellesley’s Senator Cynthia Stone Creem. Senator Creem holds a key position in advancing strong, effective legislation on climate change, so this is a unique opportunity for us, her constituents, to influence and support that legislation. The final bill is due out of the Conference Committee by July 31, but some members are pushing to complete the deliberations by July 15, so they will have time to overrule any veto by Gov. Baker.
Sustainable Wellesley, Wellesley Village Church, Wellesley’s Fridays for Future and others are organizing this event in conjunction with Mass Power Forward (MPF). MPF is a coalition of nearly all of the grassroots climate and environmental justice lobby groups in the state (Mass Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation, Gas Leak Allies, Mass Climate Action Network, Mothers Out Front, etc.).
Bring a family member, neighbor, friend. We will have signs or bring your own!
For disability justice and accessibility, use this online/at home option from 11.30-12.30.
In March, MetroWest Climate Solutions will offer a two-part, online series featuring the Senate and House Chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) at the State House. The Committee’s jurisdiction covers a range of issues including cell phones, alternative energy, public utility reform, and carbon pricing. These sessions offer a unique opportunity to hear from some of the State’s most influential legislators on climate legislation. We anticipate robust Q&A periods at the conclusion of these programs.
Which climate bills have the best chance of becoming law and what provisions are stimulating debate? What are the potential impacts on low-income communities? What does our state, region and country need to do to address the growing threats of a changing climate?
On March 2 at 7 p.m., State Senator Mike Barrett and Professor Chris Knittel from MIT Sloan School of Management will present an overview and discussion of proposed climate and energy legislation being considered during this session at the State House. To register for this free event, visit: tinyurl.com/MAClimatelaw.
Sen. Barrett serves as the Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. He represents the 3rd Middlesex District in the Massachusetts Senate, including Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston and large parts of Lexington and Sudbury.
Prof. Christopher Knittel is the George P. Shultz Professor and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on industrial organization, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.
On March 15 at 7 p.m., we’ll hear the House perspective. Rep. Jeffrey Roy and Rep. Alice Peisch will discuss several bills in process including Rep. Roy’s bill, H.4348: An Act Advancing Offshore Wind and Clean Energy. To register for this free event, visit: tinyurl.com/MAClimateLawHouse.
Rep. Roy serves as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. He represents the 10th Norfolk District, which includes Franklin and parts of Medway.
Rep. Peisch represents the 14th Norfolk District, consisting of Wellesley, Weston and a portion of Wayland. She is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and will serve as moderator for this program.