There is still a chance to get Massachusetts’s Next-Generation Roadmap Climate Bill passed in this session.
Our legislators swiftly refiled the bill, and now it's up to us. Get your representatives to support the passing of this bill, without amendments, by reaching out BEFORE FRIDAY. What an impactful first act of the new legislature this could be.
This Climate Act, which represents five months of negotiations in conference committee, offers Massachusetts an organized, forward moving path to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Bill S.9 offers an opportunity to create jobs and a thriving economy, while protecting our health and ensuring protections for overburdened communities.
Send an email or call your representatives TODAY communicating that you want them to pass the climate bill, S.9. Put your social media to good use by sharing this message and be sure to tag your representatives, plus:
senator, Speaker Mariano (@RonMariano)
Senate President Karen Spilka (@KarenSpilka)
Senator Barrett (@BarrettSenate)
Representative Golden (@tomtipagolden)
In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, our community needs environmental justice. Below, please find some words from Sarah Dooling, Executive Director, Mass Climate Action Network about the Governor's recent veto of the Next Generation Roadmap Bill (S2995).
Get out there, make a change, make your voice heard. Reach out to us to learn more email@example.com.
FROM MCAN 1/15/21 NEWSLETTER
Governor Baker’s veto of the Next Generation Roadmap Bill (S 2995) is deeply disappointing. The bill had overwhelming legislative support, the result of the leadership of Rep Tom Golden, Sen Mike Barrett, a broad coalition of legislators and the work of grassroots advocates who laid the groundwork for popular support.
The bill was the most comprehensive climate legislation put forth in Massachusetts in over a decade. Statewide greenhouse gas reductions were established, with interim emissions reduction targets, to get the Commonwealth to net zero by 2050. The bill also directed investments in clean energy and workforce development, prioritizing minority and women owned businesses.
The Governor’s veto perpetuates the burdens Environmental Justice communities have endured that benefited white, affluent communities for generations. Protecting EJ communities is the first step in supporting a holistic recovery from the overlapping impacts of the Covid pandemic, climate crisis and longstanding housing unaffordability. This past year revealed how suffering from the disproportionate effects of climate change makes Black and Brown communities more vulnerable to COVID-related deaths, because they live in neighborhoods and housing that are more toxic and more polluted compared to white neighborhoods.
The bill gave communities three years to opt-in to the net zero stretch code for all new buildings, ensuring new construction is energy efficient, comfortable, and safe, and responding to the calls of municipal leaders across the state. The Governor mistakenly assumes the cost of these upgrades would hinder the construction of urgently needed affordable housing. Quite the opposite: Net zero upgrades constitute a small part of a typical project’s construction costs. The money invested upfront for upgrades is recouped in dramatically lower operating costs.
This is not a cost problem – this is a political problem.
The Governor’s veto is a temporary setback. The Next Generation Roadmap Bill is crucial to ensuring a just transition that protects Environmental Justice communities, transforms our building sector, and advances statewide climate solutions.
We thank the advocates who worked so hard to get this bill to the Governor’s desk. MCAN looks forward to the leadership of Speaker Moriano and Senate President Karen Spilka in promptly refiling the bill.
Ready to dip your toe into politics with an important, but limited commitment role?
The Town Meeting is the legislative body for the Town of Wellesley. 240 voting town meeting members are elected by precincts. Each precinct has 30 members elected to three year staggered terms.
The Annual Town Meeting begins on the last Monday in March and meets Monday and Tuesday nights until the business of the meeting is concluded. The length of the town meeting is dependent on the number of articles on the Warrant and the complexity of the issues to be discussed.
Get your papers to be a Town Meeting Member by January 22, 2021, 5 pm and turn them in (with 10+ signatures in precinct) by January 26, 2021, 5 pm.
What You Need To Know:
There are seats in your district (As of 12/1/2020):
Precinct A 10-3 year terms
Precinct B 10-3 year terms
Precinct C 10-3 year terms, 1-2 year term
Precinct D 10-3 year terms
Precinct E 10-3 year terms, 1-2 year term
Precinct F 10-3 year terms
Precinct G 10-3 year terms
Precinct H 10-3 year terms
For more information on how to run, click here.
Help Get The State's Climate Change Roadmap legislation enacted this session. Simply Call/write the Governor TODAY
Please Call the Governor’s office at (617)725-4005 and email him.**
GREAT NEWS: The Mass. Legislature is poised to approve a dramatic revision of our state climate laws. An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.2995) is the strongest effort of its kind in the country.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO HELP THIS BILL CROSS THE FINISH LINE: The Governor may want to weaken it or veto it outright. Thus, he needs to hear from YOU. Please urge the Governor to sign S.2995, the new climate bill, by emailing him here or calling his office at (617) 725-4005. Let him know you want him to pass this and why it is important to you. Once you do, please share this request with friends and family in the Commonwealth via social media or anyway you can.
Governor Baker has until Thursday, Jan. 14th to sign this bill, so make reaching out to him a priority.
This legislation moves us forward in some important ways:
We thank the work of legislators and advocates who have gotten us this far.
Advocates at Mass Climate Action have some talking points here.
These are just a few of the spots open this election season.
If you are interested in making a difference, read on.
There is a spot with your name on it.
The Town of Wellesley depends on community volunteers who hold elected offices in municipal government, lead boards and committees, and serve as Town Meeting members.
The nomination period for all elected officials opens on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at noon. Candidates for public office must be Wellesley residents.
Due to COVID-19, nomination papers are available by appointment only at Wellesley Town Hall. Interested candidates should email the Town Clerk or call 781-431-1019 ext. 2252 to pull papers.
The last day to obtain nomination papers to run for Town-wide office is January 8, 2021. The last day to obtain nomination papers to run for a Town Meeting member seat is January 22, 2021.
The Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Individuals who are curious, concerned or interested in following the direction of Wellesley’s
current projects are encouraged to consider becoming more directly involved in their
community by running for Town Meeting Member or an elected board. Now’s the time to get
organized for the March 2, 2021 Town Election!
The League of Women Voters of Wellesley invites members of the community to learn all about the process and about Town government at a virtual presentation, “How to Run for Local Public Office” on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. The featured speakers, Mark Kaplan (Town Moderator) will cover Town Government structure and how it works, and Kathy Nagle (past Town Clerk) will review offices on the ballot and the pragmatic nuts and bolts of running a campaign. Questions will be welcomed from the audience.
The 2021 Candidate Handbook will be posted on the League’s website on November 17:
https://my.lwv.org/massachusetts/wellesley. The League’s Town Government Handbook (a
detailed guide to Town Meeting, Wellesley’s representational form of government) is also
found on the website. Both publications are updated by the League annually.
Tomorrow is Election Day.
Make a plan to vote if you have not voted yet. Encourage friends, neighbors and family to vote as well.
Voting in person? Here is where you need to go between 7 AM to 8 PM.
Have a Mail-in ballot? Return it to the box at Town Hall on or before the close of the polls tomorrow (8pm).
Thank you for those who came out on Saturday, those who reached out to Town Meeting Members, and of course to Town Meeting Members for their enthusiastic support for Article 12 regarding climate change. Article 12 helps lay a foundation for the Sustainable Energy Committee’s (SEC) work on a new town-wide Climate Action Plan this fiscal year.
Be on the lookout for upcoming Climate Action Plan feedback sessions. Residents, businesses, and organizations, as well as town boards and departments will be key to developing a roadmap of actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, the SEC will propose new emissions reduction goals for the town and a final Climate Action Plan with specific recommendations.
P.S. Article 17, which strengthen's the Town's existing tree bylaw, and the citizens petition regarding a fur ban, passed as well.