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April 2017

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

Saturday, April 29
To Change Everything, We Need Everyone
Boston People's Climate Movement Rally

PCM BostonJoin MA Interfaith Power & Light at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 29th, where we will be joining with MAICCA, (MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action) for an informal gathering and interfaith service before the People's Climate Mobilization rally!

This day brings together a diverse coalition of environmental, labor, community, youth, and faith organizations to call for solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social, and economic justice. There will be a huge rally, along with workshops, presentations, and other activities, all on the Boston Common or nearby.

Schedule
10:30 am – Gather with MAICCA at the Arlington Street Church (351 Boylston Street). Sign-making and snacks in the Clarke Room.
11:00 am – MAICCA interfaith service in the sanctuary
11:30 am – Head to the rally on the Boston Common
12:00 pm – Rally for Jobs, Justice, and Climate on the Boston Common
1:00 pm – Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common. Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice (at indoor spaces around the Common)

Click here for more information on what's happening throughout the day!

Want to help make it happen? Click here to volunteer!

Let us know that you are coming by clicking here!

 

PCM Springfield           PCM Greenfield

People's Climate Movement Rally — Springfield, MA

Folks will be in the streets of Springfield in solidarity with other cities across the nation to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities, and our planet.

3:00 pm: Gathering Rally, Federal Courthouse, 300 State Street
3:30 pm: March begins
4:30 pm: Rally at Springfield City Hall

Organized by Climate Action Now
Arise Springfield
& Springfield Climate Justice Coalition

Click here to register

Click here to like and share Facebook event

 

People's Climate Movement Rally — Greenfield, MA

April 29, 2017, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greenfield Energy Park
50 Miles St.
Greenfield, MA 01301

 

PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MOVEMENT MARCH — Washington D.C.

The faith contingent will gather on Saturday, April 29 at 11 am for musical offerings and then to march! Assemble on 3rd St.. NW, between Madison Dr. NW and Jefferson Dr. NW (map here).
Look for the pennant for your faith group.

Here's some information on accessibility.

 

Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop

SHOW

Saturday May 6, 2017
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
NH Episcopal Lay Leadership Institute
Rundlett Middle School
144 South Street
Concord, NH 03301

Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. We can reduce the carbon footprints at our houses of worship by up to 70% and also lower energy bills to free up funds needed for mission and ministry. Participants will learn what to do about:

8:30 am: Registration, refreshments and networking.
9:00 am-3:00 pm: Workshop: Presenters are Bill Schroeder & Vince Maraventano

All faiths welcome!

Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members encouraged to attend.
We recommend 2 attendees per house of worship. Lunch will be available but those registering after April 25 are asked to bring a sandwich just in case.

To register or for additional information call Lynn Eaton at (603) 224-1914x112

 

TECH STUDY

Come learn with other leaders — your peers from congregations across Massachusetts and beyond. Meet top experts with congregational experience in:

2pm–6pm Sunday, May 7th at Temple Israel of Boston. Snacks provided.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TechStudy5-2-2017 OR RSVP to David Lowe: djlowe@comcast.net or text 617-504-2006 with name, title, contacts.

Voluntary donation of $20 per congregation with up to two representatives per congregation

JCAN - Temple Israel

MIP&L

 

Stop Eversource from Raising Rates and Slowing Solar Progress!

Stop Eversource

Eversource is looking to nail down big profits for shareholders by raising rates 10.5% — which hurts all of us, and places a particular burden on low-income communities. To add insult to injury, they want to structure those increases in a way that discourages solar and energy efficiency. We need to be investing in clean energy, the grid and electric vehicles, but there's no reason that those investments should place a disproportionate burden on low-income communities.

The last public hearing before the Department of Public Utilities is:
April 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Greenfield Middle School Auditorium
195 Federal Street
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

Written comments may be submitted by May 31, 2017.

An editable e-letter from Mass Power Forward is here or send emails to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us; the DPU secretary: mark.marini@state.ma.us and the hearing officer for the case: Marc.Tassone@state.ma.us. Clearly mark that your email is for Eversource rate case – DPU 17-05

For the full analysis done by the Acadia Center click here.

 

Baker Gets a Grade of "C" on Environmental Protection

MEE ReportIn its annual review of state government's progress on the environment, the Environmental League of MA and other environmental non-profits gave the Baker Administration an overall grade of C concluding:

"While we saw some improvements this past year in a few areas, this progress is overshadowed by:

Environmental agencies that are struggling with deep budget cuts and drastic staff reductions.

A set of energy policies that continue to support the construction of gas pipelines which undermines good progress on energy efficiency and renewables.

A transportation system that likely won't be able to meet our citizens' future travel needs in ways that are consistent with the long range requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act."

For a full copy of the report click here.

 

Comment on EPA Regulatory Review Process by May 15th!!

In February, the president issued an executive order directing agencies to begin weakening and eliminating regulations. Then, in March, he issued an executive order to unwind much of President Obama's climate agenda. Trump has proposed a 30% reduction of EPA's budget and a 50% cut in important EPA science programs.

EPA has just announced a putatively "public" process for evaluating existing regulations that can be "repealed, replaced, or modified." Between April 24 and May 15, each office of EPA is staging meetings—many of which are actually closed to the public and including only invited interest groups—to solicit input about which regulations should be chopped or changed.

Please submit comments on the importance of retaining strong environmental regulations. Some key facts to consider:

How to Comment

You may submit comments in writing, using email, Docket or U.S. mail. Submit comments to:

Email: Laws-Regs@epa.gov
Docket: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190
Mail: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460

Comment period ends May 15, 2017

 

RGGI Can Succeed in Spite of the Trump Administration

RGGI

RGGI (The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) was conceived as a bipartisan counterweight to the climate denial of George W. Bush's administration. Since RGGI was first implemented in 2009, it has helped to:

"Strong federal climate policies are vitally important. But in their absence, states and cities can fill the void. Even if President Trump were to successfully unravel the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan — something that is far from a done deal — the RGGI states' modeling shows that the impact would likely be minimal on RGGI and the economics of climate action in our region. In other words, the Trump administration can't and won't stop climate progress in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (and beyond)." (From the NRDC)

 

The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need

The Nature Conservancy

Monday, May 1, 2017

Networking reception 5:30 p.m., Talk 6:30-8 p.m.
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD)
1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA 02142

Tickets $10 — includes sustainable hors d'oeuvres and drink
Reserve yours at http://bit.ly/TheEnergyWeNeed

What are the tools — technology, policy, markets and beyond — that will help us produce the clean energy we need in New England and globally?

PANEL INCLUDES:

Katherine Hamilton – Partner at 38 North Solutions and co-host of the Energy Gang Podcast
Jessika Trancik – Associate Professor of Energy Studies, MIT
Nels Johnson – Director of The Nature Conservancy's North America Energy Program
Dan Delurey, president of Wedgemere Group, will moderate.

 

Mothers Out Front 4th Annual Luncheon

Mothers Out Front

Ticket options include: Single Ticket; Table sponsor (10 tickets); Corporate and Organization sponsorship options!

WHEN
May 15, 2017 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm

WHERE
Revere Hotel Boston Common
200 Stuart St.
Theater District
Boston, MA 02116

Google map and directions

CONTACT Aimee Maruyama: aimee.maruyama@mothersoutfront.org

 

Ministry in the Time of Climate Change: A Multifaith Approach

multifaith ministry

To train, support, and empower faith leaders, the Center for Earth Ethics is partnering with the Climate Reality Project to train 30-50 faith leaders from around the country to better address the ecological crisis in their own communities. The program includes workshops and discussions that will cover topics including:

Eligibility:
Faith and Religious leaders serving their communities half or full time, are eligible.

Cost:
The program will cover housing (shared guest rooms) and meals at no cost to participants. Limited assistance may be available for participants unable to afford transportation to New York.

Where:
Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st, New York, NY 10027

When:
June 5-7, 2017

Applications: Please click here and submit an application by April 30, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-May.

 

PLEASE DONATE TODAY

Donate by going to www.MIPandL.org and clicking on the red Donate button.

 

Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L

 

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