“We’ve got the Roadmap – Now what’s the Road Forward?” was the topic for our April chapter meeting. We began with a round of applause and thanks for our special guest, Rep. Joan Meschino, who sponsored the original Roadmap bill in the Massachusetts House and with whom we had worked long and hard since 2018 to get the landmark Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy passed and finally signed into law. She praised ECA Mass for our teamwork and advocacy! Following a discussion with Rep. Meschino, the ECA Mass Legislative Team explained more about next steps to implement the climate law, and legislative priorities for the new 2021-2022 session.
ECA Mass Chapter Meeting – 2/9/21 – Video of Poet Amanda Gorman, Speakers from Other ECA Chapters, and Legislative Updates
Our February 9 chapter meeting led with an inspiring 2018 video of poet Amanda Gorman presenting her poem “Earthrise.” Then the meeting featured three guests from other ECA chapters around the country telling us about the climate work they and their members have been doing, followed by a Massachusetts legislative update.
On the heels of the first UN Climate Negotiations since Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, well over a thousand young people took part in Sunrise Movement’s Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project’s national Day of Dedication on November 18 in 25 cities across the country, communicating that that they will hold accountable politicians who support polluters over the interests of young Americans.
The time capsules were filled with locally-contributed ‘letters to the future’ and objects representing what individuals love and are fighting to protect from climate change. They will be opened simultaneously with other time capsules across the country on November 2067.
ECA-Mass chapter members Joan McCabe and Grady McGonagill attended the event on Boston Common. Grady contributed a personal story, which he presented at the event and included in the time capsule. From Grady’s story:
“In Drew Dellinger’s poem, “Hieroglyphic Stairway,” a great-great grandchild asks a dreamer, “What did you do, when you knew?” What we’re doing is all we’re can to get other elders engaged in the climate movement, so that we can create the political will to address this existential threat. We need the partnership of younger generations, speaking on behalf of themselves and all the generations to come. I look forward to hearing what representatives of those generations have to say today in their stories of the present and the future.”
Read Grady’s whole story here.