Event Archive

New Member Orientation – 10/2/2023, 1pm

Elders Climate Action Massachusetts’ New Members Orientation
This Zoom event was held on Monday, October 2, 2023
A video of the meeting is not available.

We invite you to join us for our next New Member Orientation and hear from you what you are interested in working on. The next Orientation date will be scheduled soon.

Come meet other new members and our Leadership Team, and connect with the working teams they focus on legislation, research, solutions, education, and more. We want to help you find the spot that fits your energies and passions, and we need you too!  We will help you navigate our www.ecamass.org website, and our Facebook page postings and events calendar. We have resources for you to use and we’ll show you how to access them easily in this hour.

Linked here is our one-page ECA Massachusetts Chapter Orientation Guide to print out, which you may find handy to have for the session and well beyond.

Our Legislative Team will present a “Legislation 101” introduction on how bills become laws in Massachusetts.

Join us on enjoy meeting our members and introduce yourself to the group.

Hope to see you there!

March to End Fossil Fuels

Sunday, September 17, 1:00 – 4:00pm
New York City

Click here to RSVP to join the march

The planet is frying. That’s why, on September 17, we’re joining with others in the March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City. This action is planned to amplify the September 20 UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York, and make demands on our executive branch to quickly phase out all dependence on fossil fuels. We must let our government, media, and the world know that we are serious about preserving a tomorrow. ECA Mass and other climate change groups in New England will be doing everything we can to help publicize the march and get as many people to New York as possible.

Fossil fuel pollution harms our health, our families, and our lives. It’s never been clearer than this summer, with wildfires and heatwaves choking us – fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis, and the impacts are getting worse and worse.

But we’re coming together to fight for something better: a future free of fossil fuels, powered by just and resilient clean energy, with good jobs, clean air and water, and a healthy planet for all.

Join us at the march! This will be the largest climate march since the pandemic; thousands will take to the streets to demand President Biden take bold action to #EndFossilFuels.

Join the Elder Hub in preparation for the March to End Fossil Fuels and we will make sure you have all the info you need to know to meet up with other elders at the event. Elders Climate Action is coordinating with other groups including Radical Elders, Th!rd Act, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, Long Beach Gray Panthers, and more to ensure a strong presence at the March! Click here to join us at the Elder Hub.

We have options for going there as a group, with our “accomplices” in 350 Mass, MCAN, Mothers Out Front and friends on buses or on the train. Join Maiyim, Seth and other ECAers on the bus from Boston or Brookline.

How to get there:

Several bus options will be available, leaving the Boston area around 6-7 am and arriving around noon. Return buses will leave New York late afternoon and arrive in the Boston area around 11 pm-12 midnight. The cost will be $35 – $70. Buses will be leaving from Alewife, Park Street, and other locations. Reserve a bus seat here.

A Connecticut River Valley Bus Route (Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield) is being offered now through 350MA. If there are not enough tickets sold (minimum is 45), refunds will be honored (or you can choose to leave from Boston instead if you wish). Please use this EventBrite Form ASAP.

Buses from other areas can be viewed at this page: https://www.endfossilfuels.us/logistics

Alternatively, Amtrak, which has lower emission and is more comfortable, offers seats for less than $100. You would leave Boston at 6:30 am and return at 7:30pm

We want to see YOU there!

Preserve October Mountain State Forest Gathering – Sat. 6/17/23, 11am

Saturday, June 17, 11:00am
October Mountain, Washington, MA
click here for a map

Join us for our in-person gathering in the Berkshires at the intersection of Washington Mt Road and West Branch Road, Washington, MA at October Mountain State Forest for a friendly gathering, refreshments, speakers, and a guided walk. We encourage you to bring signs, friends, for a fun in-person event.

Speakers and forest walk:

Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods
Dr. Bill Stubblefield, biologist and forest advocate
Susan Purser, Preserve October Mountain State Forest

About October Mountain State Forest:

At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. You’ll find trails for any level of hiking experience, and you can also visit nearby Tanglewood, popular music venue and home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Should we be logging and managing this area? Or should it be protected like a National Park? Please sign our petition to permanently protect this forest from unnecessary and damaging human management.

Take Action:

Please add your name to the petition to Governor Healey and DCR Commissioner Arrigo to preserve October Mountain State Forest to stop the logging and other forest management activities of the 447 acres of woodlands as proposed in the “Ant Lot” project by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In addition, we are requesting to change the DCR designation of all of October Mountain State Forest to reserve to protect this forest so it will be influenced primarily by natural processes with minimal human interference. The goal is to retain an intact forest for wildlife, water and soil protection, carbon accumulation and recreation. The Preserve October Mountain Forest project is part of a larger movement to permanently protect Massachusetts state-owned lands as reserves for recreation, wildlife, and other public benefits.

Please sign the petition here: https://forms.gle/7iwuHkQMmD6TZvSd8

For more information
Susan Purser – susanbythesea6696@hotmail.com
Save Massachusetts Forests –savemassforests@gmail.com

Photo: Morrowlong, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/bysa/4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Ask your State Senator to Support the Mass. Clean Energy Center

Please support Elder’s Climate Action Mass (ECAMass) advocacy for Senate Budget amendment #98 which requests an additional $10 million for the Mass Clean Energy Center.

It is vital to the ability of the state to meet the goals in the Mass Clean Energy and Climate Plan to reduce emissions in the energy, transportation and buildings sector.

Please call your state senator!

Click here for a suggested call script and click here to find the phone number. Phone calls likely are more effective than emails, so call if you can.

Take one minute to personalize and send a message to your senator. Go here to get started.

The Mass Clean Energy Center works on the environmental sector workforce development and investments to support emissions reductions in the energy, transportation, and buildings sector.

Stop The Pipeline Rally & March!

Rescheduled for May 21, 2023 (due to rain forecast)
Stearns Square, Downtown Springfield
Family-friendly event: noon to 12:45 PM
Rally and march: 1:00pm

Visit our table at the rally!

Join Elders Climate Action, Massachusetts Chapter in Springfield for a March and Rally to Put Gas in the Past. We’re just getting warmed up in our effort to put gas in the past! We invite you to stand with us and other organizations across the state to end the proposed Eversource pipeline and halt new gas system expansions until Massachusetts develops an effective plan for a just and rapid transition to the clean energy future we need for a livable global ecosystem.