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ECA Massachusetts November 2023 Newsletter:
Deep Dialog: After Death Care and Carbon Recycling • Legislative Team Active on Many Fronts • 39 Recommendations for Cutting Our GHG Emissions • Communicating for Change: Ideas for More Effective Climate Communication • COP 28 Begins This Month • Mass Youth Climate Coalition • Elders for Sound Democracy Town Hall

ECA Massachusetts October 2023 Newsletter:
Deep Dialog: Reducing Food Waste • NYC March: Why We Marched • Legislative Team Members Advocate for Priority Bills in Meetings with Committee Chairs • Bill Addresses Risk of Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers • New England Film Premiere: Regenerating Life • Youth Climate Coalition Education Summit •

ECA Massachusetts September 2023 Newsletter
Confronting the Climate Crisis – The Larry Rosenberg Memorial Webinar Series: • I: Nuclear Power – Expensive Menace or Low-Carbon Solution • II: Green Banks: Financing Climate Solutions • III: Creating Sustainable Systems: Soil, Carbon, and Food • Legislative Team to Take on Mass Save Reform • New Members Orientation • Climate Preparedness Week Forum: Clean Energy Incentives for All

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ACTION ALERT: Tell your legislators this week that we want a future of clean heat!

You can make a difference by letting your state representative and senator know that you support The Future of Clean Heat bill (S.2105/H.3203), one of ECA Mass’ priority bills. When they hear from even five constituents with a personal message, they take notice.

Why this bill? It’s critical that we put in place incentives to move buildings off fossil fuels for heating and onto cleaner electric heat pumps. This bill would start that process, and it is slated for hearings before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee Wednesday and Thursday (7/12-7/13) this week.

These links offer more information about the bill:

• The bill provides a comprehensive plan to transition off gas.
Written testimony submitted on behalf of ECA Mass. addresses key issues in the bill and some concerns.

We are offering step by step guidance for creating messages that are likely to be read and have an impact as well as a simple template to make it easy to craft and send your message. We recommend that you include a link to the ECA Mass testimony as included in the template to engage legislators in some serious consideration of the bill.

Click on this link to get started with your message.

Want to Do More? Those wishing to submit their own testimony may do so via email to Lexi.Concannon@masenate.gov by 5:00 PM, Fri. July 14. (When submitting written testimony, please send it as an attachment and use the following document title format: Bill# – Your Organization’s Name – Support/Oppose.) Those who do not plan to testify but want to watch the public hearing may attend in person or view the live stream under the Hearings & Events section of the malegislature.gov/events legislative website.

Actionar next Tuesday, July 18
to support three other of our priority bills. Here are the details:
We know that the heartbreaking timeline of the climate crisis will affect the grandchildren we love. Join us in calling for bold and urgent action. We will be hosting a live Action call on Tuesday July 18 at 12:00 to provide the actions and instructions to contact our legislators to urge them to vote the three other climate bills out of committee soon!!

On the call we will:
• Describe the urgency of the moment.
• Engage in a brief break out room to discuss and personalize actions.
• Give instructions on how to call or email your legislators.
• Take Action!

RSVP for the Action Call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/regi…

ECA Massachusetts Monthly Chapter Meeting – 5/9/23

ECA Massachusetts Monthly Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 – 12:00 – 2:00pm
Monthly on the second Tuesday

The video of this event will be available soon.

ECA Members in three Legislative Team Working Groups (Climate Bank, Transportation and Natural Solutions) will discuss priority policy and bills. Afterwards you will join a breakout Zoom room focused on a workgroup issue that interests you to learn more about related policy and legislation and discuss how we can advocate for the bills.

We will delve also more deeply into the nuts and bolts of legislative advocacy for a priority bill: how do you do that? There will be opportunities to explore the basics for those relatively new to the advocacy game and a chance for more seasoned advocates to explore advanced strategies and tactics with some of our most experienced “lobbyists”. We will all exchange ideas about how to effectively personalize messages to our legislators and then have a chance to join in a legislative advocacy “Actionar” when we take action together in real time.

Yes, we record our meetings, and they are usually posted on our web site within a few days. https://ecamass.org/category/eca-mass-meeting-videos/ is where you can find those a few days after the meeting.

Feel free to invite your friends, relatives, neighbors, and everyone you want to talk with about the Climate Crisis NOW! Talking with the people around us is one of the most effective things we can do every day to raise awareness of the crisis.

Hope to see YOU in our Zoom Room soon!

Sunrise Day of Dedication – Young and Old Unite to Defend the Climate

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.