Courtesy Old Cambridge Church

Local Massachusetts action groups:


350 Mass for a Better Future: Contact Alan Palm  to be added to their Climate Movement Weekly Update.  It’s the best source to find out what actions are taking place in the area. If you want to get involved, ask for help in connecting with a local node group near you.


Mass Power Forward This coalition includes most of the area’s environmental groups, both secular and faith-based. Links provided.


Climate Disobedience Center  - National  group supports local actions - founded by some our most committed local faith leaders.


ELM – Environmental League of Mass. Lobbying group at the State House for environmental issues.

Mothers Out Front – local at

NAICOB – North American Indian Center of Boston Actions and services on behalf of indigenous people living in New England, including support for indigenous fights against fossil fuel projects on tribal lands.

Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) Roxbury based and led by people of color, Ace addresses environmental justice issues in Boston.

Frontline Community Groups (see also 350 nodes and Mothers Out Front groups):

Stop Back Bay Pipeline:

Stop the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline and metering station: and Although the Enbridge pipeline and metering station are operational, this group is still in court trying to shut it down.

South Shore: Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (Enbridge’s proposed pipeline and compressor station to export gas to Europe),

South Coast Neighbors United: fighting proposed LNG storage tanks and pipeline that would impact Acushnet, Freetown, and Brockton.

Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station:

Sugar Shack Alliance: Fighting several projects in W. Mass.  


Faith Based Groups (from local to global)


TABCOM Creation Care,  Kristina Keefe-Perry , educating and engaging ABC churches in Massachusetts.

ABC Creation Care, Tom Carr, working to educate and engage the American Baptist Churches nationally.

Mass. Interfaith Power and, part of national Interfaith Power and Light. Helps congregations “green” their facilities and do advocacy.

Creation Justice Ministries U.S. based ecumenical Christian eco-justice organization, formerly part of National Council of Churches. Provides faith-based resources and organizes action campaigns.

Blessed Tomorrow - U.S. interfaith climate group led by major faith leaders. Similar to Creation Justice Ministries, but in a multi-faith context.

Greenfaith Global interfaith environmental group. Provides resources, awareness of global issues, educational resources and action opportunities.

Most other denominations also have active environmental groups.


Make a Clean Break: Your Guide to Fossil Free Investing  - A “how-to” on divestment from, with advisors from Green Century Fund and Trillium Asset Management. This resource is included because of the good advice, not as an endorsement of either company.

DivestInvest - You can pledge to divest personally and/or as a congregation at the site, and use tools provided to research how to go about it.

Go Fossil Free part of focused primarily on divestment.

GreenFaith interfaith resources and statements on divestment/

Campus Divestment Groups: May be found on most campuses - Divest Harvard, Fossil Free MIT, etc. Search your alma mater to connect with its student, faculty, or alumni group.

Divest Our Pensions Now - MA. Public employees

Staying Informed on National and Global Environmental Justice:

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can also follow these sites for regular updates - Best global coverage of the climate movement.

The Guardian  Best mainstream newspaper coverage of global climate change issues.

Inside Climate News and DeSmog Blog  - Award-winning investigative journalists on climate issues.

Huffpost Climate

NASA -  The latest science on the depth of the problem and  sustainable energy proposals.

Indigenous Environmental Network – Global reports on threats to First Nations by the fossil fuel industry, including opportunities for allies.

Story of Stuff Project - Connects the dots among production, consumption, and economic growth that is incompatible with environmental sustainability, along with strategies for personal and social change.

Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice Legal defenders for environmental causes - keep abreast of what’s happening in the courts.

Must-read Books:
Great Tide Rising, Kathleen Dean Moore, Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, CA, 2016.

 What We’re Fighting for Now is Each Other, Wen Stephenson, Beacon Press, Boston, MA, 2015

 This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein, Simon and Shuster, New York, NY 2014

 Laudato Si, Pope Francis, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN, 2015.


Climate Action Resources