Courtesy Old Cambridge Church


Local Massachusetts action groups:

 

350 Mass for a Better Future: Contact Alan Palm alan@betterfutureproject.org  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  http://mapowerforward.com/ This coalition includes most of the area’s environmental groups, both secular and faith-based. Links provided.

 

Climate Disobedience Center  http://www.climatedisobedience.org  - National  group supports local actions - founded by some our most committed local faith leaders.

 

ELM – Environmental League of Mass. http://www.environmentalleague.org/ Lobbying group at the State House for environmental issues.
 

Mothers Out Front – local at http://www.mothersoutfront.org/mothers_out_front_teams
 

NAICOB – North American Indian Center of Boston  http://www.naicob.org/ 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) http://ace-ej.org/ 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: www.facebook.com/ResistBackBayPipeline/

 
Stop the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline and metering station: http://www.resistthepipeline.org/ and  https://swrl.info/ 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)  www.nocompressor.com, www.facebook.com/ForeRiverResidentsAgainstCompressorStation/

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

Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station: www.norehobothcompressor.com/


Sugar Shack Alliance: www.sugarshackalliance.org Fighting several projects in W. Mass.  

 

Faith Based Groups (from local to global)

 

TABCOM Creation Carehttp://tabcom.org/creationcare.html,  Kristina Keefe-Perry Kristina@whatlovecando.org , educating and engaging ABC churches in Massachusetts.

 
ABC Creation Care Networkwww.facebook.com/creationjusticenetworkabc/, Tom Carr psbcarr@aol.com, working to educate and engage the American Baptist Churches nationally.

 
Mass. Interfaith Power and Lightwww.mipandl.org/faith_res.html, part of national Interfaith Power and Light. Helps congregations “green” their facilities and do advocacy.
 

Creation Justice Ministrieshttp://www.creationjustice.org/- 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. www.blessedtomorrow.org/
 

Greenfaith  http://www.greenfaith.org/- Global interfaith environmental group. Provides resources, awareness of global issues, educational resources and action opportunities.


Most other denominations also have active environmental groups.

 Divestment:

 
Make a Clean Break: Your Guide to Fossil Free Investing  http://www.trilliuminvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Make-a-clean-break_4.13.17.pdf  - A “how-to” on divestment from 350.org, 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   http://divestinvest.org/ - 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  www.gofossilfree.org/- part of 350.org focused primarily on divestment.


GreenFaith interfaith resources and statements on divestment/reinvestmentwww.greenfaith.org/programs/divest-and-reinvest
 

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  http://divestourpensionsnow.org/
 

Staying Informed on National and Global Environmental Justice:

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can also follow these sites for regular updates


350.org  www.350.org/ - Best global coverage of the climate movement.

 
The Guardian  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-change  Best mainstream newspaper coverage of global climate change issues.

 
Inside Climate News  www.insideclimatenews.org and DeSmog Blog  www.desmogblog.com  - Award-winning investigative journalists on climate issues.
 

Huffpost Climate  www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/climate-change
 

NASA  http://climate.nasa.gov/ -  The latest science on the depth of the problem and  sustainable energy proposals.
 

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

Story of Stuff Project   https://storyofstuff.org/ - 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  www.clf.org/ and Earthjustice  www.earthjustice.org/ 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