We are the Berkshire Node of 350MA (350 Massachusetts), a volunteer-led statewide climate action network launched in June 2012 by Better Future Project. Like 350MA itself, the Berkshire Node is made up of concerned citizens and engaged activists who work with the media, organize events, educate their communities, lobby lawmakers, and more. We are working to raise awareness and take action on climate change on statewide and local levels.
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Our active campaigns for 2015 are:
1) No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure/Pro-Renewables: We’re calling for a halt to all proposed new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline planned to cut across the northern part of Berkshire County and Massachusetts as well as southern New Hampshire, and the CT Expansion pipeline slated for Sandisfield and affecting October Mountain State Park and Spectacle Pond in southern Berkshire County. These pipelines would bring fracked gas through Berkshire County and threaten the environment and the climate system.
At the same time, we are pushing for the development of renewable energy sources, regulatory reform, energy conservation, and infrastructure repairs to meet our energy needs and ensure a clean, sustainable energy future and economy in Massachusetts.
Our statewide and regional partners in this work are many and include No Fracked Gas in Mass, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, MassPLAN, StopNED, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, and others who join us in seeking to halt the onslaught of fossil fuel infrastructure proposed for New England and the eastern seaboard related to fracking.
2) Divest from Fossil Fuels: We’re calling on our government, universities, faith organizations, businesses and individuals to divest from fossil fuel investments. Climate scientists agree that four-fifths of the existing fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground in order to prevent catastrophic global warming. And we’re not alone! World Bank Chief Jim Yong Kim, former president of Dartmouth College and professor at Harvard Medical School, now the head of one of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, supports divestment. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund divested from fossil fuels last fall.
3) Carbon Tax: We’re working across the state to put a price on carbon to make polluters pay. At its most basic, a carbon tax addresses the climate crisis by penalizing big companies for the climate pollution that they pour into the atmosphere. In December 2014, a study commissioned by the Department of Energy Resources found a carbon tax would be an effective way to reduce climate pollution in Massachusetts. Read the report here.
350MA Berkshire Node volunteers also work on a number of local initiatives, including efforts to improve public transportation, fighting to protect our conservation lands, and more.
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Note: Although 350MA is closely aligned with the mission and values of 350.org, it is not part of 350.org.