October 27th, 2014
The 350 Massachusetts divestment team met this weekend on Cape Cod for two days of planning, strategizing and fun. We’re excited to make MA the first to divest in 2015! Interested in getting more involved in divestment? Contact Eli Gerzon, State Divestment Organizer for Better Future Project, email@example.com.
October 6th, 2014
Great editorial today from The Boston Globe applauding the grassroots climate movement — including a shoutout to the People’s Climate March and Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts! Read and share with friends — here’s the link.
October 3rd, 2014
On Wednesday, October 1, about a hundred people — plus Elmo, Big BIrd and The Count — joined us outside the offices of WGBH to call for the removal of climate denier David Koch from their Board of Trustees. It was an impressive crowd despite the rain, and earned great coverage from The Boston Herald, The Boston Herald (again), WGBH, and WGBH (again). We’ll be keeping the heat on WGBH along with our partners at Forecast the Facts, so stay tuned for updates — and let us know if you have ideas for the campaign!
September 30th, 2014
More than 100 city and state officials, financial professionals, and community leaders joined at Harvard Law School on Monday for the Boston Carbon Risk Forum, which we organized along with the Mayors Innovation Project. Remarks by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Rev. Bob Massie, former SEC Commissioner Bevis Longstreth, and others sparked discussion about carbon risk, and presentations by experts from Carbon Tracker, MSCI, Bloomberg and more offered details on the technical aspects of divestment. Thanks to all who made this event a success, especially our hosts (State Senator Ben Downing, State Senator Jason Lewis, State Representative Marjorie Decker, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, State Representative Jay Livingstone, State Representative Dave Rogers, Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Mayor Michael McGlynn, Council Maj. Leader Seth Yurdin, Councilor Leland Cheung, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Matthew O’Malley, Councilor Michelle Wu, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, former mayor Michael P. McGinn, The Reverend Doctor Jim Antal and The Reverend Doctor Robert Massie) and our sponsors (Impax, Pax, Portfolio 21, Calvert, Trillium, Green Century Funds, Boston Common and MSCI).
September 21st, 2014
Initial estimate from the People’s Climate March organizers: 310,000 people — including literally thousands of MA residents — just marched through New York to demand climate justice!
Today was the largest climate march in history…by far. And we’re just getting started.
THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible. Check out photos and updates from the scene on Twitter: @BetterFuturePro and @350Mass!
September 8th, 2014
The trial of the lobster boat blockaders just ended in an amazing — and entirely unexpected — way!
A little before noon on Monday, September 8, the district attorney walked out of the courthouse holding a copy of Bill McKibben’s latest article from Rolling Stone.
He told the cheering crowd of more than 100 people that he saw the need to take leadership on climate change and that he was dropping Ken and Jay’s criminal charges down to civil infractions.
”Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced,” he said — and added that he’d be joining us at the People’s Climate March in New York City in two weeks.
It’s clear that the DA — like so many of us — was deeply inspired by Ken and Jay’s story.
As Ken said: ”DA Sutter in effect accepted our necessity defense….protest works, indeed protest may be the only thing that can save us.”
There’s been incredible media coverage already from The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, WBUR, WGBH, Salon, Politico, Channel 10 NBC Boston, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and more. Stay tuned for a full listing of media hits at www.lobsterboatblockade.org
We’ll see you in New York!
September 1st, 2014
We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange has been on the forefront of the Fair Trade movement since its inception and is dedicated to a fair, honest and equitable trading system that works to better the lives of both farmers and consumers. Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts is very proud to be partnering with them! Here’s how it works: if you purchase Equal Exchange chocolates, coffee, or tea through our online portal, 25% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Better Future Project to support programs like 350 Massachusetts. It’s a win-win-win: support small-scale farmers, enjoy delicious chocolate, coffee and tea, and contribute to groundbreaking climate activism all at the same time! Click here to purchase.
August 24th, 2014
Last spring, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara used a small white lobster boat to blockade a delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Plant.
When they go to trial on September 8 and 9, they will seek to use a necessity defense to argue that they were defending their lives from the imminent threat of climate change. James Hansen and Bill McKibben, among other expert witnesses, are being called to testify.
Can you join Ken and Jay in the courthouse to show solidarity and support? RSVP here!
WHAT: Trial for Ken and Jay, the lobster boat blockaders
WHEN: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9
WHERE: Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River, MA