Green Sanctuary /350MA Collaboration in Defense of the Web of Life
In September 2013, our Old Ship Green Sanctuary Team, out of concern for the rapid advance of global warming and the uneven response nationally and in the community at large, decided to join forces with 350MA to actively confront barriers to the mitigation of climate change. Our mission is to bear witness to the dangers of global warming through demonstration; education, political activism (legislative and local), and respectful non-violent civil disobedience. Our local Old Ship Green Sanctuary / 350MA group serves as the “South Shore Node” of this growing statewide grassroots network of 12 regional chapters and managed by Better Future Project in Cambridge. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall of our Parish House.
Contact Person: Turner Bledsoe, Connie Gorfinkle or Laura Burns
Sunday 4/29/2018 Noon: Climate Change/Climate Justice Presentation
Presentation will be held in the Parish House. Soup and bread will be served.
First and Third Tuesdays of each Month: Green Sanctuary/350MA Group Meeting
Our Green Sanctuary/350MA group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Fellowship Hall.
Also, we are working actively with our Weymouth ally Friends of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS).
Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing
OLD SHIPPERS SCORE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH FOR HINGHAM!!
Hingham’s Light Plant (HMLP) has just committed to converting our electrical energy sources exclusively to 100% low carbon – and we’re proud to claim we had a big hand in that decision. The story begins 5 years ago when John Leonard – struggling to get HMLP cooperation with his PV-Solar installation came to 350MA/GS for help with a Ballot measure to voice public support. We won 67% support, some movement from HMLP and set the stage for more. A year or so later, a seat on the HMLP Board came up for election. Laura Burns, John Leonard and I convinced Roger Freeman to run again for the position (after 2 losses). We mobilized the troops needed and Roger took the seat handily. In the year following progress was slow. Roger as a “Newby” minority on the board of three members struggled to move their agenda toward renewables. This past September our South Shore/Green Sanctuary group joined forces with the League of Women Voters of Hingham to sponsor an educational panel at the Glastonbury Abbey: “The Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy”. Experts from Conservation Law Foundation and Mass Energy Alliance came and Roger Freeman completed the presentation. (A copy of the report of the panel can be found on our Old Ship website). We had 60 to 70 in attendance and the passion for starting along this path was evident. Three weeks ago - as of this writing - Roger sensed that the others on the board and the Manager were skeptical of the public interest and were about to close out available options as contract renewals approached. Roger called our group into action and we launched a call-in/email campaign mobilizing concerned citizens from our SJC; League of Women Voters; Hingham Democratic Town Committee; our Town Energy Action Comte and others. Those responding were swift and convincing and at the meeting Roger was joined by Michael Mullaley (who was this past election’s unsuccessful HMLP-board candidate) adding the significant pressure of a competitor. The combination of all our efforts successfully turned the vote to a majority of two and an historic victory for the environment. Posted on our website is my report on the event: “The Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy”; My appeal to the HMLP Board; and a link to an article by James Hansen (NASA scientist) that covers our situation; how we got here; and what needs to be done (Scientific Reticence: A Threat to Humanity and Nature).
Green Sanctuary Re-Credentialing
Since our last report we have been alerted by the U.U. Green Sanctuary Commission regarding their new (and streamlined) guidelines for re-credentialing existing Green Sanctuary congregations. Laura Burns, having reviewed these guidelines and our congregation’s on-going environmental activities, and finding both delightfully congruent, will be organizing a task group for this adventure after the first of January.