ECA Mass Newsletter

February 2020
 Letter from the Editors:
We’re making an impact on climate policy
because we show up and tell it straight

ECA Mass is having an impact on pro-climate policies because our members show up at lobby days to remind lawmakers of their responsibilities; we reach out to seniors across the state to encourage engagement in the pro-climate movement; we contact environmental voters and encourage them to vote in every election; we submit op-eds and letters to the editor; we use social media to spread the word; and we work with partner organizations in Massachusetts and nationally to support broad-based actions.
The common ingredient in all of this is that our members show up and work together on project teams. Please scroll down to read updates on all these chapter activities, why we need you, and how you can engage with this exciting and important work. Together, we can ensure  that our public officials understand the importance of climate action and the power of pro-climate voters.
Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Belmont

ECA Mass Monthly Chapter Meeting, at the home of Tony Alcorn and Evelyn Corsini, 172 Waverley Street, Belmont. Come hear directly from Colette Midulla, Legislative Aide to State Representative Joan Meschino, who will tell us what is currently happening with the 2050 Roadmap bill and how we can continue to support it and other important climate legislation moving through the State House NOW. See the Massachusetts Climate Legislation Update in this newsletter, below, for more news. We will start with our always-yummy potluck at 11:30 and move into our meeting at noon, and finish by 2:30 to beat the traffic going home. Please join us for another of our informative and lively second-Tuesday-of-the-month meetings, with plenty of discussion and connection - and bring a friend along!

Thursday, February 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Chelmsford

Climate Conversations, Chelmsford Public Library, McCarthy Meeting Room, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford. Informal group sponsored by Chelmsford ECA and the library, meeting the second Thursday of each month. For February’s meeting, we will view and discuss the Ted Talk video of Greta Thunberg. Also: updates on current state and federal legislation; how to find our TV series on; announcements of upcoming climate events; and other “climate news.” Public invited. We want to hear from people in attendance and learn what brought them to the meeting. And see another upcoming Chelmsford event:

Monday, February 17, Chelmsford

Call to Artists, Submission deadline for climate change exhibit, Chelmsford Center for the Arts. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (CCA) has issued a Call to Artists for textile and multimedia art whose subject is climate change for a March/April exhibit titled, "EARTH ON FIRE." For a prospectus with dates and other helpful information email Susan Gates, CCA director, at  or call her at 978-250-3780 (Submission Deadline:  February 17, 2020).

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Attleboro

Getting Wind and Solar Energy from Far Away to Power our Electric System, Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main Street, Attleboro. Many people would like the US electrical system to be powered by renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. Unfortunately, the biggest sources of wind and solar energy are far from the areas that need them the most. Join Larry Rosenberg from Elders Climate Action for a presentation and conversation about needed changes to the electrical grid so that it can transport electricity from solar in the Southwest and wind in the Great Plains to the coasts. This event is funded by a grant from the Climate Change Conversations in Libraries program in partnership with the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.  
And be sure to check regularly for more events and updated information at the ECA Mass event calendar and ECA Mass Facebook page.
In This Issue
  • Letter from the Editors
  • Mark Your Calendar!
  • Massachusetts Climate Legislation Update
  • ECA Mass Takes Action
What's Happening
Check out the ECA Mass event calendar 
This newsletter is published for members and friends of ECA Mass

Editors: Paul Dryfoos, Diane Rapaport
Publisher: Arnie Epstein
Membership/circulation: Dawn Edell
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Elders Climate Action Massachusetts is a chapter of the national ECA organization. We are a movement of elders committed to making our voices heard... to change our nation's policies while there is still time to avoid catastrophic changes in the Earth's climate.
Visit the ECA Mass website here to learn more about our chapter's activities and state level climate information.  For helpful information at the national level and to learn how concerned citizens can become effective climate change activists visit the ECA National website here.
Massachusetts Climate Legislation Update
Exciting Progress, but More Work to Do

“This is not the time to take our foot off the gas”
A lot happened in January at the statehouse, which points to an excellent outlook for 2050 net zero emissions legislation this session and the 2050 Roadmap bill (H.3983) - ECA’s top legislative priority. Here is a summary of the action:
  • During his State of the Commonwealth address on January 21, Governor Baker announced strong support for climate legislation and, in particular, support for a 2050 net zero emissions target.
  • House Speaker DeLeo also said he supported net zero legislation and hoped to get legislation passed this session.
  • Also on January 21, the Senate introduced their own climate bills. The key legislation is S.2477 (An Act Setting Next Generation Climate Policy). This bill sets a 2050 net zero emissions target and was reported out favorably from the Senate Ways and Means Committee and passed by the full Senate on January 31.
  • As reported here, the 2050 Roadmap bill has near unanimous support from the House Progressive Caucus as well as support among House leadership.
ECA, along with our partners from 350MA, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, and Mothers Out Front, had another successful lobby day on January 21 with 35 lobbyists making the rounds of House Ways and Means members and other key representatives.  A particular hit was the “Roadmap” button.  

While all this is encouraging, and shows our work is paying off, this is not the time to “take our foot off the gas.” The 2050 Roadmap bill is still in the House Ways and Means Committee. Getting the bill passed by the full House remains our priority. And now is the time to take it to the finish line!
ECA Mass Takes Action
More About How We’re Fighting Climate Change
As we reported in January’s newsletter, ECA Mass is evolving a shared leadership, starting new teams, and working hard, but we need your help! Here are highlights of recent actions and plans:
Action Planning Team
The ECA Action Planning Team held its first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, January 21. The team has set several priorities for its work in the coming months:
  • Publish a weekly Action Alert, with curated SHOW UP, SPEAK UP, and KEEP UP suggestions. This alert is sent to the ECA’s activist list. If you would like to receive Action Alerts and other announcements in addition to the monthly newsletter, please contact Dawn Edell (
  • Support ECA’s legislative agenda by organizing actions at the State House, especially in support of the 2050 Roadmap bill (H.3983).
  • Continue to participate in solidarity with FRRACS (Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station), which is fighting against the construction of a gas compressor station in Weymouth.
  • Begin Planning for ECA’s participation in the 50th Earth Day this April. 
For more information about how to get involved with any one of these important activities, contact Seth Evans (
Presentation and Education Team
In January, we had the first meeting of our new ECA Mass Presentation and Education Team, with a short orientation to our current materials for climate change presentations and education sessions. We will hold a planning call with the team members on February 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM on Zoom. (Log on information will be sent ahead of time to team members.) We also expect to have additional in-person team meetings in March.

The Presentation and Education team has received many requests to conduct sessions at libraries and other venues in the months ahead! We are coordinating our presentation efforts with the ECA Mass Research Team (see below). Contact Rick Lent ( with questions or to join this effort.  
Research Team
The ECA Mass Research Team is pleased to welcome two new members: Jim Campen and Arthur MacEwan. Both Jim and Arthur are economists looking to dig deeper into important areas of climate change.

The Research Team has embarked on a series of presentations in libraries – with the first two scheduled at the Attleboro Public Library on February 26 (see Mark Your Calendar! above) and the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library on March 26. This initiative is supported by the Climate Change Conversations in Libraries (C3L) project. Our presentations will focus on one of our research topics. We are coordinating our work with the ECA Mass Presentation and Education Team. Contact Arnie Epstein ( with any questions about the Research Team and how you can help. 
Social Media
See ECA Mass’ Facebook page for climate news, updated just about daily and sometimes hourly! Lots of information about Massachusetts Chapter events and ECA National’s activities. Check it out and add your comments, where you can post articles you want to share on the page too.

We’ve had good success running Facebook ads, but the best way to increase use of our page is for you to visit and invite your Facebook friends to do so as well.

800+ people have now liked our Facebook page and about 6,600 people have seen our posts in the last month!
Elders Promote the Vote: Scaling up for millions of voter contacts
To do this we need your help. Elders promote the Vote is a volunteer-driven initiative to contact millions of pro-environment voters.

Please join the more than 100 volunteers who have already signed up. With 100 or more additional volunteers, we will be contacting millions of voters and turning out 10s of thousands of environmental voters who would not have otherwise voted.

Volunteering is one-stop shopping. Just sign up at

Your phone number and other personal information will never be disclosed to the voters whom you contact. We will provide training, technical support, and regular updates keeping you informed of when we have new voter lists to work with.

Promote the Vote will host at least at least 4 training calls in February. If you haven't already, please sign up for the project to receive a full volunteer briefing and an invitation to the trainings. Please help us amplify the environmentalist voice in 2020!

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