Tell Harvard to Stop Profiting from Climate Change

Should anyone invest in a company that profits twice from a disaster it helped cause? Social justice activists say NO!

Community Labor United (CLU), with its partners Hedge Clippers, Harvard Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, will demonstrate on the Harvard campus this Wednesday, January 24, to demand that the university divest from the financial firm Baupost Group. Baupost holds over $900 million in the debt of Puerto Rico, the island recently devastated by Hurricane Maria, one of 2017’s dramatic manifestations of climate change. Baupost is demanding that Puerto Rico, financially strapped and in desperate need of infrastructure repairs, adopt austerity measures to be able to pay its debt. At the same time, Baupost also owns $1.8 billion in oil and natural gas stock, and its CEO, Seth Klarman, is on the board of American Enterprise Institute, a think tank that denies climate change.

Local citizens are urged to join the event, which is titled “Harvard, Stand with Puerto Rico! Divest from Hate!” Meet at 1:00 PM in Harvard Yard. For more information, visit , or call Khalida Smalls, CLU’s Organizing Director, at (857) 891-9466.

CCE Celebration this Thursday

2017 marked a major milestone in the campaign for Community Choice Energy in Boston — an order passed unanimously by the City Council and signed by Mayor Walsh.

Come celebrate!  Boston Climate Action Network invites you to join us this Thursday:

Community Choice Energy Celebration
January 18, from 6-8 PM
The Nate Smith House
155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

The Nate Smith House is near the Stony Brook T stop. With campaign partners Boston Node 350MA, Sierra Club, Green Justice Coalition, and Mothers Out Front, we will update you on the progress toward implementation and discuss the next steps to keep CCE moving forward. There will be refreshments, music, and time to network and socialize.

Hope to see you there! For more information, email us at

Boston Climate Ready Leaders Training

The City of Boston is looking for Climate Ready Boston Leaders to raise awareness about climate change – and the City’s initiatives to fight it – at the neighborhood level. Last summer, approximately 70 participants were trained in this new outreach program.  They then held events and gave talks in their neighborhoods.

Climate Ready Boston (CRB) Leaders discuss the immediate effects of climate change on Boston residents, such as coastal flooding, heat waves, and record snowfalls.  Then they explain the City’s efforts to mitigate these effects.  For instance, the City is restoring salt marshes, which will protect coastal areas from flooding.  The City is also encouraging the planting of trees in heat islands, to provide shade for local residents.  Last but not least, the City is trying to cut carbon emissions through energy efficiency, and by increasing the use of renewables.

Help your fellow Bostonians join in the fight against climate change.  Please consider registering for one of the these training sessions:

1 – Tuesday, January 23rd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Piemonte Room, City Hall

2 – Saturday, January 27th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Bolling Building 6th floor

3 – Tuesday, January 30th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Fort Point Room, BSA Space

For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Muge Undemir at


Grassroots Funds Webinar

Tomorrow, January 9th at 12pm, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is hosting a webinar on community organizing, hosted by their Executive Director Julia Dundorf.
Learn about our Guiding Principles for strong community organizing that increases your impact and revenue. Julia will be joined by Program Director, Nakia Navarro and Program Manager, Ally Philip, who will share available opportunities for support from the Grassroots Fund, from grants to stipends to sponsorship.

What will you learn from this webinar? 

  • What we define as fundable community projects
  • How the Grassroots Fund supports grassroots trainers and community events
  • How to receive a grant from the Grassroots Fund
  • How the Grassroots Fund can serve as your fiscal sponsor
  • How the Grassroots Fund can help you market your upcoming even

Flooding in Boston

Boston began to feel the toll of sea level rise during last week’s winter storm.  The waters came up all over city – in the Seaport, Atlantic Avenue, the South Shore, Neponset, and the North End.

The pictures are pretty astounding.

We’re starting to see these “once in a generation” events several times a year now.   Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the devastation in Puerto Rico, endless wildfires across the west.

In recent interviews with Mayor Walsh and EEOS Chief Blackmon, both officials discussed the storm floods last week, and emphasized the importance of building infrastructure to be able to withstand increased sea levels during winter events.  But neither mention Boston’s role in cutting emissions to help prevent sea level in the first place.

The City will clearly need to prepare for the new reality of higher sea levels – that reality is already here now.  But it will get much worse – too much to handle with bigger sea walls – if we do not act to curb our emissions.

Mayor Walsh and Chief Blackmon must implement Community Choice Energy, as the quickest way to cut greenhouse gases and help stop sea levels from rising past the point of no return.

Joel Wool of Clean Water Action says:

Remember to call, email, vote, tweet, stand up, protest, obstruct, whatever else you can, to keep up the political urgency to fight climate change, to adapt to it. It’s going to take continued action and massive investment. Without your active involvement, the investment that happens is going to protect the 1%. Seriously – be the squeaky wheel. Tell other people to speak up, too.

BCAN 2017 Holiday Party

It was a long year full of victories and defeats. This past month, members of BCAN got together to mark the end of the year, sing songs, and get ourselves ready for 2018. This is us singing Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land together.


We hope your holidays have been bright, and are ready to re-commit with us to fighting for the environment in 2018!

Our next big gathering is a celebration of getting CCE signed.  Join us to help keep the pressure on the City to implement it before the Mayor’s Climate Summit this summer.

Back Bay Pipeline Hearing Tomorrow!

As we have reported, National Grid has proposed to construct a new, mile-long gas pipeline through Boston’s Back Bay and South End. The line would carry “fracked” gas to service new buildings. On Thursday, December 7, the City of Boston’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC) will hold a public hearing to discuss this proposal. Located within Boston’s Public Works Department, PIC has the authority to grant or deny permits for projects which use public space for business ventures. Like the previous PIC hearing on November 2, this is a strategic opportunity for citizens to speak out against the pipeline.

Boston Public Improvement Commission – Back Bay Pipeline Hearings
Thursday, December 7th, at 10:00 AM
Boston City Hall, Room 801

Opposition to the pipeline is being spearheaded by the Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC), a grassroots group with eleven member environmental organizations, including the Boston Climate Action Network. According to its website, BCEC’s mission is accelerate Boston’s “transition to a clean, green economy,” and its current focus is “on halting the expansion of fracked gas and other fossil-fuel infrastructure while promoting net-zero carbon standards for the built environment.”
BCEC hopes to pack the house for the hearing, which takes place this Thursday at 10:00 AM, Boston City Hall, Room 801. To request more information, or to sign a petition against the pipeline, go to BCEC’s site.