Last month, the President’s veto to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline wasn’t the only blow to TransCanada Corporation. A group of mothers and grandmothers from Mothers Out Front inspired the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts to send the energy giant a strong message that parents demand clean energy. With the approval of an order to terminate the City’s relationship with TransCanada, Cambridge will look to identify a new supplier to provide up to 100% renewable energy for all municipal operations.
According to this EcoWatch post:
“The policy order came out of a series of discussions Carlone had with Mothers Out Front, a two-year-old Cambridge-based grassroots advocacy group describing themselves as “mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers who can no longer be silent and still about the very real danger that climate change poses to our children’s and grandchildren’s future.” The group provided testimony at city council on behalf of the resolution.
“Our organization has a strategy for creating a clean energy future but we need your help,” said Beth Adams, the mother of two young boys, in her testimony. “We are working on the ground to get individuals to weatherize their homes, conserve their energy and to switch to clean electricity. My family has made the switch, along with 100 other people in Cambridge including councillor Carlone. I am here tonight to ask for more bold climate action and leadership from the city of Cambridge to help us ensure a livable climate for our children and for future generations.”
This policy order was the product of a series of discussions that Councillor Carlone had with members of Mothers Out Front, a promising new advocacy group that formed in Cambridge and is now expanding to other municipalities and states. Additional information about this order was posted to Councillor Carlone’s blog last month, click here for that report. And posted above is a video featuring powerful public testimony and council discussion on the matter.“
Moms Clean Air Force applauds partner, Mothers Out Front, for their hard work and dedication to preserving a safe future for children. Thank you Mothers Out Front for reminding our legislators and the power industry to never ever underestimate the power of moms!