Green Sanctuary Action – March 2020

Green Sanctuary March Action Table President Trump has already dismantled important environmental protections. Now he wants to do something even worse: to weaken the National Environmental Protection Act. Public comments are invited now, ending on March 10. You can submit your comments at https://www.regulations.gov using the docket number CEQ-2019-0003. Click on “comment now” and write your comment. There is helpful background information at the 2020Action website: 2020action.org. Some suggested comments:

  • Keep the National Environmental Protection Act strong. Do not follow Trump’s recommended modifications.
  • Maintain the currents laws about when Environmental Impact Statements are required.
  • Do not limit the time or number of pages allowed for an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Keep the current requirement to consider indirect or cumulative effects, which include the impact of green- house gas emissions on climate change.
  • Do not prevent litigation against a project by a particular group unless they already participated in com- ments during the initial public comment period.
  • We need more environmental protections, not fewer.

This will also be the focus of our March 8 Green Sanctuary Action Table, and we’ll allow people to submit onsite.

Extinction Rebellion POSTPONED (On Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall, the Green Sanctuary Committee is hosting a talk by the activist group Extinction Rebellion called “Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It.” There will be time for reflection and discussion about the climate emergency and introduce Extinction Rebellion’s response and call to action. )

Pricing Carbon Talk coming April 5

Carbon Dividends: Keeping Carbon in the Ground & Spurring Innovation

Climate change presents an urgent call to action. Personal actions are important, but only one third of all emissions are under our direct control. Policies that put a price on carbon have the power to change the economics to keep carbon in the ground, spur renewable energy innovation, and stimulate the economy. When combined with a dividend that is reimbursed to citizens, it also provides a just solution for low- and middle-income families.

Several presidential candidates are supportive of carbon pricing and dividends, and our state legislature is also considering a carbon pricing bill, which has been co-sponsored by 93 reps (60% of the MA House).

The presenters are Lora Sandhusen, chair of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), and Jeff Clark, who is a UUSA member, CCL volunteer and long-time climate activist. The Citizens Climate Lobby is committed to getting bi-partisan support for market-driven solutions to climate change.

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