Young People: Can you Support the Juliana Plaintiffs?

Last month Green Newton has declared support for Juliana v. United States.  If you would also like to support those extraordinary young people, please read their message below and act today 🙂  

“Are you a young person who wants to show your support for the 21 youth plaintiffs of Juliana v. United States? Or do you have a young person in your life who wants to support the plaintiffs in this groundbreaking youth-led climate change case?
 
We need your help TODAY!
 
Zero Hour, together with the National Children’s Campaign, is leading a nationwide drive to support the 21 Juliana youth plaintiffs, asking youth to add their names in support of a new brief on behalf of young people and women. This amicus, or “friend of the court” brief will be filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this Thursday, March 12, 2020 on behalf of the League of Women Voters, Zero Hour, and the National Children’s Campaign. The brief will call upon the Court to grant a rehearing of the Juliana plaintiffs’ case and allow their voices to be heard in open court at trial.
 
Please visit joinjuliana.info TODAY to add your name to the growing list of young people supporting this youth and women led brief (or, if you’re an adult, please share this link with the young people in your life). YOU can tell our Nation’s courts that they have a duty to protect our constitutional right to a stable climate!
 
Onward.”

Message from Levi, one of the 21 Juliana v. US plaintiffs:

 

Climate Change Scorecard Activity

Original post from The Green Team, March 2020 Newsletter – 

The 50th Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and this year’s theme is “Climate Action”. THE GREEN TEAM’s Climate Change Scorecard Activity and Scorecard is a great way to engage students in understanding more about how their actions can help slow climate change. Students can use the cards to keep track of their environmental actions over a week’s time and accumulate points for reducing their energy consumption and counteracting pollution. Taking the bus to school, eating less meat, and making a compost pile are all ways to earn points!

Climate Action: Earth Day 2020 Pledge

Original post from Earth Day 2020 Boston – 

Individual Action

Take the Earth Day 2020 Pledge. The United Nations says we need to reduce emissions by 7% a year over the next 10 years to avert severe climate consequences.

Steps to taking the Earth Day 2020 Pledge:

  1. Calculate your carbon footprint.
  2. Reduce your impact.
  3. Offset the rest. Here are two options: Terrapass or Gold Standard.
  4. Tell us what you did through the “contact us” button on this page.
  5. Hug your children, nieces and nephews.

Political Action

Contact your legislators about climate action. To find your representatives, click this link.

Take the pledge to be an environmental voter in 2020. Vote on March 3rd in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary. Then vote in the general election – Tuesday, November 3rd. Send a strong message that action on climate must happen this year. 2020 is the year to declare a climate emergency.

Educators Take Action

Join a climate action team with other educators and tell us what kind of action you want to take. Are you interested in teaching about climate change, partnerships with other organizations or discussing ways to include climate concerns in your labor negotiations? We have a place for you! Follow this link to join us.

Additional ways to act

Get involved in the national movement: https://www.earthday.org/earthday/countdown-to-2020/ 

Climate Action: What You Do Matters

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Small habit changes make a big difference.

WHAT CAN BE DONE AT HOME

Home heating and electricity account for a large portion of fossil fuel use. Talk to others at home about:

1. Signing up for 100% Renewable Electricity at Newton Power Choice, a really easy way to make a huge difference! Find your homers Eversource account# & call 866-968-8065 or visit masspowerchoice.com/newton

2. Signing up for no-cost home energy assessment and insulate/air seal your home. Call 781-305-3319 (select #2 & mention Green Newton) or go to hwe.click/green-newton

Download and print flyer: Take Daily Action Against the Climate Crisis

Declaration of Support for Juliana v. United States

Green Newton has signed a declaration of support for Juliana v. United States

Declaration of Support
(See PDF version)

CO₂ levels in the atmosphere are the highest in human history, having exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 1 million years. This human-made increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels has caused large-scale climate change, profoundly altering the planet on which we live. Climate change is causing ocean warming and acidification, and the warming of the Earth’s surface, leading to rising seas, more extreme weather events and flooding, heat waves and droughts, more intense and destructive wildfires, disrupted ecosystems and agriculture, more disease and other health threats, famine, conflict, and loss of human life.

The scientific prescription for avoiding the worst effects of climate change mandates returning atmospheric levels of COâ‚‚ to below 350 ppm by the year 2100, requiring immediate and swift reductions in COâ‚‚ emissions globally and an overall reduction to almost zero by 2050, in addition to protecting soils and forests to sequester more carbon. The most critical transformations must happen over the next decade. Any delay will make it more difficult or impossible to meet a safe target; thus, urgent and substantial reductions in COâ‚‚ emissions are critical.

In the landmark constitutional climate case known as Juliana v. United States, 21 American youth filed a lawsuit against the United States government for taking actions that cause climate disruption in violation of the youths’ and future generations’ constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and equal protection under the law, and for violating its duty under the Public Trust Doctrine by failing to protect the atmosphere for all generations.

If the Juliana youth plaintiffs are successful in their case, the federal government will be ordered to create and implement a science-based national Climate Recovery Plan designed to phase out the United States’ fossil fuel energy system and emissions and draw down excess atmospheric CO₂ in line with the 350 ppm by 2100 prescription.

Support from organizations, congregations, schools, municipalities and businesses from across the United States is critically needed as we envision a society free of fossil fuels and the national security and public health and safety impacts of climate change.

THEREFORE, Green Newton declares support for the 21 Juliana v. U.S. youth plaintiffs, the fundamental constitutional rights they seek to protect, and the creation and implementation of a science-based national Climate Recovery Plan that would allow a just transition away from a fossil fuel-based energy system.

More information at youthvgov.org

“North Students Organize Local March, Attend Boston Climate Strike”

Original post from The Newtonite – 

By Dea Cela, December 17, 2019

North students organized and marched to Newton City Hall and joined the Boston Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6. Students went to downtown Boston and the statehouse to protest. 

“The single most important thing students can do at the local level is to email their city councilors to express support for climate action policies and to show up to city council meetings and hearings,” said senior Dina Gorelik, a member of the Climate Advocacy Club, which organized the Newton Climate Strike. 

Gorelik added that the goal of the climate strike was to raise awareness surrounding climate change and to make the club’s goals known to the Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. 

Students missed school to encourage legislators to take immediate action against climate change and fight for a Massachusetts Green New Deal. According to a Massachusetts Climate Strike press release, protestors from around the state met at Copley Square and marched to the statehouse, pushing for bills advocating for the elimination of fossil fuels and declaring a Climate Emergency.

This is the second climate strike of the school year, following the last on Sept. 20.

Newton Students Strike for the Climate

On Friday, December 6th, students from Newton North High School walked with a handful of adults to City Hall in support of the Climate Strike and to meet with Mayor Fuller.  The group was welcomed by the Mayor on the steps outside City Hall and they were invited into her office, where she asked the students to take turns sharing their concerns. Her response was reassuring, especially about steps for sustainability that the City intends to take with the implementation of the City’s recently passed Climate Action Plan. Green Newton President, Marcia Cooper, was also given the opportunity to commend the students for stepping up as leaders, and they were encouraged to advocate for solutions, while helping to educate others at school and in our community about how each of us can make a difference. Following this meeting, the students proceeded to walk to the Newton Centre before traveling by T into Boston to participate in the Climate Strike with hundreds of young people rallying for a Massachusetts Green New Deal (PDF here).

Photo by: Green Newton/2019

Photo by: Green Newton/2019

Climate Action: Newton Students are Going on a Strike Again

NNHS Climate Advocacy Club invites all Newton students –  from Elementary, Middle and High schools – to join the Newton/Boston Climate Strike this Friday, December 6th.

Theme: Sustainable Transportation

“Because the Boston Climate Strike is so densely packed, it’s hard to stay together as a Newton group once we get there. So we recommend any elementary schoolers go with parents and middle schoolers go with other middle schoolers.”

Also, the Climate Advocacy Club is having a poster-making club meeting on Thursday, at 2:35, in room 148 at Newton North. We would love for everyone to come and make a poster!

Timeline for Friday, 12/06:

8 AM – Meet at Newton North High School with a bike if you have one and rally as we set up a people-protected bike lane on Walnut St.
8:30 AM – Bikers start moving to City Hall, walkers follow after
9 AM – Rally at Newton City Hall, w/ City Councilors and members of the community
9:45 AM – Start walking or biking to Newton Centre, catch Green Line to Copley Square (Boston Climate Strike). Bikers will leave bikes in Newton Centre.

Take Action Against the Climate Crisis at School and at Home

Are you interested in doing something about the climate crisis but not sure what? Green Newton welcomes concerned people of all ages to an open discussion on Tuesday, November 19 from 7-8:30pm in the War Memorial Auditorium of Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton). Meet and chat with like-minded people and take part in developing Green Newton’s new Green Action Teams, including:

  • Education & Schools 🙂 ♥
  • Activism & Initiatives
  • Home Efficiency & Heat Pumps
  • Transportation & Electric Vehicles
  • Food & Composting 
  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

School Connections will be there discussing  Education & Schools Join us!

Refreshments will be served (please bring your own reusable beverage container). RSVP to [email protected] to help us plan, or show up on November 19. We hope to see you there!