Climate Action

Quick Links:

Get the latest updates about the MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action (MAICCA)
Learn more about the five energy priorities the MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action is working for as part of comprehensive energy legislation
Learn more about our accomplishments around Climate Action!
Watch Rabbi Franklin's Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon on Climate Change

Upcoming Events

The Energy Bill is Coming:  Join a MAICCA Meeting with Your Legislator! 

In April, we encourage TBE members to join the MAICCA delegations that are meeting with legislators to talk about priorities for the omnibus energy legislation.

Check out the list of scheduled meetings to see if there is already a group meeting with your legislator.  We will provide talking points, background materials, and many of our meetings have delegation leaders who will help guide the meeting.  All they are missing is YOU!  If you don’t see a meeting with your legislator, more are in the works — and we can help you create one!

To join a scheduled meeting or sign up to lead your own, click here!  Or contact Amy Benjamin at [email protected]

Sign Up for a Call-In Training: Tips for Building a Better Meeting with your Legislator

Wednesday, March 30; Sunday, April 3; Sunday, April 10 — 8 pm to 9 pm

We've scheduled call-in trainings for delegation leaders and anyone who wants to learn more about how to prepare for and lead an effective legislator meeting. Join a call and bring your questions!  

Click one of the following dates to sign up (we'll send you call-in information):

Offshore Wind Briefing Call-In with Amber Hewett, National Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, April 6, 8 pm to 9 pm

The new prospects to develop offshore wind present an extraordinary opportunity for Massachusetts — for thousands of jobs; a large-scale, renewable clean energy resource; and a huge economic boon in the form of a new US offshore wind industry based right here in Massachusetts!  Join Amber for a call-in briefing to learn more about the opportunities and issues of offshore wind in Massachusetts and what we need to tell our legislators about this clean energy priority! 

Click the date to sign up:  Wednesday, April 6, 8 to 9 pm

Background of the upcoming legislative action:

Why this action?
This is an important moment in the legislative process and our fight for clean and just energy policy in Massachusetts.  As you may know, all of the major energy provisions being considered by the legislature (related to solar, offshore wind, hydropower, and natural gas) will be rolled into Speaker DeLeo’s big omnibus energy bill.  The bill is being written by House leaders and could come out anytime. There have been many important developments in the legislative landscape and revealing “messages” and signs about what may be in the omnibus bill — some good and some not good.  We want to take this opportunity now, in a big way, to make sure legislators hear our priorities for comprehensive energy policy:  what we do and don’t want to see in the omnibus bill!  

What we are planning:  
This MAICCA-wide legislative action will be like our November 10 Legislative Action Day, in that we hope to have at least one meeting with every legislator with a MAICCA member in their district, but rather than meetings taking place on one day at the State House, they will take place over a month and mainly in district offices.  As with November 10, MAICCA will provide (updated) talking points and background materials, multiple opportunities for trainings and Issue briefings, logistic support for scheduling and coordination of legislator meetings, and we will work with congregational leaders to help promote the initiative and encourage participation.  

Click here to download and print a flyer.


Our Accomplishments:

Look below to see our accomplishments around Climate Action!

 

Legislative Action Day

Click here to download and print the flyer

Answering the Call - An Interfaith Gathering

Click here to download and print the flyer

For more information, contact
Amy Benjamin, Temple Beth Elohim or
Lise Olney, Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley

Answering the Call - A further description:

Join members of Boston area congregations and faith organizations for this very special interfaith gathering to share messages of hope, inspiration, and action for healing our world. Together we will raise our voices as unified people of faith and seize the moment for concrete, communal action to safeguard our planet.

With his encyclical in June and U.S. visit in September, Pope Francis has created an opportunity for people of all faiths to respond to the challenge of climate change as an issue of moral imperative and social justice with “a new and universal solidarity.”

At this event -- part service, part forum, part rally -- we will gather to learn

  • What Pope Francis is telling us about the connection between faith, social justice, and climate change;

  • What the call to action on climate means to people of faith in Massachusetts and what the practical response looks like in our communities;

  • What we can accomplish together as people of faith that we cannot accomplish alone!

Climate change is the defining moral issue of our time, challenging our relationship to the earth, to each other, and to next generations. People of faith in Massachusetts have a proud history of leadership on issues that reflect shared core values. Now it is our turn. Let’s join together to restore balance between our values and our care for our common home.

Speakers:

Father Bryan Hehir 
Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman
     
Rabbi Rachel Saphire  
 Rev. Fred Small    
Minister Mariama White-Hammond
     
Rabbi Joel Sisenwine
Father Robert VerEecke
Imam Ismail Fenni
                                                    

Sponsors and Supporters Include:

American Baptist Churches of MA Creation Care Ministry

Bethel AME Church (Boston)

B'Nai Or of Boston

Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE)

Church of the Covenant (Boston)

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

Corpus Christi - St. Bernard Parish (Newton)

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC

First Parish in Bedford Climate Justice Group

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield

First Unitarian Society of Newton Green Sanctuary Committee

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quaker), Bolder and Deeper Earth Action Group

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Hebrew College

Hebrew Senior Life

Holy Family Parish (Concord, MA)

Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Community (Wellesley Hills)

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Jewish Climate Action Network

Jewish Community Relations Council

Kirva Institute

Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, Environmental Ministries Task Team

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light

Ma’yan Tikvah-A Wellspring of Hope

Moishe Kavod House

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

One Earth Collaborative

Organic Torah

Our Lady Help of Christians and Sacred Heart Parishes Justice & Peace Committee (Newton)

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center

Sacred Heart Parish (Lexington)

St. Brigid Parish (Lexington)

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Chestnut Hill)

St. John the Evangelist Parish (Wellesley)

Sustainable Wellesley

Temple Beth Avodah (Newton)

Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley)

Temple Beth Zion (Brookline)

Temple Israel (Boston)

Temple Ohabei Shalom (Brookline)

Temple Shir Tikvah (Winchester)

Temple Sinai (Brookline)

The Eliot Church of Newton, UCC

Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network

Wellesley Friends Meeting 

Wellesley Village Church Environmental Ministry, UCC