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Deadline passes for fossil-fuels march, but there's more you can do

Ellen Vliet Cohen of Arlington submitted this letter to the editor "for a liveable future."


Are you feeling dismayed and disempowered by the ongoing climate catastrophe? Join your friends and neighbors in a March to End Fossil Fuels Sept. 17 in New York City.

This mass action, in advance of the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit, intends to send a resounding message to President Biden to stop the expansion of fossil-fuel use and speed the transition to clean energy. The environmental organization 350 Mass is sponsoring a bus leaving in the morning from the MBTA Alewife Station and returning that evening. For more information, and to sign up, visit this link. Signups end Friday, Sept. 1. 

Progressives are not typically known for their ability to work together on a common cause. But in an impressive show of solidarity, more than 500 organizations have endorsed the March to End Fossil Fuels. Locally, members of at least six organizations will be on buses from Alewife Station and Boston, providing a great opportunity to explore whatever niche of the climate action movement suits you best: 

  • Want to join an established grass-roots organization focused on legislation, regulation, and local action? Check out 350 Mass.
  • Concerned about the environment for the sake of your offspring? Join Mothers Out Front
  • Over 60 and want to use your wealth and wisdom to combat climate change? Join Third Act
  • Think the government spends way too much on the military and not enough on climate change, a major security threat to our nation and the world? Join Massachusetts Peace Action
  • Dismayed by the fossil fuel industry’s insidious connection to increased plastics production? Join Beyond Plastics Greater Boston.
  • Looking for something a little edgier involving nonviolent direct action? Join Extinction Rebellion.

If milling around Manhattan Sept. 17 with thousands of other people is not your thing, other opportunities exist locally for ways to get involved. Third Act members are organizing a local standout that same day at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 160 Great Road in Bedford. Or, you can donate to sponsor someone else’s trip to New York City. And Extinction Rebellion is organizing a Week of Rebellion starting Sept. 18 in Boston. If you care about our climate, there are unlimited ways to get involved and do what you can. Why wait?

 This letter was published Sunday, Aug. 27. 2023.

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