Thousands Marched for the Climate, Jobs and Justice — Now What?

What local, regional, and state projects can people work on now?

The climate crisis calls on us to continue our work in each community.  There are many activities that individuals can do on their own or with groups in the area.  Some of these include:

  • Speak up about climate change by writing a letter to the editor of local newspaper to talk about the need for energy conservation, efficiency and renewables.  Talk with your local legislators about these same issues. For more information on Mass Power Forward Coalition and Clean Energy Legislative Priorities for 2017-18 go to
  • Get involved with the work of town energy committees in the North Quabbin region.  To learn about the accomplishments of town energy committees see NQ Town Accomplishments GC… .
  • Contact Governor Baker to ask him to speak out against new gas pipelines and support more renewable energy projects in the state.
  • Attend a gathering of the MA Clean Energy Tour! — These are similar to Commonwealth Conversations – The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change chaired by Sen. Pacheco is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate.  The hearing schedule for June includes: June 12th in Springfield at 6 p.m. at Western New England University’s School of Law.  For complete information on all the hearings in June  go to
  • For more information about current and future No. Quabbin Energy projects seeNQE Work Projects + Events May2017

Thousands Across the Country Marched in April to Speak Out about the Climate Crisis


People’s Climate March on April 29th — March for Climate, Justice and Jobs


April 29 – People’s Climate Marches in Washington, D.C. with Sister Marches in Keene, NH, Greenfield, Springfield and Boston.  

Washington, D. C. — There may still be room on some buses going from Western MA.  Buses going to DC leave from Amherst, Northampton and Holyoke.  See —

Sister Marches in region include:

Keene, NH – Climate March.  Carpooling from Warwick — carpooling from Warwick to Keene  (meet at 8:30 at Metcalf Chapel on Athol Road in Warwick, MA to carpool).  The day begins at 9:30am with a meet up of all marchers with signs, costumes, puppets and noise makers in the parking lot behind Margarita’s restaurant. At 10:00 am the March commences up both sides of Main St and up to Central Square. Rally from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Greenfield – Climate Rally – 10:30-12noon at Energy Park.  Contact for more information.

Springfield, MA  — Climate March at 3 p.m. – March will begin at the Federal Courthouse on State Street in Springfield and proceed to Springfield City Hall where it will culminate in a rally featuring local speakers, artists, and musicians. For more information see

Boston, MA – 12-3:30 on the Boston Common.  Rally and Teach-in.  See for details.

Climate Disruption Calls for Reduction in Energy Use in U.S.A. — Can We Do It?

North Quabbin Energy Plans Follow-up Projects to March Event on “Local Action for the Climate”

Join Us on April 19th to Continue Work on Local and Regional Projects —  NQE Gathering and Potluck starting at 6 p.m. at Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main St., Athol, MA).  There will be a short film – The Economics of Happiness (20 minute version) with discussion.  Following this there will be discussion and planning which will include updates on town energy activities, the People’s Climate March (D.C., Boston, and Keene), banning plastic bags campaign, legislative up-dates on 100% Renewable Energy, funding questions, and beginning plans for Garlic and Arts Festival.

Local Action for the Climate — Many North Quabbin residents came out to hear Nathanael Fortune, a physics professor from Smith College and a member of the Whately Energy Committee, talk about the “Basics and Science of Climate Change”   on a Sunday afternoon in late March, 2017.

People listened quietly as Professor Nathanael Fortune spoke and emphasized the need to cut our energy use in the United States.  Fortune compared the Earth to a ship and pointed out that we are knocking more and more holes in the ship which means the ship is sinking if we do not plug the holes.  Fortune pointed out that consumers control the demand for energy, and in the United States we use five times as much energy as people in other countries.  In simple terms this means the United States needs to cut its energy use by 50%.  We all have a responsibility to work on this now.

Local projects that help connect the dots regarding issues related to energy use were presented briefly.  Highlights of  regional efforts include switching to  renewables and conserving energy, banning plastic bags, getting involved in strengthening the local food economy, conserving land and farms, getting involved with town energy activities and North Quabbin Energy projects.  Along with talking to neighbors and legislators on all levels, these are projects we can all work on now.


North Quabbin Energy Event March 26, 2017– Local Action for the Climate

Local Action for the Climate      Sunday, March 26 – 4-6 p.m.  at Millers River Environmental Center — 100 Main St., Athol, MA

Part I – Dr. Nathanael Fortune – Smith College Science Professor and Member of the Whately Energy Committee  Speaking on – “The Science and Basics of Climate Change”   Followed by Q&A

Part II – Highlights from No. Quabbin Projects on “What Can We Do Now in Our Region?  Portal to the Future — Hear about Renewables, Plastic Bag Ban Campaign, Regional Food Systems, Land/Farm Projects, No. Quabbin Energy Work, and Town Energy Activities.     Followed by Q&A with Discussion and time to talk with people working on projects.

Light Refreshments Served.  Center is handicapped accessible with parking in rear. All are Welcome.

Sponsored by No. Quabbin Energy.    Co-sponsors – Athol Bird and Nature Club, Earthlands, No. Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival,  Orange Town Energy Committee (ad hoc),  Quabbin Harvest, Seeds of Solidarity. and other groups. (Poster Mar 26 (1) C to share and post.)  Questions: Contact (978-575-1226)



Working Toward Clean Energy and Solar PV in 2017

Looking Toward 2017 — People Begin More Work on Moving Toward Clean Energy at the Individual, Local and State level

Rooftop Solar PV —  It is still a good deal to buy a system for your rooftop.  See short solar-facts-latest information from Orange Town Energy Committee (ad hoc).


Mass Power Forward begins statewide Local Clean Energy Campaign for 2017  to work toward cleaner power across MA.  You can view the webinar presentation viewed by over 100 people from across the state at

Also see interview with Senator Stan Rosenberg — Senate President Stan Rosenberg says energy and climate change to remain on Beacon Hill front burner  by Mary Serreze.  See at

#NoDAPL Work continues….


Water Protectors at Standing Rock peacefully protest DAPL recently.

For some of latest developments see

From the Recorder —  Dakota Access Pipeline protester: ‘It was a war zone’

For The Recorder – 11/26/2016

Locals who lent a hand in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline this month describe the experience as “life-changing” and the clashes with law enforcement “like being in a war zone.”

Amherst activist Jehann El-Bisi said the juxtaposition of peaceful, prayerful indigenous people with the omnipresent police force made for a lasting impression.

“To have this great beauty contrasted with being assaulted by these agencies — it’s jarring, to say the least, and disturbing,” she said, adding that tear gas burned her throat and she saw rubber bullets hurt fellow organizers.  El-Bisi, 48, has traveled to North Dakota twice since September. And she’s not alone.

Read more

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Simple Actions to take to help the Standing Rock Water Protectors and #NoDAPL — Make phone calls –  North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at 701-328-2200.  The White House, at 202-456-1111.

Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.



Tag sale in support of pipeline resistance at Standing Rock

Supporters of the actions at Standing Rock silkscreening and painting banners and flags in Oakland, California, Oct 28, 2016. Photo by Peg Hunter

Earthlands, a local environmental organization, local renewable energy advocates, and Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Inc. of Oakham are sponsoring an estate and tag sale on Saturday & Sunday, November 5-6, 2016 from 8:00 2 p.m.on the Petersham South Common to benefit the Standing Rock Sioux campaign and local environmental education initiatives. Continue reading Tag sale in support of pipeline resistance at Standing Rock

Come through the Portal!

Look for the beautiful logo (designed by Mary King) at the north end of the festival site.
Look for the beautiful logo (designed by Mary King) at the north end of the festival site.

We’ve been hard at work envisioning and building the new Portal to the Future learning area for the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, just a couple of weeks away, and we’re trying to get the word out as widely as we can about all the great things that you’ll be able to find there. Visit our full listing of presentations and mini-demonstrations here, or click here for a PDF poster with a schedule on the back. Continue reading Come through the Portal!

2016 local food brochure now available

2016-NQ-food-brochure-thumbOur fourth more-or-less annual local food brochure is now available in area stores, libraries, farmstands, and other locations.

You can also see the online version here.

In addition to town-by-town listings of farms and other food producers, the brochure includes information about markets and festivals, resources for farmers and eaters, and even a bit of history. Continue reading 2016 local food brochure now available