Kayla just posted a great summary of what went on at our week-long retreat in Winthrop, MA.  We are gearing up around Massachusetts to begin pushing for our bill, An Act to Create a Repower Massachusetts Emergency Task Force, that will establish a group of experts to determine how to get the Commonwealth to 100% clean electricity in Massachusetts.

Right now we need NUMBERS.  We are focusing much of our attention on recruitment and retention and trying to make this the most successful semester to date.  In order to do that, Jeff Gang, former Western Mass Recruitment Coordinator and now Western Mass Co-Campaign Coordinator, sent me an email he used as a recruitment tool in the past.

It is brilliant to post on this blog for two reasons:

1. It will get you to come to our events, lobby for us, and join our fight for a clean electric (and eventually carbon neutral) future for Massachusetts and the United States.

2. It will help you, after you are convinced by this email to join our efforts, to get your friends, colleagues and general people you know to come!


(and replace your name with Jeff’s!)

Top 10 Reasons to Join the LC

Hi Friend,

You’re receiving this email because you and I talked about The Leadership Campaign (the people sleeping out in tents for clean electricity) in some context this past semester. And I’d like you to consider working with us more actively this spring. Here are the Top 10 Reasons to work with The Leadership Campaign:

  • Climate change is serious, and we’re proposing a serious solution: 100% clean electricity (carbon-free) by 2020 in Massachusetts.
  • We aim high. Our goal is to get our state to 100% clean electricity by 2020. This more ambitious than other groups and politicians, but it’s what the scientific community tells us we need.
  • We get things done. This fall, we worked with state legislators and senators to craft, introduce, and sponsor a bill establishing a panel to investigate how to get the state to 100% clean electricity by 2020. We received 16 co-sponsors. Last spring, we passed a resolution in both chambers calling on Congress to push for the same goal.
  • We run our own campaign. The LC is made up of a network of groups in Massachusetts, led by Students for a Just and Stable Future (the group that used to be called Mass Powershift). Everything we do is voted on and decided by us, not some bureaucrat or obscure group of people.
  • We’re leading the way. It’s no coincidence that we’re starting this movement in the same state where the American Revolution started – we aim to lead the nation with bold legislation to switch our state toward a more sustainable future. Oh, and…
  • It’s working. Our campaign message and tactics are already being deployed in Ohio and we’ve received accolades from the leaders of the national youth climate movement.
  • We use serious tactics. Remember when Al Gore said, “I can’t understand why there aren’t rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power stations”? Yeah, we do too – and we’re doing something more constructive but just as powerful. By invoking the power of the civil rights movement, we’re showing that we are serious about our future. As a result,
  • We get noticed. Our list of press hits is huge, including serious newspaper (Boston Globe), TV news , and blog (Huffington Post et al.) coverage. Getting the message out helps change the world, building the movement.
  • People like us. Climate movement torchbearers Bill McKibben and James Hansen joined us not only in risking arrest and sleeping out, but also in hanging out and talking about the movement.
  • WE NEED YOU. You are capable, smart, educated, funny, and bring a unique perspective, unique talents, and a unique personality. If you care about low-lying ocean states or high Himalayan glaciers, if you care about polar bears in the arctic or hemlock trees in our state, if you care about the 2 billion humans who are “dependent on the environment for a significant part of their daily livelihoods” or the 6.7 billion who live on Earth, if you’re mad that the US is responsible for 25% of all CO2 emitted, ever, but won’t take the lead – WE need YOU.

Our focus this spring is to get our bill passed by Earth Day. We just had a weeklong retreat to hash out our plans, and it’s exciting to look forward. I hope you’re part of our efforts this spring!

If you’d like to get involved, please go to our website to learn more, or just reply.

Sincerely (really),

Jeff Gang