The Arlington Community Organizing Team (COT) is a group of mothers, grandmothers and caretakers who have come together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore. Along with a growing number of local Mothers Out Front local groups in three states (MA, NY, and VA), we are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure that our children have a livable future in the age of climate change.
Some of us have never been ‘activists’ before. We are learning that we have more power and can do more individually and together than we ever thought possible. If you want to take action with us, there is plenty of opportunity and a variety of ways for you to get involved. Please contact us so that we can connect with you at a house party, an event, or a one-on-one call or visit.
What have we done?
Since our founding in 2013, we have:
Held 34 house parties and switched nearly 100 Arlington residents to green electricity
Supported state-wide initiatives to halt fossil-fuel infrastructure, stop the building of gas pipelines, and demand that utilities fix dangerous gas leaks across the state
Won the attention and respect of the Board of Selectmen and other town officials and groups for our hands-on work
Initiated and supported the successful passage of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) warrant article in Arlington, which is now providing most Arlington residents with electricity that is generated by at least 5% more renewable sources than is currently required by the state of MA
- On October 1, 2016, we tagged all 177 identified gas leaks in town, to raise awareness of the dangers of methane gas, and to demand that the utilities "Fix the Leaks First!" Read about this gas leaks tagging campaign and pipeline resistance actions here.
VIDEO: The Dangers of "Natural" Gas
Listen to pediatrician Dr. Curtis Nordgaard (introduced by Carol Chamberlain) discuss what is known, and what is not known, about the effects of natural gas delivery infrastructure on human health. Dr. Nordgaard was the keynote speaker of our Gas Educational Forum, held in Arlington's Robbins Library on March 13, 2017.
Many thanks to Arlington Community Media, Inc. for videotaping the event and interview!
House Parties (Introducing you to Mothers Out Front): contact us for dates!
Monthly Community Organizing Team Meetings: 1st Monday of the month, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM (meeting location varies); 3rd Friday, 10 a.m. – noon (meeting location TBD)
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