EARTH DAY 2020 BOSTON

April 18, 2020
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Lobby Opportunity

Hello Everyone –

A quick email to make you aware of a lobbying opportunity this coming Tuesday. Mass Power Forward (Sierra Club, 350 MA and others) is holding a lobby day at the State House to push for a clean energy future. If you are not working, check out this link for more information.

Also, please let me know if you can make our January 22 meeting so we can plan for your attendance. Details: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center at 100 Malcolm X Blvd. Roxbury. We will continue to work on our program, fundraising and outreach.

All my best,

Michael

Happy New Year!

The wildfires in Australia have certainly shown that the need for climate action this year is urgent. Join me in redoubling our efforts to call for immediate action – “the Earth is on fire.” The 50th anniversary of Earth Day gives us a unique opportunity to sound the alarm and make our leaders listen to the scientists.

I have written an op-ed that calls for just this kind of action. Please feel free to make comments and suggestions before I send it off to the Boston Globe and other publications later this week. I want it to reflect our hopes for a livable city and planet.

As a result of the great feedback from our last meeting, I’ve made some changes to our draft program. There will be continued edits and revisions as we go forward, so please make comments and suggestions to improve our kick-off event to a week of climate action. You will notice that each section is meant to highlight an issue and hear from one person from each of the groups we are trying to highlight (youth, frontline and faith communities) with artistic portions reflecting these priorities as well. Some speakers are confirmed, but others we need your help in reaching out to inspirational speakers and performers. Thank you to the Boston Vegetarian Society, The New Democracy Coalition and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate for joining us as our newest co-sponsors.

Thanks to Fay Khudairi’s connection, we will be using Hopsie for our fundraising. More information about this will be coming soon, but it is a fantastic platform that will allow individuals to create their own fundraising goals for Earth Day 2020 Boston.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on January 22nd at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center at 100 Malcolm X Blvd. Roxbury. We will continue to work on our program, fundraising and outreach.

In the meantime, the MLK holiday is approaching and there is a wonderful event hosted by the New Democracy Coalition that will recognize leaders in social justice and connect to the principles that MLK fought for and Earth Day 2020 Boston continues to fight for. Information is below. I hope to see you there.

In peace,

Michael

Ideas from our meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting last night and thank you to Church of the Covenant for hosting. We had so many great contributions from everyone. It was inspiring.

More people participated by calling in. Thanks to Phil Chong for taking the picture.

It was inspiring to welcome new co-sponsors like Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell and Quincy Asian Resources Inc. Please see a complete list in the “About Us” section of our website. Below are some general thoughts that came out of the meeting. Formal notes will be available soon.

Earth Day 2020 Boston will be a week of action on climate. The April 18th event will kick-off a week of activities. Other organizations are spearheading a climate strike, voter engagement and direct action. We will support these actions. For the kick-off event, we are considering blocks of four speakers at a time, followed by music. Each speaker will have 3-5 minutes. We will prioritize speakers in each section who are from the communities that we are highlighting – frontline communities, youth, and faith communities. So many parts of the Boston area are vulnerable to sea level rise and/or extreme heat, but the most vulnerable are also low income residents in Boston, Quincy, Chelsea, Revere, East Cambridge and Somerville. Some of the data is available at Climate Ready Boston. We will continue to reach out to people who live and work with these communities.

In addition to highlighting the people who are being impacted by climate change, we will need to help people understand the continuing risk of the first man-made mass extinction of plant and animal species. We hope that the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and other community organizations will help in this effort. If you have contacts at these institutions, please put us in touch.

We will also be launching a fundraising drive in January. We need to raise $17,000 to pay for staging, equipment and security. There is a subcommittee forming to help out with this. If you have expertise or interest, please let me know.

Our next in-person meeting will be January 22 at 5:30 pm. Please mark your calendars.

If you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, I wish you happy and healthy celebrations. I am looking forward to working with you in the New Year!

Meeting Reminder

Hello –

A quick reminder about our meeting next Wednesday, December 18th at 5:30 pm at the Church of the Covenant at 67 Newbury Street in Boston. If you haven’t already let me know if you are coming, please so do at earthday2020boston@gmail.com. If you can’t participate in person, but would still like to join us remotely, please let me know and I can set up a call in number.

Our meeting will cover a number of items including fundraising, outreach and event decisions. Between Greta Thunberg being named Time’s Person of the Year, the events at COP25 and the interest in Earth Day 2020 Boston, momentum is continuing to build for strong climate action. Let’s keep building a just and safe future. I hope to see you next Wednesday!

Michael

Next Meeting and Climate Procrastination

Hello Earth Day Boston supporters,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for your participation in our movement and how more people and organizations join us each day. Recent groups to join are Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (C.R.E.W.), Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (Q.A.R.I.), and Citizens Climate Lobby, Boston. We continue to work to build a diverse group of people and organizations focusing on climate justice and the experiences of frontline communities in this climate crisis.

As thankful as I am about the people in this movement, I remain alarmed at the lack of action by political leaders. According to a new U.N report, emissions have been increasing by about 1.5 percent a year over the past decade. We must now reduce our emissions by almost 8% a year between 2020 and 2030. If you didn’t see the story from the Newshour, it is worth 10 minutes of your time. It will wake you from your post-Thanksgiving food coma.

Once your shock is over, please mark your calendar for our next meeting on December 18th at 5:30 pm at the Church of the Covenant. We will begin making decisions about our plan for the event and hear about the more public phase of our campaign starting in January, 2020. We will also spread a little holiday cheer! This year Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa all neatly stack up next to each other, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the season.

One of the things that came out of our national conference call is that Earth Day 2020 will not just be a day. There will be a week of climate action events in Boston and around the world. We will be promoting all of these events in the lead up to our kick-off event on the 18th of April. Strikes, voter registration and other education events will be held. Please let us know if you have heard of an event that we should be publicizing. We need all of our voices!

In the meantime, next week there is another Climate Strike organized by students on December 6th at Copley Square 10:30 am and on December 7th, a musical event called Playing for the Planet that will raise money for 350MA.org.

I hope to see you at our meeting on December 18th at 5:30 pm.

In solidarity,

Michael Kozuch, Earth Day 2020 Boston

Meeting Next Wednesday

Hello Earth Day 2020 Supporters,

A reminder that we are having a planning meeting next Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Church of the Covenant (67 Newbury Street, Boston). We will be in the Williams Library Conference Room on the 2nd floor. Please let me know if you are coming so I know the amount of snacks to bring. If you can’t join us in person, please let me know and I can send you conference call information.

I will be fresh off a national conference call of all Earth Day organizers, so I look forward to updating everyone on the national efforts.

Sincerely,

Michael Kozuch

Welcome, Earth Day supporters!

We are less than 6 months away from the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!  We continue to organize for the biggest Earth Day that Boston has ever seen.  Every day more people and organizations are joining this effort to sound the alarm about climate change and demand action to stop it. Mass AudubonElders Climate Action and the Babson Sustainability Club are just a few of the groups who have recently joined the effort.  Thank you to all who are working to stand up for the planet.  

Communications

You have already seen our new logo at the top of this email. It is hot off the presses! Thank you to college student Lucas McBath for designing the logo. Our website is still in the testing phase but our web designer Tien-yi Lee has incorporated some great features into the site, including a countdown to Earth Day “clock” and a calendar section to list all the events happening during a week of activities to recognize this important anniversary.  If you know of events we should include between April 18-25, please let me know so they can be listed on our website.  We hope groups from all over New England will take action during this week.

Organizing

We continue to organize in colleges, high schools, churches and communities.  We are looking for both Campus and Neighborhood Captains.  If you are interested in participating, please let me know and I can get you set up.  We want to organize in every neighborhood and on every campus in the Boston area to make this event a diverse and inclusive event. All of this organizing is connected to national and international efforts led by our national partner The Earth Day Network.  

Planning Council

Our top priority is the formation of a of a vibrant, diverse planning council to make crucial decisions about the event’s activities (ie. who will speak and perform on the day).  We are deeply committed to climate justice, and will need co-chairs and participants from throughout the city and metro area representing all those affected by climate change with special emphasis on frontline communities.  For a discussion of frontline communities and climate change, see this post from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Earth Day 2020 Boston will offer an opportunity on April 18 to strengthen our collective voices and reflect on what we need to do to create a just transition to a fossil fuel free world. We are creating this canvas so you can fill in your vision of a more sustainable world.  The broader the range of voices on our council, the stronger we will be. Please consider joining the leadership team!

Board of Directors and 501c3

As part of our incorporation as a 501c3 (nonprofit organization) in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, we are also guided by a Board of Directors to help us make financial and strategic decisions over the next 6 months.  In order to ensure the strength and equitability of our leadership, we are looking to double the size of our board. If you are interested in joining this temporary but important effort, please let me know. (Note: after Earth Day, when all the bills are paid, we will donate any left over funds and the organization will dissolve.) 

Next Meeting

Please save the date for November 20th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm for the 2nd meeting of Earth Day 2020 Boston. Location TBD.

Other actions

If you can’t wait until April to take action, Extinction Rebellion has rescheduled an event for this coming Friday.  You can find more information here: 6th Extinction Funeral

In solidarity,
Michael Kozuch, Earth Day 2020 Organizer