To win a 100% clean energy commitment, activists hit the streets

Canvassing campaign will reach tens of thousands of households across Massachusetts
For Immediate Release

BOSTON – Environment Massachusetts announced the launch of a door-to-door campaign for 100 percent clean energy today.

Canvassers will educate residents about the potential to power Massachusetts with renewable energy from sources like the sun and wind, and collect petition signatures in support of statewide legislation for clean electricity, heating, and transportation. Environment Massachusetts is expecting to reach tens of thousands of households this summer.

“Burning fossil fuels is harming our health and changing our climate — but it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. “A transition to clean energy is long overdue. When our communities run on renewable energy, our air will be cleaner, our families will be healthier, and we’ll help prevent the worst impacts of global warming.”

“It’s 2021, but we’re still burning fossil fuels for most of our energy. We just can’t go on like this,” said Lily Kennedy, a canvasser for Environment Massachusetts. “We’re building a grassroots movement for a brighter, healthier future — for all of us.”

Environment Massachusetts is supporting the 100% Clean Act (H.3288, S.2136), a bill filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker, Rep. Sean Garballey, and Sen. Joseph Boncore to transition Massachusetts to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean heating and transportation by 2045. These three sectors account for the vast majority of global warming pollution from fossil fuels in the Commonwealth.

A new report from Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, We Have the Power, shows how we can build an energy system around clean and renewable resources. The report identifies four key strategies to transform the nation’s energy system: building out renewable energy generation, modernizing the electric grid, reducing and managing energy use, and replacing direct uses of fossil fuels with electricity.

The 100% Clean Act is supported by 80 legislators and more than 60 environmental, civic, and public health organizations.

For more information about the campaign, visit www.environmentmassachusetts.org.