350.org event to be livestreamed at local ‘watch parties’

Monday, January 29, 2018

A livestreamed “watch party,” involving 350.org’s latest campaign to solve the climate crisis, called “Stop Fossil Fuels — Build 100% Renewables” is planned for Greenfield and Deerfield Wednesday.

The Greenfield event, which is organized by Greening Greenfield and Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR), will be held in Room 110 at Greenfield Community College’s East building, and will run from 7 to 9:30 pm. The Deerfield event will be held at the Deerfield Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The gathering is organized to allow climate activists in Greenfield and Deerfield to learn about local actions and the national campaign and to watch the event together.

“I am thrilled that 350.org is finally focusing on what we want — 100 percent renewable energy — not just the problem,” said Nancy Hazard, member of Greening Greenfield, in a statement. “Embracing 100 percent renewable energy will not only address the climate crisis. It will create jobs and lead to economic prosperity for all and a healthier planet — and it is incredibly exciting that 100 percent renewable legislation has been proposed in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.”

Scheduled to speak on the effort to address climate change are U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org.

This is 350.org’s fourth campaign. Its first campaign brought the science behind the climate crisis to public attention. The 100 percent renewables campaign turns away from the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, and toward renewables such as wind and solar.