Workshops to examine ‘100% Renewables for All’ campaign

  • Ferd Wulkan makes a presentation Sunday at the General Assembly of the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution in Greenfield. Contributed photo/Robert Tobey

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Franklin County Continuing Political Revolution (FCCPR), is hosting forums in Greenfield, Orange, Shelburne Falls, to learn about a campaign launched statewide by Mass Power Forward to help all Massachusetts towns increase reliance on renewables.

The upcoming forums are:

Sunday, May 7, 4 p.m., at the Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St., Orange.

Tuesday, May 9, 7 p.m. at the Olver Transit Center on Bank Row, Greenfield.

Saturday, May 13, 4 p.m., Arms Library basement meeting room, Shelburne Falls.

Each workshop will include a compelling presentation about the many benefits of reducing our use of fossil fuels, and how that can be accomplished in a way that will improve our economies and create jobs. “The 100% Renewables for All” campaign tools will be reviewed, and there will be lots of time for discussion.

“When we learned that we collectively spend more than $300 million on energy in Franklin County, and that about 80 percent of that goes out of our community to pay for natural gas, heating oil, gasoline, and electricity, we knew we had to do something about it,” said Bob Armstrong, Conway selectman, in a press release. “We also know that burning fossil fuels is the major source of greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change.”

Because of his concern about Conway’s finances and the planet, Armstrong, a former math teacher and programmer, stepped up several months ago to be chair of FCCPR’s Climate Crisis Task Force. After looking for a way to move forward, the group found a campaign being launched by a coalition of 150 environmental groups around the state called Mass Power Forward.

“Their 100% Renewables for All Campaign was just what we were looking for,” added Ferd Wulkan, member of the Task Force and co-founder of FCCPR. “The campaign offers a simple check sheet, a list of suggested actions, fact sheets and webinars to help everyone get started in making a difference in each of our town.”