BENEFITING: Alternatives for Community and Environment, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2013
Here we go again! Westfield Concerned Citizens (WCC), a small but determined grassroots group, is walking across the state to raise awareness for green energy, connect communities fighting for environmental justice, highlight local campaigns and take action. In 2012, WCC completed a 100 mile walk from Westfield to Boston to deliver a message to the project developer as part of our efforts to prevent construction of the Pioneer Valley Energy Center (PVEC), a 431 MW dirty fossil fuel power plant. This year we are walking again, from Westfield to New Bedford to raise awareness and money for Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), the New England Environmental Justice Forum (NEEJF), and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF)!
After more than five years of fighting against the siting of PVEC in an environmental justice community, the power plant developer’s plan appears to be “on hold” giving us the opportunity to deliver a new message to the public: we need to focus on developing alternatives for a healthier and safer environment for everyone.
The goals of the 2013 Walk for Climate & Environmental Justice are to:
• Focus on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy;
• Bring an awareness of how local actions have global impacts;
• Connect with communities who have similar goals;
• Highlight local campaigns working toward climate justice and environmental justice;
• Take actions that ensure climate and environmental justice are served in our community and others throughout New England.
The walk will end at the Connecting for Change conference in New Bedford. The conference is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities, and is a perfect way to end our walk. Learn more about Connecting for Change.
WCC owes a huge debt of gratitude to ACE for keeping us in the fight with its legal assistance and expertise; to NEEJF for providing the venue, resources and networking that support environmental justice communities; and to NEGEF for providing grants to grassroots communities to assist them in accomplishing their goals. WCC is doing this walk to not only bring local awareness to the issues of climate and environmental justice but to also recognize and support the good work these organizations do for grassroots and EJ communities. Please help us meet our goals and raise money for Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), the New England Environmental Justice Forum (NEEJF), and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF)!
Details about the walk are available at WCC's Facebook page.