Western Massachusetts Climate Action Now


   In the wake of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley, the safety of natural gas infrastructure across Massachusetts is being questioned. Activists are challenging plans to expand gas pipelines.

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           Three municipalities in western Massachusetts are exploring banding together to pick an electricity supplier for their residents and businesses. It is an idea that is being pushed by climate activists that has caught on in other parts of the country.


    The city of Northampton, Massachusetts, where Mayor David Narkewicz recently pledged that the city would maintain the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, is offering its residents two new energy programs.

       A group of activists is using pedal power to travel from western Massachusetts to Washington, DC for the Peoples Climate March on April 29th. 

Environmental and social justice activists from around the world were in Paris during the last two weeks to observe and demonstrate during the conference that ended with nearly 200 countries agreeing to a plan to limit global warming. 

Among the activists was Paki Wieland of Northampton, a member of Western Massachusetts Climate Action Now.   

She spoke from Paris with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.