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Mighty Green MA, The hour the ship comes in. . .

And the words that are used for to get the ship confused will not be understood as they’re spoken. For the chains of the sea will have busted in the night and be buried at the bottom of the ocean.

A song will lift as the mainsail shifts. And the boat drifts out to the shorelineAnd the sun will respect every face on the deck the hour that the ship comes in.” excerpt from: When The Ship Comes In by Bob Dylan ©1963, 1964 Warner Bros Music.

On Nov 6th the choice is clear. Mighty Green Massachusetts,

On Beacon Hill one third of the Democrats and two thirds of the Republicans acted to advance responsible environmental legislation in 2012.  We can do better.  Sixteen green legislators and candidates are being challenged. Vote for responsible stewardship.

For Senate:  Mike Barrett (Lexington) and Jamie Eldridge (Acton),

For the House: Denise Andrews (Orange), Josh Cutler (Duxbury), Carolyn Dykema (Holliston), Patrick Ellis (Sandwich), Anne Gobi (Spencer), Kate Hogan (Stow), Kay Khan (Newton), Jason Lewis (Winchester), Barbara L’Italien (Andover), James O’Day (Worcester), Angelo Puppolo (Springfield), David Rogers (Belmont), Tom Sannicandro (Ashland), and Carl Sciortino (Medford).

We understand that ours is not just a fight to save the Commonwealth’s natural resources; these are fights to save the neighborhoods where we live, the open spaces where we recreate, the waterways, coasts and ocean where we work and play, and the health of citizens suffering from pollutants.

We all drink the same water and enjoy the same rivers.  The Sustainable Water Resources Bill establishes a process to develop science-based stream flow standards to document groundwater input and to ensure that fisheries and other fresh water species are sustained while meeting water supply needs for public health and safety.

The Dam Safety Removal and Repair Bill will increase opportunities to remove unneeded dams and help restore rivers to a more resilient, natural condition reducing the risks of flooding and enabling aquatic animals to survive.

We believe protecting the wild is part of our responsibility to future generations.  A new Endangered Species Act will address community concerns about managing development in a sustainable way to protect state listed species as well as places special to people.

The Old Growth Forest Permanent Protection Bill protects old-growth forests for the purpose of protecting exemplary forest habitats, maintaining biodiversity and establishing ecological benchmarks for assessing the health of forests statewide that includes a system of permanent old-growth forest reserves.

We believe that common sense stewardship of America’s resources is everyone’s responsibility.  The Expanded Bottle Bill will extend the state’s bottle bill beyond a refundable nickel deposit on carbonated beverage bottles to include containers that hold water, ice tea and other non-carbonated beverages, and to benefit bottle redemption businesses.

For ourselves and for our children’s children we believe in eliminating pollution and reducing toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate in our bodies over time and can be passed to our children.  The Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals Bill will curb the use and proliferation of toxic chemicals by mandating when there is a safer alternative it must be used. Entrepreneurs who develop safer chemical alternatives are assured of sales in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters endorses candidates for State Senate and the House of Representatives who have worked together to advance environmental legislation in keeping with the Commonwealth’s conservation legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles Eliot, James J. and Helen Osborne Storrow.  Only by acting locally with responsible stewardship and sustainability do we become global in our conservation of the planet.

How green is your Beacon Hill legislator?

For the complete list of mighty green Senators and candidates  https://www.oceanriver.org/MightyGreenMA-Senate2012.php

Complete list of mighty green House members and challengers: 

22 responses on “Mighty Green MA, The hour the ship comes in. . .

  1. Beth Kaplan

    I don’t live in an ocean-front neighborhood, but for the
    sake of those who do I want them preserved and kept
    clean and pollution-free. Because I also love the sea.

  2. Patsy

    I don’t live oceanfront but I want the environment saved, including non polluniated drinking water as what happened at Camp Le June & More!

  3. Marnie Meyers

    We rely heavily on organizations such as yours for recommendations of candidates. I find that having “co-sponsored ONE or more of the six green bills” is an extremely shallow judgement test.
    It may promote cleaner air, water and land advocates for office but ignores the prescious wildlife that enriches our state. For example, a review of Anne Gobi’s record (Fifth Worcester) reveals many Bills for a return to cruel body gripping traps, the hunting of moose and the expansion of hunting to Sundays, the only day when it is safe for US to enter the woods 8 months of the year!
    What is a cleaner environment without learning to live with wildlife? Let’s remember that beavers create teeming wetlands and save our drying water table!

  4. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Marnie raises two good points that are tips of discussion icebergs. One point is that to endorse a legislator who sponsors only one of six environmentally responsible bills is too shallow a criteria for endorsement. We are taking an approach this year that is a radical departure from the score card approach which only endorses those who get a passing grade. I believe the score card approach winnows out environmental legislators because those who mean well are unable to make the grade because of constituents-whom-they-serve priorities. And we do not want good legislators falling on their sword over one score at the cost of future actions. Instead, I was informed by the environmental community that these six bills are the most important ones, the ones most difficult to pass and to pass any one would be an accomplishment.
    The other good point that Marnie raised is that we endorsed a legislator as being Environmental and “Mighty Green” when the legislator did not support Marnie’s number one environmental legislation which is to ban leg hold traps. This blog is important because it is a forum for presenting the facts when a legislator is not as green as we’d like or reason for an environmentalist to vote against an endorsed candidate.
    Rep Ann Gobi is in a contested race where she may be unseated by an someone worst on the environment. The purpose of endorsement is to inform people who to vote for if environmentalism, sustainability, climate-change are your voting issues. We can not afford to lose our champions from office just because on some bills they are not champions.
    And we need to be clear what one needs to do to be endorsed, deliver on at least one environmental high-priority bill. If only the Bottle Bill has been passed, or the Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals Bill, MA would be a better greener place.

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  6. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Congratulations! 12 out of 14 endorsed candidates were either re-elected or are going to Beacon Hill for first time. Of two that lost, one was a squeaker by 500 votes, the other has a more work to do. We’ll see at least one more good green legislator come next year’s session.

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