Will we act before it is too late?
Our oil-addicted economy is beginning to unravel under the pressure of increasing oil prices and depletion of petroleum reserves. American blood and dollars are being squandered in endless wars to protect oil supplies. Climate change is already causing major disasters, and appears to leading to an environmental catastrophe that will wreck the economy and destabilize human civilization. We can’t continue down this road much longer. If we do, our resources will be exhausted simply reacting to mounting problems, and we will be caught in an irreversible downward spiral. We need take a different path – a path away from oil addiction and toward a Secure Green Future.
The Secure Green Future public policy question will appear on the ballot in 11 House districts across the state. It calls for decisive action to break our oil addiction while simultaneously addressing the climate crisis. By voting for the SGF, people can speak out in favor of full mobilization of our society’s resources to arrest climate change and build local green economies that include sustainable regional food systems. A bright and healthy future is possible – if we act before it is too late.
Your voice needs to be heard. If you are in one of the SGF House districts, be sure to vote “Yes” on November 4. No matter where you live, you can sign the SGF statewide petition
. If you’d like to help spread the word on SGF, please respond to the volunteer
pages on this website. By speaking up, we let our elected officials know that there is public support for decisive action. With each person who takes a stand, the Secure Green Future comes a little closer.
The Secure Green Future Question
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that:
- reduces greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts by 80% by 2020, and
- phases out tax incentives for energy-intensive projects, while expanding job creation
programs for locally-owned businesses and cooperatives involved in renewable energy,
conservation, and sustainable agriculture?
Q&A of the day
Q: If this is such a good idea, can’t we just
assume that our political leaders will do it?
A: History clearly shows that we can’t assume that
needed changes will occur just because they are
good for the public. There are armies of lobbyists
for fossil-fuel industries in Washington. Most
politicians depend on private donations from
business interests invested in the fossil fuel
economy. Energy bills are being crafted by self-
interested industries, not by objective scientists
and economists. Critically needed solutions are
being kept off the table. Getting real solutions
enacted will require strong and principled voices
from ordinary people across the country. It is up
to us to rescue public policy, and that is why we
need to speak up for a Secure Green Future.
Congratulations to the volunteers who successfully placed SGF on the ballot in these 11 districts:
- 8th Bristol (Rodrigues – Fall River, Westport)
- 1st Hampshire (Kocot – Hatfield, Montgomery, Northampton, Southampton, Westhampton)
- 3rd Hampshire (Story – Amherst)
- 3rd Middlesex (Walrath – Bolton, Hudson, Maynard, Stow)
- 9th Middlesex (Stanley – Lexington, Waltham)
- 15th Middlesex (Kaufman – Arlington, Lexington, Woburn)
- 23rd Middlesex (Garballey – Alrington, Medford)
- 24th Middlesex (Brownsberger – Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge)
- 32nd Middlesex (Clark – Melrose, Wakefield)
- 15th Norfolk (Smizik – Brookline)
- 3rd Worcester (Dinatale – Fitchburg)
Write to [email protected] to be put in touch with a local coordinator!
To help us pass the Secure Green Future question in all 11 districts,
we need funding for printing, website expenses, and organizer time.
Please help by donating to the Committee for a Secure Green Future.
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Acknowledgments: The Committee for a Secure Green Future (CSGF) is a nonpartisan committee formed to put the Secure Green Future question before voters. We thank the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC) for hosting this website. The SGF question was originated by the Advisory Ballot Working Group of the Green-Rainbow Party.