Our node was formed about 10 years ago to build a local organization that could fight for local and statewide solutions in the battle against climate change. Since its inception, we have:

  • in 2021, convinced the Lowell Conservation Commission to protect our wetlands by rejecting the expansion of a local gas pipeline by one of Massachusetts's biggest energy companies
  • in 2020, passed by a strong majority local, advisory ballot question to promote a fast transition to renewable energy
  • in 2019, gotten the City to provide 45% more renewable energy electricity than required by law through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
  • in 2018, promoted a solarization program expanding the accessibility of solar panels and heat pumps in housing
  • in 2017, gotten the City Council to pass resolutions setting a goal to be 100% renewable by 2035
  • also in 2017, created an award-winning TV show on the public access channel
  • in 2015, gotten the City Council to pass a resolution supporting divestment legislation
  • lobbied our state legislative delegation on multiple occasions regarding climate legislation
  • raised awareness of gas leaks within the community
  • held banner drops and stand-outs, marched in parades, had booths at public festivals, and otherwise let the public know about the climate crisis and what can be done

Through these accomplishments and activities, we have become a known voice for climate justice in the area. Some of our ongoing efforts are:

  • gearing up for the appeal by the energy company regarding the gas pipeline expansion
  • initiating an effort to install solar panels on the roof of Lowell high school
  • fighting for Lowell to substantially raise our renewable energy content thru the CCA program
  • getting the City Council to support state-wide divestment of fossil fuel investments
  • In addition, outreach is an ongoing activity

We have been a presence at many public events in Lowell. During the pandemic, we have focused on Lowell’s 87 faith communities and also on fraternal groups. Presenting at libraries is on the horizon. In light of recent developments within the progressive community, we have expanded our aims to include solutions created in coalition with other groups working for economic and social justice. While promoting climate awareness, we are emphasizing its disproportionate impacts on working people and people of color in our diverse community. We value the opportunity to work with other progressive groups, whether it be through helping local groups start up in surrounding towns or combining efforts to achieve common goals.