About Environment Massachusetts
Who we are
Environment Massachusetts is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America. We believe there’s something special about Massachusetts—something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the gentle current of the Charles River, the waves crashing off Cape Cod, or the rustle of leaves as you walk through your local forest, Massachusetts’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values we share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Massachusetts. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are—in public places or door-to-door—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about our environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard—using methods like petitions, emails, letters and phone calls, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
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Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Massachusetts today.
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Your support. Real results.
- We're protecting the Cape. The Cape Cod National Seashore protects 40 miles of the Cape’s most scenic beaches as well as our coastal wildlife. Yet reckless members of Congress have slashed funding for the National Seashore and even shut it down last fall. In 2013, we called on our congressional delegation to restore funding for the National Seashore and all our parks. And toward that end, we helped enlist Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren as the cosponsors of a bill to permanently endow the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- We're keeping fracking out of the Bay State. We’ve seen fracking affect the health and environment of communities in other states. That’s why we want to keep it from threatening Massachusetts—especially the Connecticut River watershed and the family farms and small towns of the Pioneer Valley, where there could be shale gas deposits. In 2013, a key legislative committee approved a bill that would declare a 10-year moratorium on fracking, after we delivered petitions signed by more than 11,000 Bay Staters.
- We're helping Massachusetts go solar. Our state’s most successful solar program just keeps getting bigger — and you helped make it happen. Since we first helped win the program in 2007, we’ve seen a 100-fold increase in solar power in Massachusetts. And after we talked to 85,000 Bay Staters, and more than 17,000 people signed petitions and emailed their representatives at the State House, your support helped us win a significant expansion of the program and set a new goal for solar in our state — more than six times the current installed capacity by 2020.
- We're reducing global warming pollution. Together with our national federation, we’ve made hard-won progress in the race to protect our children from the worst consequences of global warming. This past June, after more than 3 million Americans urged President Obama to act on climate, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants — the single largest sources of global warming pollution. We’ll keep tackling global warming with you at our side.
- For more information on our other results and the impact your support has on our work to protect Massachusetts' environment, click here.