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March Newsletter

After an unusually warm few months of winter, the temperature finally went down and the snow is falling. We are busy pushing for climate action in the legislature and addressing the high costs of utilities. I hope to see you at an event in March – in person or virtual.  If you have questions for us don’t hesitate to reach out!

Elisabeth and Dominic standing outside the state house about to testify for a bill.
We testified at the state house and sent in online testimony from staff and volunteers across the state. Climate deniers in the House Science, Technology, and Energy committee were not happy to see us and blocked a lot of the legislation we supported. We will hold our elected officials accountable for supporting climate action – and vote them out if they won’t. 
four youth team members standing in front of a no asphalt plant in Nashua sign
The 350NH Youth Organizing Team wrote op-eds, distributed lawn signs, and hung a banner in Nashua against the proposed asphalt plant. Our students are preparing for the planning board meeting this month and educating their peers about environmental injustice in our state – from asphalt plant proposals to the ongoing use of coal! Email elisabeth@350nh.org if you, or a student you know, wants to get involved. 
people standing in the halls of the state house with signs saying invest in NH - people deserve love, housing, recovery services, immigration rights, etc.
We demanded a People’s Budget before Governor Sununu’s budget address! We handed out valentines to all of our Representatives and Senators urging them to “Spread the love” with the budget and invest in our health, education, recovery, climate, and opportunity. We need a budget that has a fair and adequate taxation system, not one that favors wealthy companies.
people standing on a street corner with signs that say shame on invest stop funding cop city, defend the forest, save weelaunee forest, no cop city.
We stood outside Invesco’s NH office demanding they cut ties with the dangerous “Cop City” project in Atlanta, Georgia. Police in Atlanta are trying to destroy the Weelaunee Forest to build a military-style training compound for police from around the world. This project is bad for all of us – we do not need more militarized police, or more climate destruction. Click here for more information about Stop Cop City efforts (And to see which NH businesses are paying for it).
 
Upcoming Events
March 2nd, 6:00pm: Cost of Living and Utilities Crisis Panel & Discussion
Join us for a conversation about the increased cost of living – from rent to utility rates. We will meet in the Manchester City Library Auditorium! RSVP here

March 5th, 11:00am: Bow Chapter Meeting
Come to the Lewis Farm for a fire pit, warm beverages, and conversations about the work to shut down the coal plant! RSVP here for more details.

March 6th, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Onboarding (Virtual)
Get looped into the No Coal No Gas campaign! RSVP here.

March 7th, 6:00pm: All Chapter Gathering (Virtual)
Calling all chapter members! We will gather on zoom to share strategies and talk about what our chapters are up to. RSVP here.

March 11th, 1:00pm: International Women’s Day Rally
Join a collation of local organizations to celebrate International Women’s Day. We will have a family friendly rally with a festive atmosphere to uplift women’s issues, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ+ rights in NH. 

March 16th, 7:00pm: Auction of Horrible Things (Virtual)
No Coal No Gas is holding a parody auction to learn about our regional energy grid operator’s forward capacity auction process and “auction off” other really horrible things! It’ll be lots of laughs and fun – RSVP here.

March 21st, 12:00pm: Cut It Out or Cut It Up: Stop Funding Fossil Fuels
We will join Third Act in a national day of action to deliver a message to banks funding climate destruction. We will gather in front of Bank of America in Concord (118 Storrs Street) to tell big banks to stop funding fossil fuels! RSVP here.

March 23rd, 7:00pm: Say No to Asphalt Plant at Nashua Planning Board Meeting
The hearing is finally here! Come to the Nashua Planning Board meeting at Nashua High School North to voice your opposition to the asphalt plant proposal. Some of our friends and allies will likely be standing outside with signs before the meeting, so stay tuned for more details.

March 27th, 6:00pm: Salem/Nashua Chapter Campaign Planning Workshop
The Salem/Nashua chapter is preparing to launch a campaign together! Join our meeting to learn about campaign planning and help us decide how to move forward together in the fight for climate justice. Email jennifer@350nh.org for location information.

March 30th, 12pm-3:30pm: Consumer Liaison Group Meeting
The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) is a conduit between our regional energy grid operators (ISO-NE) and ratepayers – and last year we elected six of our friends and even more allies to the coordinating committee! Join us at the AC Hotel in Portsmouth for lunch and a meeting – bring your friends and your questions. Here is the link for more information.
Take Action: People Vs. Fossil Fuels
Last month, we met with Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s staff to tell her why she should support a Climate Emergency Declaration. While Congress and President Biden seem excited to ramp up renewable energy production, they still let new fossil fuel projects move forward. An emergency declaration would let Biden stop fossil fuel leasing and invest funds in communities impacted by fossil fuel infrastructure.We will continue pressuring our members of Congress and supporting frontline fossil fuel fights around the country!! Sign up here if you’re interested in learning more about this work!
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December Newsletter

I can’t believe we are already wrapping up 2022. Thanks to your support we accomplished so much this year! The No Coal No Gas campaign took the case against coal to a jury trial, and sent in hundreds of public comments opposing fossil fuels. Our youth team held multiple rallies this year to push for renewable energy at the state level and ran a successful summer internship program. We launched a campaign to address high utility bills and joined national efforts to stop fossil fuel projects.

Thank you all for supporting our work. Here’s what we have in store for December!

We are excited to have Kendra Ford join us as our Coal Organizer, and for Dominic Osmund to join our team full time as our Legislative Organizer! Kendra has volunteered with No Coal No Gas since 2019 and recently left a 20 year ministry with Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Exeter to join the 350NH staff. Dominic grew up on a sustainable community farm in the midwest and joins our team full time after working on the 2022 elections with us!
We elected a slate of climate activists and allies to the Consumer Liaison Group’s Coordinating Committee for our regional energy grid operators. A record number of attendees were present in person and online to vote in our climate candidates. We will push our regional energy grid operators to transition to renewable energy and make sure ratepayers’ voices are being heard in their business decisions.
Upcoming Events
December 2nd, 11:30am: No Asphalt Plant – In person Visibility
Community groups around Nashua will host a sign-holding event outside of 145 Main Street in Nashua to call attention to the dirty asphalt plant proposal.

December 5th, 5:30pm: Learn how to pass a Warrant Article in your Town (on Zoom)
On Monday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m the NH Network will present citizens who are taking action locally, in their own communities, confronting challenges to the climate and the environment.  Learn how to create a Warrant Article in time for your Town Meeting. Register here.

December 6th, 6:00pm-7:00pm: Climate Movement Messaging Training (on Zoom)
We will cover tips for telling a powerful story about the issues we care about! We will talk about effective strategies for winning the narrative about the climate crisis and combatting the messaging of the fossil fuel industry. RSVP here

December 8th, 7:00-8:30pm: Onboarding with No Coal No Gas (on Zoom)
Want to get involved in the campaign to stop coal in New England? Come meet other members of the campaign and learn how you can plug in. RSVP here.

December 13th, 6:00pm-7:00pm: Recruitment Training (on Zoom)
This might sound straightforward, but we don’t have enough people in this movement yet to win. Join us to talk about recruitment strategy and help us grow our organizing capacity! RSVP here.

December 14th, 6:00pm: Utility Rate Hike Campaign Meeting (on Zoom)
We are hosting Consumer Advocate Don Kreis to talk about the public utilities commission – come get your questions answered about how the PUC works and what we can do to prevent another utility rate hike. RSVP here.

December 15th, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Monthly Call (on Zoom)
Join our monthly update with No Coal No Gas! This month we will talk about community building and what plans we have for the winter. RSVP here.

December 20th, 6:00pm-7:30pm: Campaign Planning (on Zoom)
Our vision for the future is one where no one lives with environmental injustice – and to get there we need a solid campaign strategy. Come learn more about developing that strategy to help our chapters win their local campaigns in the coming year! RSVP here.
Take Action
A construction company proposed an asphalt plant for Nashua – in a residential neighborhood where thousands of residents will face the consequences of toxic chemicals in their air and increased traffic from large operations of the proposed plant. Residents in Nashua have been spreading the word, holding visibility events, and preparing for a Nashua Planning Board meeting to be scheduled in January. 
 
Can you help us spread the word about this toxic plant proposal? Share our petition with your friends by posting it to social media or texting them this link.


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October Newsletter

In case you missed it…

We held climate strikes in Nashua, Hanover, Manchester, and Bow to call attention to environmental injustice in New Hampshire. Thank you to everyone who showed up at a strike, and special thanks to the 350NH Youth Team members and volunteers who organized some of them! We need climate justice now – and for more people to join our movement.
We signed up 18 new monthly donors during our monthly donor drive! Thank you to everyone who donated, asked friends to sign up, and shared our social media posts. We rely on grassroots support from people like you, and we are incredibly grateful for it. On behalf of the 350NH Action Team, we thank you!
Some of you may know that we recently received independent nonprofit status. We want to thank NH Peace Action for being an amazing fiscal sponsor over the years! Thank you NHPA for helping us grow and supporting our efforts. Sign up for the NHPA newsletter here.

Upcoming Events

October 3rd, 6:00pm: Get Out the Vote Postcard Writing Party

  • Join us at the Portsmouth Public Library for a get out the vote postcard writing party! We will write postcards to voters to mail ahead of the election in November. Email jennifer@350nh.org if you have questions. 

October 6th, 6:00pm: Manchester Chapter Meeting

  • Help the Manchester Chapter strategize for their climate justice campaign. Email sarah@350nh.org to RSVP & get the location for the meeting.

October 18th, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Onboarding (virtual)

  • Come learn about the campaign to end coal in New England! This onboarding session will give you an overview of the campaign and help you plug into a working group. RSVP here.

October 20th, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Monthly Mass Call (virtual)

  • Make sure you sign up at nocoalnogas.org to get the latest updates from the No Coal No Gas campaign. We’ll send out a monthly call RSVP link soon.

October 27th, 6:00pm: Utility Rate Hike Town Hall with NH Renews

  • Utility rates across NH are skyrocketing – and it’s no coincidence since our government failed to expand renewable energy. Come to NH Renews’ Utility Town Hall to learn more about how this happened, what assistance is available, and what we can do to make a change. This event is hybrid and will have an in-person option as well as a Zoom option. RSVP here.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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August Newsletter

NH is in drought across the state, our utility bills are set to double this month, and primary elections are on September 13th. This month is crucial in our fight to stop the fossil fuel industry’s greed and win a just transition to renewable energy. We hope you will take action with us by showing up to an event, canvassing with us, or becoming a monthly donor

– Rebecca Beaulieu (she/her/hers), Communications Director

Rebecca, Elisabeth, and Yangchen posing with postcards while canvassing
We launched our coal canvassing program! We are talking to our neighbors about all things coal – why it’s harmful, what we can do to stop it, and how renewable energy can help us get off of harmful fossil fuels. Join us for a canvassing shift on a Thursday afternoon by signing up here
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Our team has grown! In case you missed it, we welcomed a new Youth Organizer (Elisabeth), three Electoral Climate Organizers (Sarah, Dominic, and Matthew), and six summer interns (Katie, Yangchen, Sarah, Oishik, Seamus, and Aarika). They have planned some amazing events we hope to see you at this August!
Five people standing behind a table together posing, wearing 350NH t shirts and a Cheese Louise t shirt.
We raised over $1,500 with Cheese Louise! The summer interns spent a day with the team at Cheese Louise to play games and educate people about our campaigns. Thank you to Cheese Louise for featuring 350 New Hampshire for the month of July and supporting our youth organizing team. If you work for a business or group that would like to help us fundraise, check out our business sponsorship opportunities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursdays in August, 2:00pm-5:00pm: Deep Canvass to Stop Coal

  • We will knock doors in the Allenstown/Pembroke area on Thursdays in August to build community and educate people about coal. Sign up for a shift with us! If you want to canvass but can’t do Thursdays, fill out our form anyways and let us know so we can get you the materials you need to canvass on your own.

August 4, 12:00pm: Stop Big Oil’s Greed – Press Conference

  • Big oil is profiteering from the war in Ukraine, driving up gas prices, and raking in record profits while we pay the price. Utility companies are raising rates because of their dependence on oil and gas. Join us for a press conference outside the State House in Concord to call out big oil’s greed! RSVP here.

August 4, 6:00pm: Salem/Nashua Chapter Meeting

  • We will meet at Tuscan Village, 9 Via Toscana, Salem NH to chat about our plans for the end of summer and fall! Email Jennifer@350nh.org if you have any questions.

August 4, 7:00pm: No Coal No Gas Monthly Call (Virtual)

  • Join our monthly call to talk strategy: how we will shut down the coal plant in Bow. RSVP here.

August 11, 6:00pm: Manchester Chapter LAUNCH

  • That’s right! We’re launching a Manchester local chapter of 350NH. Come to Livingston Park at 6:00pm to build community and talk about the environmental issues facing the Manchester community. Email sarah@350nh.org to let us know you’re coming – there will be food and drinks!

August 13, 5:00pm: Get Out The Vote Rally 

  • Join our summer interns at the State House, where we’ll showcase climate champions running in the upcoming election, and support people in navigating voter registration. It’s time to kick climate deniers out of office and hold our elected officials accountable.

August 18, 8:30pm: Bow Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

  • Join our monthly meeting to discuss ending coal in Bow! Email wren@350nh.org for the zoom link. 

August 19-21: 350NH Annual Youth Leadership Retreat

August 22, 6:00pm: Seacoast Chapter Meeting

  • We will meet at Prescott Park, 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth NH to discuss our upcoming campaignsl! Email jennifer@350nh.org if you have any questions. 
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TAKE ACTION

Now is a pivotal moment to push the President to take bold climate action. Thus far, Congress and the Administration have focused on ramping up renewable energy – which is good – but now it is time to start shutting down fossil fuels. We are glad that Senator Manchin finally reached a deal in Congress, but we also need President Biden to declare a climate emergency.

An emergency declaration would allow Biden to take drastic action to address the climate crisis. Send a letter to the White House now.

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July Newsletter

June flew by for us at 350NH! Our team is growing as we prepare for elections and continue our work to hold elected officials accountable for their action (or lack of action) on the climate crisis. There will be even more exciting ways to get involved with 350NH, so stay tuned – and let me know if you want to meet to talk more about our campaign plans!

– Rebecca Beaulieu (she/her/hers), Communications Director

Sarah, Matthew, and Dominic standing in front of the NH state house with posters that say "Climate Deniers Work Here"
We’re excited to welcome three new Electoral Fellows to the 350NH Action Team! Sarah, Matthew, and Dominic will get voters to the polls across New Hampshire this November! They kicked off our efforts to remove climate deniers from the state house with a photo-op in Concord.
Elisabeth wearing a pink jacket and holding a white fluffy cat
We are also excited to introduce our new Youth Campaigns Organizer, Elisabeth! Elisabeth is passionate about climate justice and disruption of  the fossil fuel industry.  She previously focused her policy advocacy work on renewable energy transitions, expanding access to green spaces, strengthening public transportation, and building walkable community systems.
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Six wonderful youth interns joined our team! Katie, Aarika, Oishik, Sarah, Yangchen, and Seamus joined our team to work on building youth power in the state, holding our elected officials accountable, and winning a renewable energy future free from coal. If you’re a high school student in NH and want to get involved, email elisabeth@350nh.org.
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For the month of July, we’re partnering with Cheese Louise for “Cheesin’ for a Reason.” For the entire month of July, Cheese Louise will donate $5 to 350NH for each weekly special sandwich sold. Stop by their Conway location this month to support 350NH!
The 10 NH Conservation Districts are excited to announce a small grant opportunity to improve your local farm’s resilience through climate adaptation or mitigation projects. We encourage you to apply for the first application round of the New Hampshire Conservation Districts Climate Resilience Grant! Applications are due by July 29th, 2022.
Interested applicants can contact their conservation district for more information: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/scc/conservation-districts.htm

TAKE ACTION

Eversource and Liberty Utilities plan to DOUBLE our utility bills in NH, thanks to the Sununu-appointed public utilities commission. Governor Sununu is more interested in protecting Eversource’s corporate profits than in expanding renewable energy and making our utilities more affordable.

Sign our petition today so we can tell Sununu these actions are unacceptable.

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June Newsletter

Happy June! We are preparing for a busy summer and welcoming new organizers and youth interns to our team. If you’d like to get more involved but don’t know where to start, please reach out. 

people in canoes holding a big sign that says NO COAL NO GAS
We submitted over 150 comments opposing fossil fuel subsidies for the coal plant in Bow! Regional energy grid regulators responded by claiming that written protest to their subsidies is “beyond the scope of this process.” They don’t want the general public to have a say in their business practices, but we won’t let them get away with trying to maintain our dependence on fossil fuels.
group of 350NH community members standing in a circle in a big spacious barn.
We threw a party to celebrate our 350NH community! It is easy to feel despair at the state of our climate, but it’s important that we make time to celebrate our accomplishments. Thank you to our board members, staff team, and countless volunteers who organized the party, and who helped us grow into the organization that we are today! Remember that you can connect with volunteers across the state through our community Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 4, 9:00am: Chase Bank – Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

  • XR NH is calling out JPMorgan Chase for financing coal, oil, gas, and companies like Granite Shore Power. Meet at 786 Elm St in Manchester to take action.

June 5, 8:00pm: 350NH Youth Team Game Night & Wrap Up (Virtual)

  • Are you a high school student in NH? Come to the 350NH Youth Team’s last official meeting of the school year. We’ll wrap up official organizing plans and have fun playing virtual games! Email katherinelessard50@gmail.com to get the meeting link.

June 7, 2:00pm: Upper Valley Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

  • Join the Upper Valley chapter. Email wren@350nh.org for the meeting link.

June 11, 1:00pm: March for Our Lives – Nashua

  • Our student leaders from Nashua are having a March for Our Lives protest in response to the school shooting in Uvalde. Show up to support our youth and end gun violence – More details in their Facebook event.

June 13, 4:00pm: Seacoast Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

  • Join the fight for renewable energy on the Seacoast! Email jennifer@350nh.org for the meeting link.

June 15, 6:00pm: Exeter Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

  • Get involved in local organizing for community power. Email jennifer@350nh.org for the meeting link.

June 21, 6:00pm: Salem/Nashua Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

June 23, 7:00pm-8:30pm: No Coal No Gas Monthly Call (Virtual)

  • Check in with our campaign to end coal in New England! RSVP here.

June 23, 8:30pm: Bow Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

  • Join the local campaign to shut down the coal plant in Bow. Email wren@350nh.org for the meeting link.

TAKE ACTION

Joe Biden’s “Justice 40” plan calls for 40% of climate investments to go to the communities most impacted by the climate crisis and pollution. There’s one glaring problem: Race isn’t being considered as a factor in which communities are most harmed. This must change.

If we’re finally getting tangible climate action for frontline communities, we need to do it right by incorporating racial justice into the plans. Send a letter to the White House today to call on Joe Biden to include racial justice in his Justice 40 plan.

Thank you for Your Support!

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May Newsletter

The bulbs we planted last October are blooming at Merrimack Station! And we are excited to watch the climate movement in New Hampshire grow, too, as we invite more people into our work. If you’d like to talk more about how you can get involved, I’d love to set up a call with you!

– Rebecca Beaulieu (she/her/hers), Communications Director

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

We rallied on Earth Day to call for a Climate Action Plan for New Hampshire! Legislators in Concord are standing in the way of bills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy, and address the impending impacts of the climate crisis. The speeches called on the public to get involved and fight for change.
We called out Governor Sununu for his inaction at a rally in Concord! We need investments in renewable energy, infrastructure, economic justice, racial justice, and environmental justice. Send a letter to Governor Sununu to advance offshore wind energy today. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for 350 NH & RAD NH)
No Coal No Gas rallied in Worcester to end fossil fuel subsidies in New England. The grid operators’ latest report says coal will be off the grid by 2025, but they are still forcing us to pay for dirty coal in Bow. It’s time to end fossil fuel handouts and transition to renewable energy!
We’ve submitted nearly 120 comments opposing fossil fuel subsidies so far! We are making our voices heard in the regulatory process; meanwhile, our energy grid operators give handouts to the coal plant in Bow. We can submit public comments until May 5th – if you still need to write yours, here’s the link to the instructions!

Don’t forget to check out our Events Page for upcoming meetings, events, and actions this May!

TAKE ACTION

CONCORD, NH – APRIL 23: 350 NH and RAD NH host a seed swap and community rally outside of the New Hampshire State House on April 23, 2022 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for 350 NH & RAD NH)

Write to your Representative to OPPOSE SB424. If passed, this bill would result in higher energy bills and more greenhouse gas emissions. It does not provide cost protections for ratepayers or environmental protections for the general public. Ratepayers should not have to pay for higher methane emissions.

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April Newsletter

After a busy March, Spring is here! Earth Day approaches – I hope to see you at an event this month!

Towns across NH turned out to town voting days to make local change. 350NH supported successful resolutions in favor of community power in Exeter and to remove the Mill Pond Dam in Durham. Community power will help Exeter utilize more renewable energy, and removal of the Dam will improve the health of the Oyster River!
The 350NH Youth Team held a Rally for Renewables at the State House! Students from across NH spoke about the failures of the state legislature to pass climate bills this session, and about the need for solar and wind energy. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
After a three day trial in Merrimack County Superior Court and four hours of deliberation, the jury reached a decision regarding the 2019 Hooksett coal train blockade. Over 60 supporters joined us in court and online to listen to activists’ intentions to stop the worst effects of the climate crisis by ending the use of coal in New England. Read more about the jury trial here.
350NH is hiring Electoral Fellows, a Youth Organizer, and Interns to join our team in the fight for climate justice! Take your climate organizing and advocacy skills to the next level and join our team to elect climate champions, shut down the coal plant in Bow, and win renewable energy for NH! Check out the job descriptions on our website.

Don’t forget to check out our “Upcoming Events” page for more information about meetings, events, and chances to connect this month!

TAKE ACTION

The New England electrical grid regulator (ISO-NE) just allocated hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars to keep dirty fossil fuel plants alive until 2026, including the coal-fired Merrimack Station. Now, we have until May 5th to submit public comments opposing federal approval of this decision.

Can you submit a comment? Click here for our guide on how to submit a public comment.

Thank you for your support! 350NH could not operate without the amazing volunteers and donors who make this work possible. Thank you for supporting us, and please e-mail us if you have any questions or want to talk one-on-one.

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YOUTH RALLY FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY ACTION

The 350NH Youth Team threw a rally in Concord to call out the NH legislature’s inaction this session and demand renewable energy legislation.

CONCORD, NH — On a windy Concord afternoon, approximately 50 people showed up to the front of the State House to protest leaders’ inaction on the climate crisis. Frustrated by the lack of progress on climate legislation, several people, including Senator David Waters, gave speeches about the dangers of fossil fuels and extolled the virtues of renewable energy. Other speakers, such as Dan Weeks, focused on the specific benefits of certain forms of renewable energy, like solar or offshore wind. The speeches, accompanied by chants and music from the Leftist Marching Band, left everybody in high spirits and eager to make a difference in the climate crisis. As the crowd dispersed, they plastered stickers around Concord with the slogan “Rally for Renewables– Climate Justice Now” a message to legislators.

“Today we are demonstrating that we want our legislators to do the right thing and pass bills in favor of renewable energy,” said Nikhil Chavda, student at Coe-Brown and 350NH Youth Fellow. “There are solar power bills in the State House right now, and we want our elected officials to stop ignoring our calls and pass this legislation. We are here because the state’s current actions and status quo are totally unacceptable, and they need to make some changes.”

In the weeks before the rally, climate-related legislation stalled in the State House, leaving many NH residents feeling frustrated and helpless about the future of the climate. Among the bills that failed were HB1506, HB1601, HB1621, and HB1419. These bills contained investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate-change related planning.  Recognizing this, the 350NH Youth Team brought their response to the state house: that the young people of New Hampshire are tired of our legislators’ inaction.

“We can bring hope back to my generation by making effective change,” said Katherine Lessard, 350NH Youth Fellow and resident of Bow, NH, where the last coal fired power plant in New England stands. “We’re here today to demand legislation that will make a tangible impact on stopping the fossil fuel industry from taking the futures and the hope from my generation. My generation deserves the chance to look forward to the future, not fear it.”

The crowd was high-energy, with a mixture of youth activists, seniors who were veterans of the climate fight, local legislators, and members of ReVision Energy. People held massive signs and banners with slogans such as “Climate Justice NOW,” “There is no Planet B,” and “Denial is not a policy.” The 350NH Youth Team focused on communicating the urgency and impact of climate justice.

“I am here to plead for climate action because we know for a fact that climate change is causing drier, warmer winters and it is happening more quickly in the Northeast than in many other parts of the world,” said Levi Roberts, 350NH Youth Fellow from Washington Valley. “Chris Sununu boasted over the years that he is a guy standing for expansion of our so-called “thriving” state economy and job growth, but he failed to sign climate legislation that made it to his desk, and he prevents our state from transitioning away from fossil fuels.”

350NH activists plan to capitalize off of this momentum by pressuring elected officials to make change.

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Exeter: Vote Yes on 32 for Community Power

Town voting day is just around the corner, and we’re excited to see Exeter vote Yes on #32 for Community Power! Here’s why members of the 350NH Exeter Chapter want you to vote yes on 32:

Dear Editor,
Please vote yes on article #32 at the Exeter town election on March 8. This article allows Exeter to join other municipalities in NH to buy electricity directly from suppliers. The state of NH has set up the program to allow local control over power and is designed to lead to less expensive power as well as the ability to choose sources of electricity that cause less pollution. Currently an individual citizen can choose to get their power from any source but the process is an effort and can cost more than the  standard rate. When this article passes, the town of Exeter will join a larger group giving us more purchasing power. The community power program is designed such that the cost will never be more than the standard that most of us are currently paying. Individual households can opt out of the community program and keep their current source of power. There will also be an option for individuals to choose to pay extra for greener power. It is a win for our household budgets, a win for local control and a win for less pollution. Less pollution means healthier lungs for our citizens.Please vote yes on article #32.

– Susan Porter MD

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To the Editor:

On March 8 Exeter voters have an opportunity to approve a Community Power plan which is unanimously supported by the Select Board.  Many people don’t pay attention to their electric bills, until there is a significant increase, as there was in December. Community Power would allow Exeter, in  collaboration with other NH towns and cities,  to purchase electricity for residents and businesses with the goal of decreasing cost, improving price stability, and utilizing more renewable energy sources. Unitil would still be responsible for maintaining transmission lines and handling billing.  Residents and businesses can choose to opt out of the program at any time. Community Power programs have had bipartisan support at the state and local level, a rarity these days.  You can find more information about Community Power at https://www.exeternh.gov/bcc-cpac and vote Yes on Warrant Article #32.

– Stephanie Marshall

Member, Exeter Community Power Aggregation Committee

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Dear Seacoast Media Group Editor,

Article 32 on the March 2022 Exeter Town Warrant, to adopt and implement a Community Power Aggregation program, is an exciting opportunity for Exeter town residents and businesses, giving us the opportunity to increase renewable energy consumption, reduce electric energy created by fossil fuels, and save money.

NH is suffering from a lack of leadership on climate change issues at the state level.  Our state is lagging all other NE states in reducing our impact in the climate crisis.  It is, therefore, imperative that action and leadership come from the local level.  The Community Power Plan gives Exeter the ability to act now and increase our renewable energy usage.

One of the clear benefits of aggregating our electric energy purchases as a Town is local control of electricity costs.  Having advantageous rates locked in for several years by a Community Power Plan would avoid the current roller coaster electricity rates residents and businesses see twice a year.  Leveraging the total electric usage of town residents and businesses will give the ability to negotiate better rates and give choices in the percentage of renewable energy in the supply. I see no downside to this program at all, but should someone not want to take part, that choice is available, too.

This is also an equity opportunity for our Town.  Currently residents can choose a higher level of renewable energy in their electric supply, or they can install solar power for their home, if appropriate.  But these choices come at a financial cost.  This added cost is not accessible to all homeowners.  The Community Power Plan will give all Exeter homeowners the opportunity to use more renewable energy and less energy generated by fossil fuels – at the same or lower rate than they are currently paying.

These are reasons why I will vote Yes on Article 32 to approve the Community Power Aggregation program, and I encourage all other voters to vote Yes as well. 

– Sherri Nixon

Exeter, NH

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To the Editor:

The Exeter Community Power Aggregation Committee has created a Community Power Program for Exeter, supported by the Select Board and now before town voters as Warrant Article 32.Under state law RSA 53E, municipalities can aggregate or combine customer electric energy demand and purchase supplies as a larger group, thereby providing residents and businesses access to more stable rates  and also options for renewable energy sources at lower costs.This is an exciting and positive movement in meeting both climate and economic challenges, and has no additional costs for taxpayers or tax impact on the town.To learn more about Community Power and Article 32 you can google “Community Power Aggregation, Exeter, NH” or go to www.exeternh.gov/bcc-pac. And be sure to come out on March 8 and vote YES on article 32.

– Joan Pratt

Exeter, NH