It is clear that the burning of fossil fuels is causing a drastic, global change to our environment. Our goal is to reduce the greenhouse gases that trap heat in our atmosphere, causing global climate change. This is why 350 was started: to reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere below 350 parts per million. We are currently hovering around 400 parts per million. A couple of degrees of increase in atmospheric temperature has already been measured, along with all of our observances of unpredictable weather. A couple more will irreversibly alter our climate and our weather patterns.
Any planning for future infrastructure supporting the use of fossil fuels is dangerous, wasteful, and irresponsible. The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline, which is planned to run through Dracut, just North of Lowell, will transport natural gas from Canada through the United States. This is a fuel we should be transitioning away from while turning toward renewable and clean energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal and/or tidal.
If you would like to learn more about the detriments (both economically and environmentally) of building and maintaining a fossil-fuel supporting pipeline, or about the benefits of renewable energy sources, then attend 350MA of Greater Lowell's "Kinder Morgan's proposed "fracked-gas" pipeline through the Merrimack Valley: what it is, who benefits, and clean energy alternatives." This information session will give you the knowledge to make the right decisions about your community and the world as a whole. We can also give you information about what groups and communities are currently doing to oppose this pipeline as well as what you can do to support this effort.
This event will be held Tuesday September, 23rd @ 7pm. The event will be on our events calendar, so be sure to check it out there as well. This event will be at Lowell Makes, a community workshop that features tools and work spaces for artisans and craftsman. The address is 47 Lee St, Lowell, MA 01852. Feel free to contact us through the "Get Involved" tab if you have any questions or concerns.
The page for the event can be found here.
We hope to see you there!