Mothers Out Front marches in Boston, demands need for proactive legislation

Mothers Out Front rally

By Bridget Reed Morawski

Regional environmental group Mothers Out Front marched to the Massachusetts State House this weekend demanding legislation in 2014 that would protect their families from the effects of climate change.

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Not only mothers, but grandmothers, fathers and children arrived from as far as western Massachusetts to join together for a morning of food, poster making, and speeches as they prepared to march from a local church to the state house.

Vanessa Rule, the co-director and lead Organizer of Mothers Out Front, stressed the at-home impact that new legislation must touch on.

“It’s not about the polar bears anymore, it’s about the people,” Rule said after the march, “Climate change hasn’t really been talked about in those terms. But really if we don’t act in the new few years to move beyond fossil fuels our children’s future is going to be severely compromised.”

The founder and co-director of the organization, Kelsey Wirth, addressed a crowd prior to the march within the Temple Baptist Church in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood, stressing the need for expansion of their message.

“In the coming year, working together, we will continue to deepen our work in the Boston area, we will continue to expand it across the state of Massachusetts, and we will start working with mothers outside of Massachusetts.”

The group delivered their banner and statement today, requesting clean and renewable energy sources in Massachusetts.

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