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by Melanie Escobar
The Statehouse will see rallying and lobbying on it’s footsteps on Wednesday for divesting the state from fossil fuels.
Climate Activists, guest speakers, pensioners and more are coming to show their support for bill that would divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels. The speakers will be urgently asking the legislators to support the passage of S1225.
Representative Aaron Michlewitz, chairman of the joint committee of public service is seen as playing a big role.[soundcloud id='136744327' color='#2a3590']
“He’s the one that’s holding the bill up, basically he moves the bill forward,” said Better Future Project Divestment Organizer, Eli Gerzon. “We have a chance to become the first state to divest or he doesn’t and we have to wait up to two years before we have another chance for this and with climate change that’s the last thing we need is more waiting.”
The goal of this lobby day is to get this bill reported out of the Public Service Committee before the March 20 deadline. The Better Future Project also has other goals for this lobby day.
“What’s really exciting is that we’re really engaging with a lot of new people and not just in numbers but in the groups that we’re engaging with,” said Gerzon. “We’re engaging with more members of unions, we’re engaging with more teachers and other pensioners and more face groups are getting more involved. So it’s really getting a broad support. That’s really exciting, it’s what climate change is all about which is that it effects all of us so it’s a chance for everyone to come together in the name of social justice.”
With all the support coming out tomorrow there’s a chance that Massachusetts could be the first state to divest from fossil fuels. It can be the spark that ignites change throughout the United States.