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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”


Thursday, Oct 8th, 2015

Off + On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris

Oh! October is here already and our Forum is this Thursday, October 8th. Please plan to attend and invite a friend, as this will be a special "movie night", with refreshments and conversation as always.

You know the maxim: Think Globally, Act Locally

There's been a lot of action locally, as the many who attended the Sep. 29th State House hearing can attest to - a packed room with a heavy presence of renewable energy advocates and our Mass Power Forward coalition partners. And today, the Boston Globe editors gave our movement a strong, supportive push, and a pushback against the narrow-minded approach floated by Governor Baker, who seems to blindly ingest the empty calories of the utilities' current advertising campaign, which blows smoke to suggest that solar is a burden.

But we know that big-picture thinking reveals solar energy to be a feast of benefits - and the Globe's editorial piece — Save the Solar Incentives — resoundingly calls this to the attention of its readership!

Friends, the iron is hot. Let's keep hammering[1] away with local action to forge a future of clean energy for Massachusetts citizens, towns and businesses.

And yes, 'Think Globally', like and our movie feature "Off + On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris". Hard to believe, but November 2015 is almost here. The COP21, 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, will be held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11. It's been a long road: from Rio through Kyoto, Bali, Copenhagen and Cancun, Durban and Doha, Warsaw and Lima. Will Paris be the destination we seek - a triumphant homecoming and a point of departure toward a new direction for our global society?

The Pope's encyclical, Laudato Si' - On Care For Our Common Home, released in June, clearly anticipates the Paris conference: "We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels - especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas - needs to be progressively replaced without delay." The U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change declares that Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping "are committed to reaching an ambitious 2015 agreement", specifically referring to the Paris convocation. has a plan to bring all of us - civil society worldwide - together in a movement to deliver this message to Paris: "Keep fossil fuels in the ground - really, just stop digging and drilling - and start building renewable energy everywhere we can. Turn off the old kind of energy that's killing us, and turn on a renewable future. Do it now."

Come, watch, listen and discuss at the October 8th Forum of the Boston Area Solar Energy Association.

1. Yes, you have a hammer - we all have hammers. Here, you will find the nails: Go ahead and hit them!

Concentrate on your Representative, as the Senate's already passed a bill to lift net metering caps!
House Switchboard (617) 722-2000

You can ask your Rep. to urge Speaker DeLeo and Energy Chairman Golden to raise the net metering caps immediately. Finally, if you would, please report back to Sean at Vote Solar, who is graciously tracking our progress - email: sean[at]votesolar[dot]org

Thank you!

Emily Kirkland will provide a brief introduction to the film and the local work of 350 Massachusetts, a statewide volunteer-led climate action network that is fighting to stop new fossil fuel projects, promote clean energy, put a price on carbon, and divest our state pension fund from fossil fuels.

Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Climate Ride - NYC-DC 2014

Please visit and support:

Somerville Community Growing Center
22 Vinal Avenue
Somerville,MA 02143


One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations

Smart Building: High Performance Homes

Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer

AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter

Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule


Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Forum, the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, and the website.


Visit our Forum page, where you'll find our complete listing of past forum speakers, topics, and resources.

The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


BASEA Activities and Services

  • BASEA Forum - Renewable Energy Lecture Series
  • Junior Solar Sprint - Model solar car competition for middle school science students, organized and sponsored by BASEA in Eastern Massachusetts.


BASEA is looking for additional ways to help create a more sustainable energy future.

Please spend some time thinking about this question, and send your suggestions in to us.


Also, if you are interested in working with this group, please let us know. Send comments or questions to

  • NESEA Chapter - BASEA is the Boston area chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.
  • Referral Program - Write us for information on solar vendors, designers, architects, installers and service in your area.  We want to help you with practical ways you can use solar and other sustainable energy technology.


BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

Please remember that your donations support BASEA.


BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

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The International Solar Energy Association