2014 Teams

2014 marked our sixth Climate Summer program, and it was one of the best years yet! We sent four teams of riders all over Massachusetts to fight against new natural gas infrastructure and build the grassroots climate movement. Riders hosted dozens of meetings, potlucks, and trainings, collected hundreds of postcards, and spoke to thousands of people about the need to move away from fossil fuels. Many 2014 riders are now leading divestment campaigns on their campuses or participating in local campaigns to end the climate crisis.

Check out their Flickr page to see more great photos from the summer!

Team North Shore

14646897472_22030825a0_z.jpgTeam North Shore is spending their summer working with community partners to prevent Footprint Power’s proposed natural gas plant in Salem, MA from being built. Grassroots organizing has played a large role in delaying the plant from being built, and this summer the riders will learn from the experiences, struggles, and successes of those fighting, carrying these stories with them and helping to escalate this issue into the public eye. Stopping the natural gas plant is part of Better Future Project’s broader Climate Legacy Campaign, which aims to ban all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts, among other goals. As Team North Shore rides across Massachusetts, they will be helping build a grassroots movement to push for meaningful action on climate change.

Team Members:

  • Shreya Thatai, Team Leader
  • Ariel Schwalb, Outreach Coordinator
  • Kelly Chen, Media Coordinator
  • Sophie Sokolov, Social Media Coordinator
  • Abbie Goldberg, Video Coordinator

2014 Partner Communities and Dates: Want to know where to find the team? Here’s their schedule for the summer: *Please note the dates below are approximate and do not take into account traveling by bicycle from community to community.

  • Amesbury, MA, June 26th-June 30th
  • Marblehead, MA, June 30th-July 6th
  • Ipswich, MA, July 7th-July 14th
  • Newburyport, MA, July 14th-July 20th
  • Gloucester, MA, July 20th-July 26th
  • Beverly, MA, July 26th-July 30th
  • Salem, MA, July 30th-August 5th
  • Lynn, MA, August 5th-August 11th
  • Wrap up in Salem, MA, August 12th-August 17th

Team West Mass

Team West Mass is spending their summer working with communities who are affected by the western segment of Kinder Morgan’s proposed natural gas pipeline. If built, the pipeline would span Massachusetts, crossing properties of community partners whom with Team West Mass is engaging. Throughout the summer the riders will learn from the experiences, struggles, and successes of people who are directly affected by the pipeline, carrying these stories with them and helping to escalate the issue into the public eye. Stopping Kinder Morgan’s pipeline is one goal within Better Future Project’s broader Climate Legacy Campaign, which aims to ban any new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts, among other goals. As Team West Mass rides across Massachusetts, they will be helping build a grassroots movement to push for meaningful action on climate change.

Team Members:

  • Ben Linthicum, Team Leader
  • Dineen O’Rourke, Outreach Coordinator
  • Stephen O’Hanlon, Public Narrative Coordinator
  • Georgette Sordellini, Media Coordinator
  • Ben Weilerstein, Social Media Coordinator
  • A. Grace Steig, Video Coordinator
2014 Partner Communities and Dates: Want to know where to find the team? Here’s their schedule for the summer: *Please note the dates below are approximate and do not take into account traveling by bicycle from community to community.

  • Holyoke, MA, June 29th-July 3rd
  • Amherst, MA, July 4th-July 10th
  • Ashfield, MAJuly 10th-July 11th
  • Plainfield, MA, July 12th-July 19th
  • Pittsfield, MA, July 19th-July 31st 
    • 3-4 days during this period will be spent in Richmond, MA and/or Canaan, NY
  • Cummington, MAJuly 31st-August 2nd
  • Deerfield/Shelburne, MA, August 2nd-August 5th
  • Greenfield, MA, August 6th-August 11th
  • Wrap up in Salem, MA, August 12th-August 17th

Team for the MASSes

Team For the MASSes is working with community partners who are affected by the proposed expansion of Spectra Energy’s natural gas pipeline. The expansion would include increasing the pressurization of gas through the pipeline, making deadly explosions more likely and polluting more methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The team is also traveling to communities severely affected by environmental injustices, helping to support those who have been fighting for clean and healthy communities for years. Throughout the summer the riders will learn from the experiences, struggles, and successes of people who are directly affected by the destruction caused by fossil fuel companies, carrying these stories with them and helping to escalate these issues into the public eye. The work that Team For the MASSes is doing this summer fits into Better Future Project’s broader Climate Legacy Campaign, which aims to ban any new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts, among other goals. As the team rides across Massachusetts, they will be helping build a grassroots movement to push for meaningful action on climate change.

Team Members:

  • Kay Young, Team Leader
  • Alissa Zimmer, Outreach Coordinator
  • Myra Sampson, Media Coordinator
  • Hallie Kenyon, Social Media Coordinator
  • Iona Feldman, Video Coordinator
  • Luke Sherman, Public Narrative Coordinator

2014 Partner Communities and Dates: Want to know where to find the team? Here’s their schedule for the summer: *Please note the dates below are approximate and do not take into account traveling by bicycle from community to community.

  • Jamaica Plain, MA, June 26th
  • Brockton, MA, June 27th-July 12th
  • Burrilville, RIJuly 12th-July 16th
  • Metro West (Natick, Wayland, Sudbury), MA, July 17th-July 30th
  • West Roxbury, MA, July 30th-August 4th
  • Waltham, MA, August 4th-August 6th
  • Brockton, MA, August 6th-August 11th
  • Wrap up in Salem, MA, August 12th-August 17th

Team East is spending their summer working with communities who are affected by the eastern segment of Kinder Morgan’s proposed natural gas pipeline. If built, the pipeline would span Massachusetts, crossing properties of community partners whom with Team East is engaging. Throughout the summer the riders will learn from the experiences, struggles, and successes of people who are directly affected by the pipeline, carrying these stories with them and helping to escalate the issue into the public eye. Stopping Kinder Morgan’s pipeline is one goal within Better Future Project’s broader Climate Legacy Campaign, which aims to ban any new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts, among other goals. As Team East rides across Massachusetts, they will be helping build a grassroots movement to push for meaningful action on climate change.

Team East

14744941392_a6c79c4b0d_z.jpg2014 Partner Communities and Dates: Want to know where to find the team? Here’s their schedule for the summer: *Please note the dates below are approximate and do not take into account traveling by bicycle from community to community.

  • Dracut, MA, June 26th-July 2nd
  • Ashby, MA, July 2nd-July 5th
  • Ashburnham, MAJuly 9th-July 16th
  • Montague, MA, July 16th-July 20th
  • Erving, MA, July 20th-July 24th 
  • Athol/South Athol/Orange, MAJuly 24th-July 30th
  • Winchendon, MA, July 30th-August 3rd
  • Townsend, MA, August 3rd-August 5th
  • Dracut, MA, August 5th-August 11th
  • Wrap up in Salem, MA, August 12th-August 17th

Team Members:

  • Tuula Perry, Team Leader
  • Rachel Eckles, Media Coordinator
  • Jana Wilkes, Outreach Coordinator
  • Nicholas Jansen, Social Media Coordinator
  • Gonzalo ‘Zalo’ Crivelli, Video Coordinator