JP Moms Go on Climate Change Tagging Spree

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group. Credit: Courtesy of Viki Bok

The JP chapter of the climate-change action group Mothers Out Front has been writing messages on the neighborhood’s snowbanks.

“Time to call it like it is,” wrote resident Viki Bok in an email. “This is climate change. Eight feet of snow. Unrelenting cold for a month. Record-breaking extreme weather…again.”

It might seem counter-intuitive, but warming oceans mean more moisture in the air and more precipitation of all kinds, including snow, according to Penn State’s Michael Mann, as quoted in the Washington Post.

Bok continues:

“We know why this is happening. We know it, so we’re naming it. We are JP’s Mothers Out Front. We’re mothers, grandmothers and caregivers, joining together to protect our children from the threat of climate change. Mobilizing and speaking out for everyone’s future.”

Here’s a gallery of neighborhood snowpiles the group has used to advertise their message.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

Courtesy Viki Bok

Tagging by JP’s chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group.

  • rb

    Yes!

  • Peppy

    Rather than polluting the visual landscape which does not belong to them, maybe these hypocritical females could pick up the trash and dog poop in their own neighborhood, and instead of and over-populating the earth they claim to care about, they could adopt some children who are already born?

    • JDoyle

      Good lord, you sound insufferable. No wonder people call us Massholes.

      • Peppy

        First of all, not only do you sound like an imbecile, I’m sure you are one. How on earth is it you call me insufferable for being against self-rightous morons spraying graffiti all over JP? Should I say it’s ok that these women vandalize my city just because they (claim to) have some ridiculous “movement” behind them? FYI: having a website does not a movement make.
        By the way, people do not call me a masshole, but I have no doubt they call you that, or some version of it, on a regular basis.

  • FrancisMcManus

    It’s funny that people who get annoyed by climate change activism, rail against dog poop and overpopulation. Arm yourself, adopt kids and pick up dog poop. LOL.

    • Peppy

      Graffiti is not activism, it’s VANDALISM, and it’s against the law.

      • FrancisMcManus

        Graffiti could be be both but that’s not graffitti– writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. This writing was not illegal.

  • AlanThinks

    Peppy, I wonder if you are an old white man who watches Fox News, denies climate change, and hates empowered women. Please let me know if I am wrong. I am a 61 yo white male who respects women, reads widely, and understands that climate change is real, accelerating, and poses a grave danger to all of humanity. (PS – also, I pick up trash and dog poop every time I walk and am pissed at the people who leave it out.)

    • Peppy

      hey alan
      I don’t know what you’ve been widely reading, but clearly you didn’t read my post (although that didn’t stop you from commenting on it). If you had bothered to read it you’d have known that all I did was point out the utter hypocrisy of using graffiti to complain about pollution. I’d love to know how that makes me anti woman, never mind how it makes me a fox news watching global warming denier.
      Their tactics are about as logical as shooting people to protest gun violence. And about as foolish as the conclusions you draw about my gender, age, and TV news choices.
      Allow me to jump to conclusions, as you have, and say I believe that if these ladies truly cared about the children of the world they would adopt one or two of them who don’t have parents, rather than bring more kids into the planet. Oh, but that wouldn’t likely make the Papers.

    • Pat Roberts

      So, your comment is racist, sexist and ageist. Nice job, in just a few lines. Why don’t you just respond to the content you object to, instead of adding in your personal attacks?

  • paul

    Please, identify your roles as mothers and your obligation to research before teaching your children incorrect information. The continental united states represents LESS THAN 2% of the earth’s surface. The entire US could be covered in 6 inches of solid ice and you would still not represent any global climate effect.

    I DO believe in global warming. I DON’T believe Jamaica Plain’s snowfall this year is of any relation.

  • Hugo_JP

    Tagging on property that does not belong to them? While I support the message, the medium was a mistake. Just because the snow and slogan will soon melt away doesn’t make it okay.
    What if someone else with a different message takes some water-based paint an tags some property other than their own? Even though rain will wash it away soon doesn’t make it right.

  • Pat Roberts

    Politically correct graffiti is still just graffiti, and it isn’t ever okay for someone to write graffiti on property that isn’t theirs. If they would like to express their opinions, they should write their messages on their own properties (houses, cars, etc.), not on space that doesn’t belong to them.

  • JamaicaPlainNews

    Hi everyone. This is a space for neighborly discussion. I’ve deleted a few posts that contained personal attacks. If you wouldn’t say it to your neighbor’s face, please don’t say it here. Thanks.

    • AlanThinks

      JP News; please explain how Peppy’s misogynistic post of “hypocritical females could pick up the trash and dog poop in their own neighborhood, and instead of and over-populating the earth they claim to care about, these frauds could adopt some children”, is not personal attack? Why did you not delete it?

      • Peppy

        Dear Alan,
        I would appreciate it if you stopped calling me names, as I have been nothing but respectful when referring to you and the things you’ve written, no matter who much I may disagree with you. Thank you.

  • AlanThinks

    I see that most reply to Peppy was not well received. Perhaps I should have been more polite but I fail to understand how a group of women placing a message on melting snow banks with temporary coloring amounts to graffiti, vandalism, or hypocrisy. The attack upon them by Peppy resembled the kind of on-line attacks that right wing trolls post all the time. To equate the urgency of combating climate change (a long term and complicated problem) with the short term problem of litter (for which they were not responsible) is foolish and shortsighted. As for what I read: here is a list for you climate change deniers: James Hansen – The Storms of My Grandchildren, Michael Mann – The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything, Naomi Oreskes & Eric Conway – Merchants of Doubt, Eric Pooley – The Climate War, Elizabeth Kolbert – The Sixth Extinction, Paul Gilding – The Great Disruption, Michael Klare – The Race for What’s Left. Climate change is real and a present and increasing danger to everyone on the planet. As for Paul’s comment that the snow we have had has no connection to climate change I reply. Of course it would have snowed and been cold, but the amount and frequency of the snow is the result of the climate dice being loaded. Increased CO2 in the atmosphere is resulting in more atmospheric energy and water vapor leading to more extreme weather events.

    • Peppy

      alan
      It is hypocrisy to use pollution as a protest to pollution, or the results of. I did not equate anything they are doing with litter. I merely suggested that picking up litter as a positive way to clean up the earth, rather than make it more unsightly with their visual pollution. I pick up litter in my neighborhood that I did not throw on the ground all the time. I never suggested that they were responsible for litter, although it could be argued that litter is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of where it originated. Thank you for the long, unsolicited diatribe on climate change, but, sorry, you’re preaching to the choir on that one; I am in complete agreement with you.
      Lastly, you need to look up the definition of misogyny. All I did was disagree with their tactics, and refer to bringing more children into the world as overpopulating it. Since virtually everything we do on the planet, including bringing more people onto it, leaves an ever increasing carbon footprint, which leads to more global warming, which boils down to climate change, I think I’m justified in saying that they are hypocrites to claim to be mothers against climate change, yet contribute unnecessarily to it. They are self-identified as mothers. Had it been a dad’s group I’d have said the same thing. Please enlighten me as to how that turns into misogyny.

      • AlanThinks

        Peppy, how is that your statement could be interpreted as anything but anti-female? I quote you: ” hypocritical females could pick up the trash and dog poop in their own neighborhood, and instead of and over-populating the earth they claim to care about, these frauds could adopt some children who are already born?” It is hateful (the definition of misogyny) to suggest that they are responsible for over-populating the earth, and that they are frauds or hypocritical for getting the rest of us to think about and take action on climate change. I have been critical of you because you have been insulting toward them.

        • Peppy

          Ok Alan, last word from me on this. Trying to have an adult conversation with you is like trying to reason with a teenager who thinks they are right and the whole world is not only wrong, but against them.

          Fact: it is hypocritical to use pollution to protest pollution: “it’s ok for me to pollute the way I choose but not ok for you to.”

          Fact: fraud = “it’s ok for ME to leave a larger and larger carbon footprint on the earth, but it’s not ok for others to do it.”

          No misogyny here, my friend. Just me pointing out that this small group of entitled people (who happen to self-identify as women) are poseurs and fakes.

          You disagree with the things I say, so I guess (by your warped “logic”) you’re a man-hater?
          Bye, Alan, I truly wish you a fine Wednesday, and I hope you are able some day to deal with your misplaced anger issues.

  • George Meredith MD

    George Meredith MD

    It’s About Planet Earth’s Wobble, Stupid!

    To Modify Rising Sea Levels, restore the estuaries!

    Al Gore and Barack Obama and the rest of the tree huggers would have us believe that if we were to all drive these silly little Chevrolet Volts, plug in to some Rube Goldberg electric Windmill and eat bamboo shoots, that we could change global warming with its associated sea level rise. But we pragmatists know that this is not the case.

    Consider: because the planet Earth wobbles on its long axis over a 23,000 year cycle, its inhabitants must endure glacial and glacial melt cycles. Glacial and interglacial periods. For instance, our Western Atlantic shoreline was 65 miles east, 11,500 years ago. Witness the carbon dated walrus tusks that scallop boats have dredged up in the Norfolk Canyon. And in another 11,500 years, our mid Atlantic shoreline will once again be on Broad Street in what was once downtown Richmond, Virginia. Witness the carbon dated whale skeleton (fossils) that have been found in and near Richmond.

    Understand: As the earth wobbles on its axis, the Atlantic Ocean’s shoreline advances and recedes on a precise 23,000 year cycle. Based on the status of the polar ice cap vis a vis its line of declination to the sun. This has been going on for millions, of years. And no Obama Volt, electric windmill or government mandated bamboo shoot diet is going to change that!

    However, there are some embarrassingly simple things that the current residents of today’s receding Western Atlantic shoreline can do to modify the effects of this “sea level rise”. Specifically, we should stop squandering the navigation channel dredge spoils that America’s central government is, at some considerable expense, parking in a series of ill conceived USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) vertical dredge spoil sites. Such as Craney Island and Popular Island in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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    Listen! The answer to modifying the local effects of rising sea levels involves reestablishment/establishment of large, healthy fringe marshes (living shorelines). And by unblocking those tidal marshes that have been cut off from their estuaries by poorly planned roadways and rail lines.

    Simply by depositing navigation channel dredge spoils on a long intertidal slope just seaward of certain bulkheads and eroded shorelines nearby, beautiful, vibrant fringe marshes could be reestablished in one short year. And by enlarging culverts that pass beneath obstructing roadways and rail lines. An added bonus: an acre of salt marsh can remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as can ten acres of (tree farm) pine or maple plantings.

    There are a number of important studies on modifying the impact of rising sea levels, reestablishment of critical tidal marshland sponge effect, as well as estuary tidal water cleanup. The first is the work of former US Senator and American sportsman John Breaux. Witness: the pipeline dredging of shipping channels in the Mississippi River and placement of the associated dredge spoils, on long 1:6 intertidal slopes just seaward of eroded shorelines. So as to reestablish healthy fringe marshes. Within one year, without marsh grass planting, and without rip rap sills, new living shoreline (fringe marshes) can be established (reestablished)’.

    In the United States, these marshland restoration projects are ongoing or already established in Galveston Bay, in Little River Marsh, New Hampshire, in coastal New Jersey and Delaware, in coastal Louisiana, in south San Francisco Bay and elsewhere.

    The second study is that of BC Wolverton, a NASA environmental engineer. Wolverton has shown that new (living shoreline) marshes can remove sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, raw sewage, Hepatitis A viral particles, heavy metals, coliforms and PCBs from the waters that flow through them. During twice daily tidal cycles. Accordingly, water clarity is markedly improved and thus the ability to grow submerged aquatic vegetation is enhanced! In addition to restoring the vital sponge properties of tidal marshlands. Sponge properties that are essential to modify the damage caused by rising sea levels. Especially during hurricanes, during gales and during heavy rain storms.

    And pipeline dredge restoration of fringe marshes could be done for practically nothing. Especially when considering the savings in disposal (repositioning) navigation channel dredge spoils….cf: instead of transporting same to some distant, government designated vertical dredge spoil deposition site.

    Planet Earth needs tidal marshes, not granite rip rap sills, volunteer trash pickup programs, oyster reefs, rain barrels, expensive Bacterra storm water filers, buffer zone shrub plantings and the other feel good-do nothing projects that the tree huggers are so aggressively promoting.

    Listen! To modify the effects of rising sea levels, we must reestablish the fringe marshes and unblock those tidal marshes that have been degraded by poorly planned roadways and rail lines. Once the tidal marshes are restored, the storm water will take care of itself! But not vice versa. Al Gore and Barack Obama, again, I plead with you and your collaborators to use your library cards before you offer more illogical, poorly researched concepts as those you have pushed off on an incredibly naïve public.

    Pay attention, stupid! It’s about the Planet Earth’s Wobble! And about man’s dredging and bulkheading of vital (sponge) estuaries!

    George Meredith MD, President
    Linkhorn-Rudee Waterway Fund

    To learn more about economical marshland restoration, storm water management and the sponge, search: George Meredith MD Marshland Restoration Pipeline Dredging Comments