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Massachusetts Local Climate Updates
What can I do? What can we do?
We live in a time when the way we power our lives is literally putting our survival at stake. We’re seeing an increase in deadly natural disasters, glaciers melting at a worrisome rate, and American states and territories at risk of disappearing from the map due to rising sea levels, yet the Trump administration seems deeply committed to exacerbating the destructive impact of climate change.
Massachusetts residents know better, and demand action. In a 2017 WBUR poll, 88 percent of voters in the Commonwealth agreed that climate change isat least exacerbated, if not caused, by humans. Themajority of MA voters are concerned about the consequences, including coastal flooding, extreme heat waves, rising sea levels, and storms of increasing frequency and power.
State and local action has become more important than ever in the Trump era. Municipal public officials have a major impact on laws and funding decisions made on Beacon Hill. Their priorities, ideas, and concerns shape the state budget, as well as policies on education funding, health care, affordable housing, public safety, zoning reform, and yes – the environment and energy.
That is why the Sierra Club has created the Mass. Local Climate Leadership Project in order to educate and empower local elected officials to take action in their own communities to protect our air, our water, and our lands. Protecting the environment means protecting communities, and safeguarding public health. This initiative will provide training and guidance to local elected officials about what more they can do. Public officials can give the people what they want: clean energy, climate justice, and a livable planet. If you are an elected or appointed municipal official that would like to join the Mass. Local Leadership Project, click here!