Clean Air for our Kids: Priceless
As we watch clean air and climate protections face rollbacks at the national level, increasingly states like Massachusetts are stepping forward to show a different path...one that can jump start the clean energy economy to reduce pollution and protect our health, as we battle the climate crisis.
On January 24th the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future—a coalition of organizations, coordinated by Clean Water Action, working to bring carbon pricing to the Bay State--held a screening of an episode of the Years of Living Dangerously in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
If you're like us, you have climbed out of last week's fog and are hungry for inspiration, for ways to engage right now that will make a difference. My co-worker Amanda and I found both this week through a visit from the Top to Top crew, consisting of Dario and Sabine Schworer and their amazing family of 5 children.
Well, Labor Day is behind us and fall is here, unofficially. What stands out for me this summer is the weirdness of the weather and...manatees! It is official: we have just experienced the warmest summer yet -- NASA has confirmed that and is predicting that 2016 will be the warmest year on record, on track to surpass 2015 which previously held the title.
Additionally, this summer was the driest on record for Boston, with under 4" of rain in June, July and August. And my poor garden is hurting, as are our region's farmers.
At Clean Water Action, interns hit the ground running. That was my conclusion after traveling to the Massachusetts State House to witness a special hearing on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling on Kain v Department of Environmental Protection--on my first day, before I even had a chance to use the bathroom at CWA. This court case refers to the state’s lack of adherence to the Global Warming Solutions Act, a state law passed in 2008 that mandated a 25% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2020 and deeper reductions by 2050.