Citizens Climate Lobby
Climate Legislation in Massachusetts
Linda Lancaster of CCL SE Chapter has shared this information with us regarding contacting your legislators to support the refiled MA Climate Bill.
For more information on the bill’s status or read this WBUR article.
Update from 1/15/21:
Governor Baker Vetoed the Climate Bill, but the Fight Isn’t Over. Last Thursday evening, just hours before the midnight deadline, Governor Baker vetoed An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy.
We are disappointed that Governor Baker vetoed this path-breaking climate bill that included a suite of strong policies to address climate change along with needed environmental justice protections.
But the fight is not over! We are grateful to the thousands of you who contacted Governor Baker and urged him to sign the bill. We are now asking you to take action again.
Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka committed to promptly sending the bill back to the Governor’s desk and it has been refiled in its entirety. Send a message to your state legislators thanking them for their commitment to this bill and reassuring them that getting this bill signed into law is still important to their constituents.
Town of Plymouth Open Space Committee
The Open Space Committee has added a climate change addendum to their Open Space and Recreation Plan. We have shared this link on our website under Resources or view it here.
Town of Plymouth Open Space and Recreation Plan Addendum
Climate Change Resiliency
EXPLANATION OF NEED FOR ADDENDUM
The Plymouth Open Space Committee completed an update to the Open Space and Recreation Plan in 2018, as required by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Division of Conservation Services. Updating this plan every seven years keeps Plymouth eligible for grants and other support from the Commonwealth.
During this process, the Open Space Committee recognized the need to address the potential impacts of climate change in an addendum to the Open Space and Recreation Plan before the next required deadline in 2027. This addendum to Plymouth’s Open Space and Recreation Plan seeks to identify the potential impacts of climate change and offer recommendations for strengthening the resilience and adaptability of the Town of Plymouth in the face of climate change.
Climate change poses increasing challenges for Plymouth, particularly within its coastal areas. Sea level rise, storm surge and high winds from more frequent and intense coastal storms, extreme heat, drought, and freshwater flooding are a sample of climate change related hazards that Plymouth is experiencing. These may lead to property and infrastructure damage, interruption of vital services (i.e., energy, food, water, emergency response) and loss of cultural resources. Plymouth could reduce its vulnerability through appropriate planning.
In this document, the effects and impacts of climate change in Plymouth are presented, along with the introduction of a matrix, which is a tool developed by the OSC to examine the relationships between open space objectives in climate change resiliency and the strategies to fulfil them. The recommendations presented here are based on findings from the matrix.