As we observe the impacts of the current covid-19 pandemic, it is clear that our government at every level is unprepared for current threats to our well-being. Climate change is another such threat on the near horizon. Climate change is expected to contribute to more diseases as animals move to new locations and come newly into contact with people. Warmer average temperatures also make existing illnesses like Lyme disease a bigger problem, as the animals that carry those diseases can more easily survive during the winter.
Many of us have done so much to let our political leaders know that action on climate change is critically important. Unfortunately, this is an on-going battle to get effective policies enacted. Despite policies that have been passed in the State of Massachusetts and at the Federal level, we are continuing to emit more carbon pollution year-after-year, making it more difficult to hit targets required to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
In the 2020 session of the Massachusetts legislature, there have been many promising bills for more aggressive climate action. As of May, with much of the government focused on Covid-19, climate legislation has been stalled. However, the end of the legislative session is being extended and it is a great opportunity to write, email or call your representative.
We have drafted a letter, which you can use as a template for your own letter or call for climate action.
In addition, we have provided a listing of our area’s political representatives and senators and their contact information.
Also, you can click here to add your name to The Action Network’s petition to pass bold climate legislation in 2020. Over 600 MA residents have already signed and we are asking for signatures from citizens across the state.