This bill, which would help make sure Massachusetts has a plan in place for adapting to climate change impacts, is a priority for Mass Audubon and we want to see it passed before the formal session ends! A few of the legislation’s goals for the state include:
- Compiling data on existing and projected sea level rise using best available science
- Producing a report documenting the preparedness and vulnerabilities in Massachusetts’ emergency response, energy, transportation, communications, health, and other systems
- Establishing a grant program to provide financial assistance to regional planning agencies for the development and implementation of a climate adaptation plan, including vulnerability assessment and strategy development
By identifying where we are most vulnerable and taking these measures, the legislation will help protect public health, public safety, and the economy.