September 19, 2016
A Big Step for Climate Change Planning
Climate adaptation graphic Hull – edited
© Aislinn DeweyIn an exciting move forward for climate change adaptation, Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order directing state agencies to take action to make Massachusetts more resilient.
The Order requires agencies to:
Develop a statewide action plan
Conduct vulnerability studies
Provide technical assistance to cities and towns
Encourage nature-based solutions
The Executive Order also aims to continue reducing emissions by improving the targets set forth by the Global Warming Solutions Act. Mass Audubon and our Climate Change Adaptation Coalition commend Governor Baker on this important step forward. We will, however, continue advocating for legislation that is more comprehensive and long-term in preparing Massachusetts for climate change. More on Mass Audubon’s analysis of an Executive Order vs. a legislative approach in upcoming Roundups.