The Yale Climate Communication group recently published a breakdown of climate opinion by county in the US. Drilling down into the numbers in Suffolk county, we see the following:
- 80% of Bostonians believe climate change is happening.
- 72% are worried about climate change.
- 87% support funding for developing more renewable energy
- 75% support requiring utilities to source 20% of their generation from renewable sources.
This compares against the national average of 70% of Americans who believe climate change is happening.
It’s not surprising that Bostonians are progressive on climate action – we live on the ocean and are particularly exposed to rising sea levels, heat waves, and other climate effects.
But the need for action is getting more urgent.
- Global CO2 levels are rising at an accelerated pace
- Insects are dying off at an alarming rate
- Heat records are regularly being broken
- Sea level rise is accelerating due to ice shelf collapses
So what can we do about it?
Call your city councilors (both for your district and the at-large councilors) to support the Community Choice Energy proposal sponsored by Councilors Wu and O’Malley. Tell them you support the increasing renewable energy through municipal aggregation as part of Boston’s climate policy.
Check out this resource if you’re not sure who your city councilors are. Just enter your zip code and scroll down to the “Local Representatives” section.
Calling is the best way to show your support – more than email or social media. You’re letting them know you want to see them take action on climate change and that people in their districts are worried about it.
Together we can make a difference!