Robust Climate Response.
Cambridge is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which include sea level rise, flooding, and extreme weather events. We need to take bold action to prepare for these changes. Cambridge can be a model in sustainability and a shining example for the rest of the state and country to follow. For years, I have worked tirelessly in the community and through non-profits to make progress on climate issues. As city councillor I will be able to do even more to shepherd these programs and achieve the safe and prosperous future we all wish to see.
I have been advocating for climate adaptation since 2008. The results of the climate vulnerability study are clear, but our community is not moving fast enough to prepare for the changes that are already happening. Buildings are being constructed in the Alewife floodplain, where future tenants will be exposed to serious flooding risks. Public housing tenants and seniors continue to go without air conditioning even as the risk of heat waves rises. We still have a lot of work to do to build a more resilient community in the face of climate change. As a long-time climate activist, I’m well prepared to represent those concerns on the city council.