This afternoon the waters are still rising in and around Houston. Hurricane Harvey brought what Governor Abbott of Texas described as “a new and different normal for this entire region.” The agony of searching for victims and assessing damage has only just started, but we know that huge swaths of Houston are underwater. Our hearts are with those who are suffering in Texas and Louisiana, especially under-resourced communities who will bear the brunt of this nightmare.
Hurricane Harvey’s devastation―like Katrina’s and Sandy’s―is both unprecedented and a precursor of the new normal as our climate changes. Rising seas and storm surges will have similar impacts on coastal communities across the planet, including in our home community of Massachusetts, which contains extensive flood-prone areas of its own.
Hurricane Harvey is a horrifying reminder of how urgent climate action is, but the first order of business is to do all we can to support those who are most impacted by Harvey. Click here to support a progressive alliance providing aid to victims of Harvey, and here to support TEJAS, a Houston-area environmental justice organization providing aid to communities in oil-industry territory affected by the storm.
Governor Charlie Baker is feeling the heat lately, both literally and figuratively. The dedicated activists fighting the Weymouth compressor station caught him live on the radio last week and invited him to visit the proposed site of the Weymouth compressor station. He said he'd "talk to the scheduling people about it." Please retweet this to help make sure that he follows through and visits the station!
Last Saturday, climate activists in the Berkshires led by the Sugar Shack Alliance blocked construction of a section of the Connecticut Expansion natural gas pipeline project. Eight people were arrested. Members of the 350 Mass Berkshires node supported the action along with about 80 other pipeline fighters.
The Massachusetts climate movement rejects all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and we need leaders who stand with us. Retweet this to urge Governor Baker to back up his words with actions and put #PeopleOverPipelines.