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Thousands of New MBTA “Change in Service” Maps Distributed at T Stations City-wide
07 May 2012
Metro Boston Climate Defense launched at Copley Square press conference; new initiative educates Hub commuters on dramatic impact of climate change on transit, local economy
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BOSTON, MA – Officials with the newly-formed Metro Boston Climate Defense (MBCD) initiative launched a rush-hour education drive on climate change today, distributing thousands of “Change in Service” MBTA maps to morning commuters. At T stations throughout the Boston area, MBCD representatives delivered scores of map packets, each detailing the disastrous impact of rising sea levels on our local economy and transit systems – as well as the politicians and institutions that serve as roadblocks to progress on disaster prevention measures.

“Sea levels are on the rise and weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. We’re already seeing the very real impact of climate change,” said leading Metro Boston Climate Defense official Ken Ward. “If we don’t take serious action soon, half the T system will be under water by 2040. Commuters will board Red, Green and Blue line ferries – not trains.”

Check out video from MBCD’s “Change of Service” education drive here:

A joint effort of and the MassUniting coalition, Metro Boston Climate Defense was formed in response to alarming warnings found in the Climate Impacts on Metro Boston report. The report, issued by scientists from Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, shows the destructive path of high-tide flood waters that would result from an intense nor’easter or hurricane. Even conservative estimates within this report – and another conducted by Climate Central – show major sections of the Boston metro area completely submerged by 2040, including portions of Dorchester, East Boston, South End, Back Bay, Logan Airport and the Financial District. Such a climate-change-spurred flood could cripple the Massachusetts economy on the scale of
post-Katrina New Orleans.

“I’ve seen first-hand the kind of economic and environmental destruction these floods can cause – and I don’t want to see it happen again here in Boston,” said Chandra Richardson, a Katrina survivor and Metro Boston Climate Defense volunteer. “We need to raise awareness and take action now to help prevent future disasters.”

Despite the warnings of climate scientists and disaster preparedness experts, some in congress – including Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown – serve as significant roadblocks to the preventative measures many believe are needed to stave off the climate crisis. Their collective dismissal of the reality of climate change echoes that of Big Oil and other fossil fuel industries, whose influence was noted in a morning invocation from Reverend Terry Burke, MBCD chaplain.

“We pray for wisdom for our leaders – that they will, through discernment, learn that we must act quickly and immediately in this time of crisis,” said Burke. “We pray that our elected officials will have the courage to stand up to the big corporations that deny the existence of the very real threat of climate change. We pray that our voices will be heard so that – when the day comes – the waters at our city’s gates will not be those of destruction, but the waters of healing and life.”
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