Leading Conservation Organizations Offer Strong Support for State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco’s Climate Adaptation Bill
The legislation will help position the Commonwealth to better adapt to the public health, safety and economic risks associated with climate change.
BOSTON, MA | January 28, 2014
Mass Audubon and The Nature Conservancy today issued the following statements in support of State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco’s legislation to establish a comprehensive climate change adaptation management plan in the Commonwealth.
Henry Tepper, President of Mass Audubon
“Climate change and its looming threats to the quality of life for people and nature represent the enduring conservation issue of our age. Projected impacts on human health, our shorelines and coastal cities, water security, and wildlife cannot be ignored,” Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper said. “We commend Senator Pacheco, Representative Smizik, and other lawmakers for legislation that is forward-thinking and far-reaching. The bill goes hand-in-hand with the committed climate-change posture of the Patrick administration, and it further advances Massachusetts’ position as a state leader in confronting this global challenge to environmental vitality and economic security.”
Wayne Klockner, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
“Being prepared for a changing climate is critical for our livelihoods, our homes and our well-being. Senator Pacheco’s legislation would enable us to organize crucially important collaborative approaches to managing climate change impacts and that will bring the best return on the Commonwealth’s investment, in keeping with the Patrick Administration’s recently announced Climate Change Plan” said Wayne Klockner, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. “We applaud the leadership of Governor Patrick, Senator Pacheco, Representative Smizik and many others who have made Massachusetts a leader in addressing climate change and have put us all on a path to a more prepared and resilient Commonwealth.”
Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon is now one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England. Today we are respected for our sound science, successful advocacy, and innovative approaches to connecting people and nature. Each year, our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for our work. To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (800-283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.