I am highly concerned about the damage we are doing to our planet. I find it alarming that we are reaching the point of no return and believe we need to resolve these issues, yesterday.
Commoditizing our waste is a great short-term solution to get the revenue to invest in these projects, but the long-term goal needs to be becoming waste-free and reducing climate pollution. We can no longer invest in fossil fuels and must stop the expansion of pipelines into our state, both because of the indirect harm they do to the earth and because of the public health catastrophe they are. Massachusetts must be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050. With our need to improve infrastructure now, we have an opportunity to initiate innovative solutions at the start, that will carry us into the future. As a coastal city, rising water must direct our infrastructure plans and we should focus on blue-green design initiatives.
This is why I pledge to:
- Fight against expansion of pipelines into the state.
- Support commoditizing our waste through initiatives such as the carbon tax.
- Work on zoning reform to address smart growth beyond platinum lead certification.
- Fight food deserts and brown fields in our local communities with residents that are most directly impacted.