January 17 2019

Burlington State Sen. and State Rep. Join in Action to Address Climate Change


Burlington’s representatives in the State House are making a commitment to fighting climate change.


Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Burlington) recently joined over 80 of their legislative colleagues in uniting to support bold climate solutions in 2019, a release from their two office states. The Burlington officials signed onto a statement circulated by Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) and Representative Ruth B. Balser (D-Newton) – A New Year’s Resolution: Committing to the Enactment and Implementation of Bold Climate Solutions in 2019 – which signals considerable commitment to climate action in the 2019-2020 legislative session.


Friedman said that the threats of climate change are something that must be dealt with immediately to lessen the impact on future generations.


“We must take real action to address the threat of climate change with a sense of urgency so that we can build a sustainable future for generations to come,” said Senator Friedman. “The federal government may fail to address, or even acknowledge, this threat to humanity, but Massachusetts will not.”


Gordon also said failing to address the issue of changes in the climate now could lead to devastating impacts in the future.


“If we do not stand up for our environment today, our hopes for a sustainable tomorrow will dim,” said Rep. Gordon.  “We cannot hand our children a crisis, and expect them to deal with it. In Massachusetts, we will act and we will do it now.”

The New Year’s Resolution statement highlights the need to update statewide emissions requirements established in 2008 by the Global Warming Solutions Act, the release states. At a December 18th oversight hearing held by the standing Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change and the standing House Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change, climate scientists testified that the state is not on pace to reach its emissions reduction mandates. Expert testimony also stressed that the state’s current requirements, adopted a decade ago, are no longer enough to mitigate the imminent effects of climate change.


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