"Meeting the Climate and Energy Challenge"
The State House, House Members Lounge, Boston, Mass.
10:30 a.m. - Noon.
Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Director of the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell
Co-sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost, Chairman Tom Golden, and Chairman Frank Smizik
Climate change poses serious threats to Massachusetts’ communities and economy, with rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, and climate disasters representing growing concerns. More than 60% of Massachusetts voters are worried about climate change and almost 80% believe that the government should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. While meeting the climate challenge offers opportunities to improve our public health, economy, and environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexity of climate change science and policy. Through an interactive simulation and discussion, this Legislative Briefing will offer tools to navigate the complexity of the climate and energy challenge and consider how the Commonwealth can take effective, science-based action. We will also discuss the role of education, decision-support, and outreach in addressing climate change in Massachusetts, through work at UMass and our partners.