Legislators to speak on climate change policy in Greenfield

  • MARK

Staff Writer
Published: 9/16/2021 4:38:59 PM

GREENFIELD — Legislators will be in Greenfield Saturday afternoon for a talk on a law passed earlier this year that aims to reduce the effects of climate change.

State Rep. Joan Meschino, D-Hull, who authored the bill — An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy — and Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, plan to be at Energy Park on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to explain the law and answer questions from constituents.

“The point of the talk,” Mark said, “is to try to give people in Greenfield and the area a chance to learn a little more about this important bill that was passed this year, and also to try and think about what can we do as a community to fight climate change and implement some of these policies that are already in place in the more immediate term.”

The event is being sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and All Souls Church.

“We are sponsoring, structuring and publicizing this talk to attract a wide audience, especially people who are just starting to consider how global warming might be affecting them,” the Rev. Kate Stevens, president of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, said in a press release.

The law, which received bipartisan support, allows Massachusetts to pursue “ambitious emissions reduction” goals in a cost-effective and equitable manner, while creating jobs and opportunities for economic development, according to the release. That includes establishing new interim targets for emissions reductions on the way to net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050, increasing protections for environmental justice communities, authorizing the state to implement a new, voluntary energy efficient building code for municipalities, and allowing the state to procure a large amount of clean, reliable offshore wind energy by 2027.

“The IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) report reinforces the urgent need for action across the globe, a necessity that prompted my efforts to file and pass the 2050 Roadmap,” Meschino said. “This urgency is why I continue to file bold energy and environment legislation, bills that I see as critical to our own efforts to pursue an equitable clean energy future.”

Mark said while Meschino will explain the contents of the law, his role on Saturday will be to help the community brainstorm what can be done “to try to bring about climate solutions in a more tangible manner.”

“I think this was a pretty significant piece of legislation,” he said.

Mary Byrne can be reached at Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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