FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2016
Contact: Geri Spanek
Hull—Joan Meschino, Democratic candidate for State Representative, plans a comprehensive initiative to seek grants and other funding to help protect Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and North Scituate from rising sea levels and continuing coastal erosion, if elected. Meschino is currently a member of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, which has completed more than $20 million in capital projects, including Quincy Shore Drive, since its inception in 2006.
“This district includes many
miles of coastline, and we will continue to experience destructive storm surges
and rising sea levels,” said Meschino, a Hull native who served two terms as a
Hull Selectman. “Planning and executing
proactive, protective measures is far more efficient and cost effective than simply
cleaning up after major storms pound our fragile shoreline. And here in New England, we know that these
storms will continue to occur, like it or not.”
Reducing greenhouse gases, a
major contributing factor in global warming and the resulting rising sea levels,
is also a priority for Meschino.
“The evidence that sea
levels will continue to rise and disrupt lives and threaten homes and
businesses is indisputable,” said Meschino, an attorney and former executive
director of Massachusetts Appleseed, a public interest justice center that
promotes equal rights and opportunities by developing systemic solutions that
eliminate social justice inequities. ”The
ripple effect of climate change begins with greenhouse gases that cause rising
sea levels that, in turn, can and do damage our infrastructure and threaten
public safety with potential for serious injuries and fatalities.”
Meschino encourages everyone to use the climate change toolkit on her website to learn more about topics such as how climate change affects communities, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and how marketplace reforms and increased energy efficiency make new gas pipelines unnecessary, at http://joanmeschino.com/climate-change.