The consequences of inaction on climate change are enormous - and not just for far off places like Bangladesh. Boston will be affected too.
Boston is a Coastal City
Though Boston is somewhat protected from sea level rise by the Cape and harbor islands, sea level rise still poses incredible risks to the city. Risks that include power outages during storms, transportation shutdowns due to flooding, and building damage (millions and millions of dollars worth of damage).
Boston Will Get Too Hot
Have you ever heard of the heat island effect? This is when urban areas that have little-to-no green space get hotter than the rest of the city. These areas often correlate with poorer neighborhoods - affecting people that might not be able to afford to keep their AC running 24/7.
Boston Will Get More Rain
According to the Climate Ready Boston study, Boston will likely see increased annual rainfall due to climate change. I don't know about you, but I think sunny days in Boston are too precious to knowingly let go! Plus, the rain will make the make flooding happening due to sea level rise even worse.
We are a global city and always have been. We are home to university students from around the globe and have been an immigrant city since the 1600s. We have strong connections to other places - places that may be at even worse risk of climate impacts. We need the United States to stay in the Paris Agreement not only to protect our city, but to protect the lives of millions of people across the globe.