Bryan of Boston, MA writes:
I am a 33 year old technologist and data scientist living in downtown Boston. I went to college at Northeastern University across the Fens, and I am a senior leader at a travel start-up in Fort Pointe. My entire life has been spent in southern New England, and the majority of my years have been spent in Massachusetts, and Boston (where I currently live). As a coastal community, this city lies in threat of worldwide rising sea levels; climate change is a looming catastrophe that threatens havoc and devastation for this original American enclave.
Over the next several decades, under even optimistic conditions, I will need to watch my city fall victim to frequent flooding and increasingly severe weather as the world climate continues to warm, decreasing the amount of worldwide ice and raising sea levels. If the Trump administration is successful in their promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and renew our national energy focus on fossil fuel consumption, then it is not outside the realm of possibility that large portions of my city might be permanently submerged, barring some unprecedented and budget-crushing engineering project that is not yet conceived.
Fortunately, the city of Boston, in conjunction with leadership from dozens of worldwide cities, has opted to take on this critical issue without federal help. However, climate change is a worldwide phenomenon, and it will take worldwide unity and cohesion to develop and enact a true long-term solution, and President-elect Trump has promised a reversal of early successes. His administration is, given those promises, an existential threat to the safety and security of the United States.
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