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Summer temperatures in the Northeast are increasing, along with extreme heat days and heat waves.
At "From Snow Days to Heat Waves," speakers highlighted projects across the Greater Boston area addressing the issues of rising and extreme temperatures, public health, equity, and climate change via short presentations and a panel discussion.
The event, held on Monday, May 24, was co-hosted by the Museum of Science, Boston; Mystic River Watershed Association; and Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Climate Taskforce and Resilient Mystic Collaborative co-sponsored.
Extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather events in the United States, and can exacerbate existing health conditions. And the effects aren't experienced equally: the impacts of extreme heat are greater in low-income and BIPOC neighborhoods, where historic disinvestment has resulted in less access to green space, fewer street trees, and inadequate housing and cooling infrastructure. These impacts will likely be intensified as climate change causes temperatures to increase and humidity to rise.
The event included discussion of an array of topics, with public- and private-sector speakers including MAPC’s Jeanette Pantoja (Heat, Health, and Climate Change); Sara Benson of the MOS and Joey Williams of CAPA Strategies (Wicked Hot Mystic); Boston University’s Patricia Fabian, Ibrahim López-Hernández of GreenRoots, and Ben Cares of the City of Chelsea (Indoor Heat and Social Vulnerabilities); and Zoe Davis from the City of Boston (Heat Resilience Study).
Heat Preparedness Week
"From Snow Days to Heat Waves" kicked off the Greater Boston region's inaugural Heat Preparedness Week. All week, we're share information and host events around the issues of rising temperatures and extreme heat, and we’re inviting you to do the same.
Each day, we'll focus on a different theme:
- Monday, May 24: Climate Change and Increasing Heat
- Tuesday, May 25: Climate Equity, Heat, and Housing
- Wednesday, May 26: Air Quality, Heat, and Public Health Impacts
- Thursday, May 27: Impact of Heat on the Electric Grid—Energy Efficiency, Weatherization, and Peak Demand
- Friday, May 28: Keep Cool Solutions and Call to Action
We’ve created a series of sample posts and images you can use to share as well! Click here to learn more about Heat Preparedness Week, and click here to download the toolkit. Click here to learn more