South Coast Climate Change Coalition begins work with June 16 meeting

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The inaugural meeting of the South Coast Climate Change Coalition (S4C) will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at the Stone Barn Farm of Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Sanctuary, 786 East Horseneck Road in Dartmouth.

The principal speaker will be Jon Mitchell, mayor of New Bedford, who will discuss that city’s efforts to address the challenges of climate change.

The coalition is the outgrowth of two meetings held at the same location last September. Following those meetings, a working group drafted a charter for the coalition setting forth its mission statement, goals and organizational structure. The mission of the coalition is:

• To increase public awareness of the probable consequences of climate change for the communities and residents of the South Coast from Wareham to Little Compton;

• To help residents and communities incorporate resiliency planning to deal with the potential adverse impacts of climate change;

• To help communities adapt to and minimize the consequences of climate change;

• To help communities grasp the opportunities presented by climate change.

“New Bedford has been one of the more proactive cities in the country in confronting the potential impacts of climate change and rising sea levels, as well it should be given its exposed location, and Mayor Mitchell is widely recognized for leading that effort,” organizers said.

He will describe how the threats are perceived, what are the possible responses, which ones have been chosen, and what the city is doing to implement them.

In addition to this talk, the meeting will also provide the opportunity for officially establishing the new coalition, adopting its charter, and creating an executive committee that will manage the affairs of the coalition going forward. All interested persons are invited to attend.

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