AG Healey, Other Climate Action Leaders Earn an “A” at Mass Audubon’s Annual Meeting
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA— Mass Audubon held its Annual Meeting Wednesday evening, November 13, at the Harvard Club Downtown in Boston where Attorney General Maura Healey was among those honored with Audubon “A” Awards for their commitment to climate change action.
Audubon “A” recipients also included State Sen. Marc Pacheco of Taunton, chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change; renewal energy advocates Green Energy Consumers Alliance; and climate activist group Mothers Out Front.
Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, presents the award each year at its Annual Meeting “to recognize individuals or organizations that have furthered the cause of conservation and environmental protection, or have broadened public awareness of the nature of Massachusetts.”
Healey was out of state and could not attend the event, but in a video she expressed appreciation for the honor and saluted Mass Audubon as a valued ally in fighting for a climate-resilient environment. Two of the Attorney General’s top environmental lawyers accepted the award on her behalf.
In welcoming the audience of more than 150 Mass Audubon members and friends, President Gary Clayton celebrated the three foundational elements of Mass Audubon’s mission: land protection and biodiversity, nature-based education, and environmental advocacy.
But he stressed that meeting the challenges of a warming planet has become a moral imperative, and thus will now inform Mass Audubon’s work organization wide.
“The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time and we have just a few years to stem the worst effects of climate change,” Clayton warned. “Our vision is to leverage Mass Audubon’s unique strengths so Massachusetts can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 while maintaining a livable environment for all people and wildlife.”
The evening was capped by “A Conversation with Special Guest Tatiana Schlossberg,” featuring the environmental journalist and author of INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have with Mass Audubon Climate Change Program Manager Alexandra Vecchio.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.