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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.