Environmental justice is at stake in the historic community of East Boston. Eversource is trying to build an electrical substation (read: “unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure”) in a community already heavily burdened by industrial facilities and the support of Logan airport. We speak with two activists from GreenRoots to better understand the issues. You can take action on March 11 by attending a meeting with the EFSB at East Boston High School. Listen in.
The reading list
- Wikipedia on East Boston
- Telemundo: Preocupacion por futura subestacion electrica en East Boston.
- Commonwealth Magazine: State should reopen review of East Boston substation. Neighborhood already burdened by environmental hazards
- Union of Concerned Scientists: East Boston and Power: An Environmental Justice Community in Transition
- Union of Concerned Scientists: East Boston, a Controversial Substation and Opportunities Ahead
- Union of Concerned Scientists: A Clean Energy Alternative to a Risky Proposed Substation in East Boston
- Union of Concerned Scientists: Open Letter Demands Clean Energy Alternative to Risky Eversource Substation
- WBUR: Some East Boston Residents Are Wary Of Proposed Electrical Substation
- The Boston Globe: Piling on the Burdens in Chelsea and East Boston
- A link to Green Roots
- GreenRoots Facebook page
- The EJ bill in the MA Statehouse
- Governor Patrick's EJ policy currently in place
- gov on the EFSB
- Hurricane Sandy: Video of Explosion at NYC Con Edison Plant
- Contact for Secretary Theoharides (otherwise know as @ClimateKatie, phone number 617-626-1000 x 81015)
- Details on the March 11 EFSB event at East Boston High
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.
Thanks for listening.