October 17, 2021
Environmental Groups Joined by U.S. Senator Ed Markey Rally Around Michelle Wu as the Climate Candidate for Mayor of Boston
BOSTON – Today volunteers gathered at Moakley Park in the heart of Dorchester to rally their support behind Michelle Wu’s candidacy for Mayor of Boston. The event was organized with the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund, Sunrise Boston, Massachusetts Sierra Club, and 350 Mass Action, all groups who have formally endorsed Michelle Wu’s candidacy for mayor of Boston.
Maliha Khan from the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund welcomed attendees and detailed Michelle Wu’s environmental credentials and bold plans that have made climate organizations coalesce behind her in the Boston mayoral race. U.S. Senator Ed Markey inspired canvassers with his remarks about the importance of passing a Green New Deal for the city, and Boston’s opportunity to elect the strongest mayor on climate in the country. Michelle Wu also addressed the volunteers in attendance, thanking them for their support, and encouraging and energizing them for the final stretch before Election Day. Sabrina Larkin from Sunrise Boston closed the remarks, explaining the importance of getting out the vote to elect Michelle Wu on November 2nd.
Released as the first plan of Wu’s candidacy, a sign of its importance to her campaign, the Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery includes green workforce development, the creation of an urban climate corps, and a Blue New Deal to protect our communities from rising tides while protecting our oceans.
“Michelle Wu is the kind of climate champion we need with a bold vision for the future of Boston,” said Senator Ed Markey. “It’s critical that we organize and get out the vote to make sure that Boston’s future is green, that we center environmental justice, and that we make history when we send Michelle Wu to the Mayor’s office on November 2nd. That’s the kind of leadership it will take to make bold climate action and the Green New Deal a reality at all levels of government.”
“I’m excited to stand with leaders who have been fighting tirelessly to stand up for future generations and shape our brightest future,” said Boston mayoral candidate Michelle Wu. “With Senator Markey and the groups gathered here today, we will deliver a Boston Green New Deal and set the standard for climate justice across the country. With bold leadership, we will make Boston a city for everyone.”
“Michelle Wu’s one-of-a-kind Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery plan imagines a better, bolder, brighter Boston that serves all of its residents. Her plan will make Boston more resilient and address the root causes of climate change to mitigate further harm,” said Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund Executive Director Clare Kelly. “We’re so proud to be a part of this coalition of environmental groups joining together to support Michelle. The way that the organizations represented here today as well as climate champions at every level of government, including Senator Markey, have rallied around her is a testament to how transformational her election could be for climate policy in the city and beyond.”
“It’s critical Boston turns out to vote for Michelle Wu. She will usher in an era of clean energy and develop a Green New Deal for Boston,” said Reverend Vernon K. Walker, Massachusetts Sierra Club political committee chair. “We’re excited to have such a strong, climate action candidate and wanted to do what we could to help raise awareness for her work, support her and urge others to vote for her. With Wu’s experience and knowledge, she’ll be able to secure a climate plan better than any we’ve had to date. This event — a collaboration between the leading climate organizations in Boston — underscores that Wu is the environmental candidate.”
“As a climate justice activist, there’s no doubt to me that Boston needs Michelle Wu as its next mayor,” said Justin Brown from 350 Mass Action. “For our communities to thrive while confronting the climate crisis, they need both sustainable infrastructure and the building blocks of social resilience–good-paying jobs, access to healthcare and childcare, affordable and stable housing, access to robust mass transit, and more. Michelle Wu is the only candidate who can deliver that.”