According to the UN definition, a green economy is a “low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive” economy. Massachusetts already leads the nation in energy efficiency standards and pro-climate legislation, but our economy–still largely based on fossil fuels–is far from green.
There are many compelling reasons to take action quickly to make Massachusetts into a green economy. These include:
- JOBS: There is tremendous potential for job creation and economic growth through the transition to a green economy.
- HEALTH: Improvements in air quality as a result of the replacement of fossil fuels with clean-energy technologies will result in decreased rates of respiratory diseases and lower healthcare costs
- WATER: Ensured supplies of clean water will benefit every citizen and support the agricultural sector.
- QUALITY OF LIFE: Better public transit systems, preserved wilderness areas, and green technologies—in addition to the advantages listed above—will improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.
“The Northeast is well positioned to help drive national and international progress in reducing emissions. Concerted, sustained efforts to reduce emissions by just over 3 percent per year on average would achieve nearly half of the total reductions needed by 2030, putting the region well on track for achieving the 80 percent mid-century goal [of reducing regional emissions 75 to 85 percent below 2001 levels].” [i]