Another Brick in the Wall

The City of Boston has done thorough research into the impacts of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding will have on the city and are in the process of exploring adaptations that will stave off the worst for the foreseeable future.

A team of scientists and city planners have been tasked with putting together a plan for a Sea Wall, that would stretch across the mouth of the Harbor (potentially from Lynn to Hull) and possibly in between the Harbor Islands, to mitigate the worst impacts in the case of another Hurricane Sandy-like event. (Hurrican Sandy missed Boston’s high tide by mere hours; a high-tide arrival would have seen New York-Level flooding in the Seaport district and many other parts of Greater Boston. Timing is everything).

On May 19th I was fortunate enough to take a tour of the harbor with this team. They were generous with their time and insights into the problems Boston faces.

Seawall survey

Kirk Bosma of the Woods Hole Group talks shoreline with Julie Wormser of Boston Harbor Now, as Lucy A Lockwood from UMass Boston looks on.

Know a community, scientist, or activist John should speak to? Contact Me!

I hope to speak further with members of this group, and others on the frontlines in the Boston area, in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Further Reading:

To spend billions of dollars on a wall to keep immigrants out of our Southern borders, turn to page 29.
To spend millions on green infrastructure to keep our cities safe, turn to page 32.

More photos from my trip:


How Do You Sleep at Night?

3 weeks in, and this project is already impacting my personal life.

Lovah and I are buying a mattress. Lovah wants Memory Foam, or anything that will lessen the weight shifting when we move at night. But a quick bit of research discovers that all memory foam in mattresses is petroleum based.

Uh Oh.

Thankfully there are a lot of new alternatives, including mattress companies who use latex (natural and not, which can be helpful depending on your allergies) as a non-Oil alternative.

Lovah and I settled on EcoTerra. Their mattresses use all natural latex, they ship rolled up (meaning: less truck space, meaning maximum efficiency for shipping). They’re highly reviewed and our interactions with the CS reps have been great so far.

They also have a 90 day trial with free return. We’re expecting it to arrive in early June – I will report back on our sleeping success, and how our relationship handles my increasing restrictions on what we can buy…


If you’re interested in buying green, here are a few resources to check out:

* – as the Treehugger article points out, “Eco-Friendly” is all relative, and not very well regulated at this point. As always, read between the lines, consult multiple sources, and as Beyonce says: Get In Formation / Information!

To sleep cozily and restfully on the profits of pollutants, turn to page 42.
To sleep well physically and spiritually and help secure a life for your greatgrandchildren, turn to page 13.

It’s only 4 Degrees

A 2015 study found that at the current rate – the earth’s average temperature will rise 4 degrees Celsius by 2100. (That’s around 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit for you ‘Muricans.)

Scientists conservatively estimate this will lead to the death of 16% of the species currently extant on Earth.

That is 1 out of every 6 species. (It is worth noting that these numbers do not include the effects of rising sea level, and species migration – including humans – required to adjust to these temperatures and sea level rise).

In 2016, ANOHNI released HOPELESSNESS, a chamber-electronic-dance album of social protest. The record is one of my faves from 2016, and one of the most powerful songs for me is 4 Degrees. It makes me dance, it makes me happy, and it’s about blithely celebrating the burning of the earth.

This song is probably in the play. It’s heart if not it’s sound.

To adjust the Terrastat down a few degrees, turn back to page 23.
To continue with mass biocide, please turn to the next page