In a new web video, released days before the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is calling on Boston’s two mayoral candidates to release detailed plans on how they would further protect the city from extreme weather events linked to climate change.
The 20-second video, released Thursday, is titled “Boylston River” and shows a man drifting down a flooded Boylston Street.
“When the next superstorm hits Boston . . . will the next mayor be prepared?” an announcer intones in the video, the first in a series for the online campaign.
According to the Boston Harbor Association, Sandy’s storm surge could have flooded more than 80 million square feet of the city if the hurricane had hit Boston just 5½ hours earlier at high tide. Many mayoral candidates noted during the preliminary race that it would have meant City Hall would have been largely under water after the storm hit Oct. 29.
“The effects of climate change are real and they are here now,” Action fund president George Bachrach said in a statement. “Boston narrowly dodged a bullet when Sandy hit last year, but eventually a superstorm will hit our city, flooding our hospitals, schools, and the MBTA.”
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