MIT Alumni for Climate Solutions
A warming Earth poses increasing dangers. The coast, marshes, river floodplains, and many large cities are at risk. This is especially true for coastal states like Maryland.
Action at the level of states can help to reduce the risk and damage from climate change. By quickly developing renewable wind and solar energy capability and eliminating fossil fuel use for power generation, heating and transportation, states like Maryland can drastically reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. If Maryland acts with other states and signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement, warming by the end of the 21st century can be limited to less than 3.6° F (2° C).
On October 1, 2018, a group of MIT alumni in Maryland sent an open letter on climate change to all candidates running for public office in the State. The letter, signed by more than 100 alumni, includes a Nobel Laureate, engineers, scientists, and other professionals, sounds the alarm bell on the effects of climate change on Maryland. The group also provided to candidates background information on climate change and its effects on the State, which is particularly vulnerable and is exposed to dire consequences because of its long coastline and potential for flooding from increasing severity and frequency of storms and sea level rise. The group's website links to tools, resources, and references on climate change and energy generation for Maryland's leaders as well as all concerned citizens.