What If Sandy Happened Here? Faneuil Hall Town Hall to Explore Climate Change Threat to Boston, New England



Rep. Markey Joined by Climate Experts, Advocates to Illustrate Catastrophic Costs to Boston if Climate Change Left Unchecked

MEDFORD, MA. – If some early forecasting models had come true, superstorm Sandy was on track for a direct hit on Boston. What if that had happened? Major Boston landmarks like the Garden and Faneuil Hall would have waves lapping against their doors. Sandy proved these are no longer the scenarios of disaster movies, but the current reality of the world’s weather supercharged by climate change. Sea-level rise and stronger storms will only add to the threat.

This Sunday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) has been invited to join with climate scientists and advocates in a climate change Town Hall at Faneuil Hall to show the catastrophic costs that unchecked global warming would wreak on Boston, New England and the world, and discuss the solutions needed to avert the worst effects of climate change.  The event is jointly sponsored by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the Union of Concerned Scientists.


WHAT: What If Sandy Happened Here?: Climate Change Town Hall at Faneuil Hall

WHO: - Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), dean of the Massachusetts Congressional


-          Dr. Paul Kirshen, Tufts University Visiting Scientist and Research Professor, UNH Civil Engineering Dept. & Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans & Space

-          Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists

-          Mindy Lubber, President and CEO of Ceres

-          George Bachrach, President of the Environmental League of Boston


WHEN: Sunday, November 25, 2012, 11 AM

WHERE: Historic Faneuil Hall, Boston, Mass.



Contact: Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-225-2836, 202-510-3240

Eben Burnham-Snyder (Markey) 202-225-6065, 202-494-4486

Mark Gallagher (Markey) 781-396-2900, 781-799-1027