U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (from Dorchester!), and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (also from Boston!) joined us for Earth Day and we had a big day! Follow and join the conversation on Twitter and tell us how you #ActOnClimate.
First stop: New England Aquarium. At noon, Mayor Walsh, Administrator McCarthy, Secretary Moniz and Senator Markey spoke with a group of teens from NEAq’s ClimaTEENS program about their Earth Day inspirations. The teens made three short presentations about the impacts of climate change on ocean acidification, jellyfish, and sea-level rise! We also heard some inspiring stories about why these teenagers are taking time to focus on this issue. The event was capped off with Administrator McCarthy presenting Bud Ris, NEAq’s CEO, with an Environmental Merit Award!
In the afternoon, our visitors met with key city and state officials, as well as some of Boston’s top climate leaders. But the continued in the evening at the Boston Red Sox’s annual carbon neutral game. Before the game, Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, Brian Swett, joined the Administrator and Secretary for a pre-game interview on NESN, followed by McCarthy and Moniz throwing out the opening pitches!
But wait, there’s more!
Four lucky Boston Public School Students were selected to help out at the game as bat kids and announcers! Olivia B. and Iridiana P. from Haley Pilot School announced “Play Ball!” at the start of the game, while Nadia I. (Boston Arts Academy) and Chris A. (Boston Green Academy) got to help out in the dugout.
And there’s even more!
Throughout the game, Greenovate Boston, U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE were broadcasting tips on the jumbotron (and via Twitter for those not at the game!) to encourage the crowd to #ActOnClimate. We shared these great videos about tap water, home energy savings, cold water wash, and energy savings at work. But, for Red Sox Nation, this video was by far our favorite!