Grand Marais restoration work should be a model for Boston’s resilience plans


John Laidler has done us all a service by recounting the heroic efforts to restore the Grand Marais (“For the Grand Marais, a restoration project is still growing,” Globe Local, May 30). This vast wetland north of Cape Ann shows how much human intervention has damaged our environment. But more importantly, reserve administrators and agencies involved in swamp restoration are showing us how we can mitigate the destructive forces of climate change. Rather than adding additional man-made structures, they are attempting to restore the swamp as a natural buffer between human settlements and rising seas. Such a restoration project will reduce losses due to climate change while preserving the austere beauty of these lands.

But don’t stop at Newbury or Ipswich. Boston itself stands directly in the path of sea level rise, with potential multibillion dollar damage, not to mention the disruption of lives and communities. Will the next mayor take notice of the work in progress in the Grand Marais? Only one candidate, Michelle Wu, proposed an urban Green New Deal to build Boston’s natural resilience. Boston Voters: This is a defining moment. Study the climate plans of our mayoral candidates, and vote as if the future of our city depends on it. Because yes.

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