Pledge to Protect the People’s Harbor


Boston Harbor is nearing a crossroads: Will it remain the People’s Harbor, open and accessible to the public? Or will it become an exclusive enclave welcome only to the wealthy? Will it be swamped by sea level rise and extreme weather? Or will it emerge as a national model for climate resiliency?

We all can have a say in ensuring that Boston Harbor lives up to its full potential as a beautiful and vibrant place that is welcoming to all Bostonians – one that is leading the way for waterfront communities across the nation as we prepare for the climate impacts we know are coming.

Over the past few years, we – along with our partners – have been working to make sure people know their rights when it comes to enjoying our public waterfront. Over and over, we’ve heard from individuals and community organizations who want to know how they can help protect public access and promote a resilient harbor.

That’s why we are launching the People’s Harbor Pledge. And we are asking you to join us in our efforts to protect the People’s Harbor.

Empower Yourself to Protect Boston Harbor

By signing, you are pledging to:

  • Support the people’s rights to access Boston Harbor and the waterfront.
  • Speak up to ensure buildings along the waterfront are prepared for climate impacts to protect public health and safety.
  • Get out and enjoy your public spaces along the waterfront – and to invite your family and friends to join you!

Residents of Massachusetts are lucky today. Boston Harbor was once one of the dirtiest harbors in the nation; now it’s a treasured public resource envied by many other cities around the world. But we still face threats, especially from developers and their political allies, who are unrelenting in their efforts to privatize our public space. And the challenges associated with climate change, from king tides to flooding from Nor’easters, are an ever-growing threat. Signing the pledge will empower you to take on these threats with us.

So please, sign the pledge, and stay tuned for more information on how you can help protect Boston Harbor.

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