The Boston Herald, Letters, 12/19/16

The Herald’s story on the impending consequences of climate change for Boston read like a splash of cold water in the face (“Sea levels could sink Hub,” Dec. 9). As frightening as many of those projections are — a major flood affecting 90,000 Bostonians and 12,000 buildings with damages of $14 billion — the new report shines a light on the economic opportunity presented by our challenge of addressing climate change.

If any place is up to that challenge, it’s Boston. In a city that prides itself on world-class human capital and spirit of innovation, now is the time to put those resources to work. The report outlines some promising tactics for addressing climate change that would bolster the city’s resilience. But by putting our collective thinking cap on and birthing new and more creative approaches we stand to not only prevent catastrophic events in our city, but create new jobs and economic growth in the process.

For the future of Boston — both environmental and economic — we must use innovation geared to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Jesse Mermell, president, Alliance for Business Leadership