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Blog Action Day, Part 6

Danielle Mucciarone—who as a Boston Schweitzer Fellow designed a program to help Worcester residents test for and alleviate pollution in their homes, in the process “opening their minds to new ways of living”—now works as a watershed scientist for the Charles River Watershed Association, and is addressing climate change regularly.

“We are already dealing with water shortages and droughts, but now we are starting to look at how sea level rise, sea surges and floods could affect Boston and the surrounding suburbs,”  Mucciarone says. “We are interested in where the water will go, and how we can create flood storage to lessen the impact of these surges. If designed correctly, current parks and green spaces could also serve as flood storage, so as to lessen the impact on residences. Thus, preserving our waterways and our parks and recreation areas is a crucial part to dealing with climate change. We conduct outreach to educate people about the importance of restoring waterways and greenways to their natural state, because this aids in sustainability and helps us deal with the impacts of climate change.”

This outreach is consistent with Mucciarone’s philosophy. “Albert Schweitzer believed in reverence for life – not just human life, but all life,” she says. “In the work I am doing, I too strive to respect all living things. I believe that in working with water resources, I am helping to protect both human health and the environment, which is something Albert Schweitzer strongly believed in.”

Mucciarone herself strongly believes that  “the single most important thing you can do to combat climate change is to open your mind and to begin to think about ways you can make a difference.”

“Be open to different ideas on combating this global issue,” she says. “For example, open your mind to the possibility of air-drying your clothes, of using cold water to wash your clothes, of replacing your light bulbs with more efficient ones. Once you open your mind and begin to think these thoughts, you will be more likely to act on them—and action is what will bring about real change.”

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