Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey announced two new executive orders related to climate action. Effective immediately, Healey is banning state agencies from buying single-use plastic bottles. “Plastics are one of the biggest threats to our oceans. In government, we can chart a better path forward, and Massachusetts is proud to lead the way,” Healey posted on social media.

Healey also directed the state to set biodiversity conservation goals for 2030, 2040, and 2050, and developed strategies to meet these goals. “These are the nation’s strongest protections and are among the first to extend to coastal and marine habitats,” she wrote.

“Massachusetts can’t do this alone — our natural world recognizes no political divisions, and neither should our work to protect it,” Healey wrote. “Working together, we can protect our oceans, our people, and our future.”

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Author: Melanie DaSilva, Leah Crowley, WPRI 12