‘The stakeholders … are basically everybody’ – Nasser Brahim of Woods Hole Group speaks on the impact of coastal flooding

Due to environmental changes, the sea level at Boston Port has been rising over the past 100 years, affecting surrounding communities, homes and properties. When the water floods from the sea to the land, it not only brings pollution to the land, but the water will also carry back pollutants from the land to the sea, damaging fish and other natural systems. Additionally, when floodwater goes inland, it fills up the sewer system, and when that happens, sewage can get into the streets.

Nasser Brahim, a senior climate resiliency planner at the Woods Hole Group, works on protecting coastal communities from sea-level rise and climate change impacts. In this video, Nasser talks about the possible risks brought by Boston Coastal flooding caused by climate change and advocated that everyone is responsible for changing it.

The solutions are varied but include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the coastline, choosing new routes for buses and trains to avoid flooded areas, etc. Brahim said that everyone is a stakeholder, and everyone should be concerned about this problem and work together with the community.


This video is a part of a climate justice series produced in Jody Santos’ course “Video News Reporting and Producing” at Northeastern University. Over the course of the semester, students will be producing news packages addressing climate and transit justice within Greater Boston.


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