Currently in Boston — March 15th, 2023
The weather, currently.
The large nor'easter will continue to rotate past Eastern Massachusetts overnight before moving out to sea. There will be bands of snow moving down the coastline. Not everybody will see the same amount of snow, but there could be anywhere from a slushy coating up to several inches before 1:00 a.m.
Winds will continue to be gusty at times and then diminish to breezy conditions by morning. Temperatures will be right around freezing. On Wednesday, look for mostly cloudy skies and temperatures around 40°F with some melting. It's partly sunny on Thursday with even warmer temperatures in the 40s.
Final totals are not in, but some areas of Northern Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to Middlesex County, have received 20 to 30 inches of snow. It's just been an incredible storm for some.
What you need to know, currently.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Currently is spotlighting the women and femmes who are—and continue to be—the backbone of the environmental and climate justice movement and pioneered the work to protect communities.
Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores was an environmental activist and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras.
A member of the Lenca people of Honduras herself, Cáceres dedicated her life to protecting the land and rights of Indigenous peoples. Her large-scale activism started in 1993, when Cáceres was just a student and founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras to fight against the environmental degradation caused by dams, plantations, and US military bases.
Throughout 2013, Cáceres led COPINH and members of her local community in a year-long protest at a DESA-backed dam’s construction site, preventing the companies from getting to the land. Despite multiple attacks, threats, and the Honduran military opening fire on the protestors, Cáceres persisted.
In 2015, her work with COPINH was recognized, and she won the Goldman Environmental Prize for “a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.” The developers broke international law when they neglected to consult local tribes who were worried that the construction of the dam would interrupt Lenca communities’ access to water, food, and medicine materials.
In 2016, Cáceres was assassinated in her home by armed intruders, after many threats against her life. In the years leading up to her murder, several other land defenders were killed in Honduras, making the country one of the most dangerous places for activists protecting the country’s forests and rivers. After Cáceres’ murder, two more activists were killed within the same month.
Click here to read the statement that COPINH released on the seventh anniversary of her death.