Returned home from today’s City Council hearing. It was a discussion about the environmental health disparities & the impact of pollutants in at-risk neighborhoods, and organized by City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services, chair Council member Cindy Bass, see resolution No. 180785.
Many people testified, including these:
- Dr Thomas Farley, Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
- Glen Abrams, Senior director of Sustainable Communities, PHS
- Mike Ewall, Founder & Director, Energy Justice Network
- Jerome Shabazz, Executive Director, Overbrook environmental education center
- Sue Edwards, Sierra Club PA & southeastern PA Group of the Sierra Club
- Terri Burgin, Climate Justice Fellow, POWER Interfaith
- Dr Walter Tsou, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Tammy Murphy, Medical Advocacy Director, Physicians for Social responsibility
- Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director, The Public Interest Law center
- Lynn Robinson, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants
- Peter Winslow, Evolve Foundation
- Eric Marsh, parent
- Karen Melton, citizen
- Alexa Ross, Philly Thrive
- Pat Libbey
- and more that I missed!
I, Meenal Raval, spoke up at the end, essentially this:
London just announced a climate emergency. The health impacts we heard about today are symptoms of our fossil fuel addiction — our children are the canaries in the coal mines.
Let’s accept it. There’s no future for the teens who were here today. I could have told them about the students in Sweden and Australia are on a #ClimateStrike. Young people in their 20s are rising up for a #GreenNewDeal.
Philadelphia, too, must declare a climate emergency. We need to set up a Committee on the Climate Crisis, develop a Green New Deal for our City, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions ASAP!
Media coverage from the day;
- City pollution hearing finds some communities aren’t feeling much improvement, December 12 2018, Pat Loeb, KYW News Radio 1060 — See article for quotes from Tom Farley, Eric Marsh & Cindy Bass.
- City Council hears concerns over impact of pollutants in at-risk neighborhoods, December 12 2018, Tom McDonald, WHYY — See article for quotes from Walter Tsou, Derek Green