File #: 200666    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/19/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/3/2020
Title: Declaring the intent to prioritize climate action and environmental justice in the ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20066600, 2. Signature20066600
Declaring the intent to prioritize climate action and environmental justice in the ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort.

WHEREAS, The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still requires urgent, coordinated, and forward-looking action by all levels of government, the private sector, community organizations, and residents; and

WHEREAS, As of June 2020, nearly 200,000 Philadelphians had filed for unemployment compensation, with nearly 70% of claimants reporting an educational attainment level below a high school diploma or GED, and a 30+ percentage point gap between Black and white claimants; and

WHEREAS, As of November 16, 2020, Philadelphia's Public Health Department reported 54,607 confirmed cases and 1,917 deaths from COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher mortality from COVID-19; an increase in one microgram per cubic meter of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) corresponds to an 8% increase in COVID-19 deaths; and

WHEREAS, Peer-reviewed studies have proven, on average, Black and Hispanic minorities bear a disproportionate burden compared to non-Hispanic whites from air pollution; and

WHEREAS, According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Covid-19 mortality rate is nearly twice as high for Black Philadelphians as for white Philadelphians; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is poorest large city in the country, with 23.3% of Philadelphians living below the Federal Poverty Line; and

WHEREAS, The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia found Black Philadelphians are 1.5 times more likely than white Philadelphians to make less than $40,000 per year and Latinx Philadelphians earn the least among all of Philadelphia's racial and ethnic groups; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 Pew State of Housing Affordability in Philadelphia report stated, half of all Hispanic households and 46% of African American households were cost-burdened; and


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