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File #: 210935    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/18/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/2/2021
Title: Calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt House Bills 2034 and 2043, House Resolution 151, Senate Resolution 201, and Senate Bill 189 and thanking Governor Tom Wolf, Representative Donna Bullock, Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Representative Chris Rabb, and Senator Vincent Hughes for their commitment to addressing Environmental Justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21093500, 2. Signature21093500
Title
Calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt House Bills 2034 and 2043, House Resolution 151, Senate Resolution 201, and Senate Bill 189 and thanking Governor Tom Wolf, Representative Donna Bullock, Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Representative Chris Rabb, and Senator Vincent Hughes for their commitment to addressing Environmental Justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, Thirty years ago, delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit drafted and adopted the 17 principles of Environmental Justice, which continue to guide the movement for Environmental Justice; and

WHEREAS, The Environmental Justice movement has been championed by Black, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native Americans to combat the systemic environmental racism that exists in America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS Environmental Justice advocates have fought tirelessly for decades to protect their communities from toxic and polluting facilities and their work has led directly to these landmark actions; and

WHEREAS, Environmental racism is well-documented with peer-reviewed studies finding a wide range of disparate impacts of pollution on communities of color and low-income communities; and

WHEREAS, Frontline communities, or communities surrounding industrial areas, are disproportionately communities of color, low-income communities, and areas that lack access to healthy food. Additionally, research has found these communities have high cancer risks and respiratory hazards; and

WHEREAS, These environmental impacts have led to significant health disparities for people of color, including higher rates of asthma, as well as premature, underweight, and stillborn births, and now higher rates of Covid-19 mortality; and

WHEREAS, The impacts of climate change will disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities, especially through hotter temperatures and more extreme weather; ...

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