File #: 220058    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/27/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/3/2022
Title: Recognizing February 2022 as Environmental Justice Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22005800, 2. Signature22005800
Recognizing February 2022 as Environmental Justice Month in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, In 2014, February was designated Environmental Justice Month by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to commemorate the signing of historic Executive Order 12898: "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations" in 1994; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 12898, for the first time, directed federal agencies to create strategies to address the overwhelming adverse human health and environmental impacts of their programs on communities of color and low-income communities, and it created the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice; and

WHEREAS, Environmental Justice is defined by the EPA as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies"; 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

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, A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pollution exposure among Black and Hispanic people far outweighs the amount of pollution they cause; and

WHEREAS, Frontline communities 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, On average, Black and Hispanic minorities bear a disproportionate burden compared to non-Hispanic whites from air pollution; and

WHEREAS, Recent research has found tha...

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