Last week, the Philadelphia Gas Commission voted 3 to 1 to OK the Passyunk Energy Center. The supporting Commissioners were Derek Green, Curtis Jones and Gene Brown. Green and Jones are also Philadelphia City Council members. The lone dissenting voice was that of City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. Jocelyn Hill abstained. This vote was cast despite … Continue reading Resistance to the proposed Passyunk Energy Center
Today I remembered the image on an old t-shirt, and dug it out. All of us seeing the world via a screen -- for our entertainment and information. While the real world struggles by, ignored like the penguin (and other memorabilia) surrounding our screens. Are we staying home, watching idealized nature films on our big … Continue reading Step away from the screen – Rise for Climate!
Local climate group, 350 Philadelphia, reviews Energy Action Plan for transit agency, and raises the bar. The feedback was presented at today's SEPTA board meeting, in the form of a letter to the Board, see below. Other groups that wish to sign on to this letter can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest version, with list … Continue reading Climate group raises bar for transit agency
Dear Mayor Kenney, Thank you for your commitment to making Philadelphia a greener, more inclusive, and most importantly a racially equitable city for all. Through your pledge to a citywide transition to 100% renewable energy, your Rebuild proposal to create jobs and improve our libraries, parks and recreation centers, and for building a multi-racial coalition … Continue reading POWER writes to the Mayor, connecting climate and racial justice
There are lots of ways to plug in to campaigns to unplug fossil fuels; efforts to Keep It In The Ground; to halt Fossil Fuel Transport; to say No to any new Fossil Fuel Infrastructure; to Electrify Everything; and to Power It All with Renewable Electricity, While Building Racial and Economic Justice. But, you ask, … Continue reading How to unplug from fossil fuels?
Many of us sense that the path to a livable planet, to bringing the climate back into balance, hinges on the mantra: Electrify Everything and Upgrade the Electricity Grid. For personal transportation, this translates to electric cars. When making a new car decision, households as well as fleet managers should focus on electric cars. The Philadelphia Office of Sustainability … Continue reading Accommodating Electric Vehicles in the City
Yesterday, there was yet another rally in Philadelphia: Counter the Executive Orders - Not My President's Day Rally, hosted by Michael Huff , Leslie Medley, Daniel L. Curcio, Jacelyn Blank, Vanette Jordan-Lumogo, Megan Elizabeth. #notmypresident In just over a week, President Donald Trump has issued harmful executive orders including: restructuring the National Security Council, imposing a … Continue reading On Climate: at Not My President’s Day rally
Earlier this week, while many of us were protesting other events, several PA legislators formed a climate caucus for our work ahead. Led by State Rep Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, it's imperative that we thank this team and invite our own State Reps and Senators to join this caucus. State Rep Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery State Rep … Continue reading the #PAClimateCaucus
Given a week's notice, our team mobilized around the national #DayAgainstDenial. We set up a Facebook event page (Tell our Senators: No Climate Deniers in the Cabinet), sent out an email blast, and reached out to our many ally organizations to get the word out, notably: Sierra Club, Southeastern PA Group Food and Water Watch … Continue reading Senators Casey & Toomey: No Climate Deniers in the Cabinet
Since November 8, environmentalists around the country have been in a whirlwind trying to reorient the climate movement and develop a better understanding of what many are calling the “new normal.” Not only does the president-elect and his proposed cabinet lack respect for the science behind the fight, but we also have a Congress stacked … Continue reading Civics 101 in the Age of Climate Denial