Last month, nearly 100 people showed up for a hearing about The Sustainability of PGW. Who were they? People concerned about the climate crisis, renewable energy advocates, environmental justice advocates, economic justice advocates. They included experts from academic institutions, renowned research centers, and representatives from the City and PGW. They had all waited months for … Continue reading Transforming PGW into a Municipal Utility for the Next Century
Category: just transition
Testimony at May 2, 2019 session of City Council
Two Philadelphians—Joe Cox and Meenal Raval—spoke this week against our own municipal utility’s desires to extend their customer base for fracked gas by developing an LNG facility. You can learn more at 350philly.org/NoLNG. Watch, and/or read testimony below. Joe Cox, candidate for City Council At Large Good morning! I’m Meenal Raval. And I’m here today to … Continue reading Testimony at May 2, 2019 session of City Council
Step away from the screen – Rise for Climate!
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!
POWER writes to the Mayor, connecting climate and racial justice
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
If the Climate Crisis is a Lemon, a Just Transition is the Lemonade
Have you read Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" or seen her recent article on why #blacklivesmatter? To change everything, this movement is gonna take everybody. (Don't take my word for it, more than 400,000 people agree) But what are we actually talking about? Once we get past the boring math-based logic about carbon budgets and … Continue reading If the Climate Crisis is a Lemon, a Just Transition is the Lemonade
NY Banned Fracking: Why PA Should Celebrate
Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo paved the way for sustainability and modern social justice with an unprecedented ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. “I’ve never had anyone say to me, ‘I believe fracking is great,’ ” he said. “Not a single person in those communities. What I get is, ‘I … Continue reading NY Banned Fracking: Why PA Should Celebrate