Upcoming Community Meeting in Nicetown

Thank you again for your support for the campaign to stop SEPTA from building a natural gas power plant in Nicetown! We wanted to invite you to a community meeting that 350 Philly is co-sponsoring with the Community Advocate in Nicetown-Tioga this Wednesday evening. Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us, and please feel free … Continue reading Upcoming Community Meeting in Nicetown

An open letter to Mayor Kenney

We wondered what Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney had to say about our efforts at convincing SEPTA to reconsider their plans for a gas power plant in the already over-burdened community of Nicetown. Below is a letter by long-time Germantown resident Joanna Vaughan to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on December 1st, 2016. December 1, 2016 Mayor James … Continue reading An open letter to Mayor Kenney

Voices that didn’t get heard

Since the SEPTA board didn't get to hear everyone that had lined up to address concerns about the gas plant in Nicetown, we're documenting public concerns here available for the SEPTA board and others. Chris Miles of East Falls Pastor David Reppert of Emanuel United Church of Christ, Bridesburg, Philadelphia Meenal Raval of Mt Airy, reminding us … Continue reading Voices that didn’t get heard

Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

Yesterday,  8 of us met with 12 people to discuss SEPTA’s gas power plant project at the Midvale Bus Depot. We expressed our frustration, that our concerns have been ignored for 6 months. We referred to community efforts in Toronto with Metrolink and in North Carolina with Duke University in rejecting fracked gas for electricity generation. … Continue reading Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

#DudeItsRude to build in a community when the community says NO 

This summer, we learned of an effort in a Toronto suburb to block plans for a gas power plant. When the neighborhood of Mt Dennis learned that their transit system, Metrolinx, were considering an 18MW plant at a nearby maintenance and storage facility, they got fired up! Claiming public transit is supposed to be the … Continue reading #DudeItsRude to build in a community when the community says NO 

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