On Thursday November 30th, health professionals, residents, and environmental and social justice groups will gather at City Hall to urge Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) to not issue an air permit for the proposed SEPTA gas power plant. This event was planned in response to, and in support of, letters sent by Philadelphia City Councilmembers … Continue reading Allies in City Council, Press Conference tomorrow
The proposed SEPTA gas-to-electric power plant. We’ve spoken at SEPTA board meetings, met with SEPTA management, gone door-to-door canvassing neighbors, educated politicians, convinced over 50 organizations of our perspective, and yet, our transit agency is set on building this plant. With assistance from expert advisors, volunteers at 350 Philly have written several reports and memos … Continue reading Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant
Hey SEPTA! We want our trains, subways, trolleys and buses to be powered by 100% renewable energy. The City of Philadelphia has committed to ambitious renewable energy goals. Now it's time for SEPTA to do the same. This was the message delivered by 350 Philly and 15 other organizations last week. See below. 350philadelphia.org * … Continue reading Hey SEPTA, we want an emissions-free transit system!
People all across Pennsylvania, the US, and the world are resisting fossil fuel expansion. I am particularly humbled and inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux. Last year, they bravely stood up to protect our planet from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many indigenous nations, US army veterans and other allies joined them and endured water cannons, … Continue reading Being part of the Quilt 6, arrested for blocking pipeline construction
Yesterday at the courthouse... Residents of Middletown and West Goshen townships once again faced off with Sunoco Pipeline LP, this time at the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. It was a hearing of an argument in the case of Middletown residents (the "Middletown Six") v. Sunoco Pipeline LP on the applicability of municipal zoning to Sunoco's proposed … Continue reading Yesterday at the Courthouse…
In response to political pressure from Pennsylvania legislators to increase its use of natural gas, SEPTA has proposed building a gas-fired power plant that would release harmful pollution in Nicetown, an already overburdened community of color. Philadelphia’s Air Management Services (AMS), a division of the Health Department, has the power and obligation to protect their … Continue reading Nicetown deserves better
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
Folks new to our campaign have asked... What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant? It's a gas power plant to burn fracked gas to generate electricity for trains, planned by SEPTA, our transit agency. Mostly, we feel that the people have a right to breathe, and ask that SEPTA take the lead in … Continue reading What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant?
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?
One after the other, people trailed into Panati Playground recreation center near 22nd and Allegheny last evening. It was odd that our transit agency, SEPTA, selected this site for the hearing, over a mile from their proposed gas power plant. There was just one SEPTA representative present. A team of 5 people from our City’s … Continue reading The people have a right to breathe!