1. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  2. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  3. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  4. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  5. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  6. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  7. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  8. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  9. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  10. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  11. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  12. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  13. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  14. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  15. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  16. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  17. THE NATURE GAP
  18. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  19. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  20. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  21. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  22. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  23. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  24. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  25. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  26. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  27. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  28. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  29. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  30. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  31. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  32. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  33. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  34. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  35. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  36. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  37. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  38. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  39. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  40. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  41. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  42. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  43. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  44. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  45. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  46. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  47. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  48. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  49. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  50. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  51. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  52. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  53. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  54. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  55. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  56. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  57. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  58. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  59. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  60. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  61. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  62. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  63. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  64. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  65. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  66. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  67. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  68. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  69. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  70. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  71. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  72. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  73. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  74. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  75. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  76. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  77. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  78. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  79. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  80. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  81. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  82. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  83. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  84. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  85. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  86. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  87. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  88. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  89. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  90. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  91. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  92. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  93. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  94. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  95. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  96. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  97. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  98. Are You Going to Drink That?
  99. The Origins of ecoWURD
  100. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  101. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  102. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  103. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  1. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  2. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  3. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  4. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  5. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  6. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  7. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  8. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  9. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  10. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  11. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  12. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  13. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  14. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  15. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  16. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  17. THE NATURE GAP
  18. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  19. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  20. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  21. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  22. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  23. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  24. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  25. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  26. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  27. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  28. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  29. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  30. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  31. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  32. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  33. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  34. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  35. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  36. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  37. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  38. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  39. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  40. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  41. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  42. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  43. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  44. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  45. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  46. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  47. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  48. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  49. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  50. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  51. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  52. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  53. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  54. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  55. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  56. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  57. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  58. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  59. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  60. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  61. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  62. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  63. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  64. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  65. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  66. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  67. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  68. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  69. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  70. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  71. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  72. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  73. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  74. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  75. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  76. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  77. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  78. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  79. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  80. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  81. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  82. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  83. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  84. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  85. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  86. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  87. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  88. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  89. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  90. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  91. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  92. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  93. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  94. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  95. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  96. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  97. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  98. Are You Going to Drink That?
  99. The Origins of ecoWURD
  100. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  101. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  102. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  103. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess

PHL Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At-Large) | ecoWURD oped

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lives, much in the way climate change will if not addressed. If greenhouse gas emissions aren’t slowed, temperatures will continue to rise and extreme weather will wreak havoc on every sector of the global economy, making the losses we’ve seen from Covid-19 look miniscule. This current disaster gives us an opportunity to rebuild our economy in a way that changes the systems that have caused damage for far too long and create real opportunity for all.  

 

Right here in Philadelphia, we are already feeling the impacts of climate change.  

A report came out recently showing average winter temperatures have risen 4.8 degrees in Philadelphia since 1970, and the winter season has 19 more days with above normal temperatures. This summer, we also had record breaking average temperatures, with minimums about 5 degrees warmer than they were in the 1960s.  We also see more flooding from extreme weather events like Hurricane Isaias.  

 

And these impacts aren’t felt equitably. In the summer, some neighborhoods, like Hunting Park, can experience temperatures that are 20 degrees higher because there are fewer trees and green spaces and more exposed asphalt and black roofs. Others, like Eastwick, have been devastated from flooding because of the way development has constricted the flow of rivers and creeks. The neighborhoods that are most negatively impacted are those of Black and Brown people, and recent research has found correlation between where the worst impacts of climate change will be and the practice of redlining. These communities are more likely to be near polluting industries and to see significant related health impacts like asthma, low pre-term birth weight, and most recently, Covid-19.  

 

Our City of Philadelphia has set a foundation for this intersectional work. For example, the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, spearheaded by Council President Darrell Clarke, has four key goals: creating jobs, strengthening communities, cutting energy bills, and reducing pollution and supporting public health. By working to address multiple intersecting issues at once – employment; affordable, healthy housing; energy insecurity; small business development; climate change; and public health – the Energy Campaign can leverage investment to improve the overall livelihood of residents. The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), which leads the Energy Campaign, has prioritized multiple sectors in this work, but I will just focus on one: Low to Moderate Income Housing. This program focuses on creating and preserving affordable homes through energy and water efficiency projects, whole home repairs, and clean energy installation. These projects reduce energy insecurity, help Philadelphians stay in their homes, improve indoor air quality, and lower carbon emissions. The projects also create opportunities for local businesses and direct contractors to hire local workers, thereby creating new jobs. PEA also supports job training programs for opportunity youth to help build a strong pipeline into these jobs for people who often face barriers to employment.  

 

As this one example demonstrates, by directing our attention to address the intersectional challenges our city faces, we can make significant improvements while being more efficient with our spending. For those reasons and more, I introduced a “Green Recovery” Resolution in City Council that lays out a bold vision for our future: to prioritize climate action and environmental justice as a way to rebuild our economy and stave off future disasters. That Resolution was supported by eleven of my colleagues, including the entire Committee on the Environment, and passed on December 3.  

 

We must be strategic in our recovery from Covid-19. Prioritizing climate action and environmental justice will help us be on the cutting edge of the new green economy, invest in every community, address the systemic inequity that has kept generations of Philadelphians in poverty, improve public health, lower our greenhouse gas emissions, and become climate resilient. 

 

Making these investments will require us to think differently about costs, shifting our mindset from a take-make-waste model to one that is regenerative. Finding ways to make these investments within the confines of our current financial situation will be a challenge, but that only requires us to be more innovative and efficient in our policies, programs, and spending. For example, some cities have started using Environmental Impact Bonds and other impact-based financing models; the District of Columbia was the first to try this, and other major cities like Atlanta and Baltimore are doing this, as well. I have reached out to the Kenney Administration’s recovery team to discuss all the different ways we can achieve these goals. These changes will be expensive, but nothing will cost more than our continued inaction. Everyone should live in neighborhoods that have well-maintained green spaces and schools, clean, safe streets, multi-modal transportation options, strong local businesses, and affordable homes, and we can make this vision a reality. 

I am grateful for the support from my colleagues in City Council who see and support this vision, and I am looking forward to working with them, the Administration, and most importantly, Philadelphia’s residents and business owners. We must understand their priorities, needs, and hopes for their neighborhoods and to do the work to ensure that safe, livable, climate resilient communities become a reality for all. There is still much work to do, but I believe this is an important first step. We journey on. 

KATHERINE GILMORE RICHARDSON is currently serving her first term as an At-Large member of Philadelphia City Council, and she is the Chair of the Committee on the Environment. Councilmember Gilmore Richardson is the youngest woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council At-Large and the youngest Black woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council.

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