October 14, 2015

The Honorable Darrell L. Clarke

President, Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia City Council Members

City Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

Re: Green Justice Philly and the future of Philadelphia

 

Dear Council President Clarke and City Council Members,

Green Justice Philly is a diverse and growing coalition committed to building a healthy, sustainable and economically just Philadelphia region. We work together to oppose the dirty fossil fuel industry that puts our neighborhoods at risk and makes our citizens sick, and cannot contribute to our long-term prosperity.

We introduce ourselves to you and to City Council members today as we officially launch Green Justice Philly and the work we plan to do here in the City. We extend our hand to City Council to work together towards our goals. We urge City Council to hold accountable the corporate polluters whose business model results in Philadelphia being less safe and less healthy, by passing legislation preventing serial violators of air and water regulations from expanding by obtaining new permits from the city.

We will work towards what we consider the essential next generation of the City’s Greenworks plan: a green economy in Philadelphia that will transition us off of fossil fuels and into a stable, expanding economy that:

  • Creates a growing number of sustainable, living-wage green jobs for the 21st century;
  • Provides a just transition for workers from fossil fuel related industries;
  • Expands and increases safety and accessibility of mass transit for all populations;
  • Invests in community-owned renewable energy;
  • Encourages widespread, community-based urban agriculture on a large scale, with special attention to food-insecure neighborhoods and to repurposing abandoned and
  • tax-delinquent properties;
  • Supports clean air and water and healthy communities;
  • Weatherizes and retrofits all of Philadelphia’s buildings so that they meet the highest of energy efficiency standards;
  • Addresses the climate crisis and our economic crisis by making an economy that works for all Philadelphians through a viable job growth program, particularly those who have been excluded from our current corporate-run economy, and
  • Decreases carbon and methane emissions, and the toxic air and water pollution in Philly.

We look forward to this fundamental transition to long term stability and health for Philadelphia and ask that City Council step forward with us. Green Justice Philly is growing every day to fully represent all neighborhoods and sectors of city life. Please join us in our quest.

Sincerely,

The Green Justice Philly Coordinating Committee:

ACTION United

Clean Air Council

Clean Water Action

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Food & Water Watch

Maypop Collective for Economic and Climate Justice

Philadelphia Chapter of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light

And all Green Justice Philly Membership Organizations:

350 Philly

Action United

CCP Coalition for a Sustainable Future

Clean Air Council

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Exact Solar

Farm to City

Food & Water Watch

Fossil Free Drexel

Keystone Catholics

Moms Clean Air Force

North of Washington Ave Coalition (NOWAC)

Pennsylvania Federation BMWED – Teamsters

Philadelphia Chapter of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks

Philadelphia Be the Change

Philly Electric Wheels

Protecting Our Waters

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia

The Shalom Center