(PHILADELPHIA) December 3, 2020 – Today, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At Large) ’s resolution declaring City Council’s intent to prioritize climate action and environmental justice in the ongoing COVID-19 recovery process passed City Council. The “green recovery” resolution was co-sponsored by 11 members of City Council, including the entire Committee on the Environment.
“Today, City Council made a bold statement that climate action can no longer wait,” said Councilmember Gilmore Richardson. “Residents have called for systemic change and ensuring that our city is resilient and taking advantage of the opportunities presented by a green economy is an important part of tackling the multiple ongoing crises in our city, including systemic racism and poverty. Our Covid-19 recovery and future budget processes are crucial to creating an equitable, green, affordable, safe City. Thank you to the more than 60 advocates and community organizations on my Civilian Environmental Advisory Committee for their hard work and continued engagement. We are working together to center Philadelphians’ needs and experiences as we develop policies to address climate change, and I am so grateful for your partnership. Thank you to my colleagues for your strong support of this resolution. I look forward to our continued work to turn this vision into a reality.”