Climate Change and Racial Justice Virtual Community Workshop
The Live Well Springfield Climate Justice Initiative invites you to a community workshop about the connections between racism and climate change. Learn how systematic racism and oppression of black and brown communities continue to impact low-income communities’ advocating for environmental justice.
January 27, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm (English)
CANCELLED. March 10, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm (Spanish)
What do you think would have the biggest impact on climate change, racism, air quality and health for your family?
We need your voice to decide on the best policy ideas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, improve health, and address racism for Springfield.
We invite you to take this 10-15 minute survey on climate change, health, and equity.
From the survey, you will learn more about the four policies listed below. You will watch policy pitch videos from resident advocates passionate about climate change. We hope to get a broad range of community input for this Springfield. Please share this survey with your networks!
Below are the links to the survey and the pitch videos for each policy.
- Encuesta en español https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCHEespanol2
- English survey- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCHEenglish2
Community Choice Energy
- A program the city of Springfield could set up to switch everyone in the city on basic Eversource electricity service over to clean energy like solar, wind, and hydropower.
Free and Safe Buses
- All PVTA bus rides in the city will be free and safe for everyone.
Racial and Health Equity Impact Assessment
- Require consideration of the racial and health impacts on people of color and other minority groups when the city begins a new project or procedure.
Complete Streets Prioritization in Previously Redlined Neighborhoods
- Invest more in sidewalks, bikeways, and transit in the neighborhoods in the city that historically have been under-invested in.
For more information, contact Samantha Hamilton at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.
The LWS Climate Change and Health Equity Committee has been meeting since January to narrow down the key policy priorities to focus on with our advocacy efforts.
Through the Springfield Climate Justice Initiative, the coalition will engage key stakeholders and residents to be a part of a Climate Justice and Health Equity Committee (CCHE). The CCHE committee will work to narrow down the policy priorities building on Springfield’s Strong, Healthy Just: Climate Action & Resilience Plan. We believe that change cannot happen without the people most impacted by the issues at the table. Through a 1 to 1 key stakeholder to the resident ratio, we hope to balance and uplift the voices of the community.
- The CCHE Committee will meets monthly by Zoom. For more information about the CCHE committee, please contact Samantha Hamilton at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.