We Decide our Energy Future
The government and corporations are making decisions about the future of Philadelphia. They tried to build an Energy Hub and residents had to unite to fight back. They refuse to address the hazards of the existing fossil fuel infrastructure in our city and the deadly impact it has on those who live closest to it. The Office of Sustainability, who’s job it is to take care of the health and and sustainability of our city, is developing a plan for the energy future of Philadelphia, and they’ve barely made an effort to hear our voices. It’s high time that #WeDecide our Energy Future!
This is our current campaign, which began in May of 2017.
1. Community outreach:
What are the hopes, needs and concerns of residents that live in South and Southwest Philly? By circulating a survey and holding community visioning sessions at churches/places of worship, schools, community centers, and other institutions in neighborhoods in South and Southwest Philadelphia, we will collect data to answer the following questions:
- What do low-income people of color that live in the South and SW Philly want to see for the future of energy development, including with the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery?
- What are the principles that should guide energy development according to Philadelphians?
- What are the mechanisms by which energy development can protect people on the fenceline of the fossil fuel industry from pollution & climate change and benefit neighborhoods?
2. Government engagement
We will start by targeting the Office of Sustainability, who is responsible for developing the Citywide Energy Vision. By not taking a stance on fossil fuels as the greatest cause of climate change, and by using an inaccessible and non-transparent system to decide on the energy future of Philadelphia, they are not doing their job, and we plan to hold them to their responsibilities.
Want to get involved in this project? Contact Jo, firstname.lastname@example.org.