From our 350 Seattle friends working for a Seattle Green New Deal:
Healthy Through Heat and Smoke
With the 2023-2028 Seattle Parks levy, City leaders should upgrade Seattle’s community centers to be climate resilience hubs: providing life-saving clean air and cooling for all Seattle residents. This would also transition our public buildings off fossil fuels and invest in pathways to good green jobs!
Right now, whether you can access AC during a heat wave in Seattle has far too much to do with whether you are white or a person of color; whether you rent, own your home, or are houseles; and what neighborhood you live in. And for many South Seattle residents of color, wildfire smoke compounds the air pollution they already experience from nearby industrial operations and from I-5 and I-90. While the City has worked to open community centers, libraries, and schools for shelter during extreme weather events, there were huge gaps in coverage across Seattle. Our community centers in particular lack the capacity to provide clean and cool air: as of last summer, only two out of 26 community centers had air conditioning.
To stay healthy through heat waves and wildfire smoke, we need accessible public places where all Seattle residents can access clean air, cooling and shelter. We can’t wait until the next funding cycle to upgrade Seattle’s community centers: deadly heat waves and wildfire smoke are already here, and we need to rapidly transition off fossil fuels to avoid even more serious climate impacts.
The good news is, transitioning off fossil fuels can build climate resilience, economic opportunity and a healthier future for all Seattle residents. With the 2023-2028 Seattle Parks levy, City leaders should:
- Upgrade Seattle’s community centers for climate resilience and clean energy: including installing solar microgrids, electric heat pumps, and HVAC systems.
- Prioritize investments in communities already most impacted by heat waves, pollution, displacement and other environmental injustices.
- Invest in pathways to good green jobs by doing all work with union labor and under the City’s Community Workforce Agreement, to provide training opportunities through state registered apprenticeships and priority local hire for neighborhood residents.
Help Build The Movement!
It’s going to take a powerful and growing movement to win Green New Deal investments at the scale of the crisis. Every one of us has a role to play in building that movement! Can YOU join us in fighting for climate-ready community centers this summer?
Heat Wave Anniversary Action Tuesday June 28th, 6:30 PM @ City Hall . Rally at City Hall in support of climate resilience hubs and investing in Seattle’s Green New Deal! RSVP and sign up for action alerts: https://bit.ly/resilience-rally
Weekly Canvasses and Phonebanks
Canvass with us at parks & community centers to collect petition signatures; phonebank to recruit people to our action at City Hall and grow our power! See full event schedule at www.350seattle.org/calendar
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
❑ Join us for art builds (no skills required!)
❑ Send a personal email/call/set up a meeting with your Councilmember
Ask organizations you’re connected with to sign onto our campaign endorsement letter
❑ Ask friends, family, and co workers to sign our petition
❑ Help with data entry
Become a 350 Seattle monthly sustainer to power this campaign and our organizing for a Green New Deal! Donate at: www.350Seattle.org/Donate