Among the dangerous contaminants found in the Duwamish River are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These cancer-causing chemicals were produced only by Monsanto for decades, and now, the City of Seattle is entering into a lawsuit against the company. The city aims to use compensation funds from the suit to support the clean up of the Duwamish River. This article from The Planet features information about how the polluted river affects nearby communities, and includes perspectives from DRCC/TAG staff.
Archive for the ‘Environmental Justice’ Category
Although Seattle was awarded as the most sustainable city in the country in 2014, it still has work to do in the department of environmental justice. DRCC/TAG is directly involved in this important work as a member of the Equity and Environment Initiativeâ€™s Community Partners Steering Committee. This initiative is aimed at making sure all community members – regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or ethnicity – will benefit from environmental progress in our city.
Environmentalism is often seen as an movement for the outdoorsy affluent. Seattleâ€™s recent Equity and Environment Initiative (EEI) is aimed at meaningfully involving the disadvantaged and most disproportionately impacted. This article from Seattle PI discusses the work of DRCC/TAGâ€™s Duwamish Valley Youth Corps and the Equity and Environment Action Agenda.
DRCC/TAG’s efforts to effectively engage the communities of South Park and Georgetown is regularly recognized by those across the nation.Â This article provides a glimpse at our river and the central role that environmental justice and health equity take in the approach of our work.
Inclusive, diverse, and equitable river conservation efforts is at the base of what the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.Â Alberto J. RodrĂguez recently shared with the River Network’s River Voices Newsletter a bit more about what this looks like in practice.
On February 9, 2015, Seattle City Council unanimously passed Resolution 31567!Â By passing this resolution, Seattle City Council is taking a significant step towards a comprehensive, health protective cleanup.Â Thank you to those who voiced their support!Â And thank you to Seattle City Council for taking action!
About to be announced, but first! Let’s all take a moment to recognize and thank everyone who inspired us and stood up for our city’s river during the contest period. We created a gallery of your fantastic photos here, and want to give our dearest THANK YOU for showing our electeds that the people who… Read more.