On World Asthma Day, Over 75 Municipal Officials Urge State Leaders to Enact Environmental Justice Legislation
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
On World Asthma Day, Over 75 Municipal Officials Urge State Leaders
to Enact Environmental Justice Legislation
Boston Councilors Edwards and O’Malley lead statewide
call to protect vulnerable communities from pollution
Local officials from across the state are calling on the Massachusetts legislature to enact environmental justice protections. Today, Boston City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Matt O’Malley are delivering a sign-on letter from municipal officials urging the legislature to pass a bill, H2913/S426 – The Environmental Justice Act – that would codify protections for low-income communities, communities of color and people of limited English proficiency. Signers of the letter represent communities from Pittsfield to New Bedford, Worcester to Newburyport and MetroWest to Greater Boston and the South Shore.
Councilor Edwards represents Boston’s District One, which includes East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. In the district, groups like GreenRoots, Harborkeepers, NOAH Community Development Corporation, Air, Inc., the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition among others have fought for years to advance environmental justice by reducing air pollution, cleaning up toxic hazards and promoting climate resiliency.
“It is time to end racial and economic disparities in environmental pollution and to open up the green economy to all communities,” said Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. “From ensuring access to healthy food, to addressing urban asthma to investing in climate resilience, we need Massachusetts to promote environmental justice and to pass the Environmental Justice Act.”
Councilor Matt O'Malley represents the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, parts of Roslindale and Roxbury and the Back of Mission Hill. Councilor O’Malley serves as Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Environment, Sustainability and Parks.
“Now more than ever, it is up to cities and towns to lead on the issue of global climate change," said Councilor O’Malley. “Passing the Environmental Justice Act will promote the public and environmental health of every community in the City of Boston and the Commonwealth."