Everyone in Washington state will be affected by climate change. But one’s race, income, and language, influence how much risk Washington state residents and workers face
In February, fifty experts from around the state convened for the Washington State Environmental Justice Mapping Symposium, a day-long working session aimed at identifying and illustrating the communities most impacted by pollution and climate change. Symposium participants represented a range of perspectives — from community-based organizations to academia to government agencies — and discussed methods for determining the illustrating the severity of health and economic impacts on communities all across the state.
Listening sessions among our members across Washington State on pollution, climate impacts, and the Puget Sound.
Front and Centered listening session findings on solar power
Front and Centered conducted an equity analysis of toxic sites and the Model Toxics Control Act.
Few climate action plans adequately identify or describe how to address disparities.
There are both immediate and long term threats.
The data shows communities of color in Washington, like elsewhere, are disproportionately impacted by the burning of fossil fuels which leads to climate change.
Summary Over nine months, Puget Sound Sage and Got Green set out to learn how our communities were experiencing climate change. Led by the Climate Justice committee, they interviewed 175 people living in South Seattle/King County and 30 organizations with the goal of determining our collective priorities and lift up the message that poor people and