75 groups endorse the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act

75 groups endorse the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act

Note from Front and Centered: This post will be continually updated with new endorsements. 

Seventy groups in our state agree: lawmakers should pass Senate Bill (SB) 5489, the HEAL Act

Sen. Rebecca Saldana, proud prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5489, with Front and Centered’s David Mendoza.

Front and Centered and HEAL Act endorsers representing doctors, faith leaders, environmental justice advocates, labor unions, farmworkers, scientists, family, immigrant and civil rights leaders and anti-poverty groups believe that everyone deserves clean air and healthy water. Where you live, your income, race or language ability should not determine how healthy and safe you are. But we know that in our communities, health and well-being varies significantly according to who you are and where you live. People across Washington suffering worst from pollution — often low-income people, communities of color and linguistically isolated people — pay with their well-being and shortened lives.

State data in the Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map shows eight areas where our frontline communities rank a “9” or “10” in environmental health disparity — 10 representing areas experiencing the worst environmental health impacts in our state on a scale of one to 10. Our communities in these areas are bearing an unfair share of the health impact. And nearly every legislative district has neighborhoods highly impacted by environmental health hazards. 

If Washington wants to stand as a national leader on environmental policy and climate action, its lawmakers must do better to protect all of its people and the health conditions of where we live and work. Lawmakers can choose a healthier future for ALL of Washington by passing SB 5489, the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act. Passing the HEAL Act, will define and enforce environmental justice in our state, ensuring communities unfairly burdened by cumulative environmental health impacts will be at the front of agency directors’ minds as they make decisions about environmental policy, enforcement and investments. The HEAL Act ensures cross-agency accountability to communities most burdened by environmental health impacts – and to closing the health disparity gap in our state.  

So far, 70 diverse groups across our state agree that it’s time for our state to ensure ALL in Washington have a right to a healthy environment — clean air and water where we live, work and pray. It’s time to improve environmental health conditions for all Washington residents, prioritizing areas where communities are suffering first and most from pollution. It is only by reducing environmental health disparities and inequities that we can truly HEAL Washington and achieve the greatest positive health impact in our state.

Our movement to #HEALWa is growing every day with new endorsers. 

Think lawmakers should pass the HEAL Act? Join us by endorsing today!

Join us in supporting the bill during our HEAL Act hearing in Olympia on Feb. 13! 

ENDORSERS:


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Alliance for Clean Jobs and Energy | Audubon Washington | American Rivers 

Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement (APACE) | Asia Pacific Cultural Center | Asian Counseling and Referral Service 

 Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), King County Chapter | APIC, Pierce County Chapter 

APIC, Snohomish County Chapter | APIC, Snohomish County Chapter

APIC, South Puget Sound Chapter | APIC, Spokane Chapter | APIC, Yakima Valley Chapter

Black Collective | Centro Latino | Children’s Alliance | Casa Latina | Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Climate Solutions | Community Alliance for Global Justice | Community Development & Outreach Service Ministries 

Community to Community (C2C) | Defenders of Wildlife | Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / TAG | Earthjustice 

Earth Ministry |  El Centro de la Raza | Fuse Washington | Futurewise | Global to LocalGot Green 

 Heart of America Northwest  | IslandWood | League of Women Voters of Washington 

 Legacy of Equality Leadership & Organizing (LELO) | Loving Kindness Meditation Center – Tu Tam Temple 

Mason County Climate Justice | Mother Africa | Native Youth Leadership Alliance |  NW Energy Coalition

Odyssey World International Education Services | OneAmerica | Puget Sound Clean Air Agency | Puget Sound Sage 

 RE Source for Sustainable CommunitiesSeattle Aquarium | Seattle Green Spaces CoalitionSeattle Parks Foundation 

Shift Zero | Sierra Club, Washington Chapter | Sound Action | South Seattle Climate

Southwest Washington Communities United for Change | Spark NorthwestStatewide Poverty Action Network 

Sunrise Movement – Seattle Hub | Sunrise Movement – Tacoma Hub | Sunrise Movement – Olympic Peninsula Hub 

 Surfrider Foundation | The Climate Justice Initiative | The Lands Council | The Nature Conservancy 

The Wilderness Society  | Toxic-Free Future | Transit Riders UnionTransportation Choices Coalition | UAW 4121 

 UFCW 21 | Union of Concerned Scientists | Dr. Ben Danielson | Washington Conservation Voters 

Washington Environmental Council | Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience | Zero Waste Washington

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