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Seattle’s new environmental justice agenda was built by the people it affects the most

Seattle’s new environmental justice agenda was built by the people it affects the most

By on Apr 22, 2016commentsShare

So you want to find a way for your city to acknowledge and begin to repair the damage that pollution, food insecurity, and unequal access to transportation inflict on communities of color and other marginalized groups. Great — now what?

If you’re Seattle, you hold a Vietnamese karaoke night.

Other cities have begun to tackle issues of environmental justice, too, but now Seattle appears to be leading the way, both in its direct approach and in its efforts to involve voices that often go unheard. Today Mayor Ed Murray released the first results of that work, in the form of a 40-page document known as the Equity and Environment Agenda. (Notice which word comes first there.)

“Seattle’s environmental progress and benefits must be shared by all residents no matter their race, immigration status, or income level,” said Murray, speaking to press on Friday.

Sudha Nandagopal, the program manager for the city’s equity and environment initiative (and recently featured on the Grist 50 list of green leaders to watch!) led the development of the agenda by convening a group called the Community Partners’ Steering Committee. The coalition of 16 community leaders was charged with engaging communities of color and other groups disproportionately affected by environmental concerns.

“We had everything from karaoke nights to first graders drawing pictures of their favorite things to see on their way to school,” Nandagopal says. The result is “a call to action for government, non-profits, philanthropy, business, and community to work together in recognition that no single organization can reverse environmental injustice.” Nandagopal and the other authors lay out a series of policy-planning goals and strategies for integrating equity into the city’s environmental programs. For Nandagopal, that means making sure communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income communities, youth, and low-proficiency English speakers have their voices heard.

Portland has recently integrated equity considerations into its climate action planning. San Diego reconsidered its work in this area after environmental justice advocates criticized the city’s climate plan for its failure to prioritize neighborhoods most affected by climate change.

Seattle’s new agenda sought to avoid those kinds of shortcomings right from the start. “Historically, environmental justice has been held by community, not by government,” says Nandagopal. Getting the government approach right meant acknowledging this community ownership. “It was a question of trying to broaden how we think about environmental issues in our city and how we connect with people on a one-to-one level.”

The steering committee also held workshops with representatives from mainstream environmental organizations like the Sierra Club — not for the purpose of mainstream input per se, but rather for the sake of “alignment of analysis,” as Nandagopal phrased it.

“There’s a disconnect between how communities of color, lower-income communities, immigrants and refugees are experiencing their environmental issues and how mainstream environmentalists tend to think and talk about environmental issues,” she says. By getting the mainstream groups on board early, they would be less surprised by the type of language and strategies that appear in the final agenda.

Dionne Foster, a policy and research analyst with the advocacy group Puget Sound Sage and co-chair of the Community Partners’ Steering Committee, told Grist that the consultation process succeeded because it lent itself to a more holistic understanding of the problems at hand.

“I love data. Data’s really important,” Foster says. “But you can never get the whole story if you’re only using the numbers and not looking at peoples’ experience.”

Jamie Stroble, a steering committee member and program manager at the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program, said her approach to consultation was to engage communities where they are — not in a governmental building. That meant talking to parents at the Lunar New Year festival and holding conversations about the environment on intergenerational field trips up the Skagit River.

“We know best how to reach our communities,” says Stroble. “For the city to trust us with that and to put forward this novel idea of getting together a group of community members to inform city environmental policy — and actually feel like we had a say — I was really appreciative of the process.”

The agenda itself advocates for a four-pronged approach to environmental justice:

  1. Design environmental policies and programs that acknowledge the cumulative impacts of environmental, racial, and socioeconomic burdens, such that Seattle ensures “clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environments” for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and those with limited English. This goal advocates for the development of a high-resolution environmental equity assessment.
  2. Create opportunities for “pathways out of poverty through green careers.” One strategy, for example, advocates for “support structures for people of color to lead in environmental policy/program work through positions in government and partnerships with community organizations, businesses and other environmental entities.”
  3. When crafting environmental policies and programs, ensure that affected communities have “equitable access, accountability, and decision-making power.”
  4. Center community stories and narratives and “lift up existing culturally appropriate environmental practices” during the decision-making process.

So what does action look like?

The team is still figuring that out. Going forward, the focus will shift to defining metrics and goal-posts that will measure the success of the agenda. It also offers steps that non-governmental players can take, including demographic data collection and the creation of a community-based environmental justice committee.

“At a higher level, it’s also about changing the national dynamic around this,” says Nandagopal. “There’s similar work happening in pockets around the country in different ways, but I’ve learned from a number of cities that they’re looking to Seattle to lead by example. You can be a great, sustainable city and still be equitable.”

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Rethinking the American Dream Ahead of the Paris Talk

The other day I spotted an Asian woman taking things from a bin near downtown San Francisco where I live. It is not an unusual sight but the woman had on a conical hat and, upon inquiries, it turned out that she’s from my own homeland, Vietnam. Abandoned by her husband and raising two kids, she survives doing menial jobs and making use of what others throw away. “In Vietnam no one leaves this stuff on the street,” the woman told me, gesturing towards the bottles, cans and cartons filling the bins. “It’s all money back home.” Her frugal mindset is typical when you grow up in a world where nothing ever goes to waste. “You can feed an army of homeless off this city’s garbage,” she said. I knew all this but I left Vietnam long ago, and had forgotten it. But the contrast between the poorest of the poor living off the waste of the wealthy made me think. Once upon a time frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month. And a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council released in 2012 also confirmed that Americans “waste 10 times as much food as someone in south-east Asia, up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s.” It doesn’t surprise me given that the US has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet it consumes more than 30 percent of the world’s energy resources and generates 70 percent of the total global toxic waste. “If everyone on the planet consumed at US rates, we would need three to five planets to support our consumption,” stated the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. More than two-third of the American economy is now based on consumption; environmentalist David Suzuki called it the “feel-good economy.” Over time it has created an unprecedented global crisis. Worse still, it is coveted and replicated the world over – soon the pressure on the ecosystem may prove to be unsustainable. Our commercial culture requires continuous acquisition, and is built upon the concept of disposable goods. If everything is disposable, so reasoned economists after the Second World War, the market will never be saturated. New models should come out all the time so that what’s functional quickly becomes obsolete. Garbage production in the United States has doubled in the last 30 years alone. Approximately 80 percent of all US products are used once, then thrown away, while 95 percent of all plastic, two-thirds of all glass containers, and 50 percent of all aluminum cans are never recycled, but instead get burned or buried. We now know we need to change, but like many an overweight person who wants to diet and exercise, we, as a nation, haven’t found the will to break the habit. Garbage has become the legacy of our era. The largest human-made structure used to be the Great Wall of China. Today it’s the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the enormous swirl of plastic that gathers in the ocean currents between California and Hawaii. These days there are new efforts to render trash into reusable goods – from building materials to electronic goods – but Americans remain as wasteful as ever. And while I want to be on the right side of the environmental equation – I practice recycling, for example, and have stopped eating red meat – I too am caught in the economic infrastructure that depends of buying new goods, owning iPhones and laptops. Ahead of the crucial climate talks in Paris this December, we need to do more than lobby our governments to reduce fossil fuel emissions. We also need to look at our own slavish commitment to what Pope Francis calls “compulsive consumerism”. Watching the woman scurrying away with her loot of rubbish it occurred to me that the real battle ahead is vital, whether or not we as a global society have the collective will to change our destructive behaviour before it is all too late. Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and author of the “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” and “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.” His latest book is “Birds of Paradise Lost,” a short story collection, was published in 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2014. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

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