Environmental Justice and Infrastructure

Our city is at a tipping point – facing the overlapping crises of global warming, public disinvestment, and economic inequality. Our infrastructure is ill-prepared for the effects of our climate crisis, as we saw recently with Hurricane Ida and the historic flooding of Manayunk’s Main Street, Ridge Avenue in East Falls, and beyond. The future of our environment affects all of us – and no one more so than frontline and working-class communities. 

Global warming and environmental racism are real health crises. Too many of our children face the health effects of breathing in toxic air. This is one of the reasons I got involved in the fight against the liquified gas plant (LNG) in Northwest Philadelphia back in 2019.


Our district also contains the Wissahickon Valley Park, which is not just a beautiful treasure, but a source of one-third of Philadelphians’ drinking water. 

I will: 

  • Support the implementation of a statewide Green New Deal that centers union jobs and a Civilian Climate Corps to transform our society to renewable energy and beyond. These union jobs can focus on fixing our broken streets, bridges, roads, and buildings – all while making them more climate-resilient for the future. 
  • Fight actively against environmental racism and environmental projects that disproportionately harm Black, brown, and working-class communities. I will continue to fight against the placement of toxic gas plants in our community.  
  • Demand every toxic site in Philadelphia caused by the fossil fuel industry be cleaned up and fight for increased funding for community green space and urban farming. 
  • Support sustainable funding and increased investments in transit, including making our public transit fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Call for a ban on increased fracking in Pennsylvania