SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thirty-two western Massachusetts organizations came together Wednesday night to talk about the future of climate change.
The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition gathered at the Baystate Brightwood Health Center. Members discussed issues involving climate change, environment and public health concerns facing low income residents.
“With climate change we see increase of natural disasters. We see hotter summers, and things like this have an especially serious impact on the low income communities and cities, like Springfield,” said Jesse Lederman, Environmental Organizing Consultant with Arise for Social Justice.
The SCJC is working with the City of Springfield, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, to write a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan, which would help Springfield become more sustainable.
The organization is also working on a proposal to regulate single-use plastic bags, opposing the proposed biomass incinerator, and they’ve been working with Columbia Gas to fix 500 ongoing leaks in Springfield.