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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 20, 2019 01:49 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating “Environmental Justice Week” in Pennsylvania

The First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit was held October 24 through 27, 1991, in Washington D.C., at which time the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice were adopted. The principles have served as the defining document and basis for the grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Gathered together at the summit, delegates established a national and international movement on behalf of all people of color to fight the destruction of lands and communities and to re-establish their spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of Mother Earth. In addition, the delegates strove to create a level of respect for differing cultures, languages, and beliefs about the natural world and their role in healing themselves, ensuring environmental justice, and to promote economic alternatives that would contribute to the development of environmentally safe livelihoods. The adoption of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice was also a step toward securing the political, economic, and cultural liberation for all people of color who had been denied for over 500 years of colonization and oppression.

In recognition of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and the adoption of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice, please join me in designating October 21 through October 27, 2019, as “Environmental Justice Week” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR582