CCTV Human Service News and Information TV Program/Blog Alert/Update: The Mayor's Climate Crisis Working Group Findings and Recommendations!

CCTV Human Service News and Information TV Program/Blog Alert/Update: The Mayor's Climate Crisis Working Group Findings and Recommendations!

The need to prioritize the people most impacted by the Climate Crisis and Climate Change was not covered at all.

  • Posted on: 14 April 2022
  • By: HRASHID

Peace Be Unto You;

Dear Cambridge,

My written comment is a brief critique of a few items in the recently released Climate Crisis Working Group Findings and. Recommendations. The specific item that I offer a reaction to is found in Appendix A. on pg. 31, entitled “Anything We Missed.” This item is found at the very end of the document. It pertains to what if anything was missing from the Findings and Recommendations. I think that precise emphasis and coverage of those most affected by the climate crisis was missing, such as the plight of the homeless and their struggles against the natural elements. The need for homeless housing as a relief from the climate was missing. For the homeless, housing is a relief from the climate crisis and its change. The need to prioritize the people most impacted by the climate criis was not covered at all. The working group missed this in total.

The working group seems to concentrate on everything environmental except those affected the most by the climate crisis and climate change, and they are the homeless, in which a disproportionate number are black men, women, and children. Climate crisis and climate change, and racial injustice share the same roots, and have to be addressed together, and that was also missing in the working group’s findings and recommendation. There is no climate action that is not also about racial equity, diversity inclusion, and justice for the most vulnerable segments of the community.

There is a long history of racism in the mainstream environmental, built by people who cared about things like, conservation, wild life, trees, open space, but didn’t care about poor black peoples, and other impoverished segments of the community We need to be able to prioritize the people that are going to be most impacted.

The findings and recommendations don't fortify support for underserved communities and don't support equitable community development for all people. Mass layoffs and other economic disruptions in the wake of the pandemic are drastically increasing the number of people at risk of homelessness. This is especially true in Massachusetts, which was coping with a homelessness crisis and a severe housing shortage before COVID-19 became an issue.

The working group missed reporting on and supporting planning efforts, policy changes and legislation that facilitate higher density housing (especially affordable housing) near transit as an essential strategy for cities to meet climate change goals by reducing building and transportation emissions.

The working group missed encouraging conversation around the connection between climate change and racial equity. Though climate change will affect all people in Cambridge, many (homeless) are more vulnerable to climate change. Climate change will have a greater negative effect on this group.

Finally, the importance of social equity in addressing the climate crisis and climate change, was totally excluded in the working group’s released of its findings and recommendations.

Check Out: https://www.cambridgema.gov/-/media/Files/officeofthemayor/2022/climatec...

Yours In Peace
Hasson Rashid
Concerned Citizen/ Resident/ ACT Board Member
Human Service News and Information TV Program/ CCTV Blog
Citizen Journalist
Cambridge, MA