I live in an industrial area of town. For the last 12 years, my South Seattle neighborhood has experienced the changes of gentrification. The punk rock house with a sign that read “don’t trifle with us” still stands, but its inhabitants and the sign are now gone and townhomes with six to a dozen units per lot have popped up with more on the way. I have new sets of neighbors where I see more young children and young parents walking their dogs and taking their children for an outing down my alleyway. In fact, my alleyway serves more like a sidewalk as folks walk by with strollers and kids on bikes as we exchange pleasantries. My new neighbors are also homeless with different types of RVs and makeshift homes lining our streets and a tiny-home village with folks who care about the community as much as those with a fixed roof over their heads.
What has not changed in my neighborhood are the toxic odors that I wake up to most mornings.
Front and Centered, a coalition focused on racial equity and environmental justice, held a media briefing on Thursday, Feb. 18, featuring members of its Community Council to address pollution and its effects on communities of color across the nation. At the briefing, panelists specifically pushed against cap-and-trade policy proposals, including one in Washington State.
Cap and Trade is a False Solution to Climate Change
by Jill Mangaliman and Edgar Franks
“How can you buy or sell the sky?”
These words by Chief Seattle resonate today, especially when there are contradicting proposals for climate action that pit profit against people and planet. Cap and Trade — also known as Carbon Markets — are “market-based” schemes introduced for and by major climate-polluting corporations in order to claim they are taking meaningful steps to limit (and over time) reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.