This week the Moving Forward Network launched a petition in support of the Zero Campaign, a nationwide effort to advocate for the health of communities impacted by deadly diesel emissions from trucks, ships, and trains carrying cargo to and from ports across the country.
Air Alliance Houston is a proud member of the Moving Forward Network, advocating for the health and well being of communities impacted by goods movement along the Gulf Coast. Other regional partners in the network include our friends Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Community In-Power and Development Association, the Environmental Integrity Project. The Moving Forward Network also includes regional partners in Northern and Southern California, New York/New Jersey, and Kansas City, with new regions and partners being added continuously.
The goal of the Zero Campaign is simple: end air pollution from goods movement activity across the nation. We have the technology to make this goal a reality, and the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to make it happen.
That’s where you come in. One of the first initiatives of the Zero Campaign is to collect 100,000 signatures on a petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Our message to the Administrator is that, “The EPA must act to reduce pollution, protect our planet and advance environmental justice by enforcing clean air standards and promoting zero emissions technologies at every port, rail yard, distribution center and busy truck corridor across the country.”
Depending on where you live in Houston, you may not know much about communities around the Houston Ship Channel. The sad fact is residents who live near the Ship Channel are poorer, less healthy, and less able to protect themselves from the impacts of pollution in their neighborhoods. These low-income, minority communities are part of what makes Houston the most diverse major city in America. It is unacceptable to burden them with the impacts of economic activity from which we all benefit. If the Port of Houston is the “economic engine” for the region, then let it be an economic engine for the lives and well being of its vulnerable neighbors.
Until we protect everyone in the Houston Ship Channel and across the nation who is suffering from the impacts of goods movement activity, the Zero Campaign will continue. Together, we will END emissions from trucks, ships, and trains.