Help Establish a Healthy Environment for ALL in Washington - Vote YES on SB 5489

Help Establish a Healthy Environment for ALL in Washington - Vote YES on SB 5489

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Lucy Zern started this petition to State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos and

Senate bill 5489 calls for an ACT Relating to establishing a healthy environment for all by addressing environmental health disparities. This bill wishes to encourage a productive and enjoyable harmony between humankind and the environment, by preventing damage to the environment and the biosphere. The bill recognizes how there are communities and residents that face greater barriers to a healthy environment, due to their circumstances. Vulnerable populations are defined as “communities that experience disproportionate cumulative risk from environmental burdens due to: (a) Adverse socioeconomic factors, including unemployment, high housing and transportation costs relative to income, and access to food and health care, and linguistic isolation; and (b) Sensitivity factors, such as low birth weight and higher rates of hospitalization. (4.1-7) Though the state knows that certain communities are in greater need for support than others, they do not know where/ what communities they are. To ensure just solutions, this bill calls for a task force, which must include community involvement, requiring that three members from community based organizations be appointed to the task force to recommend strategies for incorporating environmental justice principals into state agencies, and the involvement of an individual who is well-informed of environmental justice, with experience in these issues. Senate Bill 5489 is necessary and essential for Washington residents. Please sign this petition!

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