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History

In 2014, several organizations representing labor and community groups in New York City came together and crafted a ten-point platform titled Climate Works For All. The objectives of the platform were to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the city, create local jobs, and provide social benefits for frontline communities like those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The platform was released around the time of the People’s Climate March of NYC. Upon publication of the platform, Climate Works For All achieved immediate acclaim from the the city. The collaborative effort to fight for a safe climate while protecting workers and communities in New York City continues to this day.

One of the effects of Climate Works For All was the sparking of interest for a similar effort in Philadelphia. The organizers of “CW4A NYC” made the trip to the City of Brotherly Love and presented on their process, their product, and their pathway moving forward. In the ensuing year and a half, with the generous effort of many volunteers, a similar initiative was set in motion for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Climate Works is now an established and expanding coalition predominately comprised of labor groups and community groups with coordinating support from the Sierra Club. Through discussion and discourse, PCW follows a process of equitable participation and inclusion, where those historically without a seat at the table take the lead in deciding our stances, our actions, and our campaigns.

At PCW, we believe it matters who is sitting next to you when choices are being made. We think about who is present, who is absent, who holds equity and who holds power.

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Vision and Mission

Vision

This city will combat climate change by justly investing in its workforce and its impacted communities.

Mission

To develop and implement a platform of achievable, enactable, local policies that will reduce carbon emissions while creating high quality jobs and tangible social benefits available to a diverse and growing number of Philadelphians.

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Values

  • The rights and wellbeing of workers are essential and non-negotiable to a just and green economy.
  • Communities will face the trauma of climate change-induced disasters in different way and extents and our city’s response needs to be better positioned and prepared to address climate-related emergencies ranging from flooding to health epidemics.
  • Black, Brown, immigrant, and low-income communities are the most vulnerable to the insecurities of energy, food, water, air, housing, and land, all of which which climate change exacerbates.
  • Those faced with the greatest burdens must be positioned to lead and have the chance to shape how Philly adapts, mitigates, and responds to climate change.
  • To craft the right solutions, the public, small business, and academia must invest and cultivate the skills, expertise, and ideas of leaders in our communities and workforce.
  • Our government must address social and economic inequalities through bold and strategic actions if we want to achieve healthy, strong and viable communities today and a livable city for future generations tomorrow.

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