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Media Contact: Michael Hansen, 205-320-9670, [email protected]

Community Climate Assembly Slated to Address Transit Justice in Birmingham

May 16, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 15, 2023) — On Thursday, May 18, 2023, GASP will hold its fifth Community Climate Assembly as part of the Green New Deal for Birmingham (GND4BHM) campaign. The event focusing on transit justice will be held at Harvest Roots Ferments Taproom from 6 to 8 p.m. The guest speaker will be public transportation advocate Marva Douglas.

Transit justice means safe, accessible, and well-funded public transportation and infrastructure that helps all people affordably and reliably get to and from essential places, such as jobs, schools, healthcare, and groceries. Transportation must be sustainable for our natural environment and ensure the well-being of people over cars.

Transit justice is one of six pillars of the GND4BHM campaign, which also seeks to address pollution, energy, equitable investments, sustainable development, and government transparency. The goal of the GND4BHM campaign is to develop a people-driven, justice-first climate action plan for the City of Birmingham.

“We want to hear from frontline communities so that we can tap into a huge opportunity to improve our city for the betterment of Birmingham citizens and our Magic City,” said Climate Change Program Coordinator Perry Dowell. “Together, we can make Birmingham a place that feels like a safe and healthy home for all Birminghamians.”

GASP invites everyone interested in the fight for reliable, affordable transportation in Birmingham to Community Climate Assembly V: Transit Justice. To register in advance, visit birminghamclimateplan.com/events/transit-justice. Contact Climate Change Program Coordinator Perry Dowell at [email protected] or 205-320-9673 for more information.

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About GASP

GASP is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of Alabamians by reducing air pollution, advancing environmental justice, and promoting climate solutions through education, advocacy, and collaboration. We strive to reduce exposure to air pollution, educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality, and encourage community leaders to serve as role models by advocating for clean air and clean energy. GASPgroup.org

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