We can have a healthier, more equitable future…
“It turns out that communities are the most important force that allows humans to weather great storms, literally and metaphorically. The climate crisis will intensify, but our communities will continue to rise — because they were always standing.”
—Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez, co-founder of Emerge Puerto Rico, a cutting-edge climate change leadership and education initiative.
We, our neighbors and our children deserve a better future. Here’s one way we can bring it bit closer. Green Buildings Now is a Seattle-based coalition of faith organizations, climate justice groups, civic organizations and individuals. Join us in promoting social justice and climate resilience by addressing the urgent task of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in a just way.
We are supporting community leaders who are creating a Resilience Hub in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The vision includes a fossil-fuel-free emergency hub and community service center on the campus of Bethany United Church of Christ. These buildings already house neighborhood organizations that promote early childhood learning, healthy food access and racial equity.
Your donation will help weatherize the buildings and install clean electric energy systems such as heat pumps. Together with a solar power array and battery storage funded by other sources, these systems are keys to a non-polluting, climate-resilient emergency hub and community service center.
A successful project will mean cleaner air and lower utility bills for Resilience Hub partners led by people of color. It will also be a step in the direction of addressing inequities resulting from centuries of systemic racism.
Tickets are now on sale at https://bit.ly/aksuite for the Nelda Swiggett Quintet’s May 15 benefit performance of “The Alaska Suite” at 3 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church. All proceeds benefit Green Buildings Now.
Swiggett’s “The Alaska Suite: a story of loss, beauty and hope” depicts how the climate crisis is unfolding in Alaska and leaves audiences inspired to take action. The 90-minute performance features jazz, images, poetry, spoken word and audience participation. One listener called the work “part love song, part sad ballad to Alaska, and part battle cry to reclaim the health of our planet.”