After Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York was filled with 20,000 tons of chemical wastes by Hooker Chemical Company in the 1940s-50s, a school and residential community were built on and along it. In the 1970s, residents of the town, after noticing elevated levels of illnesses and disease in the area, began to speak out, making it national news. Watch the following short video to find out what happened next.
Can you find examples of environmental justice issues in your own community?
Related Boston Event:
Northeastern Presents Lois Gibbs
When: Wednesday, April 4th from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Room 20 West Village F, Northeastern University, Boston
The director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, the author of Love Canal and the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the Heinz award, and the Green Corps Environmental Leadership Award, Lois Gibbs, will be coming to give a talk at Northeastern! Her efforts also led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or Superfund, which is used to locate and clean up toxic waste sites throughout the United States.
Event Website: http://www.face