DEC 7 1000 Cancuns Media Advisory - Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Contact: Ian Viteri (773)762-6991
             Raquel Nunez (773)341-6459
 
       MEDIA ADVISORY
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Climate Change from Chicago to Cancun:

The Least Responsible are the Most Affected,

Community Mural Unveiling


WHAT: Local Artists will unveil a new mural conceptualizing the struggle for environmental justice in Little Village, where community members, climate activists and public health experts have been working together to clean up the local coal-fired power plant, Midwest Generation’s Crawford Generating Station. The unveiling will take place on December 7, a global day of action for Climate Justice happening in conjunction with peoples movements in Cancun during the United Nations climate talks and around the world. The mural utilizes visual vocabulary to make connections between local struggles and the global movement for just and equitable climate solutions.

WHEN: 10am Tuesday, December 7

WHERE: Café Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana in Little Village

WHO: The event is being organized by the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Speakers include LVEJO organizers, community artists, community activists and LVEJO youth leaders.

WHY: Community-based networks are leading a global Climate Justice movement to confront the root causes of climate change, while defining community priorities and self-determined pathways for a new energy economy. In Little Village, this means cleaning up and retrofitting the coal-fired power plant, and increasing funds for social services, open space and community gardens that build local food self-sufficiency. The Crawford Generating Station is the greatest source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Little Village, and causes a host of health issues such as asthma, respiratory disease and cancer.

As part of the Grassroots Solutions for Climate Justice - North America delegation (http://www.grassrootsclimatesolutions.net) including Little Village community members are attending the 16th International Conference of the Parties, or COP 16, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where the world’s governments are coming together to debate climate solutions November 29 – December 10, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. The global movement for Climate Justice is calling for a stop to REDD and REDD + (the Trojan Horse policies of forest gentrification and militarization), and is advocating for alternatives to carbon offset policies that address the root causes of climate change. Real solutions should adhere to the rights-based guidelines set forward by the Cochabamba People's Agreement, a document that was created collaboratively by global social movements in Bolivia in April 2010 through a process of participatory democracy, in response to last year’s Copenhagen Accord.

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