Join the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the NAACP tomorrow (Saturday, April 30) for a fun-filled day featuring youth performances; a panel with Representative Keith Ellison, MPCA Commissioner Paul Aasen and youth; and a keynote luncheon with national environmental justice advocate Vernice Miller-Travis.
Students for the Climate Change Crew who performed at last year’s Earth Day event will close the day showing their “Change is Born” music video and talk about the work they are doing with the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center to make that change a reality.
As part of our celebration, we’ll do a “honk and wave for clean air” photo with the crowd in front of the Minneapolis Urban League. Special thanks to the students from High School for the Recording Arts and Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center who made signs.
Earth Day 2011: Celebrate the Clean Air Act
Saturday, April 30th
10:00am – 2:00pm (Registration/Networking at 9:30am)
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue N Minneapolis, MN 55411
Show up early for coffee and bagels and time to mingle and network. We’re excited to have EJAM, Healthy Legacy, North Point Health and Wellness Center, Twin Cities Greenways, High School for the Recording Arts, Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center and others at informational booths.
Coffee and bagels have been donated by Common Roots Café who is also composting for the event. Lunch is provided by Marina Grill and Deli featuring Greek/Mediterranean food. Cookies by the Cookie Cart, a non-profit providing North Minneapolis youth their first paid job experience.
Facts about the Clean Air Act:
In the United States, the asthma hospitalization rate for African Americans is 3 to 4 times the rate for whites. Inner city children have the highest asthma prevalence, hospitalizations and deaths. Smog and soot pollution from coal-fired power plants and transportation is largely to blame.
Fortunately, the Clean Air Act exists to protect our health and the EPA exists to enforce much needed safeguards. More than 1.7 million asthma attacks and $110 billion in health costs were avoided in 2010 alone thanks to everyone’s efforts.