Sierra Club and NAACP join forces for 3rd annual Earth Day Celebration

SIERRA CLUB AND NAACP JOIN FORCES FOR 3RD ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

“LIFE ON A CHANGING PLANET: What it means for our community & how we plan for a brighter future”

MINNEAPOLIS – Saturday, the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Minneapolis NAACP will celebrate Earth Day by highlighting the diverse efforts happening in Minneapolis to reduce unhealthy air pollution and address climate disruption by improving local communities and supporting the EPA’s proposed first-ever national limits on carbon pollution.

Youth will perform and share the songs and videos they’ve created to tell their stories of how their families are affected by pollution—from severe asthma to the detrimental results of mercury poisoning. Community partners will speak on a panel about investing in solutions such as community gardens while standing up to neighboring polluters like Northern Metals. NAACP’s national Climate Justice Director Jacqui Patterson, as keynote, will address EPA’s proposed new source performance standards – the nation’s first limits on carbon pollution from coal plants. Representative Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s own champion for environmental justice and community health, will also attend. 

WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 21 FROM 10 AM-3PM
WHERE: MINNEAPOLIS URBAN LEAGUE 2100 PLYMOUTH AVENUE NORTH, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55411 
WHAT:
 10:30 am Youth Performance: High School of Recording Arts Green Team will perform songs live
11:00 am Keynote: Jacqui Patterson, NAACP’s Climate Justice Director
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Community Panel: Louis Alemayhu
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM) officer; Board member, North American Water Office; Writer, educator, activist, poet, father, grandfather of African and Native American heritage and Sam Grant – Principal, Ujima Consulting and Movement Center for Deep Democracy; Founder and consultant with Full Circle Community Institute and Afro Eco
2:00pm Community Networking

Presenters are available in advance of the event for interviews.

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