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Warning Signs: Awareness Campaign Targets Coal Burning Power Plants in Chicago

June 16, 2010

Check out this project from Chicago that merges a sign action with an environmental awareness campaign.

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RAN Chicago teamed up with local artists to raise public attention to the Fisk and Crawford coal-powered plants on Chicago’s near south side that have been poisoning the air for decades. Both Plants are located in highly populated neighborhoods – primarily Latino neighborhoods – and have operated with outdated equipment and safety standards that has made Chicago one of the worst cities for air quality in the US. Exposure to these plants has led to an average of 40 deaths a year and high rates of asthma and other upper respiratory ailments. The kicker is that these plants do not even benefit Chicago residents. Most of the power produced is sold on the open grid to Ohio and Pennsylvania while community residents (not to mention the ozone layer) suffers, while company execs get rich.

Local groups – LVEJO (Little Village Environmental Justice Organization), PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization), RAN Chicago, and others are calling for the plants to be closed and for the end of burning fossil fuels as an energy source.

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One comment on “Warning Signs: Awareness Campaign Targets Coal Burning Power Plants in Chicago”

This is awesome and so inspiring. Not only are you using the immense and transformative power of art, you are enabling others to apply these tactics to a whole spectrum of justice issues.