We are the local chapter of 350.org, a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Our campaign focuses on calling for the city of Chicago to divest its pension funds from fossil fuels. We are building this campaign by participating in days of action, monthly working meetings, happy hours, and other fun events like movie nights, tabling at farmer's markets, book discussions, and attending festivals. We would love to have you get connected and feel empowered to work on the climate crisis!
Please join us for a special monthly meeting in May. This meeting will be a joint meeting between Chicago 350 and Neighbors for Environmental Justice, a McKinley Park-based grassroots group formed approximately a year ago in response to residents’ concerns around the new MAT Asphalt plant there. Specifically, McKinley Park Residents have been worried about the particulate matter being released into the air due to the plant and trucks carrying asphalt from the plant. This type of particle pollution has been linked to various health impacts, including lung disease and cancer. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently denied MAT Asphalt’s five-year pollution permit due to misrepresenting the amount of particulate matter it was emitting. Needless to say, this is an important local environmental issue. To learn more, please visit the Neighbors for Environmental Justice website at n4ej.org.
The joint meeting between 350 Chicago and N4EJ will consist of a sharing of our respective missions and projects. Afterwards, we will visit the McKinley Park Community Garden, a wetlands and native plant area, and, then, the asphalt plant. To round out the day, we’ll visit Marz Brewery, an awesome local, well, brewery. It should be a great day, with lots of collaboration and opportunity to learn about important local environmental issues! Please join us if you can.
Getting there: If traveling by L, take the Orange Line to 35thArcher and from there it’s a ten-minute walk to the play garden. If traveling by bus, take the #9 Ashland bus, #50 Damen bus, #49 Western bus, or #35 31st/35th bus. Finally, if traveling by car, McKinley Park is just south of the I-55/Stevenson expressway.
Cynthia Linton, trained by Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project to give his “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow, will present an updated, shortened version adapted to include the impacts and solutions to climate change in the Midwest and Chicago.
(If you want any bio info: Linton, a retired journalist and professor, is active with the Climate Reality Project–Chicago Chapter and The Sierra Club. She spends most of her time learning and teaching the latest about climate change.)