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Deep Down: Make it Local

An Impact Video on Deep Down’s innovative approach to community engagement screenings.  I  co-produced this video and coordinated the exchange between KFTC member Beverly May and LVEJO members. LVEJO now hopes to bring a group of youth from Chicago to visit Beverly May in Kentucky and tour mountaintop removal sites. We learned that linking directly affected communities through screening events strengthens the movement and is an effective use of documentary film as a tool for social change. 

Support provided by the NRDC and Working Films.

At 11:00am today, six activists with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Rising Tide North America, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and the Backbone Campaign were arrested after climbing the fence to Midwest Generation’s controversial Crawford coal plant in Little Village. The activists unfurled a 7’ x 30’ banner atop a 20 foot tall sprawling coal pile that feeds the power plant, which reads: “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.”

The groups are demanding the closure of the plant just one day before the much-anticipated Clean Power Ordinance hearing, which could force the plant to undergo major modifications to upgrade their pollution controls.

Kim Wasserman One of Six Grassroots Heroes to Win $150,000 Goldman Environmental Prize 

2013 recipients come from Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, South Africa and USA

The Prize recognizes achievements in marshland restoration, solid waste management; fightingfracking, marble mining, and coal plant emissions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2013 — The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities.

This year’s winners are:

KIMBERLY WASSERMAN, USA
Kimberly Wasserman led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest power plants–and is now transforming Chicago’s old industrial sites into parks and multi-use spaces.

JONATHAN DEAL, South Africa
With no prior experience in grassroots organizing, Jonathan Deal led a successful campaign againstfracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a semi-desert region treasured for its agriculture, beauty and wildlife.

AZZAM ALWASH, Iraq
Giving up a comfortable living and family life in California, Azzam Alwash returned to war-torn Iraq to lead local communities in restoring the once-lush marshes that were turned to dustbowls during Saddam Hussein’s rule.

ROSSANO ERCOLINI, Italy
An elementary school teacher, Rossano Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a national Zero Waste movement.

ALETA BAUN, Indonesia
By organizing hundreds of local villagers to peacefully occupy marble mining sites in “weaving protests," Aleta Baun stopped the destruction of sacred forestland in Mutins Mountain on the island of Timor.

NOHRA PADILLA, Colombia 
Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of waste management.

About the Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.

The Goldman Environmental Prize, now in its 24th year, is awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions. With an individual cash prize of $150,000, it is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism. The winners will be awarded the Prize at an invitation-only ceremony on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Opera House. A smaller ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. will follow on Wednesday, April 17.

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Our youth jump for joy on August 12th to celebrate the 3rd year anniversary of the Crawford Coal Power Plant being shut down! Woo!

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Eu7lLJ5SSs)