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I Blame My School For Not Teaching Me About The Effects Of Burning Coal

I am a youth organizer at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization.
As a community member I am faced with plenty of community issues, which is why I got
involved with the LVEJO organization. One of the problems we deal with is trying to get
the Crawford Coal Power Plant to shutdown. It has been polluting our air since the 1950s
And we’ve had enough of it! We do community outreach to inform our neighbors how burning
coal is affecting our health. Unfortunately most people in Little Village are not aware of
the Crawford Coal Power Plant.

When I first started going to LVEJO as a volunteer, I was informed of the effects of burning coal.
Why is it most of my neighbors don’t know how the coal power plant is affecting our health? I’ve noticed
That when I do toxic tours for other people outside the community they already know the coal power plant is polluting our air and the effects it produces, but when I ask people from my neighborhood they seem clueless. Most of the people who are aware
of the pollution and health effects coal power plants produce learned about this from school. All I know is that
I never learned about this at my school. Why don’t the schools from my community don’t teach us about this?

Why are people who don’t have coal power plants in their community the ones being educated about it?
My neighbors and I are the ones who are mainly being affected by it. Is it that they want us to be uninformed so
we won’t fight back? Schools should be required to teach the students about how power plants pollute our air.
Coal power plants are located in low-income communities, which is where people of color live. This is environmental racism and I find it very important to outreach to uninformed community members about the health effects burning coal produces and how it is polluting our air. It’s time to fight back and put an end to environmental injustice!

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