Environmental Justice Expo
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Location: Fiesta del Sol Expos Pavilion (Cermak and Racine parking lot).
Dates: Thursday, July 27th to Sunday, July 30th from 1 pm – 6 pm.
The Environmental Justice Expo looks to provide a space for leaders in the community to address environmental issues affecting Pilsen and the surrounding Chicagoland Area by advocating, educating, and organizing interested community residents. Community and outreach organizations will provide resources and expertise on various environmental topics, including environmental justice, energy efficiency, solar energy, electric vehicles, conservation, and more. Each organization will also present action items to encourage community members to become more involved in the environmental justice movement and raise awareness of related issues.
Environmental justice is a movement that acknowledges the various social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts that climate change can have on communities, particularly minority communities that bear a disproportionate burden. These communities often face higher exposure to environmental hazards, such as pollution and extreme weather events, due to factors like limited access to resources, discriminatory policies, and historical injustices.
Meet the Environmental Justice Expo leaders
José Hernández serves as Project Manager, Community Resources at Elevate where he works at expanding the reach and capacity of Elevate programming via a grassroots approach in collaborative efforts with internal and external stakeholders. Jose’s work leads with a strong emphasis on community engagement and resource sharing, while providing daily support and technical assistance to Elevate’s Community Resources Team. Having grown up in the Pilsen neighborhood, Jose intimately understands the environmental challenges faced by the community and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to bring resources to Fiesta Del Sol and empower community residents to take impactful action towards a more just, equitable, and sustainable future.