On April 14, 2016, we celebrated communities spearheading crossborder environmental justice and rebuilding the natural world we share. Communities on an international border have the great privilege and responsibility of transcending boundaries and merging two cultures into one unique way of life. One border, shared. One community, together. One people, unified.
Throughout EHC's 35 years of advocacy our focus has stayed the same - achieving environmental health and justice. Executive Director Diane Takvorian shares some of the biggest environmental impacts affecting children in our communities.
This is a story about everyone's right to clean air and transportation. It's the story of the climate revolución.
As the irreversible effects of climate change hit our communities the hardest, we say, "Enough. Enough neglect, enough dirty air and enough wasting time. We won't stand for this anymore." A revolution is born.
On April 30, we celebrated progress as our communities lead the countywide charge to improve health, transit and energy. This video announces our 2015 Awardees, leaders of the Climate Revolución.
Sarah, one of our talented SALTA leadership training teachers, explains the value of SALTA for organizers of disadvantaged communities.
SALTA (Salud Ambiental Lideres Tomando Accion – Environmental Health, Leaders Taking Action) is Environmental Health Coalition's web-based, interactive leadership development curriculum that provides community leaders with skill-building training in community organizing, policy advocacy, building power, community health, environmental justice and effective communication. Learn more about SALTA.
Meet Tuan Luu, a recent SALTA graduate. Tuan feels SALTA has prepared him to succeed with in-depth community organizer training and has motivated him more than ever to make a lasting change in his community. He recommends the course to anyone interested in making a difference.
SALTA stands for Salud Ambiental Lideres Tomando Accion – Environmental Health, Leaders Taking Action. Learn more about SALTA.
Lara Gates, plan update manager at the City of San Diego; For stewardship of the Barrio Logan community plan update, enabling all stakeholders to find a just outcome to neighborhood land-use issues.
Maria Martinez, EHC leader and promotora; For leading and inspiring community members in Barrio Logan to fight for a healthier neighborhood.
The Barrio Logan Community Action Team; For standing strong as community leaders in Barrio Logan and organizing and empowering other residents to have a voice in the issues effecting their neighborhood.
Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, City of National City councilwoman; For leadership on the Westside Specific Plan, the implementation of phasing out polluting businesses, adding 201 affordable housing units and more.
Adriana Alfaro, EHC leader; For years of dedication to improving Old Town National City and tireless work towards achieving environmental justice in the San Diego region.
The National City Community Action Team; For standing strong as community leaders in National City and organizing and empowering other residents to have a voice in the issues effecting their neighborhood.
Ruth Heifetz, EHC founding board member and senior lecturer at UCSD School of Medicine, took home our 2014 Spirit of Justice Award for a lifetime of dedication to raising awareness among students, professionals, workers and residents to the hazards of toxic pollution.