Recently, Executive Director Diane Takvorian spoke at the Port of San Diego's launch of Shorepower- a new Port process reducing operational air pollution. 


Shorepower provides a significant reduction in diesel particulate matter (air pollution). This advancement is critically important for Barrio Logan given the staggering asthma rates in children and the overall air pollution.

We know what happens on the working waterfront greatly affects our surrounding communities, and we applaud the Port's actions to reduce pollution. We also recognize City of San Diego's effort through its adoption of the Barrio Logan community plan update

The shipyards should follow the actions of the Port and the City and abandon their efforts to undo the Barrio Logan Plan plan. Instead, they should focus attention on reducing their own air emissions – estimates are that the shipyards alone emit over one ton of diesel particulate pollution and another 175 tons of toxic pollution into the community.

Congratulations to the Port of San Diego, and we look forward to taking more toxic-free steps together.


El sábado 15 de febrero nos reunimos un poco más de 300 personas para decirle a Tijuana y San Diego que el Alamar todavía existe y que todavía estamos a tiempo de rescatarlo.

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¿Por qué hacer una marcha un sábado en la mañana donde nadie nos va a ver?

Porque para vernos, nuestros ojos son suficientes. Porque nuestros ojos se multiplican y pueden compartir la visión con otros ojos que les interesa lo que a nosotros nos preocupa. Porque para ver con nuestros ojos lo que queremos rescatar hace falta caminarlo con nuestros propios pies.

Arroyo Alamar Yo Soy El Alamar 4¿Por qué luchar contra una obra que lleva más del 70% de avance?

Porque nunca es tarde para corregir las cosas. Porque la zona que todavía no ha sido destruida es el área más verde, hogar del pájaro carpintero y el ganso canadiense.

Arroyo Alamar Yo Soy El Alamar 6¿Por qué cruzar la frontera para caminar con otros?

Porque la naturaleza, la contaminación y este arroyo no reconocen fronteras. Porque somos uno conectado. Porque lo que haga río arriba afecta río abajo.

Arroyo Alamar Yo Soy El Alamar 7¿Por qué decimos que no sólo hablamos de árboles?

Porque lo que hacemos en este momento es el legado para nuestros hijos, y para sus hijos, y para las siguientes generaciones. Porque todos tenemos derecho a espacios verdes como estos, libres de tóxicos y con espacios seguros y saludables para las comunidades.

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Port_of_San_Diego_Workshop_PlanningThe Port of San Diego is drafting its plan to guide land and water use for the next 50 years, and we must make our voices heard. On Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19, community members have the opportunity to provide feedback at the two-night Integrated Planning Workshop.

We need your help to make sure the Port's 50-year plan steers San Diego towards a clean, safe and healthy future.

Join us to request the Port of San Diego lead the way in environmental justice and set an example by prioritizing nearby residential communities and pollution reduction. Together, let's ask the Port of San Diego to:

  • Pursue immediate action to address climate change by reducing air and environmental pollution.
  • Ensure that its operations don't continue to negatively effect the health and safety of adjacent residential communities.
  • Commit to taking all available action to reduce the cumulative health burdens on Barrio Logan and National City.
  • Proactively ensure that San Diego Bay is enhanced, not degraded, over the next 50 years.
  • Adopt clean air and clean frieght policies that are aggresive and effective.
  • Implement the Climate Action Plan and meet local pollution reduction goals.

Please join us!

Tuesday, February 18, 6-8 p.m.
B Street Cruise Ship Terminal
1140 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego 
(Parking is available on the Pier)

Wednesday, February 19, 6-8 p.m.
Norman Park Senior Center
270 F St, Chula Vista 

If you can't make the meeting but would still like to give input for the planning process, submit your comments here

Valentines Day is upon us, and so are candies, chocolates, flowers, nice dinners, you name it. But before you fall head over heels into this holiday, learn how to protect your loved one, partner, girlfriend, parents and children from the hazards of lead. We know, it may seem like that last thing you want to think about on a day like today, but lead can be found in certain candy and make-up - two things not uncommon on Valentines Day. lipstick

CANDY
While most candies don't contain lead, there are still a few that do (mostly candies exported from other countries). This happens when the lead in the candy wrapper leaches into candies containing tamarind and chile because of the acid in the ingredient. This Valentines day, instead of taking a risk with candy, buy alternative loving gifts such as flowers or a card.

Click here for a list candies with unsafe lead levels.

More so than adults, children are most susceptible to lead poisoning. EHC conducts outreach in low-income communities to identify and eliminate sources of lead poisoning. Please call today if you want to a home lead test, and learn more about lead poisoning in children here.

MAKE-UP
Ladies, check your lip gloss. Recently, many popular lipsticks and glosses have been found to have traces of lead and up to eight other toxic metals including titanium, copper and nickel, to name a few. Questions are now being raised about the long-term effects of daily metal intake via these beauty products. Make sure the lip products you use aren't on the list of 20 lipsticks containing the most lead.

You can also try this personal test on your own lipsticks to make sure they are safe to use.

1. Put some lipstick on your hand
2. Use a gold ring to scratch on the lipstick
3. If the lipstick color changes to black then you know it contains lead
4. Share this information with your girlfriends, wives and female family members

To avoid the risk of absorbing any lead, stick with a non-candy gift and ladies, go au-natural. Happy Valentines Day, from EHC!

alamar canalizadoEl próximo sábado 15 de febrero en punto de las 9:00 de la mañana Environmental Health Coalition junto con otras 14 organizaciones de la sociedad civil de Tijuana y la campaña Alamar Sustentable celebraremos el evento Yo Soy el Alamar.

El objetivo es demostrar que el bosque del Arroyo Alamar (arroyo binacional que nace en Estados Unidos y desemboca en el Estuario del Río Tijuana en Imperial Beach) ubicado al Este de Tijuana, todavía existe y que a pesar de que el proyecto de canalización que está en proceso todavía estamos a tiempo de rescatar lo más importante, no solo por las plantas y animales endémicos y migratorios que podemos encontrar en esta zona, sino por el derecho que tenemos todos los ciudadanos a contar con áreas verdes naturales.

carpintero en el alamarDespués de dos años de campaña la coalición Alamar y la campaña Alamar Sustentable, hemos logrado integrar la Mesa Técnica del Arroyo Alamar, donde hemos encontrado propuestas interesantes para modificar el proyecto de concreto y buscar alternativas más sustentables. Sin embargo, aunque CONAGUA (Comisión Nacional de Agua, organismo encargado de la canalización) ha estado presente en algunas reuniones, todavía no se compromete formalmente a conservar el bosque ripario.

Programa artístico:

  • Poesia con Brianda Ivonne Sánchez, Elias Ramirez Robles y Jorge Calderón
  • Danza Africana con Frontera Negra
  • Malabares y fuego con El Dragón
  • Sones Jarochos con el Colectivo de Jaraneras
  • Danza Folklórica
  • Plática sobre plantas nativas con Nativ@s

Las organizaciones que convocan son: poster evento

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