Remember Love Canal? In 1978, when Lois Gibbs found out her child was attending a school built on top of a 20,000 ton toxic chemical dump in Niagara Falls, NY, she sprang into action, forming the Love Canal Homeowner’s Association. Two years later, through many struggles with opposing groups, President Jimmy Carter declared an Emergency Declaration, moving all 900 families out of the toxic hot spot.
Unable to simply walk away from the movement she’d started, Gibbs found herself called upon to advocate for others in like situations, first founding the Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, later named the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), helping over 10,000 grassroots groups, nationwide.
Gibbs will be at Talking Leaves Bookstore for a signing and reading from her book, Achieving the Impossible, a collection of stories dedicated to victims of toxic pollution everywhere–some in WNY.
Friday, February 20
6 – 8PM
3158 Main Street
Image: Boston University School of Public Health