Environmental activist known for Love Canal work to speak Thursday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards | SummitDaily.com

Environmental activist known for Love Canal work to speak Thursday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards

When Lois Gibbs learned that her Niagara Falls, New York, neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of a toxic waste dump, and that residents were suffering reproductive abnormalities, birth defects, cancers and other serious health issues as a result, she was compelled to act.

She rallied her community and drew nationwide attention to the effects of toxic waste. Thanks to her efforts, in 1980 President Jimmy Carter delivered an emergency declaration and relocated more than 800 residents away from the toxic neighborhood. Cleanup of Love Canal began shortly thereafter.

Gibbs will speak at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Following Gibbs’ success with Love Canal, she created the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, which has assisted more than 11,000 grassroots groups in organizing against dangerous environmental conditions.

She has appeared on “60 Minutes” and “20/20,” among dozens of television programs, and has received numerous awards and accolades, including a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a spot on the Outside Magazine Top 10 Who Made a Difference honor roll.

The CMC-Edwards Sustainability Speaker Series will present “An Evening with Lois Gibbs” at the college’s campus at 150 Miller Ranch Road in Edwards. The talk will be followed by a reception.

For more information, contact Mercedes Quesada-Embid, associate professor of sustainability studies, at (970) 569-2900, ext. 2946, or visit coloradomtn.edu/edwards/ or the Facebook page of Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

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