Love Canal Hero Lois Gibbs Featured In Online Session this Wednesday, April 7th at 12 Noon EST

‘Lois Gibbs to lead her Niagara Falls, New York community in a three-year struggle to protect their families from the hazardous waste buried in their backyards.’

An Invite from the Center For Health, Environment & Justice in the U.S.A. to Engage in this Online Session

Posted April 5th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

The heroic Lois Gibbs, in early years, fighting the battle to save her family and so many others from the perils of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York

When I began my professional reporting career at The St. Catharines Standard in 1979, one of the most dangerous environmental issues that was threatening our Greater Niagara Region at the time was the Love Canal toxic waste dump that was poisoning a neighbourhood in Niagara Falls, New York, and leaking its way to the Niagara River.

This environmental disaster, more than any other at the time, awakened citizens and governments on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border to the health threat industrial pollution posed to our Great Lakes – a source of drinking water for tens-of-millions of people in both coountries, and a habitat for a rich host of wildlife.

A historic aireal shot of the Love Canal neighbourhood, with the dump of poisons in the middle, and the Niagara River, where the chemical poisons were also leaking to, in the background.

At that time, bonafide heroes emerged to fight for a cleanup – among them housewife and mother, turned activist extraordinaire Lois Gibbs, the late Margherita Howe who led the group Operation Clean in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the late Sister Margeen Hoffmann who lead the Ecumenical Taskforce in Niagara County, New York, Buffalo, New York environmental lawyer Barbara Morrison, Environment Canada officer Rick Findlay, senior Environment Canada scientist Doug Hallett,  Anne Wordsworth at Pollution Probe, lawyer Tobey Vigod at the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)  then-Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley (now chair of Niagara’s regional council, and more.

We need to remember this history and honour those who had the courage and principles to fight, lest we repeat catastrophies like Love Canal again.

So please consider tuning in to the session featuring the great Lois Gibbs.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large)

Now Here Is the Release on the Lois Gibbs Online Event

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the  Center For Health, Environment & Justice in (CHEJ.

In 1981, Lois Gibbs founded the  Center for Health, Environment & Justice to ensure that no other community would  have to face a toxic health threat alone. Since then, CHEJ has been working  tirelessly to prevent harm to human health by providing technical and organizing  support to individuals and communities facing environmental injustices.

Lois Gibbs and a then-young daughter still fighting for families to be evacuated from the Love Canal area, four decades ago

Join us on Wednesday, April 7 at 12PM EST for a special edition of Living Room Leadershipwith CHEJ’s Founder, Lois Gibbs.

We will have an intimate conversation about lessons learned from Love Canal and  other victories throughout the years. Learn about her journey to activist and  leader and how she has helped over 15,000 groups—comprising roughly 2.25 million  people—successfully fight environmental health threats across the nation!

Don’t miss out on this special celebration, and register today

As it is a celebration, the event will be longer than a typical 45 minute Living Room Leadership. Join us to celebrate CHEJ, Lois Gibbs, and her contribution to the environmental justice movement!

** See you Wednesday, April 7 at 12PM EST

Best,  The Team at CHEJ

Register for Living Room Leadership by clicking on –<https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/ss/c/P8Elou2Rvc0qoMPEUZrMXcOpy_XqN4R2ZGjoK-5zZnlCbvs5zV8fy8nthtSDsex4WRKNvearSQvIDlsop0BR-Rc8aYiNHC1B2k0-_O_pOk3SpGhVchyJPpKIDJstNbIORBdbzXb2Sim5dPG9GSkjwsMcH4s2Vsqeq9nMijd2x5nNMiBbBHiUZdEuSDy1LzxcTszI7qiIsaI3dd-fkaf01OPCAISqFg88CK3tFXNN-Pp7ZWwwVOxPM36H40wKqEDVH5Eq5HwF3iv2zcFKznsim4CW7Fzz3OpXwJdyCwThIs_PRmtkNqV9g_zQVjx6DSWVApmWAgQm8rWWPScF5zo99LAHvFisNZkU2X3kvL1bfRU/3at/U4hdTmYCQ8a0yT1sb17yNA/h3/EBu3hG-_fVvaZNuwWBCO_CLR7fmvBJnvAhURwn1b6J0>

A book on the epic battle for eco justice  by Lois Gibbs

About Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York – Lois Gibbs was raising her family in Love Canal, near Niagara Falls in upstate New York, in 1978 when she discovered that her home and those of her neighbors were sitting next to 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals.

That shocking discovery spurred Lois to lead her community in a three-year struggle to protect their families from the hazardous waste buried in their backyards. By trial and error, Lois and her neighbors developed the strategies and methods to educate and organize the community, assess the impacts of toxic wastes on their health, and challenge corporate and government policies on the dumping of hazardous materials. Her leadership led to the relocation of 833 Love Canal households.

To read more on Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal disaster, click on – http://chej.org/about-us/story/love-canal/ .

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One response to “Love Canal Hero Lois Gibbs Featured In Online Session this Wednesday, April 7th at 12 Noon EST

  1. Robert McMaster

    I’ll be tuning-in for sure.
    WOW! 40 years since ‘LOVE CANAL”!
    And on The Canadian side of the RIVER,,, It’s been 35 years since I worked with Lois Gibbs together with many others with “PEOPLE POWER” to stop the Toxic Waist Incinerators from being built in West Lincoln, the centre of the Niagara Peninsula’s farmlands. Lois gave us her support and ever expanding knowledge of toxic waste and pollution to help us in the up hill battle. It took three plus years with the help of not only the citizens group but The Niagara Regional Government siding with “People Power” before it was cancelled.
    Thank you Lois for keepin’ up the good fight.

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