OPAL, in partnership with APANO and Greenpeace Pacific Northwest, would like to invite you to a listening circle with our members and community members to talk about our rights of self-determination as it related to regional air quality. Did you know that Portland’s air quality is very poor, and has big impacts on residents along high traffic corridors such as along I-205, Powell and Foster? Calvin Quek is an organizer from China, where the “airpocalypse” has caused a growing public demand for ambitious government action to reduce air pollution. Come listen to the link between coal exports, transportation and air pollution, as well as the not-so-subtle local connection to the pollution in China.
Guest speakers: Calvin Quek, the Head of Sustainable Finance for Greenpeace East Asia. Calvin is an expert in Chinese energy policy and global finance, and regularly presents to major financial institutions and civil society organizations.
As the world’s largest coal consumer, China plays a central role in determining global coal prices and investment trends. Due to public health concerns, competition from cleaner energy, and an economic slowdown, China’s appetite for imported coal is waning, with big implications for Northwest communities that are considering new coal export terminals
Sam Diaz is OPAL Environmental Justice’s legal intern, working on local air quality issues that effect livability in Portland’s low income neighborhoods. His focus while in law school at Lewis and Clark is on Environmental Justice and civil rights.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 12:30pm
2407 SE 49th Avenue
Call (503) 342-8910 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP