Today, residents of Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods joined with Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Nadioo to deliver over 25000 letters to Edison International headquarters in Southern California. The letters were addressed to Ted Craver, Edison's CEO, and called on Edison to quit coal and bring clean energy solutions to Chicago.
Community members who made the trip, such as Leila Mendez and Kim Wasserman, live in the shadow of Edison's Fisk and Crawford coal plants. They have been fighting for their right to breathe clean air for almost a decade, and today, they brought their fight directly to the corporation that is putting their families' health at risk.
Edison International subsidiary, Southern California Edison, is the largest purchaser of renewable energy of any utility company. However, in Illinios and Pennsylvania, it also operates some of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the country. More people live near Edison's Fisk and Crawford coal plants than any other coal plants in America.
Check out the photo set below, and stay tuned for personal stories directly from the community members who are leading the fight to shut down Fisk and Crawford and bring clean energy to Chicago.
True clean energy leaders don't burn coal. It's time for Edison International to retire Fisk and Crawford.
-- Edyta Sitko, Chicago Field Organizer