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The Archdiocese of Chicago Black Catholic Initiative will host its 2nd Annual Climate Justice Conference.

The event will be held on All Soul’s Day, Nov. 2nd at St. Benedict the African Parish, 6559 S. Stewart St. in Englewood with a goal to promote environmental justice and explore how to heal climate-impacted communities.

Environmental epidemiologist, engineer and historian Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington will be the keynote speaker. Washington is chief environmental research scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC., and has 30 years of research experience working on the impact of industrial pollution on human health and ecosystems.

“The Climate Justice Conference is the only event of its kind addressing this global issue held on Chicago’s south side,” said Father David Jones, head of the Black Catholic Initiative and pastor at St. Benedict the African. “This event directly tackles the causes and solutions to environmental issues prevalent in African American communities, and we are fortunate to have a nationally recognized expert like Dr. Washington address our participants.”

The Climate Justice Conference is targeted to all community members, notably those who are concerned about, and suffer from high rates of asthma, COPD, lead poisoning, diabetes, mercury exposure and cardiovascular disease — conditions most prevalent in those who live within 30 miles of coal-fired power plants, in housing built prior to 1946, and have a history of eating fish caught in the Great Lakes.

To RSVP for the forum visit the event site or for more information, call 312-577-0475.

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