Saturday, February 9, 2019
Offsite Program: "Toxic Tour" of Houston with t.e.j.a.s.
9:15am - Meet at 1415 Sul Ross (Chapel Annex) for light breakfast and to board the bus
10am-2pm - Tour (bring your own lunch)
Ticketed event, $20 fee to offset transportation costs. Space is limited.
Juan Parras and Yvette Arellano of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) led a tour addressing toxic sites in and around the greater Houston community.
t.e.j.a.s. originated the toxic tour over 20 years ago in Houston as an educational tool for individuals within and outside of the community to gain a further understanding of environmental justice issues. Pictures cannot easily convey the surreal site of this massive industrial complex, nor the thick polluted air. Join us on a tour through the East End of Houston, where some of the largest refineries and chemical plants surround neighborhoods and spew toxins into the air. Thousands of people live, work, and attend schools in the shadow of these facilities.
This program preceded the Rothko Chapel 2019 Symposium "Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis" taking place February 28 through March 2 in partnership with the University of St. Thomas. To learn more about topics and presenters included in the symposium, click here.
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) is dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation. Our goal is to promote environmental protection through education, policy development, community awareness, and legal action. Our guiding principle is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to live in a clean environment.