The Sierra Club and the Chicago Clean Power Coalition teamed up to organize rallies and press conferences in Chicago on February 15 and 21, ramping up the pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation to retire the aging Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants.
That's Sierra Club activist Abby Toms, above at left with fellow members of the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition at the February 21 rally. Below left, a Chicago mother for clean air; at right, Chicago Sierra Club volunteer leader Tony Fuller. The "I am one of the 42" t-shirts refer to the 42 Chicagoans whom studies show die prematurely each year due to pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants.
The Sierra Club's Chicago Group, Illinois Chapter, and Beyond Coal Campaign have been working in coalition with local allies to educate the public about the health risks of coal-fired power plants and retire the Fisk and Crawford facilities. Chicago is the only U.S. city to have two coal plants within its borders, and one in four Chicagoans live within three miles of the plants' smokestacks.