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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pollution and climate change threaten Michiganders, Africans alike

The Michigan Citizen

Emem Okon of Nigeria CBM   STEVE FURAY PHOTO
Emem Okon of Nigeria CBM
By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen
The global issue of environmental justice was at the forefront of a recent community discussion in Detroit in late March, highlighted by the participation of two African activists working for climate justice. The talk, titled “One Struggle, Many Fronts,” was held at the Cass Corridor Commons and was sponsored by the East Michigan Environmental Action Council and the U.S.-Africa Network.
Emem Okon (Nigeria) of the Kebetkache Women’s Development and Resource Center and Mithika Mwenda (Kenya) of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance joined Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Diana Copeland of EMEAC to shed light on the environmental concerns shared by Africa, the United States, and elsewhere.

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