The Sacrifice Zone Screening & Waste Justice Panel Discussion
Waste Free Greenwich invites the Greenwich community to a free screening of The Sacrifice Zone, a 30-minute documentary focusing on the efforts of community activists to fight against environmental injustices in the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, NJ, one of the most toxic communities in the country. The film will be available for viewing at home to registrants for 3 days from September 26-28.
In conjunction with the screening, Waste Free Greenwich will host a panel discussion, “Waste Justice: Impacts and Solutions for Greenwich,” on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm. "Panelists will explore the impacts of waste management practices and policies in Greenwich and across our state and advocate for solutions to reduce the burden on low income communities of color." A Q&A with the audience will follow. Ali Ghiorse of The Foodshed Network will introduce the event, and Sarah Coccaro, Conservation Resource Manager for the Town of Greenwich, will moderate. Panelists include:
- Sharon Lewis, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental & Economic Justice
- Monica Jackson, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental & Economic Justice
- Kevin Budris, Conservation Law Foundation & Zero Waste Project
- Julie DesChamps, Waste Free Greenwich
“Just imagine living in the shadows of polluting facilities spewing toxins into the air you breathe 24/7. This is the reality for Iron Bound residents in The Sacrifice Zone film, but communities closer to home also struggle as the result of waste injustice, like in Bridgeport and Peekskill where Greenwich’s trash is incinerated,” explained Waste Free Greenwich founder, Julie DesChamps. “But there’s so much we can do as individuals and as a community to reduce these adverse health and environmental impacts. Awareness is step one.”
To register for The Sacrifice Zone screening and/or the Waste Justice panel discussion, visit www.wastefreegreenwich.org. Waste Free Greenwich thanks its community partners for their support and commitment to environmental justice: The Foodshed Network, Greenwich Conservation Commission, Greenwich Sustainability Committee, Greenwich Community Gardens, Greenwich Audubon BYOGreenwich, YWCA Greenwich and Air Quality Revolution.