Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

In Tuscon, 90 percent of the public gets its power from coal and other fossil fuels, which degrades the air quality particularly for the Latinx community there.  The south side neighborhoods are home to all the area’s major polluting sources, including a gas-burning power plant, the I-10 freeway, and a Superfund site, and not surprisingly, kids there experience high rates of respiratory illness.  But thanks to activists like high school teacher Oscar Medina, solar technician Sal Amador and Technicians for Sustainability, renewable energy is being installed on low and moderate income housing in Tuscon, clearing the air, and providing good jobs for young people from the Latinx community.  So, this week we salute the “Clean Energy Change Makers of Tuscon.”  Watch this wonderful short video from the Sierra Club and you cannot help but be inspired and have hope for a clean energy future in the U.S.

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