Climate justice activists protest against Conshohocken incinerator

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – A group of climate justice activists took to the streets of this Montgomery County borough last weekend to protest the actions of a company that operates a local waste incinerator.

Members of the Earth Quaker Action Team demonstrated outside the door of the Covanta incinerator on January 8 to raise awareness of what it says is the “role of money in perpetuating pollution and greenhouse gases. dangerous greenhouse “, such as those emitted by the facility.

The group claims that Vanguard, which funds the incinerator, is boosting climate change by investing in greenhouse gas emitters such as the Covanta incinerator in Conshohocken.

He says neighbors in the region have been supportive of the protest, going out last weekend to join the event and hold placards criticizing the company for its contribution to adverse health effects in the region.

“We are here because Vanguard’s investments, including Covanta, are hurting people locally, while also contributing to climate change both in our region and around the world,” Louise Willis, member of the Earth Action Team Quaker, who lives in King of Prussia and says she can smell the incinerator in her home, said in a statement.

Earth Quaker Action Teams said the protest against the Covanta Incinerator was the second stop on the group’s Points of Destruction tour, which takes protesters to various sites in the area that it says is causing damage to the people. residents and communities.

The EQAT says its series of protests is part of a larger campaign led by it and the Sunrise Project, another climate advocacy group, which it calls the “Vanguard’s Very Big Problem” tour.

The wider campaign, according to EQAT, is for Malvern, Chester County-based asset manager Vanguard to use his power to insist companies like Covanta move away from harmful pollution and instead invest in an “energy future that does not endanger our communities or our climate,” according to an EQAT press release.

EQAT, citing information from the Energy Justice Network, asserts that waste incineration is both the most expensive and the most polluting way to manage waste or generate energy, recycling and composting are both better options.

“These incinerators contribute to Philadelphia’s status as the premier major city for cancer and our metropolitan area among the top 10 asthma capitals in the country,” said Mike Ewall, executive director of the Energy Justice Network, in a statement. communicated. “The Covanta Plymouth Incinerator has been operating steadily for three years now… we should conserve our state’s abundant landfill space with measures to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste instead of turning waste into ash and air pollution. ”

Anyone interested in learning more about Earth Quaker Action Team and its mission can visit the group’s website.

Elna M. Lemons