PASO, TEXAS - August 6 - The Sierra Club announced today that it will fund environmental
projects run by four Mexican grassroots organizations. The projects chosen to
receive financial assistance are all designed to fight pollution and to improve
the working and living conditions of border communities.
caused by the explosive growth of the maquiladora industry, has reached alarming
levels throughout the border region," said Jenny Martinez, Sierra Club Program
Officer. "Dangerous chemicals have poisoned the air, land, and water that
these communities rely on."
The grants, which range from $10,000-$25,000,
are part of the Sierra Club's Beyond the Borders, Mexico project. A joint project
of the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation, Beyond the Borders, Mexico
is designed to support and strengthen grassroots environmental and community groups
in Mexico. The groups will use the money for activities ranging from fighting
illegal dumping and garbage burning, to monitoring the levels of ocean and drinking
water contamination, promoting recycling programs, or expanding outreach to the
community through environmental education campaigns.
The following groups received funding:
Centro de Estudios Fronterizos y de Promoción de los Derechos Humanos and
GAVIOTA of Centro Reynosa, Tamaulipas; Grupo Ecologista "Gaviotas" Playas
de Tijuana of Tijuana, Baja California Norte, and Centro de Investigación
y Solidaridad Obrera of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
"We consider a healthy environment
to be a human right," said Omeheira López, Director of the Centro
de Estudios Fronterizos y de Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, A.C. in
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, "With this grant, we'll be able to pursue legal and
grassroots strategies to protect the environment and public health for the families
and communities of the border region."
Mexican and Sierra Club
border groups interested in applying for Beyond the Border, Mexico Project grants
can find the application and grant guidelines by visiting the Sierra Club's bilingual
web page (link to:http://www.sierraclub.org/beyondtheborders/espanol/mexico/lineamientos.asp#application