WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Quaker Meetinghouse, 1802 East First Street, Duluth
WHO: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel for WaterLegacy
WHAT: Presentation on the PolyMet Sulfide Mine, Opportunity to Ask Questions and get Involved with Protecting Justice, Health and Sustainability
Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director and Counsel for the past six years, will speak about Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine, the PolyMet sulfide mine project and its threats to environmental justice, human health and a sustainable climate. Paula will describe WaterLegacy’s work to prevent sulfide mining pollution in the Lake Superior Basin and to protect natural stands of wild rice from sulfate pollution.
She will talk about the potential effects of the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine on water pollution, mercury contamination of fish, destruction of wetlands and impairment of wild rice and how these effects would disproportionately affect Ojibwe tribes and low income families who rely on fishing, hunting and gathering for subsistence. Paula will also explain how the proposed PolyMet mine would result in the release of huge volumes of greenhouse gases and destroy wetlands that sequester carbon. She will encourage listeners to become more informed and involved with protecting clean water to care for our planet, provide environmental justice to our communities and ensure a sustainable future for our next generation.