ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR CHESTER!

Welcome to Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL or “circle”). We are a grassroots community-led organization leading the environmental justice movement for clean air and healthy communities in Chester City and Delaware County, since 1992.

BAN THE BURN!

Did you know that the LARGEST trash incinerator in the U.S. is located in Chester, PA?

Learn About This Massive Incinerator!

The Covanta incinerator spews tons of toxic fumes out across our community and we're fighting for a cleaner environment for our children and all of our residents.

SAY NO TO LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) IN CHESTER!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS THREAT!


CRCQL COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Next CRCQL Community Meeting: Thursday, February 29 @ 7pm on Zoom.

REGISTER HERE

CRCQL General Meetings are for Chester residents, Delaware County residents, allies & supporters of environmental justice in Chester City and across the region. We welcome newcomers!

JOIN A TEAM! Action Planning & Communications Team meets every other Tuesday evening at 6:30pm on Zoom. Research Team meets periodically. Email [email protected] to be added to the email list for either team. VIEW OUR CALENDAR.


UPCOMING EVENTS

HYDROGEN HUB MEETING: Monday, March 11 – Meet at 7am at ACCESS Center

Last October, Biden announced $7 billion in federal funding to accelerate hydrogen as an alternative energy source, and selected our region as one of the main national hubs, named MACH2. There has been little information on how the hydrogen will be produced and its impacts on air quality, health and climate change. There has been a complete lack of transparency to those communities most impacted, and now MACH2, Gov. Shapiro and other PA leaders are meeting on Monday, March 11 in Northeast Philly to have a summit, with no publicity and poor accessibility.

CRCQL is organizing transportation to this meeting for anyone!!! Meet at 7am on Monday 3/11 at ACCESS Center (701 Booth St. Chester). Contact [email protected] or call 484-402-7530 to sign up for the bus. We will return to Chester by 12pm.

For those attending the meeting, please register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event…

LET US BREATHE Asthma Awareness: Saturday, March 23 at 11am

Join us at the “Let Us Breathe Asthma Awareness Event” where we come together to raise awareness about asthma rates in Chester and promote healthy living. The event will kick off with welcome speakers sharing valuable insights. Engage in a variety of activities and visit informational tables to learn more about asthma and how to keep your family safe.


4th Annual ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE DAY March! Saturday, April 20 @ 12pm

Join CRCQL for our annual march and car caravan for environmental justice! We will meet at Chester City Hall and walk/caravan to Covanta trash incinerator to generate awareness of the pollution from the nation’s largest trash incinerator and its detrimental impacts to the health of residents in the city and across the county. We welcome musicians, artists, drummers and dancers to join us! Please bring signs with you!

Let us know you are coming or volunteer – SIGN UP HERE.


PAST EVENTS

Visit our NEWS & UPDATES page for full list of past events, actions and more. Or check out our Facebook page.

Saturday, November 18, 2023 – THEY MATTER EVENT

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Saturday July 29, 2023 – Chester Justice Celebration!

On Saturday July 28, Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL) hosted a Justice Celebration at ACCESS Community Center in Chester that had more than 120 participants from Chester and around the county. 

The event was a collaborative effort by CRCQL, Swarthmore College, C-4 (Campus Coalition Concerning Chester), ACCESS Center and others. Community partners came together to provide a fun space for families to learn about the history of Chester, social justice activism, and how to make positive changes in the community. The activities featured helped teach children and adults alike about environmental justice, clean energy, gardening, meditation and mindfulness, and more.

“Looking Back, Moving Forward” Law, Policy & Environmental Justice
VIEW RECORDING OF CONFERENCE

Looking Back, Moving Forward, a 2-day virtual conference critically examining the past, present, and potential future roles of the law and legal strategies to advance environmental justice policy and action.


WEBINARS

Zero Waste with Alex Danovitch

Watch our video on moving toward zero waste as we fight for environmental justice for Chester.

We're on the streets, and we work together to fight to end incineration, to clean up our environment, and for environmental justice for Chester.

About CRCQL

Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL, pronounced “circle”) has been leading the fight against environmental racism in Chester, PA since 1992. Learn more about CRCQL’s history here.

CRCQL is a community-led activist group led by Chester residents and others concerned with air pollution and the health of our community, in Chester City and across the region.

CRCQL demands an end to toxic trash incineration at the Covanta facility in Chester, increased emission standards for other polluters along the Delaware River, and opportunities of clean, green jobs for residents. Together we advocate for clean air and justice in our city and across Delaware County.

CHESTER IS NOT A SACRIFICE ZONE! 

Email [email protected] to contact us and learn more.

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