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18 December 2007


Inspiring Youth in Their Communities

Educators looking for programming that brings civics, environmental clean-up, economic development and social justice topics to life for their students, now have a new tool. The Mun2 News Special, “Toxic City: This Is Where I Live,” is the latest installment of the TV network’s Peabody-Award winning news special series and focuses on young Latinos across the nation who are improving their environments and communities.

“Toxic City” profiles Latino youth in highly polluted communities who are taking the lead for their families in causes of environmental justice. Shot in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, New York and El Paso as well as Juarez, Mexico, the special report explores how a disproportionate number of U.S. Latinos live and work among industrial waste, noxious pollution, and contaminated communities, and how youth are mobilizing to address these environmental issues.

One of the stars of the program is Ryan Perez from Huntington Park, California – we spoke with him for this podcast (MP3, 25MB). Ryan is able to connect with young viewers who can identify with his environmental work as well as his outside interests and passions.

Toxic City will air, commercial-free, on mun2 on January 14th at 1am and January 17th at 3:30am (check local cable listings). Cable in the Classroom educators can record the English-language program for classroom use.

For more information, visit:
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
Youth for Environment Justice (Youth-EJ) My Space page

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