Racing to Pollute Chicago
Yesterday, over 45,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2011. The event promotes health and fitness in the Chicago area and is greatly supported by the Bank of America.
Ironically, Bank of America is also a major contributor to coal powered plants. It is the lead financer to Fisk power plant, located in Chicago. This plant emits many pollutants that cause asthma and other respiratory problems to those nearby.
As runners passed this power plant on the race course, they were also met with environmental activists looking for change. Activists held banners and posters supporting the shut down of Fisk power plant and the end of coal in Chicago. They hoped their signs would help persuade Bank of America to stop financing coal powered plants. Others held masks and joined the race as protesters to the Fisk power plant pollution. Participants included Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and residents of the Pilsen community.