U.N. Comes to Houston

HoustonWaste Management and Pollution ControlEd Begley Jr.United NationsEnvironmental Pollution

The United Nations has kicked off a campaign called Safe Planet and is bringing it to Houstonians this Sunday at the Heights Theatre. Presented by M Squared, the event this weekend introduces the Safe Planet Campaign as a crusade for responsibility on hazardous chemicals and wastes. Attendees can also expect the screening of a short film, "Submission: In Defence of the Unborn."

"Sunday night will be the first screening in all of America," said Liane Crae, Community Development Liaison of the campaign, "The film looks at chemicals that build up in our bodies and are passed on to future generations."

Michael Stanley-Jones, an environmental information management officer for the U.N., is visiting Houston from Geneva, Switzerland to heighten the global public awareness of the campaign.

"What the campaign is about is looking at the responsible management of hazardous waste and chemicals," said Crae.

In May of this year, the movement sponsored an art exhibition featuring works contributed by 10 international artists in New York City. The works explored the increasingly heavy burden toxic chemicals and waste place on the human and the natural world.

This Safe Planet campaign also works to promote mobile phone recycling and raise awareness of the impacts of mining on gorilla populations in the Congo Basin. Metals derived from coltan ore, formerly mined in Central Africa, are key ingredients in many electronic products. Recycling reduces demand for mining ore, protects natural habitat and raises funds for the protection of endangered gorillas.

The screening event will take place on July 25, 2010 from 6:30 pm -10:00 pm at the Heights Theatre located on M Squared Gallery, 339 West Nineteenth St. Houston Heights, TX 7700. Suggested donation of $10. Bring pillows, blankets and chairs as there is no seating at the venue. No food is allowed but you may bring water in a reusable closed container.

For more information visit www.houstongreenscene.org.

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