Long Beach residents currently live in air pollution, light pollution and water pollution. The Long Beach Port also plans to plant 6,000 trees by 2020 in an attempt to improve health quality this May. Unfortunately, this just may not be enough.
Those living near the ports, the 710 freeway and other high traffic areas have seen increasing number of birth defects and asthma rates and community members argue that a $500 million plan project proposed by Burlington northern Santa Fe Railway would increase health problems like birth defects and asthma rates.
This past weekend, residents were both participants and audience members at a show presented by The Great Leap, featuring stories written and performed by those affected by pollution in Long Beach.
Both youth and elders both worked together to form the cast, whose reactions and stories were captured in the video above.
For more information about The Great Leap and the work they do, go HERE.