Agreement Protects San Diego’s Vanishing Burrowing Owls, Increases Solar Energy

Did you ever see something that looked wrong, go on your way, and later wish you had done or said something?

Jesse Marquez and friends went on a bird-watching trip and noticed that burrowing owls had been poisoned.  Jesse followed up, didn’t stop, reached out to others, and in partnership with those dedicated people and organizations achieved a great win for the burrowing owl and the American people.

Jesse is executive director of Coalition For A Safe Environment, an MFN member, and one of the most inspirational people in the EJ movement.

My lesson learned – speak up, fight for what’s right, and try to be as smart and persistent as Jesse – a tall order.

Thank you, Jesse!


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SAN DIEGO – An agreement announced today between conservation and environmental justice groups and private developers will protect imperiled burrowing owls, increase renewable solar energy and conserve wildlife habitat to offset impacts from the redevelopment of San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport. The airport – located near the Mexico border in Otay Mesa – will be redeveloped with new commercial and aviation facilities and include on-site solar energy to reduce energy consumption.

“This agreement provides an innovative strategy reestablishing burrowing owls throughout San Diego County and creates an effective tool to allow off-site mitigation of greenhouse gases with rooftop solar in communities most harmed by air pollution from fossil fuels,” said Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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