Amnesty International focus on climate

Upcoming Tri-City branch fundraiser keynote on Monday

A Coquitlam resident who has campaigned for fossil fuel accountability will be the keynote speaker at Tri-City Amnesty International’s annual fundraising dinner next Monday.

Anjali Appadurai has participated in the United Nations climate convention and is currently a climate communications specialist for West Coast Environmental Law.

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The event at which she is to speak will also be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN’s universal declaration of human rights and the Tri-City Amnesty chapter’s “focus this year is the fossil fuel and mining industries and how they impact communities,” according to Joy Silver of Amnesty.

Petitions and letters will be available for signing at the dinner. They highlight many cases such as the 2014 Mount Polley copper mine disaster in the Interior that has left people in local communities afraid to fish, swim or drink water in the surrounding lakes and rivers, according to an Amnesty press release. Other cases to be highlighted are issues in Kenya, Vietnam and El Salvador.

The event includes a buffet dinner, a performance by local musician Tony Prophet and a silent auction. It will be held at Pasta Polo, 2754 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam Dec. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at For information, call 604-941-2606 or 604-464-7706.

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