To raise awareness among locals and visitors about the health risks due to the high levels of pollution in Los Angeles, Bill Gallegos established the Toxic Tour in 1995. With support from the organization Communities for a Better Environment, this novel sightseeing tour explores the main industrial districts of the California city. The three-hour bus tour lets visitors see the city from a different perspective.
The Toxic Tour raises awareness about environmental pollution, letting participants see its effects firsthand, including smog, odours and landscape pollution. Bill Gallegos hopes to shock the visitors in order to provoke a change in attitude. By becoming better informed, mobilizing and defending their rights, the residents of Los Angeles – particularly the ethnic groups that are most exposed to pollution – will have a healthier environment in which to live and raise their children.