This is a jar of poisonous mercury --- over 5 pounds of it. It was going to be burned in an incinerator, right in the middle of a poor neighborhood.
When mercury is burned it becomes highly toxic air pollution. It damages newborns’ nervous systems. A 2008 study showed that one of every five women in the Northeast have mercury in their blood at levels exceeding what’s safe for fetuses. Women in the Pacific Northwest aren’t far behind.
So what happened to this jar of mercury?
GreenFaith members and other activists forced the incinerator company to recycle the mercury. In fact, 566 pounds of mercury have been recycled within the first six months of this effort.
But that’s not enough. We need to further reduce mercury pollution from this and other facilities. You can help.
It takes years to negotiate these agreements with companies many times our size. It’s a David and Goliath situation. We’ve never gotten a penny of foundation funding to support this work. Without your support, we can’t continue the fight.
Your gift will help reduce dangerous pollution in at-risk communities.
Please, join our mission for environmental justice.
Rev. Fletcher Harper
P.S. You can start right now to help prevent mercury pollution. Please, give generously.