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Monday, September 25, 2017

Puerto Rico is destroyed. Please help. (video)

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From: "Adriana Gonzalez, Sierra Club Puerto Rico" <reply@emails.sierraclub.org>
Date: Sep 25, 2017 7:16 PM
Subject: Puerto Rico is destroyed. Please help.


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Puerto Rico has suffered catastrophic destruction
Help Puerto Rico
You can help by making a donation to support relief and recovery efforts happening now.

100% of donations will go to community-led recovery efforts.



It's impossible to overstate the horror of what's happening in my home of Puerto Rico right now. The worst storm to hit our island in 80 years has utterly destroyed us.
After taking out our entire power grid, submerging entire neighborhoods in contaminated water and killing nearly a dozen people, Hurricane Maria has now threatened the Guajataca Dam with collapse, meanwhile untold numbers of people are still trapped in their homes and may be running out of food, water and medicine.
Our situation is desperate. The distribution of gas and fresh water is far too slow -- and isn't reaching the most impacted areas quickly enough. The island's infrastructure is in shambles. And without power or communications, we can't even assess the environmental fallout. We need your help, and we need it now.
The Sierra Club is working with community-based partners in emergency relief efforts,including our Puerto Rico Chapter. These groups are working to create resilient communities that will transform our island -- building community microgrids so people have cleaner power that won't take 6 months to bring back online, ensuring building codes are met so coastal homes are safer from flooding, and so much more.
We're so grateful for your support of our storm relief efforts thus far -- thank you -- but if you can contribute again to help our neighbors here in Puerto Rico, your generosity will literally help save lives.
Please, make an emergency gift to the Sierra Club's Maria relief efforts now. Remember, 100% of funds donated will go directly to community-led recovery efforts in areas affected by the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years.
The mood across the island ranges from tense to near-hysteria. Curfews are in place to deter looters searching for food. Hospitals are at capacity -- and running low on generator fuel -- and 15,000 people remain in shelters. And communicating with aid workers is extremely difficult, as only one cell phone company has even limited service.
Puerto Rico was in environmental crisis before Maria hit. Wastewater stations are at the mercy of the island's decrepit electricity system. The 23 Superfund sites here include a U.S. military bomb-testing site on the island of Vieques -- which contaminated 75% of the small island and, some believe, has heightened cancer rates among its 9,000 inhabitants.
Most estimates give us at least 6 months without power, meaning the ecological crisis will soon become a public health one. And, as always, my low-income neighbors will bear the worst of the contamination, illness and environmental injustice. You can help: your $5 donation today will help us keep our promise that no person or community will be left behind.
Please, contribute what you can to support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 100% of your contribution will support locally-led efforts to help communities devastated by Maria.
I won't lie -- the situation here is as frightening as I could imagine. The empathy and generosity of Sierra Club members like you keeps me going; we have a long, difficult road ahead, but knowing you're with us gives us all hope.
We'll keep you updated as the situation here develops. In the meantime, thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Adriana Gonzalez, Environmental Justice Organizing Representative, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Natural Disasters and Impacts on People, Wildlife, and Habitats.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Puerto Rico devastated by #Maria -- We need your help now




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Maria has devastated Puerto Rico
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Reader,
Hurricane Maria has now slammed into Puerto Rico, and it's much, much worse than Irma.
We're experiencing torrential rains, high winds, and flash flooding. Our entire island -- 3.4 million people -- has lost power. Our wastewater pumping stations are offline. With most cell phone towers down, many of us can't communicate with our loved ones to see if they are okay.
For most of us, evacuation is impossible. But most of us want to be shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors working to clear the first layers of debris. However, we will be feeling the ecological aftereffects of these storms for decades. Coal ash, which which contains heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, and chromium, has been left in mounds exposed to the wind and rain and now two hurricanes. Puerto Rico's 23 Superfund sites are being slammed by the storm, churning toxins out into our environment.
We need your help.
We are already working with community-based partners in emergency relief efforts from Irma -- including our Puerto Rico Chapter. You have been so generous in your support of Gulf Coast residents and organizations -- thank you -- and we hope that you'll again step up to help those most vulnerable to Maria's wrath.
If you're willing and able to pitch in to help communities impacted by Hurricane Maria, will you please rush a donation of $5 or more today? 100% of your gift will go directly to those impacted by this catastrophic hurricane.
Make a donation to the Sierra Club's Maria relief efforts today. Remember, 100% of funds donated will go directly to community-led recovery efforts in areas impacted by Maria.
Once again, low-income communities and others in low-lying areas are bearing the brunt of wind damage, flooding, and contamination from hazardous waste sites.
The people in Maria's path need your help. The Sierra Club will once again work with local organizations in the communities hardest hit by this unrelenting storm. Your emergency donation of $5 or more today will help ensure that, as we promised in Texas, no person or community is left behind. 100% of donations will go towards Maria relief.
Please, contribute what you can to support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts for Puerto Rico. 100% of donations will go towards community-led Maria response efforts.
Thank you for your empathy and generosity, as we hunker down in Puerto Rico to ride out this epically disastrous storm and prepare for long-reaching recovery. Please, stay tuned for ways that you can continue to help in the weeks and months to come.
Sincerely,
Adriana Gonzalez, Environmental Justice Organizing Representative, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter

Image: Ave. Luis Muñoz Marín, Santa Juana, PR. Photo by Ashley Amanda Peña Colón.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Harvey has flooded one of the most heavily industrialized places on earth #HurricaneHarvey #HelpForHouston

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From: "Bryan Parras, Dirty Fuels Organizer" <reply@emails.sierraclub.org>
Date: Aug 29, 2017 6:53 PM
Subject: Harvey has flooded one of the most heavily industrialized places on earth



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Harvey has devastated Texas and Louisiana with historic rainfall -- impacting millions of people -- in an area with more heavy industry than almost anywhere else in the country.

Congress must make sure disaster relief includes funding to address toxic releases, superfund sites, and a just recovery for frontline communities.



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Dear Reader,

My name is Bryan Parras -- I'm a founding member of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) and a Dirty Fuels Organizer for the Sierra Club.
I'm a long time organizer and resident of Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast region is my home, and as I'm sure you've heard my hometown has just been struck by catastrophic flooding.
This is the third "500-year" flood event to impact Houston in the last three years, but this is the worst disaster Texas has ever seen.1 
A comprehensive relief package must include:
  • Funding to clean up toxic sites, 
  • Ensure the right to return for communities at risk of displacement, 
  • Resources to be distributed to everyone who is impacted -- not just citizens, and 
  • A focus on sustainable and locally-led development.
The Gulf Coast region is one of the most heavily industrialized areas in the country. For many years I've been monitoring heavy industry like oil refineries, toxic waste disposal tanks, injection wells, and chemical plants. Some estimates place more than 10,000 potentially hazardous sites in the impact zone of Harvey.

Already people are reporting toxic smells, headaches and nausea across Houston -- I myself have experienced these symptoms. Pipelines are leaking, and already one gas spill has been reported.2

When Congress meets to discuss a disaster relief bill, we can't let them forget the toxic toll this heavy industry will have as part of our recovery. They must make sure they authorize funding to address the particular toxic hazards faced by communities in the path of the flooding.

Please, take a moment to send a message to your representative now.

Thank you, 
Bryan Parras, Dirty Fuels Organizer
Sierra Club

[1] The Washington Post, Houston is Experiencing its Third 500-year Flood in Three Years -- How is that Possible?
[2] Houston Public Media, Texas Regulators Report Gas Spill Due to Harvey. 
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