Would you like to get involved? Here are a few ideas.
To discuss, please call Jen Marraccino
at (845) 548-4769 or (212) 870-3490 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” and education event at your home
We do all the leg work, you just create the invite list of your friends. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails created just for you!
Join our Pure Earth Corps of volunteers, adopt a project and raise funds.
You, a group of friends, your community organization (church group, boy or girl scouting troop, classroom, PTA or other school-based organization) can make a big difference by raising funds for a specific project .
Workplace Matching Programs or Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
Make a donation and ask your company to match it. Better yet, organize a group of co-workers to make donations.
Does your company have a CSR program? If global environment, health and development are part of the issue portfolio,
Brief talking points:
- Pollution accounts for 1 out of 6 deaths globally – three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
- Toxic contamination causes debilitating illness and brain damage, and alone accounts for as many deaths as HIV, and probably many more.
Pollution is Unfair.
- Pollution, and especially toxic contamination, predominantly affects poor women and children in developing countries.
- In many cases they don’t contribute to the problem or have control over its solution. Many desperately poor people unwittingly poison themselves and their children as they try to eke out a living, for example by digging lead out of scavenged car batteries in their homes and yards, or burning old computer boards down for copper.
Too Little is Being Done.
- The problem – especially toxic contamination – gets virtually no funding or attention relative to other global health issues.
- The scope of the problem is only beginning to be fully understood. A groundbreaking article in the Lancet has documented the scale of the problem in a comprehensive way for the first time in 2017.
- The worst cases occur in developing countries where there are often no monies or government agencies tasked with understanding pollution or toxic contamination, let alone addressing it. Toxic contamination in particular is often not visibly obvious like air pollution, and requires special equipment to detect.
- The causes of deaths and illnesses in poor communities exposed to toxic contamination are often mysterious to the people affected.
Pure Earth Saves Lives.
- Toxic contamination can be relieved with simple, cost-effective interventions.
- PureEarth goes in to poor communities suffering from toxic poisoning and cleans them up.
- We assess the health impact and level of contamination; we remove the contaminated material and bring in clean soil and materials to replace them; and we educate the affected people about how to avoid contamination in the future, and give them tools they need to earn a livelihood in a safer way.
We Get Measurable Results.
- We measure levels of contaminants using XRFs to map out the severity of the problem
- We measure blood levels of lead and other toxic substances to understand the actual health impacts on our clients.
- We measure before and after to understand whether our work is producing results.
We Provide Leverage
- In addition to doing direct cleanup projects, we leverage donated money to magnify the impact.
- We partner both with local governments and global NGOs to leverage the impact of your dollars.
One of the easiest things you can do is help to spread the word on social media. Share our posts with your social network. Toxic pollution killed almost 9 million people in 2012 – 8.4 million of those deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries. You can help raise the profile of this issue so world leaders will prioritize actions to protect the health of the most vulnerable citizens.
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