In addition to the usual Justice Spotlights, the Justice Team is starting a series on Climate Crisis issues that you can act on now (all information provided by Dina Nash, UUFF Justice Team Lead).
The Justice Team's hope for these articles is that they will encourage readers to call, text, email, write a letter to, or schedule a visit with the political representative of your choice about the issue covered in each spotlight. We plan to write you brief talking points, on the following subjects related to climate crisis:
1) US water pollution and use
2) US air pollution
3) US ground pollution such as mining, radioactive dumping, etc.
NOTE: When you contact the official, please ask for a reply and keep a copy so that the documentation can be used for discussion in future Justice Team Meetings.
This Week's Topic: Water pollution in our oceans. Oceans absorb about 25% of the carbon we produce, so having a clean, thriving ocean ecosystem is extremely important to ALL life on the planet. And right now, our oceans’ health is being heavily damaged by pollution. Of course there are the obvious oil spills (including the horrific spill just last week of 126,000 gallons of crude oil in the Pacific Ocean from a pipeline near Newport Beach, California) and massive plastic waste “islands,” but did you know that 80% of ocean pollution starts on land and trickles down our rivers and streams to the Gulf or other oceans? The Gulf of Mexico contains a huge "dead zone" just offshore of LA, TX, MS, and AL, and Tyson Foods is one of the largest contributors. For more information on this, read the article via the link below:
Agricultural run-off (soil erosion, wasted water, and “nutrients” or chemicals) accounts for 70% of the water pollution in the US, and under the current regulations, large corporations such as ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Tyson are not held accountable for most of the run-off they cause, which flows down into the Gulf and other outlets to the ocean.
ACTION ITEM: Please write to Tyson Foods’ Contact: John Tyson, Sustainability Officer
JTyson@tysonfoods.com, 479-290-4000 (headquarters in Springdale) and CEO Adriana
Sarni (ASarni@tysonfoods.com). Ask them to stop polluting the Gulf!
ACTION ITEM: Contact the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal and state levels to express your concerns and ask what they are doing to reduce the non-point pollution (NPS) going into the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Tell them that you and your congregation are very concerned, due to the climate emergency!
EPA Info: AR is in Federal EPA Region 6, along with NM, TX, OK, and LA. Each state has a contact person for non-point pollution (NPS) at its Department of Natural Resources or Department of Environmental Quality. Our state EPA rep. is in the AR Department of Natural Resources in LR. The Federal EPA rep. for Region 6 is in Dallas. The Clean Water Act and Coastal Zone Act are in effect to help with non-point pollution, but enforcement was severely cut back during Trump’s time in office, and Congress needs to fix this. The Biden Climate Package is in the Reconciliation Bill and the Infrastructure Bill, which is on the verge of a vote and which we all need to write our Senators Cotton and Boozman and our Representative Steve Womack about. We are not promoting or demoting any candidates, just issues.
EPA Region 6 contact: Patty Taylor, NPDS Coordinator, Taylor.patricia-A@epa.gov), 214-665-6403. Arkansas contact: Tony Ramick, firstname.lastname@example.org, 501-682-3914.
We can’t do this work alone. Your help is much-needed! To get involved, call or text one of the Justice Team Co-leads: Dina Nash (501-554-2200) or Marquette Bruce (512-965-2122). The next Justice Team Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4th, at 7pm via zoom. Look for a link in the email the week prior to the meeting. THANKS!