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WATER

PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS

There are five trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans . . . enough to circle the Earth over 400 times! And plastic production is set to quadruple by 2050 unless we change our throwaway culture, eg: single use plastic.

SISTERS ONLINE is concerned and we want our readers to be concerned as well. We are hoping that those who read this will act in their own lives to cut their plastic use. Another thing you can do is urge people to recycle their plastic waste in responsible ways. Also, corporations say they have plans to increase their production of plastic packaging, eg: foods. We need to address this problem with them.

We probably have all seen the pictures of choked marine life. The pictures are terrible to view, and there are groups who are trying to clean up ocean water. The problem is that the minute they get it cleaned up, more accumulates. Plus, why should others be cleaning up the mess while others have no concern about where they leave their trash. We must preserve our planet and you can help.

Another problem is that some plastics can not be recycled! Some states have banned plastic grocery bags and Trader Joe's has committed to stop offering single-use carryout bags nationwide and to replace produce bags with biodegradable and compostable options. They will also replace Styrofoam trays used in produce packaging, and sell more loose produce rather than wrapping it in plastic. This is very good news, but we need other grocery stores to follow suit. Will you suggest these things to your grocer the next time you shop?

Please tell your family and friends to recycle plastic and to avoid it whenever possible. Please keep our oceans from plastic waste. Our marine life is counting on it and we hate seeing whales (and other sealife) wash ashore with plastic waste in their stomachs. We must be the ones who make a change.

Please spread the news. Thank you!

CANCER IN THE WATER SURROUNDING MILITARY BASES

SISTERS ONLINE received word that water around military bases in some states and overseas may cause cancer. Obviously, we hated to hear that, so we're posting an action that people can take especially is you live in Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, Michigan, New Jersey, or overseas in Belgium, Germany or Okinawa.

Poisons from PFAS chemicals in water may cause cancer, frequent miscarriages, and other pregnancy complications. PFAS contaminate human breast milk and sicken breast-feeding babies. They can cause liver damage or kidney cancer plus other serious health hazards.

A major source of these PFAS are U.S. military bases because they use PFAS for putting out fires. These bases often do not have full knowledge of the effects of PFAS and there are alternatives available to them.

The EPA is currently refusing to regulate PFAS. This could be because the chemical industry is pressuring them to do so.

Please contact your Representative and Senators (even if you are not a resident of one of the states listed above) and demand an immediate moratorium on the use of PFAS in military exercises, and the revision of agreements with U.S. state and local governments and with foreign nations to allow them oversight of the environmental damage done by U.S. bases.

Thanks for taking action!

 

SHUTTING DOWN WATER FOR NONPAYMENT

Food & Water Watch has conducted a study of water shutoffs across the country. Their findings are startling.

They found that 15 million people across the U.S. had their water shut off in 2016--1 in 20 households. This is an emergency that must be addressed now. Not having running water presents a number of problems some of which are not being able to bathe or flush toilets. It might force families to move thus disrupting children's education.

Congress must support the WATER Act. Please contact your elected officials and strongly urge them to co-sponsor this act. Everyone has a human right to safe and affordable water service.

Thanks to Food & Water Watch for providing this data.

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--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?

Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.

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88--Weight, in pounds, of the plastic found in the belly of a dead whale that washed up in the Philippines on March 16, 2019.

--The majority of tap water contains plastic pollutants, according to an Orb Media study, which found synthetic fibers in 83% of 159 drinking-water samples from around the world. Scientists are unsure of the health implications.

--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

--Visit http://water.org