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WATER

CONGRESS: NO TO WATER PRIVATIZATION

President Trump wants to privatize our water. As we have seen from past experience, this is NOT a good idea. When water is privatized, corporations run our public water systems for profit. Prices skyrocket for the most basic of necessities and cost-cutting can damage our water systems. We saw this in Flint, Michigan. Cost-cutting also leads to health hazards and labor abuses.

Currently, however, we hve a chance to work against privatizing our water. Rep. John Conyers from Detroit has introduced the Water Act (HR 1673), which would create a sustained source of funding for our public water systems by closing corporate tax loopholes. Rep. Conyers bill now has 40 co-sponsors in Congress. But we can't stop working for it's success.

Please urge your members of Congress to reject privatization and support the Water Act now.

Thanks for getting involved.

PLASTICS IN OUR OCEANS

It is said that by 2050 we will have more plastic in our oceans than we have fish. That's how bad it is! Every minute of every day the equivalent of one garbage truck load of plastic enters our oceans. These plastics choke or entangle species like seabirds, turtles, and whales. Also, some sealife try to eat these plastics, which clog up their organs and can cause death. We can help to stop this from happening in the future.

If at all possible, please stop buying single-use plastics. Recycle where ever possible. If you have a plastics corporation in your city or state, contact them and discuss what can be done to care for the ocean plastic problem. If you have a recycling plant in your area, ask them if their plastics are thrown in the oceans or waterways around our great nation. Even things like straws can be deadly.

Please help get the word out. We have to find a solution to this problem, and it starts with us.

 

WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LAND FROM WATER DESTRUCTION

The Trump administration is definitely looking at curtailing the boundaries of our public lands to allow mining and fracking. Both will affect our pristine water in our national parks.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to strip protections for ten National Monuments, eg: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou, Nevada's Gold Butte to name a few. These lands belong to us so we must get involved before it's too late.

Representative Chris Stewart from Utah is leading the charge on the issue. He's a climate denier and former CEO of an energy sector. His recent re-election campaign received contributions from the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil. His bill is HR 2423.

Please contact your elected representative and tell him/her to oppose HR 2423 that threaten our public lands, which belong to the American people. We must leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong and develop clean sources of energy.

Thanks for getting involved.

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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. Differenct 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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--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