This issue of the Networker brings an essay on Cumulative Impacts by SEHN Board Member Peter Montague. We know that figuring out how to regulate several environmental harms at once is challenging. It would be much easier to stick with the old model of “how much harm is allowed in water? in air? in food?” But that doesn’t reflect the way we live, exposed to many sources at once. And public health demands that we figure out how to protect people like you, where you actually live.
Carolyn Raffensperger shares a recent presentation to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, explaining the concept of Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The concept can be a mouthful, but it can also save lives. Vibrant communities live in the shadows of mines, chemical and power plants, and other harmful facilities. Communities need tools to help them say no to more harm and yes to a healthy future. The community right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent holds the potential to change the dynamic in these situations.
Last, we debut a comprehensive new resource compiled by past SEHN Board Member Sandra Steingraber and colleagues. The Compendium presents scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking for natural gas. Standing up to the fracking industry has taken remarkable bravery and determination by Sandra and her allies.
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