Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Clean Energy

Are You A Bystander?

If you believe that global warming is real and largely the result of human activity, but don’t know what you, as an individual can do about it, or that your actions won’t make a difference, then consider taking the following action steps. During the next several months, we in Longmeadow and Western Mass have the unique opportunity to convince our State Legislators to pass a carbon fee/rebate bill that will have a dramatic effect in lowering the use of carbon fuels, helping our economy, and setting an example for other states and eventually the federal government to follow.

Step 1.   Educate yourself about Barrett Bill S 1747 by reading the following attachments:

Step 2.   Read, sign, and send this letter to your legislator and their two leaders.

Step 3.   Contact your relatives, friends, co-workers, and business leaders in Massachusetts and encourage them to follow your lead.

Step 4.  Take satisfaction that you are part of a growing movement that is having a positive effect in proper Stewardship of the Earth and that you are NO LONGER JUST A BYSTANDER.

Mark Pohlman
Environmental Justice Team

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Styrofoam Banned for Church Use

The Environmental Justice Team has advised the church to ban use of Styrofoam for food products in our church and the church is in the process of doing so.

Styrofoam is dangerous to your health.   Our team strongly advises all not to use Styrofoam for food use.  When in contact with hot foods and acidic and oily foods, the Styrofoam separates into styrene and benzene and then some small particles are ingested. Exposure to styrene is highly correlated to developing lymphoma and leukemia and multiple forms of other cancers or maladies.

Styrofoam is not recyclable, excepting for non food use Styrofoam which can be cut up into smaller pieces such as “peanuts”. Over time, the Styrofoam will break down and end up in dumps or more likely the ocean. For it to disappear completely, it is reported to take ~ 500 years. There are good substitutes for Styrofoam products so please use them instead.

Check our Environmental Justice Bulletin Board, or read a more complete discussion of Styrofoam in the Environmental Justice Team’s Styrofoam Report.