Oil Spills and Our Health
A few weeks ago we focused on oil spills and planetary health, describing how environmental crusader John Francis is launching an educational campaign to teach children the deep connection between personal behavior and the well being of the planet. Equally critical, especially now, is the intimate connection between oil spills and our own health. A recent article about the 2010 BP oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, reports that workers on the front lines of spill clean up have since experienced skin rashes, lesions, burning sensations and other disturbing symptoms, such as a 30 percent increase in anxiety and depression among those who helped with clean up compared with the rest of the community. Is it the crude or the spill clean up products being used? Or both? We live in an increasingly polluted world of our own making, and a growing spate of odd, often intractable illnesses and chronic conditions is the result. What can we do about it? Businesses might consider applying to the CARE program. Created by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), CARE stands for Community Action for a Renewed Environment, and is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. Another smart move for business is using products that already support personal and planetary health. The Impact Absorbents suite of products helps clean up spills while protecting both people and the environment, whether the need is for oil spill clean up, biohazardous spills, erosion control, or any number of other spill containment or spill clean up situations. By pioneering highly effective, economical products that are safe for both the user and the environment, we contribute to a safer, healthier planet for us all, now and for future generations.