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Greenpeace: Storm Unleashes Unnatural Consequences August 30, 2005 10:36 AM

Sent: 8/30/2005 12:34 PM
Greenpeace 30 August 2005

Satellite Image of Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina, one of the largest and strongest storms on record, roared onto shore this week, causing massive devastation in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states. But another danger to the region is still brewing. With storm surges of up to 20 feet in some areas, huge petro-chemical plants, gas stations and waste pits have unleashed a toxic cocktail of chemicals ranging from vinyl chloride to gasoline.

Take Action! Natural disaster or terrorist attack - Tell Congress to act NOW to prevent more tragedy.

Already nicknamed "Cancer Alley," the polluted area now suffers from contaminated flood waters of up to 20 feet - which can affect homes, drinking water and surrounding waterways. In New Orleans, the city's levee system is now serving only to hold water in the city, creating a temporary lake of toxic chemicals, gas, oil and storm debris.

Deputy director of the Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden, warns, "We're talking about an incredible environmental disaster… a bowl full of highly contaminated water with contaminated air flowing around and, literally, very few places for anybody to go where they'll be safe."

I've been working for Greenpeace for more than 14 years to prevent just this sort of tragedy. No one could stop Katrina, but chemical plants like those found in Cancer Alley and around the nation can be converted to safer technologies. Natural disasters, chemical spills during transport and the threat of chemical terrorist attacks are reason enough. The good news is that toxic chemicals such as chlorine, which are used to make these pollutants, have many safer alternatives - it's time to make the switch.

Sincerely, Rick Hind



Rick Hind
Legislative Director

P.S. This issue is extremely critical, so please, be sure to pass this message on to your friends and loved ones.


Fishing for Trouble

Factory FishingFor weeks I've been telling you about a big fight over a little fish called the menhaden. Nearly 16,000 of you wrote to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to protect the menhaden from factory fishing giant Omega Protein - that's more than 30 times the number of comments the commission has ever received about an issue. And your letters worked! Last week, the commission decided to limit factory fishing of menhaden for the first time in history.

There's no question that this couldn't have happened without you, and I want to thank you for your support for an important little fish.

But the fight is far from over, and we're not letting Omega off the hook.

Take Action! Tell Omega to stop its rotten fishing practices!

Thank you, John Hocevar

John Hocevar
Ocean Campaign Coordinator


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 August 30, 2005 10:37 AM

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Jaguars Roar into Action

In the summer of 2004 we unleashed the Greenpeace Jaguars. Activists decked out in spotted yellow gear used motorbikes to prowl the forests of Argentina and intercepted bulldozers set to clearcut the land. This year, the team on the ground is supported by two helicopters in its efforts (who said jaguars can’t fly?).

Greenpeace Jaguar
Learn more about the fight to protect our forests, and stop the expansion of genetic engineering.

Hiroshima: 60 Years Later

This month marked the 60th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb. To commemorate the solemn occasion, we released dove balloons carrying nearly 10,000 short messages for a nuclear-free and peaceful world in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima city. Read on.


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