RSVP51 people are attending
Friday, December 06, 2019
Grand Circus Park
Detroit, MI 48226
Sunrise Movement Detroit
With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. In the September Climate Strikes alone, 7.6 million people took to the streets with us.
But our movement isn't going anywhere. Now, we are preparing for the next wave of Climate Strikes.
Want more than one day of action? Join the Sunrise Movement in Detroit: sunrisedetroit.bit.ly
Sunrise Detroit Local Environmental Issues Fact Sheet
- In July of 2019, elevated lead levels were discovered in the Highland Park water supply far above the safe, legal limit
- Safe levels >15 ppb, Highland Park levels at 57-620 ppb
- 2016 testing only looked at 5 homes, levels were normal
- In September 2019, Marathon Oil in Southwest Detroit experienced a vapor leak that is considered hazardous, though Marathon denies this
- 2 contracted employees were hospitalized due to exposure
- Rashida Tlaib, a supporter of the Green New Deal, held a local hearing to address the ongoing pollution caused by Marathon Oil
- According to a UM study in 2010, Southwest Detroit’s 48217 “most polluted zip code in the state”
- Michigan has the most PFAS contaminated sites in the country
- "PFAS," or "PFAs," is an acronym for perfluoroalkyl, which is a group of man-made chemicals that are not found naturally in the environment, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These are industrial chemicals used in manufacturing.
- Some 46 Michigan locations have PFAS compounds in groundwater that exceed the EPA's 70 parts-per-trillion health advisory level. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has estimated PFAS could be found at more than 11,300 sites in Michigan — fire stations, municipal airports, military sites, refineries and bulk petroleum stations, wastewater treatment plants, old landfills, and various industrial sites.
- Health risks associated with PFAS exposure include: cancer, increased cholesterol levels, risk of thyroid disease, decreased fertility in women, risk of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, lower infant birth weights.