The Evangelical Environmental Network is a fellowship of believers who . . .
Declare the Lordship of Christ over all creation. He is the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created. All things were created by him and [ Church bells ] for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15b; 16a, c; 17)
These believers. . .
Deepen their walk with the Lord and the life of their churches through joy-filled worship, Bible study on the topics of creation’s care, and prayer that God’s will “be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Show the compassion of Christ for people who suffer from creation’s destruction (Proverbs 14:31).
Demolish strongholds of sin that tarnish the glory and integrity of God’s good creation (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Build our Lord’s kingdom by active service to restore and renew the works of his hands (Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 2:10).
Share the Gospel with those who do not know that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Hope for creation groaning under our sin and the only Hope for our own souls (Romans 8:19-21; Colossians 1:20, 27).
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Hispanics At Higher Risk For Mercury Pollution Report (06/14/2011)
NHCLC Official Position: “The NHCLC acknowledges an unhealthy increase of mercury poisoning in America directly effecting the Hispanic Community. The NHCLC partnered with EEN to engage the Hispanic community, bring awareness, and promote life.”
Emily Yehle, E&E Reporter
The fishing practices of Hispanic communities put them at a greater risk for mercury pollution, according to a new analysis from the Sierra Club.
The analysis – which uses answers from a 2008 Bendixen & Amandi poll — comes as lawmakers debate upcoming air pollution rules that would enable U.S. EPA to regulate power plant emissions such as mercury. Republicans contend that such rules slow the economy; EPA and public health groups say they will save tens of thousands of lives.
About 31 percent of Latinos fish regularly, and 76 percent of those eat and share those catches with their families. That puts them at a disproportionate risk of mercury poisoning because fish absorb a toxic form of mercury that can be found in waterways near coal-powered plants, according to the Sierra Club.
“Dirty coal-fired power plants threaten everyone’s health, and this new analysis shows that Hispanics in the United States are at an even higher risk,” said Mary Anne Hitt, director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, in a news release. “The Environmental Protection Agency can help clean up everyone’s air and water and protect our children’s health by adopting protections against mercury and other air pollution.”
The Sierra Club’s analysis was based on a survey of 1,000 Hispanics taken three years ago. Fishing ranked as a favorite activity, along with exploring national parks, going to the beach and picnics. However, 49 percent of the survey’s respondents said they never went fishing, while 10 percent went very often and 21 percent went once in a while. Thirty-nine percent fished in lakes, which are more prone to absorbing mercury from air pollution.
The Sierra Club also points to two studies from the University of California, Davis. One found that Hispanic anglers fish close to cities because they do not have many transportation options. The problem was compounded by the fact that warning signs about potential health hazards were rarely in Spanish.
The other study reported that Hispanic anglers in California ingest an average of 13.9 micrograms of mercury per day through eating the fish they catch — almost twice EPA’s safe limit.