Wed, Jul 27|
Partner Event | Resident-Led Virtual Town Hall: Life Under the Toxic Umbrella of Shell Chemical and U.S. Steel
Time & Location
Jul 27, 2022, 6:00 PM
About the event
You’re invited to an upcoming virtual grassroots resident-led air quality town hall: “Life Under the Toxic Umbrella of Shell Chemical and U.S. Steel.”
Here’s how organizers describe the event:In the first 180 days of 2022, our region’s air ranked among the top 10 worst places in the country for at least a portion of the day 72 times, and was ranked as #1 worst 24 times.At this, our 7th town hall, you will hear about the threat to all of us posed by toxic air pollution from Braddock’s 147 year old U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Works, and the soon-to-open Shell plastics plant in Beaver County. On June 27, Dr. Amber Johnson, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, was interviewed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She underscored that since 2018 in Allegheny County, deaths from heart disease have outpaced the national rate by 42%, with 15,500 residents having died from those causes. She also pointed to reducing air pollution as a way to lower those tragic losses when she stated, “We need clean air to breathe and healthy environments to live in.” Add your voice to the more than 1,000 who have connected with SWPA Town Halls since our first event in early 2021, and who are advocating for a healthier future for the young people whose asthma rate in our minority and lowest income communities closest to major pollution sources is triple the national average, or for the many with respiratory diseases and cancer at rates well above the national average.Together we can make a difference.
Interested? Register here.