For people living in ‘Sacrifice Zones’ toxin remediation is a struggle. Not only exposed to the constant fumes from cars, but other hazards such as plane noise, toxic industrials that the local government is happy to let operate in residential areas (regardless of the political affiliation of the local government). The government is content to ignore the plight of these communities because money. Communities must fight back to regain their communities, as I am in mine.
How do we regain our communities? We invest in ourselves. We form grass-roots groups to get knowledge and education out about what is going on, on a broad scale. These can include flyers with links to sources, newsletters, going door-to-door, and talking to local alternative news sources in order to get more information out. It is possible to use more mainstream media, but in my experience they tend to be neutral or biased a bit towards industrials.
Then, pressuring of the local government is needed. Many different actions may be needed. Strikes by workers in the affected fields, protests by the local community, protests also by local businesses affected by the toxic industrials will also be useful. How the last one may be important is that people may not want to eat at a restaurant located in a toxic industrial zone (Georgetown and South Park are 2 of the main ones). Unfortunately, it’s the money that talks most for freeing these communities. Loss of revenue hurts local governments.
Another problem for those in ‘sacrifice zones’ is they are often used by the city for affordable housing sections, due to all of the nimby’s in the richer parts of the city. Developers see this as unprotected places to get into develop. In my area, flooding in basements is becoming more rampant due to a few factors. One being the irresponsible compacted-lot development that is going on. Another is that the county will not let us put in measures along the river bank to protect against flooding, nor will they do it themselves. This came to a head during the big snowmelt that we had in the spring.
Now, onto the remediation measures. Other than pressuring the company(s) into leaving along with your local government to do something, there is the matter of remediating their impact while they are still there as well as for when they leave. There are many acts the community can take. They can plant remediation plants to help take toxins out of the air, hemp is very good in this regard. Hemp is a miracle crop and can be used to also make backpacks, hempcrete, rope and many other supplies, and is very durable. I even have hemp shoes. I will post the link down below to remediation plants that communities can grow to less the industrial corporations impact on the community.
(Willows are bad for areas with septic tanks)
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