By Marcus Barnett in Britain, 7 April 2019:
Asbestos levels are dangerously high in most schools
Freedom from government scrutiny means authorities lack knowledge about asbestos in academy schools
The BBC documentary series “School” highlights the wretched cost to pupils, parents and teachers of education cuts, the conversion of schools into academies and the results-driven inspection system: here.
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The New York Times reported hours ago that the EPA’s new asbestos proposal would be a backdoor for allowing asbestos back into mainstream consumer products. The proposal was adamantly opposed by veteran EPA scientists — but Wheeler moved forward anyway.
The Trump administration has crossed a line — we can’t let asbestos back onto the market.
Lola — this is a fight we can win, but we need your help. Early last year, Trump’s EPA refused to ban chlorpyrifos, a chemical that is seriously toxic, especially to children and farm workers. LCV members like you raised your voices and this week, the courts demanded the EPA ban this incredibly dangerous pesticide. We’ve shown we can win against the chemical industry, but we need your help.
A major donor is so outraged about the direction that Trump and Wheeler have taken the EPA, they’ve agreed to triple match all contributions to our Summer Membership campaign. With so many fights on the horizon — from asbestos, to the November election, to protecting public lands — renewing your LCV membership is the best way to make sure we win.
Renew your membership for just $5 and your gift will be tripled »
Tens of thousands have died from mesothelioma and other diseases caused by exposure to asbestos and other dangerous chemicals. If the Trump administration’s erosion of federal chemical safety rules continues, it will endanger our communities and the health of all our families.
I hope you’ll pitch in — because we can only win if we have the resources to fight back — and with all the attacks on the environment happening right now, resources are running low. But if all that isn’t enough — here are a few more reasons to give now:
Because the current acting EPA administrator is a lifetime lobbyist for Big Polluters. While serving as an aide to Senator Inhofe — one of the biggest climate change deniers out there — Andrew Wheeler worked to pass legislation that would have delayed critical actions to reduce climate change. And as a lobbyist for some of the biggest polluters in the country, including Murray Energy, he worked against protections for clean air, clean water, and our public lands. We can’t let him become the permanent EPA administrator if he’s not going to do the job. But we can only win if we ramp up the pressure NOW. Please, renew your membership today to stop Wheeler’s nomination. It only costs $5 »
Because this year is the most important midterm election in decades. In 2017, we showed that when the environmental movement shows up, we win. With your help, we won in governor races, state legislative races, and special elections across the country. Even more is at stake this November — we need to build a movement that is prepared to win. It’s the only way to block — and even reverse — Trump’s worst attacks on the environment. None of this is possible if you don’t step up though, Lola.
Because Big Polluters are moving quickly to mine in Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments. Trump has already stripped protections from some of our nation’s most pristine places. But in order to start mining, these companies still need approval — and that means we can stop this process here and now. We need to make it clear that Trump can’t get away with stripping safeguards for our public lands and selling them to the highest bidder. Join us »
Because your membership only costs $5 right now. Really, Lola — any amount helps, and you can renew your membership today with a donation of just $5.
We need to raise $250,000 by the end of August to keep our work going strong — and if everyone reading this right now pitched in just $5, we’d blow through that goal in minutes.
Time is of the essence. We cannot let this stand. Please help LCV take on this fight. Renew your LCV membership for $5 or more and every gift will be tripled »
We’ll keep you posted on all the threats to our environment, and everything we’re doing to fight them. Thank you for everything that you do to help.
LCV’s Rapid Response Team
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