Don't Be a Backseat Activist

My generation is known for sitting behind the computer screen where we’d rather “like” than interact. We’re complacent but pat ourselves on the back because it feels like we’ve made a difference.

I would highly encourage you to find a project that gets you out of your comfort zone. Interact with other people and fight to make a difference. 

@@Hey, @OrcemAmericas why are you building heavy industry in a residential area zoned for light industry?@@

Fight ORCEM/VMT! We do not want a concrete plant in Vallejo!

Right now, I’m fighting a concrete plant that wants to move into the southern part of my city.

 It is heavy industry that would cause noise pollution, light pollution, air pollution, severely block off traffic during peak hours, and open up our neighborhoods for industrial use. The plant will run 24/7 and will greatly disrupt the surrounding preserves and bird sanctuaries.  

Trains and trucks will also run 24/7 through our vital downtown and block our beautiful waterfront: arguably the most vital, profitable, and historically important part of our city.

 It will disturb residents and finally land in a poor area that doesn’t have many means for fighting back. The term is environmental racism.

Environmental racism is placement of low-income or minority communities in proximity to environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution and urban decay. While there are competing views as to an exact definition, the interplay between environmental issues and social indicators are key to its understanding.  

The area already suffers from the highest rate of childhood asthma in California. The dust from the concrete will only exasperate the problem. It causes cancer and silicosis also known as miner’s lung.

This dust will blow across our whole town affecting our farmers markets, waterfront events, and community gardens. During the manufacturing process it will release 63.39 tons of nitrous oxide which is 313 times more potent than carbon dioxide!

photo credit:  John Glidden

photo credit: John Glidden

That doesn't even include the insane absurd transportation proposal! Or the millions of gallons of water it will use in the chemical process.

We're in a drought, and I'm not sure where they'll get this water? They don't even have a holding cell for this toxic water. Where is it going to go? The Bay?

Please help me call out ORCEM. Let them know we don't want this dirty plant. We want clean waters, healthy fish, preserved wild life, clean air, healthy and safe children, and a prospering community and waterfront. 

Hey, city council, can you hear me? 

@@Hey @OrcemAmericas we don't want your filth in the bay! #saynotocement@@