HUM111 Together We Stand Letter
HUM111 Together We Stand Letter
CSU - Dominguez hills
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Together We Stand Letter Have you noticed that you are getting sick lately A cause for that could be the local gas company and if you aren t careful you and your family could be next In the past few years I have started to notice that people in our community are showing signs of being sick Normally this would not be a problem but several children and adults were beginning to develop illnesses that were very similar to each other After comparing and researching the noticeable symptoms I realized that much of the problem could be coming from defects in the construction and development of our community The main concern I have is that if left untreated with continued exposure to the gas the illnesses will become more severe and can even be fatal According to gas leakorg small gas leaks throughout your home are virtually undetectable even by smell nd This means that your home could be making you sick Some of those symptoms can include asthma depression eczema migraines etc and will slowly poison whoever is in the affected area including pets People have slowly but surely become worse and I fear that our exposure has already been too long With the exposure to this poison gradually getting longer each day it goes unfixed the potential for severe casualties greatly increases The gas itself isn t the main problem but it is the additive mercaptan that affects us the most In addition to it being highly flammable which brings the risk of explosions or house fires in high concentrations it s also highly toxic and affects the central nervous system Longterm exposure can also lead to increased allergies gastrointestinal problems fatigue pain and discomfort high red and white blood cell count and high cholesterol gasleakorg nd Natural gas by itself is odorless Mercaptan is the additive that gives gas its rotten egg smell and as ironic as it may seem mercaptan is added to the gas for easy detection yet it s the most harmful part of using natural gas While many others safely use natural gas every day the Material Safety Data Sheet MSDS suggests that it has never been tested at low levels and longterm exposure Specialty Gases of America 2009 Methyl mercaptan also ranks in the worst 10 of all chemicals based on the IRCH system and has been linked to be a nonallergenic trigger for asthma Buteyko Asthma Management 1999 As a community we have to stand up for what is right This has been plaguing us for years and now that we understand the cause the next step is to fight for justice This problem will not fix itself and will continue to get worse unless something is done I don t want to wake up and find my son or daughter lying on the floor having an asthma attack and I m sure no other parent wants that either Now it is time to act This message needs to spread to as many people as possible If needed to do some individual research and share it with a neighbor or a friend The first strategy used was paying attention to notice that throughout the years more and more people were getting sick Of those people most of them were showing similar symptoms that l was sure couldn t be coincidence or genetics One of which was eczema which is a term for several different types of skin swelling and redness Medicine Plus 2010 I started with researching symptoms like that as a group and came across articles that suggested a possible cause was a natural gas leak Gas leakorg helped with a lot of the information used and even included resources that supported its information Knowledge is the biggest thing the community can do in order to develop solutions to the problem With a community that can range from a few hundred people to a few thousand one person will most likely not make difference However if half of the community is informed about the problem they have an advantage and can make a change Weekly meetings could be held to spread the word and can also benefit by allowing ideas to be heard and revised Testing homes in the community is another step to take It can actually confirm whether the gas company is to blame or not instead of basing claims on symptoms and assumptions Critical thinking should be included as well The people involved should make sure they don t let their emotions affect their decisions and they need to stay objective in order to find the best solution References Buteyko Asthma Management 1999 Asthma Triggers Retrieved November 20 2010 from httpwwwbuteykoconzasthmatriggersdefautcfm GasIeakorg nd Natural Gas Facts Retrieved November 20 2010 from httpgaseakorgnaturaIgasfactsphp GasIeakorg nd Natural Gas Poisoning Retrieved November 20 2010 from httpgaseakorgnaturaIgaspoisoningphp Medicine Plus 2010 Eczema Retrieved November 20 2010 from httpwwwnmnihgovmedlinepluseczemahtml Specialty Gases of America 2009 Material Safety Data Sheet Retrieved November 20 2010 from httpwwwspecialtygasesofamericacommsdsmethylmercaptan msdspdf
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