From here on out, every time a bar of Fisherman soap is sold, we’ll donate $2 to the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Below is an excerpt from their, “about us,” page but please visit their website to find out more about this wonderful organization working for clean air, justice, and sustainability.
MISSION STATEMENT & PURPOSE
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)(3) environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. The EPA-approved “bucket” is a simple, community friendly tool that fenceline neighbors use to take air samples. We complement the community group by adding a level of technical expertise to their work. We provide this tool and training to community members to monitor and expose industrial pollution as it happens. We assist residents in their fight to reduce pollution and protect public health. We work with community groups to help them take air samples and achieve their goals, be it relocation away from a polluting facility, reduced pollution, or a moratorium on facility expansions. The more evidence the communities gather, the more power they have to attain their goals.
Taking air samples is a powerful experience for community members who are used to being ignored, overlooked, and disrespected by corporations and government. Dorothy Jenkins, President of Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, used to call the refinery to complain about the odors. A low ranking operator would tell her not to worry, that the black plume of smoke that billowed for hours near her home was not harmful. Now Mrs. Jenkins has a bucket. When refinery managers and government regulators tell her that there is nothing to worry about, she answers, “Why, then, was there a benzene reading of 14 in my air sample, a reading that violates the state standards?” The bucket gives community members power to hold institutions accountable to provide a safe and healthy environment.