Join us on June 22, 2023 for an Orca Action Month online panel discussion on legacy toxics, bioaccumulation, and solutions to protect our communities and wildlife. Featured speakers include Paulina López with Duwamish River Community Coalition, Heather Trim from Zero Waste Washington, and other local experts and leaders.
Toxic substances like plastics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, PCBs, and PFAS, enter Puget Sound every day via polluted stormwater, waste water, and direct discharges. Plankton absorb these chemicals and they accumulate up the food chain. As a result, Southern Resident orcas and their primary food source, Chinook salmon, are some of the most polluted mammals and fish in the world. Humans who eat Puget Sound ceremonial, subsistence, and commercial fish and shellfish are exposed to the same toxic substances, creating an environmental justice issue for communities that heavily rely on fisheries. Residents in King County neighborhoods adjacent to industrial zones bear a disproportionate health burden due to air and water pollution.
How big is this problem? What can we do about it? Join us to learn more about how preventing and controlling toxic pollution will benefit humans and wildlife alike.
Hosted by: Defenders of Wildlife, Puget Soundkeeper, Toxic Free Future, Washington Conservation Action
When: June 22, 6:30pm