29 Feb Keep the Ban uses Union Stickers for Uranium Campaign
How about baking some cupcakes!
Letting Union Printed Stickers (and cupcakes!) Do the Talking
This creative action was the handywork of citizens who understand the risks of uranium mining. They gave out “yellow cake” cupcakes as a reminder to lawmakers that “”
According to the Keep the Ban website, uranium exposure can lead to these health risks:
The radioactive chemical element radium is found in uranium waste. Radium decays into the radioactive gas radon, which is difficult to contain. If ingested, it may increase the risk for bone, liver, lung and breast cancer1.
African Americans may be more vulnerable to the biological effects of uranium. African American women in particular have shown an increased risk for breast cancer due to elevated uranium concentration in groundwater3.
Babies from mothers who had prolonged exposure to uranium tailings waste in Church Rock, New Mexico, suffered a significant increase in birth defects4.” (see sources here)
There are also economic risks and severe implications for rivers and the environment. Even if you don’t live in Virginia, you should check where your state stands in regard to uranium extraction.
You can learn more about the group’s actions by joining their facebook page or watching this short film about the potential damages to local watersheds: