I’m spearheading the movement to “Green the Green” at UD with a few other students on campus, where we are encouraging the UD administration to release information about the pesticides that they are spraying, give us notice and warning of when and what they are spraying, and ultimately look into alternatives that are safer, not only for human health, but also environmental health as well. We’ve had articles published in our school newspaper and a National Lawn Science Journal, and National Public Radio is looking into picking up our story as well. This is the article written by Paul Tukey, who is really well-known within the environmental field (http://www.safelawns.org/blog/2012/10/pesticide-induced-rashes-leave-delaware-students-angered/).
I know that this might not seem like it’s the closest thing to home for you, but the pesticides being sprayed can really affect my health, not only by inducing flu-like symptoms, but the two pesticides we know that are being sprayed are possible carcinogens and can also cause future fertility issues, such as miscarriages, birth defects, and attention disorders. I know I’m not looking to have kids any time soon, but I’m sure any moms understand that you would never want to know that your child might be suffering because of a chemical you were exposed to years before they were even born.
The pesticides being sprayed are not just affecting me, though. Every single student, professor, university staff, or community member who uses the Green are impacted by the pesticides sprayed on the Green.
Additionally, the University of Delaware is not the exception in spraying these pesticides. Many schools across the country are using similar pesticides, and I hope that by encouraging UD to change its pesticide practices to healthier, organic options, it might pave the way for other institutions to do the same.
I would love if you were able to sign our petition, and please feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be concerned about environmental and student health at UD.
You can sign our petition on change.org (http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-spraying-toxic-chemicals-at-the-university-of-delaware), which will be sent to UD once we feel we have enough signatures to really make an impact.
Thank you so much!!