Maria’s devastation is even worse than we thought

By Newsroom America Feeds at 23 Sep 2017

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Unimaginable Destruction in Puerto Rico You can help by making a donation to support relief and recovery efforts happening now.

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Hurricane Maria has left unimaginable destruction in its wake. And the worst isn't over, as we're still expecting flash floods and torrential rains across Puerto Rico.

Maria has shattered communities and wrought havoc across the island. Officials have said 13 people have died. The entire island -- more than 3 million people -- has lost power, and we may not get our electricity back for months. Many of us are still unable to contact family members and loved ones.

With our wastewater pumping stations offline, we're facing imminent water contamination. Coal ash -- which which contains heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, and chromium -- has been left in mounds exposed to the wind and rain from two hurricanes. And our 23 Superfund sites are being slammed by the storm, churning toxins out into our environment. We will be feeling the ecological aftereffects of these storms for decades.

Many of you have reached out, asking how you can help.

The Sierra Club is working with community-based partners in emergency relief efforts -- including our Puerto Rico Chapter. If you're willing and able to pitch in to help communities impacted by Hurricane Maria, will you please rush a donation of $5 or more today? 100% of your gift will go directly to those impacted by this catastrophic hurricane. Make a donation to the Sierra Club's Maria relief efforts today. Remember, 100% of funds donated will go directly to community-led recovery efforts in areas impacted by Maria.

As with most disasters, Maria has hit low-income and marginalized communities that were already confronting injustice the hardest. We will recover and we will rebuild. When we do, it is more important than ever that we do so in a way that is just, equitable and comprehensive, lifting up those who were hit the hardest and prioritizing people rather than corporate polluters.

Your support and generosity has already helped Gulf Coast residents and organizations, and we hope that you'll once again step up to help those most vulnerable to Maria’s wrath.

Now the people in Maria's path need your help. The Sierra Club will once again work with localorganizations in the communities hardest hit by this storm. Your emergency donation of $5 or more today will help ensure that no person or community is left behind: 100% of donations will go towards Maria relief. Please, contribute what you can to support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts for Puerto Rico. 100% of donations will go towards community-led Maria response efforts.

Thank you for your empathy and generosity, as we hunker down in Puerto Rico to ride out this epically disastrous storm and prepare for long-reaching recovery. Please, stay tuned for ways that you can continue to help in the weeks and months to come.


Adriana Gonzalez, Environmental Justice Organizing Representative, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter

Image: Plaza Centro Mall en Caguas, PR. Photo by Ashley Amanda Pena Colon.


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