Saturday, April 15, 2006

You can make a difference - Tip 3

It's been a while since the last You can make a difference tip. My friend S. who usually sends us the tips has been busy...or lazy...or both :)

OK, OK, I can't really blame her, she recently started a new job, and it has been an overwhelming period for her, to say the least. But she still managed to find the time to send a new tip, so here it is:

This month’s tip is about batteries.

Problem is, they are dumped like harmless candy.

When batteries corrode, their toxic content (lead, lithium and mercury to name a few) leak into the ground, and eventually get into the water. These heavy metals build up in animals that drink the water and in humans who eat them.

Facts: Lead, used as a sweetener for wine by the Romans is believed to be the cause of the recorded dementia of Roman Emperors, and thus ... the fall of the Roman Empire!

“Mad as a hatter”: working every day with mercury-soaked felt turned hat makers crazy.

Today, the most common way people get poisoned by mercury is by eating mercury-contaminated fish.

Fish belong in the sea anyways - not in tummies! :)

Sounds good. I am not a big consumer of batteries anyway, I only buy them for my remote control. But if you are a big battery consumer, be careful where you discard them.

And S., I don't agree with your last statement...I love eating fish too much. And, FYI, your sister ate lots of fish on today's boat that your mother bought...Hehe...I think you need to have a nice long chat with them :)

1 comment:

nzm said...

Battery disposal is a huge problem. All that acid that leaks out of them - yuk!

When we were Mauritius and snorkelling just off the hotel beach, J and I must have picked up about 10 D and 9v batteries off the seafloor.

The thing is, then we didn't know what to do with them, because if they end up in a landfill, they do just as much damage there.