Our goal is to find lead contamination and to develop community lead-safe play areas
Short Summary: This science is in the interest of our youngest citizens. The U.S. has clean air and water acts but no clean soil act. Unknown to citizens is that many play areas where children play are contaminated with toxic levels of lead. This project sets out to prevent children’s exposure to lead in their play areas. The lead safe play area campaign can be stated in four sentences. Young children are extremely vulnerable to lead dust and exposure causes multiple health outcomes including intellectual deficits and behavioral problems. During the Twentieth century cities became contaminated by huge quantities of invisible lead dust from consumer products, especially paint and additives to gasoline. Children are being exposed to lead dust when they play and because many communities are unsafe for children they are unsafe for everyone. Our goal is to create lead safe play areas within contaminated neighborhoods of the city.
Brief description of campaign importance: Children depend on the adult population to provide for their well-being. As concerned citizens, parents, educators, and grandparents this project is vitally important to communities. While congress curtailed lead-based paint and lead additives in fuel, the residues of lead dust remain in the soil. Investigations revealed patterns of lead residues and lead poisoning of children were related to city size and location of communities within cities. Lead poisoning early in life is associated with brain damage and the injury is associated to behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and multiple other costly lifelong health issues including heart issues, kidney dysfunction, and diabetes. The goal of this project is to create lead safe play areas within contaminated communities of New Orleans and to serve as a model for action in all cities.
What contributors will help achieve: Environmental lead dust is invisible. Eighty percent of New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the old map must be revised to have a good understanding where the highest amounts of soil lead exist in the city. While the federal government has done lead cleanup at public properties, and New Orleans city officials took some measures to clean up parks, a major gap for cleanup is private properties. Contributions to this project go directly into collecting, analyzing, and mapping the quality of play areas across New Orleans. The map shows which communities need work. Changing the play environment from lead hazardous to lead-safe is an essential condition for children’s wellbeing and this action assists with the prevention of the lifelong health problems caused by lead exposure.
Lead Lab, Inc.is a not for profit 501(C) (3) corporation registered in Louisiana and all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. NolaUnleaded is a project of Lead Lab, Inc. that works directly with families to assist in curtailing lead exposure of children who are lead poisoned We welcome any contribution amount. New Orleans is America's #1 Favorite City, and we seek to make it a lead safer place to live.
The Impact: Children living in the inner city New Orleans exhibit many of the symptoms of lead poisoning: They demonstrate educational failure, behavioral problems, and display high rates of violence as young adults. Education failure and violence are terribly expensive to the individuals, families and the communities. Costly chronic diseases are associated with lead exposure including, kidney and cardiovascular disease. Reducing lead exposure by the youngest children should reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases and improve community well-being.
Why the project is valuable to the U.S. and World. A successful primary play area lead prevention program in New Orleans would be a model program for other cities.
Lead Lab, Inc. has a successful track record with soil lead intervention: See the website: https://plus.google.com/102811471396098140243