Target: CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker
Goal: End partnership with fracking company Baker Hughes
An image of a pink fracking drill head is going viral, as the image shows oil industry Baker Hughes teaming up with Susan G. Komen to fight against breast cancer. What is ironic is the fact that fracking chemicals are the cause of cancer. As a breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen should not be teaming up with a company that is responsible for polluting the water and making people sick. Tell the CEO of the charity to end its partnership with Baker Hughes, as it is unethical and sends a negative message about cancer.
Baker Hughes is one of the world’s largest oil companies; it operates in 80 different countries. By partnering with the Susan G. Komen charity, thousands of drill bits will be painted with the signature pink color that the charity is known for, shipped to several extraction sites around the world, and will be used for drilling for fossil fuels. All of this will take place during the month of breast cancer awareness. What is ironic is that many workers who work at extraction sites have developed breast cancer because of exposure to chemicals such as benzene, which is a human carcinogen. Not only does benzene cause breast cancer, but it can also increases the risk of leukemia.
These hazards and dangers do not stop there. Workers are exposed to silica dust, which increases their risk of getting lung cancer. The Susan G. Komen charity is supporting this kind of activity while it also strives to find a cure for cancer. This is a backwards philosophy and the charity shouldn’t be supporting or partnering with such a company. Tell the CEO of this charity to end the partnership immediately for ethical and moral reasons.
Dear CEO Nancy Brinker,
Recently your charity partnered up with Baker Hughes, a massive oil company that conducts fracking. I hope you realize that the chemicals used in fracking cause cancer, and as a charity that is trying to find the cure for breast cancer, I find this partnership extremely disturbing and unethical. It is morally wrong for you to support an industry that is known for contaminating our water and making people sick.
I demand that you end this partnership immediately before this scandal gets out of hand. While I realize you want to educate the workers in the fracking industry about the hazards of breast cancer, there are other ethical ways of conducting such a process. Fix this massive oversight, as you should be fighting against cancer, not supporting it.
[Your Name Here]
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