Target: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Goal: Praise decision to ban cadmium in the production of televisions.
Members of the European Parliament recently voted to rethink the use of cadmium in the production of television sets sold across Europe. This comes after years of non-toxic and non-carcinogenic substances were unavailable to television company producers shipping to or working in the continent.
In 2002, the substance was unfortunately exempted from the European Parliament’s directive for the restriction of hazardous substances being used in everyday objects, simply because safer alternatives were hard to replace. In an effort to keep profits high and costs low, the European Commission argued that the exemption should be extended to 2017, to which the country’s parliament struck down, stating that the technology for cleaner alternatives to television production were available and would be enacted as soon as possible.
Cadmium, a widely used and noxious substance, is used in illumination and display lighting applications, such as the LCD screens found in television sets and even desktop computers. It can also be found in batteries and even plastics. Cadmium is considered one of the most dangerous substances a human being can be exposed to, showing links to cancer, kidney failure, anemia and, worse yet, death. While direct cadmium exposure is quite rare for the average individual, prolonged exposure over time in small amounts can have adverse effects on health and well-being.
Manufacturers of cadmium-free products and television sets across Europe rejoiced as over 600 parliament members voted in favor of a ban on the toxic substance, while other manufacturers were less pleased, claiming that the future ban would only lead them to use other toxic alternatives, since going cadmium-free can prove to be a costly endeavor.
Nevertheless, a future of cadmium-free products on the market is on the horizon for the continent and will clearly be a worthwhile step towards a safer, healthier and non-toxic continent. Sign the petition to applaud Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, for his efforts to ban cadmium in the production of televisions.
Dear Mr. Schulz,
It has recently come to my attention that the European Parliament is poised to ban the use of cadmium in the production of television sets and other technologies and products sold across the continent. As an environmentalist that is passionate about public health, I thoroughly applaud your decision to keep the toxic substance out of everyday products.
Cadmium exposure, while rare for the average individual, is still a real possibility, as many household products are laced with the substance, such as batteries, plastic containers and even paint. While it is difficult to regulate the amount of toxic substances an individual is exposed to, it is possible to explore environmentally friendly and health conscious alternatives to these substances, especially with the vast technological advancements we have made as a society.
Decisions like the ones made by your parliament truly make a difference and shed light on healthier, more environmentally friendly ways of producing the products that people love and rely on daily. Thank you for making such a valiant effort to protect the people of Europe from the harmful, and potentially life-threatening, effects of cadmium.
[Your Name Here]
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