Target: Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of South Africa
Goal: Shut down the life-threatening Shongweni landfill in South Africa.
Hundreds of people in South Africa are falling dangerously ill due to the Shongweni landfill, a toxic waste dump that is contaminating the environment. They are being poisoned by the toxic gases released into the air, suffering chronic coughs, fevers and allergies. People are forced to close their windows to avoid both the poisons and the stench coming from these chemical gases.
The area of Durban, near which the landfill sits, was once thought of as incredibly beautiful. Its nature preserve featured a top-rated bird sanctuary, and hikers flocked to the Shongweni Dam to take in its natural beauty. But now this beauty is marred by the existence of the landfill and the damage it is doing to the people who reside near Durban.
We cannot let this continue. The people of this area deserve better than to live with constant sickness and possibly the threat of mass deaths should the poisoning grow worse. Their land, water and air are at severe risk and so is the local wildlife. Sign this petition to demand the Shongweni landfill be shut down immediately.
Dear Governor Kganyago,
A deadly landfill near Durban, South Africa is causing hundreds, possibly thousands, of people to become chronically ill. Infants are torn from their sleep by vicious coughs, entire families suffer from headaches and allergies, and people are forced to stay isolated in their homes with the windows shut tightly to keep out the poisonous gases coming from this landfill.
These people should not be forced to live like this. The Shongweni landfill is just a glorified toxic waste dump that does not benefit people or the environment in any way. Not only are so many people getting sick, but the gases are polluting the air and doing damage to the water supply, the land, and endangering the wildlife as well. Please do everything in your power to shut this landfill down. We must stop the spread of poison-induced sickness and allow the afflicted to recover without the threat of worsening sickness or death.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Vincentvanoosten