We strengthen environmental justice leadership by working collaboratively to reduce toxic exposures from oil-chemical activities in frontline communities.

Our scientific-based educational tools are accessible and replicable, and our peer-led trainings are engaging.

We give workshops and trainings to skill up residents of frontline communities and help them make energy choices in their own backyards through community activism, science and the law.

Our trainings are informed by lessons learned from past oil disasters, real life stories, the latest science and field-based evidence, and community models that work.

©Elizabeth Krawczak
©Elizabeth Krawczak
Community Training

How it works

We respond to invites from Tribes and communities where people believe they have been sickened by oil-chemical activities or might become sickened by proposed oil-chemical activities.

Our trainings aim to empower local people to take the lead on oil spill preparation and response planning in their community.

We create a peer-led process to engage people and help them identify solutions to limit health risks from oil-chemical pollutants - particularly dispersants.

Who we train

Tribal leaders and emergency responders
Health care providers
Occupational environmental medicine specialists
Response workers and emergency response teams
Community groups and nonproft leaders
Concerned citizens, workers and fishermen
Government agencies
Environmental lawyers and media

Our trainings

Environmental and Human Health : Toxic Trespass Training

Pollutants getting into our bodies without our consent.

Learn how to:

Identify types of oil-chemical hazards in the environment and explain how exposures occur

Explain how these exposures affect health

Recognize symptoms of chemical illness related to oil-chemical exposures

Be able to describe them to a doctor or health care provider

Identify ways to reduce oil-chemical exposures in your environment


Law and Policy: Oil Spill Preparation and Response Planning

Policy change and citizen engagement for better oil spill response

Learn how to:

Better prepare and protect your families and response workers from toxic exposures during oil spill response

Revoke chemical dispersant preauthorization in your local oil spill response. Get a primer on oil, dispersant and human health effects versus government initiative to continue using dispersants in oil spill response.

Use legal action and pass local resolutions to update the EPA’s National Contingency Plan (NCP) for oil spill response. Get a primer on the current NCP framework, what’s not working for local communities and how we can change that. 

Activate local input in your Regional and Area Plans through Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and Regional Citizens’ Advisory Councils (RCACs) and new independent Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) boards to take charge of human health during man-made disasters.

Fund local capacity-building and leadership in local response teams through Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and hold the oil industry accountable for oil spill prevention and response

©Julie Dermansky
©Julie Dermansky

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