Join Shahid to see actor Mark Ruffalo & environmental lawyer Rob Bilott discuss his 20 year toxicity case against DuPont
Start: Monday, October 07, 2019•11:30 AM
End: Monday, October 07, 2019• 1:30 PM
Represent for Shahid for Change and join Shahid Buttar at 11:30 AM on Monday, October 7th, to meet actor Mark Ruffalo (Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy nominee) and Rob Bilott (28-year environmental law and litigation attorney and recipient of the international Right Livelihood Award) at "Book Passage" in Suite 42 of the San Francisco Ferry Building. Tickets to the event must be purchased here prior.
In 1998, Rob Bilott was a young lawyer specializing in helping big corporations stay on the right side of environmental laws and regulations. His life and career took an unexpected turn when he got a phone call from a West Virginia farmer named Earl Tennant, who was convinced his cattle were being poisoned by runoff into a stream from a neighboring DuPont landfill. Earl hadn’t been able to get a water sample tested by any state or federal regulatory agency or find a local lawyer willing to take the case. As soon as they heard the name DuPont—the area’s largest employer—they shut him down.
Agreeing to help Earl, Rob ultimately gains access to hundreds of thousands of pages of DuPont documents that reveal the company has been holding onto decades of studies proving the harmful effects of a chemical called PFOA, used in making Teflon. More toxic than lead, PFOA is often called a “forever chemical,” because once it gets inside the human body, it remains there, building up faster than the body can excrete it. What starts as the case of one farmer soon spawns a class action suit on behalf of seventy thousand residents—and the shocking realization that virtually every person on the planet has been exposed to PFOA and carries the chemical in his or her blood.
Robert Bilott will be discussing his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont and his twenty-year struggle to expose the truth about this previously unknown—and still unregulated—chemical that presents one of the greatest environmental and human health crises of the twenty-first century. Mark Ruffalo will be playing Rob Bilott in Participant Media's upcoming film, Dark Waters, distributed by Focus Features, about the DuPont pollution scandal that also stars Anne Hathaway, Bill Pullman, and Tim Robbins.