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Imogen Ingram (), Cook Islands

  • My mercury level in hair is  Among the highest test results
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Reduce emissions and releases significantly
    Those who live in Small Island Developing States are very dependent on the rest of the world to reduce their emissions and releases of mercury, because fish is our main source of protein and methylmercury will poison us.
Pumalee Warnakulasooriya (42), Sri Lanka

  • My mercury level in hair is  4.45 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    making a better environment for future generations is a responsibility of adults, may it be parents or responsible authorities. therefore I request the decision makers to take measures before its too late.
    The data was published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
D. Mariya Lurthi Perera (72), ====Please select====

  • My mercury level in hair is  1.26 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Its not still late to do something.
    The data was published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
D. Berty Perera (41), Sri Lanka

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  2.99 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I have seen how fish dies, with their sides melted. I think its because of all this harmful chemicals. I'm a small fisherman and what I can do is limited. but I just wonder how can the officers just ignore when they have every potential to act upon.
    The data was published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
M. Juwan Fernando (79), ====Please select====

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  1.42 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Preventing contamination of water bodies is the best and initial step should be taken by the responsible parties.
    The data was published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
M.U. Shelton Silva (48), Sri Lanka

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  3.38 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    fish is a major component in our daily diet, so the authorities should take action in preventing water bodies getting contaminated with Mercury.
    The data was published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
Aruna Udaya Kumari (19), Sri Lanka

Occupant in a factory

  • My mercury level in hair is  1.01 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please take measures in raising awareness on Mercury sources and in preventing water body contamination.
    The data is published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
B. Marcus Anthony (56), Sri Lanka

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  2.62 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please do act upon preventing water bodies getting contaminated with Mercury
    The data is published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
Pilip Colambage (49), Sri Lanka

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  0.78 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please do act upon preventing fish getting contaminated with Mercury.
    The data is published by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
Joseph Peter (54), Sri Lanka

Fisherman

  • My mercury level in hair is  3.73 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I was unaware on what Mercury is or any threat it can cause until this survey came on. I request the authorities to raise awareness and act upon reducing sources of Mercury contamination.
    The application was filled by the E-mail holder on behalf of the actual participant.
Bjorn Beeler (36), United States of America

  • My mercury level in hair is  477 Hg μg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    With mercury pollution increasing and mercury levels in human hair and fish found at high levels across the globe, what future with this generation leave to the next? Passing on a toxic-debt for our children to pay for, would not be responsible decision.
    Mercury-Free for you and me, and a toxics-free future.
Alphonse (38), Tanzania

Driver

  • My mercury level in hair is  
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I had been living and working mostly in ASGM centers within Lupa gold fields. Mercury had been the main mean to get gold by ASG miners in these areas. Through the treaty, ASG miners should be supported and helped to get alternatives as well as to reduce mercury levels in their bodies
Masumbuko Chapanga (19), Tanzania

  • My mercury level in hair is  above 2
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I had been born and lived in mining centers. The levels found in my hair shows that our communities are threatened by mercury. We need to act now
Yahaya John (25), Tanzania

  • My mercury level in hair is  5
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Mercury is a threat to our lives and need to be replaced with safer alternative in ASGM. Negotiators of Mercury Treaty act now to save ours and our children lives
Solo Gideon (27), Tanzania

ASG Miner

  • My mercury level in hair is  Above 2 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Negotiators should focus on developing a treaty that will help reduce and eliminate Mercury and institute mechanisms to help ASGM survive by supporting ASGM countries getting alternative to Mercury
Dr. Shahriar Hossain (53), Bangladesh

Ecologist & Journalist

  • My mercury level in hair is  43,7 ppb
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Everybody should be careful about mercury. This is time to act. Say no to mercury.
Chuchat Kaysorn (47), Thailand

Farmer

  • My mercury level in hair is  12.76
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I lived next to the coal power plant for ten years. Now I’ve moved further away, but still I farm downwind from the power plant. Previous tests for pollution have been done by organizations in the industry’s network. They never find pollution.
Jamlong Kaysorn (72), Thailand

Farmer

  • My mercury level in hair is  8.72
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    The test found mercury in our family’s hair, but I suspect it’s the same case for the entire district. I want the government to make sure factories treat their waste before releasing it to the environment. If we don’t complaint, then nobody does anything. Villagers like me catch local fish for food. I thought I’d live for another 20 years, but now I’m not so sure.
Payab Kaysorn (40), Thailand

Shopkeeper

  • My mercury level in hair is  2.89 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I want the governments to do whatever it takes to prevent this problem and reduce the problem that exists to the minimum.
Somboon Patcharapaiboon (55), Thailand

Village headman

  • My mercury level in hair is  2.31 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I want the government to stop using our bodies as pollution monitoring devices. It’s time they detect mercury pollution before it enters our bodies. I want decision makers to control pollution released by factories, not just approve the opening of factories and leave them to do whatever they want.
Wallop Kaewtong (46), Thailand

Farmer

  • My mercury level in hair is  4.18 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I’d like the government to take care of factories sincerely and improve the water quality. Our public canals are now in very bad condition. Everybody wants this, but we are small, our complaints are ineffective.
Aranya Plaharn (22), Thailand

Housewife

  • My mercury level in hair is  2.67 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I’d like relevant organizations to take care of the mercury problem because this community was here before the factories. After the factories came, there is now mercury in our bodies. I want people to take responsibility for our well-being.
Santana Patcharapaiboon (55), Thailand

Housewife

  • My mercury level in hair is  7.40 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I never thought that the food we eat would have mercury. We’ve always collected the local fish and vegetables for subsistence. I don’t know much about this issue. Please do whatever is good for us. Not for this generation, because I don’t know how much longer we’ll live with all the pollution, but please do it for the next generation. Will our grandchildren have to count the days of their lives?
Mariann (61), Australia

Environmental Consultant

  • My mercury level in hair is  1500 μg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    It is now over 150 years since mercury was acknowledged as a serious health risk. It is well overdue for governments to act decisively to rid the world of manmade sources and uses of mercury and to protect our most vulnerable from its terrible effects.
Joel Balcázar Morales (47 years), Mexico

fishermen and owner of a small picnic restaurant

  • My mercury level in hair is   0.38 fw ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Work to reduce mercury concentrations for youth that is growing.
Juan Luis Francisco (39 years), Mexico

fisherman and service provider in passenger boats

  • My mercury level in hair is   3.13 fw ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Find a way to eliminate the source of mercury, especially for the welfare of their children
Marco Antonio Quintero García Marco Antonio Quintero García (50 years), Mexico

Fishermen

  • My mercury level in hair is  4.32 fw ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Raise awareness to the fishing sector and seafood consumers because they are also humans.
Evelia Ocaña Torres (), Mexico

I sale fish in the market

  • My mercury level in hair is  4.32 fw ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    To stop mercury contamination in rivers, fishermen are also human beings.
Fabian Gutierrez Guillen Fabian Gutierrez Guillen (21), Mexico

Office Employee

  • My mercury level in hair is  4.32 fw ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    They should be honest and really do the right and the best for the people and the country.
Yuyun Ismawati (48), Indonesia

NGO

  • My mercury level in hair is  3.4 ppm
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I am coming from Bali, Indonesia, an archipelago country. Fish and seafood are our main diet. The fish and seafood should not contain high mercury level. Government and authority should do their job in protecting people's health and ensure the main diet of their people are safe to be consumed, any time they want.
    The mercury treaty should aimed to protect human health and ensure the sustainability of the environment. The treaty should not be use to legitimate modern Minamata tragedy all over the world. Please, make a strong treaty....!
Zora Kasikova (36), Czech Republic

PR manager

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,097 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please prepare a strong treaty
Jana Vitnerová (48), Czech Republic

housewife

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,110 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please commit to making the contamination of the environment stop as soon as possible. I wish that people won't have to worry about the impact of mercury in the environment on their health.


Jan Nezhyba (35), Czech Republic

NGO / works at height

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,071 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Contamination of the environment by mercury and its emissions is a growing problem and there's a need to solve it.The level of contamination is serious and we're building an ecological burden for the future. Please help us to solve this by making the mercury treaty strong.

Jakub Esterka (34), Czech Republic

biologist

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,375 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please avoid the spread of mercury into the ocean. It contaminates fish stocks and the people who eat them.
    Stop the spreading of mercury!
Lenka Lukáčková (30), Czech Republic

administrative

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,255 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please, decide well and responsibly.
Jiří Kristian (36), Czech Republic

NGO

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,049 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    Please design an appropriate international control of production, use and disposal of mercury. Mainly ban on amalgam and mercury in ASGM is important, mainly in developing countries where mercury poses a big risk for workers and the environment.
Kamil Repeš (36), Czech Republic

environmental acitivist

  • My mercury level in hair is  0,016 mg/kg
  • My message to the negotiators of the treaty:
    I've been vegetarian for 11 years and I don't consume fish or other animals mainly for ethical reasons. Maybe that's the reason why my level of mercury in hair is so low. However, I'd be glad if hazardous toxic substance such as mercury weren't emitted to the environment and to our bodies.I am a father of 6-years-old Rozárka and I wish she and other children could grow up in a greater safety that the current world offers.