Teresa DeAnda Receives Inaugural Community Hero Award
NCAP's first ever Community Hero Award goes to Teresa DeAnda of California for her innovative and effective efforts to protect her community from pesticides.
For years, pesticide clouds drifted into Teresa's home and the homes of her family and neighbors in California's heavily agricultural Central Valley. None of them thought they could protect themselves; incidents and exposures, both in-home and outside, persisted despite their pleas to the farmers and local government officials. When a metam sodium drift led to people being publicly hosed off in a school parking lot, with emergency responders forcing many of them to strip down, Teresa had had enough.
As the first-ever winner of our Community Hero Award, Teresa channels her compassion for her community members and frustration at their plight into a fight for change. When they thought no one could help them, she started finding ways to empower them to help themselves. At the same time, she advocated for large-scale, legislative commitments that hold companies and government agencies accountable for respecting her community and their right to a healthy environment.
Congratulations to Teresa for being a true community hero!