Amara Strande’s Story

May 11, 2024

Amara Strande’s battle against “forever chemicals” serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost associated with PFAS exposure. At just 20 years old, after a rigorous fight with cancer, Amara’s advocacy led to the passage of a groundbreaking law in Minnesota that bans many PFAS products, known as “Amara’s Law.” This legislation not only marks a significant victory in environmental and public health policy but also sets a precedent for other states and countries, including Australia, to consider similar measures.

The requirement for diligence in the pursuit of strict regulations and safer workplace practices are clear message from the story of Amara and her call to action cannot be lost – especially in the business and environmental sectors. It is crucial that we recognize the impact of these chemicals on our health and the environment and work towards sustainable solutions that do not compromise public safety.

With the emerging broader media focus on these insidious forever chemicals, the timing of the re-release of Dark Waters seems specifically relevant, and it is a dear reminder of the plight of Amara and many other individuals.  With Mark Ruffalo as the lead character, Dark Waters follows the plight of now-legendary lawyer Robert Billot of Taft Stettinius LLP and the 20-year battle to bring 3M and their associates to task over the systematic poisoning of citizens and ecosystems.  It might be set in the US, but the global reach of 3M’s blatant disregard of human existence certainly gave Rob Billot and his lead attorney team of Gary Douglas from Douglas London a task and a half across a plethora of contaminations and communities like Amara’s.

Let this be a reminder of the power of individual advocacy in driving significant change. May Amara’s courage inspire us to support and push for policies that prioritize health and safety over industrial convenience. Her story underscores the importance of transparency, safety, and sustainability in manufacturing and environmental policies.

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