Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sanity, Hope AND Chemical Reform - too much to ask for?

I'm very lucky to have such good friends.  Even luckier when they check in to make sure I am not making myself too crazy in the quest to identify and control at least some of the chemical dangers that threaten the health and safety of all Americans, especially our children.  It is a crazy situation - no doubt about that.  But knowing more about what is happening (the good and the bad) is empowering.  Having information allows us all to make more informed choices.  That is exactly why The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (HR-5820 Waxman/Rush) is calling for clear labeling on consumer goods, in addition to more thorough testing. 

I'll admit that there have been times over the past few years when I felt fairly hopeless about the reality of navigating the chemical jungle safely.  Everywhere I turned, something was wrong with something – and the rising pediatric cancer rates are enough to feed any parents’ nightmares.  The reason I’ve picked it up again with such enthusiasm and commitment, is because of the pending legislation and the fact that there is a huge wave of support for change.  In the words of Andy Igrejas, Director of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, "There has never been more momentum to reform our federal chemical policy."  He has also observed the "unusual diversity of support for reform. It is both broad and deep."

Chemical regulation policies are being reviewed for the first time in 30 years, so there IS hope.  The new regulations will probably not be perfect – the 'Big Chemical' lobby that they we fighting against will take years to conquer.  I am optimistic, however, that it will be a good starting point and that it will keep the door open to start making some serious changes.

So if ever you were inspired to make a change for the better, NOW is the time!  Please check out the "Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families" website to see how you can get involved.  They make it very easy for you to add your voice to the growing number of individuals and organizations who are determined to ensure that chemicals are safe before they are sold, purchased and consumed by the American public.  Join us!

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