This past President’ Day my oldest child turned 18 and instead of celebrating his young adulthood with him, I was across the country standing on the National Mall with more than 40,000 strangers. While I may sound like an uncaring mom, the opposite is true. I’d gone to Washington DC precisely because I care [...]
Same product. Two different labels. An appalling double standard when it comes to our health.
It found that a whopping eight out of 10 voters said they are concerned about the risk of pesticides to their families’ health. (I want to meet the two out of 10 who are not concerned!) When informed about the links to chronic illnesses and environmental problems, that number rose to 92 percent.
In 1990, when I lived in Los Angeles, my 4-year old son and I were both poisoned by the aerial spraying of malathion. The state had sprayed vast residential areas in an attempt to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly—a devastating pest that threatened California’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. That terrifying experience led me to where [...]
You did it! Procter & Gamble has just agreed to reformulate Tide and Tide Free & Gentle to drastically reduce the levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane! Learn more. In just one short year, you moved the biggest consumer product company on the planet to make this change. Together, we not only made a difference [...]
On January 3rd, I met with MomsRising members in Wilmington, NC for a “Parent Warrior Brigade” for toxic chemicals reform. We were joined by Jerry Ensminger, fellow “Parent Warrior” and former Marine drill sergeant, whose daughter died from leukemia after exposure to toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune. He shared some words of [...]
Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Non-Toxic Shopping Guide has everything you need to make responsible choices without compromising the fun and excitement of gift-giving. With this Guide, you can use your consumer power to tell and show companies that you demand safer products!
Twenty-six years ago when I first went to work for the United Church of Christ (UCC) Commission for Racial Justice, terms such as environmental racism, environmental INjustice, and environmental justice were just entering the lexicon. Communities of color, low-income, tribal and immigrant communities had experienced such phenomena for millennia, but they didn’t have the language [...]
In this election week, I’ve been thinking about how we as individuals and moms can stay involved in the issues that matter to us. For me, one of those issues became intertwined with my professional life when I embarked on my current documentary, The Human Experiment, a film about the high-stakes battle to protect our health [...]
Halloween is right around the corner! If you’re hosting a Halloween party or event this weekend, try these easy tips to reduce waste, limit toxic chemicals, and make your jack-o-lantern even more festive. Rethink disposables: If you can lose the disposable silverware and plates, that’s great. If you can’t, what about losing one of them? Keep [...]