Blue Bell creamery has suffered a series of brain freeze-level headaches this spring. For the first time ever, the Texas-based company is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream products from the market after being linked to three food-illness-related deaths. Lysteria bacteria contaminated ice cream products from Blue Bell’s Texas and Oklahoma plants. So far, these products [...]
Toxics-Free Environments and Environmental HealthCreating a Safer and Healthier World for Our Families
As parents, we want to make sure our children grow up in safe and healthy environments. That's why MomsRising is part of a growing movement of workers, scientists, health experts, and advocates working to clean up the world our kids are growing up in. We're calling for updated chemical regulations so that chemicals are proven to be safe before they are out on the market and in items our families are exposed to daily. We’re calling for cleaner air to reduce the epidemic of respiratory illnesses such as asthma and to help resist the advancement of climate change.
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) grandfathered in 62,000 chemicals. Since then, the EPA has required testing of less than one percent of the chemicals in commerce. Today, more than 80,000 chemicals are on the market, with only five ever having been restricted due to safety concerns. Our broken regulatory system leaves families exposed to countless toxic chemicals every day, chemicals that may put us and our families at risk for cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and more. MomsRising is raising the voices of mothers who are calling for meaningful reform of federal toxics legislation, calling on manufacturers to stop putting dangerous chemicals in the production of consumer goods, and urging retailers to remove toxic consumer goods from store shelves.
Contaminated air impacts our children’s health today and threatens their future. Pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, acid vapors and particulate matter (soot), from a variety of sources ranging from cars and boilers to power plant, can stunt growing lungs, and mercury has been found to impair neurological development in children. The accumulation of man-made greenhouse gases like carbon and methane are the underlying cause of climate change, which is changing life patterns on earth and giving rise to extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina. MomsRising urges regulation of air pollutants as mandated by the 1972 Clean Air Act to improve public health effects as well as to resist the progress of climate change.
All families deserve toxics-free, healthful surroundings, but the reality is that families of color are at much greater risk of harm from environmental pollutants. Waste sites and contaminated water, as well as power plants, highways and other sources of high pollution, are more often found near African-American, Latino, and other working-class neighborhoods. That’s why these communities disproportionately suffer negative health impacts from exposure to contaminated environments. For example, dirty air contributes to the growing epidemic of childhood asthma, but African-American children are 20% more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic Whites, while one in five Puerto Rican children under age 18 have asthma, compared to nearly one in ten (9%) Hispanic children overall and one in 13 (7.9%) White children. MomsRising works to build awareness of environmental injustice and fights for clean environments for all.
- Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Campaign
- The Health Effects of Air Pollution on Children
- Childhood Asthma
- Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says
- Environmental Justice ..... What does that mean?
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Moms Blogging on Toxics and Environmental Health
Two years ago today (April 17th, 2013), a fertilizer plant explosion devastated West, Texas. Fifteen people died, including 12 volunteer firefighters. The blast demolished an apartment building and nursing home, and damaged three nearby schools. In the two years since, there have been over 350 other preventable chemical accidents. To this day, the EPA has [...]
My apartment in central Denver is charming, slightly overpriced, and within walking distance of shops, parks, and... chemical facilities. I wasn't expecting that. I'm also not unique. Over 100 million Americans live around dangerous chemical plants and refineries. We live, work, play, and go to school in "vulnerability zones": areas that could be in danger were a [...]
Right now, we’re celebrating National Public Health Week, which is focused on how we can become the healthiest nation possible by 2030. Fifteen years from now, my daughter will be beginning her adult life—that feels like a long way off, but it’ll be here before I know it. As a public health attorney, I work each day [...]