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Environmental Health

Nerve Poisons Have No Place Near Our Children and in Their Food

April 27, 2010
Toxic chemicals designed to cause neurological damage are being pumped into our children’s environment and food, as parents and teachers struggle to help vast numbers of children with growing rates of neurodevelopmental and learning disabilities. A prime example is the pesticide “chlorpyrifos.” It...

Happy National Healthy Schools Day

April 26, 2010
Today is National Healthy Schools Day. A day to learn, discuss, and implement healthier and safer practices in our nation’s school. Eliminating toxic chemicals and taking on more environmentally friendly standards isn’t always simple, but there are several ways to get started. Here are three. (1)...
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April 25: An Inflection Point on Climate

April 23, 2010
Happy Earth Day all! Speaking of which, this info is just in from Denis Hayes, the international chair of Earth Day 2010 (and national coordinator for the very first Earth Day in 1970). Sounds like a great event...with terrific music ~Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner by Denis Hayes Earth Day Network is...

It's Earth Day, and we've got you covered!

April 22, 2010
My kindergartener went to school today with an empty 2-liter bottle. The plan? Quite frankly, it's a mystery to me, but I know it involves celebrating Earth Day, so I was happy to do my part by digging through the recycling bin for the perfect contribution. She, like millions of kids across the...
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Healthy Soup or the Stroke du Jour?

April 22, 2010
I love black beans generally and black bean soup in particular. Filling and inexpensive, beans are high in dietary fiber, low in unhealthful fats, and hospitable to garlic, onion, red pepper, and spices. If you were having lunch at a restaurant, black bean soup could be the healthiest thing on the...
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Earth Day a Time for Green Moms to Shine

April 22, 2010
For those amazing eco-moms out there, this week may be quite busy. Thursday is Earth Day and there are thousands of events being held nationwide to honor our planet - be they stream cleanups, advocacy days, or just working in the home garden with their kids. Here at the Sierra Club , we know a good...

Kids Behaving Brilliantly

April 21, 2010
When I was young, I volunteered for various organizations and I participated in an academic extracurricular group known as the Future Problem Solvers of America, but that was the extent of my adolescent efforts at having a positive impact on the world. I don’t think I had ever heard of anyone young...

School Lunches a Security Risk?

April 21, 2010
I have heard our school lunches called a lot of things, but never an actual security risk. That's what a group of retired military officers called it since many children today are too overweight to serve in the armed forces. From the Associated Press : "A new report being released Tuesday says more...
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We Need Food Safety Legislation Now: My Personal Story

April 19, 2010
When you’re a mom and your child gets seriously ill, it breaks your heart. It makes you mad when you learn that more could have been done to prevent your child’s illness. It makes you determined that no one’s child should be put at risk unnecessarily when provided a basic need for survival – food...
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Take Action: Demand Your Right to Know What’s in Pesticides

April 7, 2010
My colleague, office neighbor, and friend Caroline Cox is a renowned environmental health activist and an unassailable exponent of scientific integrity. She knows our field. Since Caroline is out of town, I’m writing to share with MomsRising readers something she has called “really important.” Less...