Blog Post List
February 27, 2013
It seems that the end of February has become my new fundraising time for Planned Parenthood. Its time to get out your check books and make a donation of any size to a Planned Parenthood near you. Tomorrow (actually February 29) will be a year since my mother passed away from a sudden stroke in her home in South Florida. It’s been a bittersweet year for sure. Though there is a huge piece of my life missing, I have found new friendships, strengthened old ones, become just a little bit stronger, and began a new wonderful adventure of owning my first business. Every moment is an opportunity to...
May 2, 2012
On April 20, the Gulf Coast remembered the day two years ago that changed our lives. The BP Oil Disaster may no longer be headline news but it's not over for the thousands of Americans who have lost their livelihoods, suffered health consequences, and greatly fear the decades long fight ahead. In case you haven't recently read about the continuing impacts along the Gulf Coast here are some refreshers: Gulf Future Coalition releases two year update Congress Falls Short on Oil Spill Safety Gulf Monitoring Consortium - Gulf Coast monitoring organization launch investigations into ongoing oil...
October 14, 2011
This blog was written by Marylee Or, Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. This week I was part of a big group of concerned Gulf Coast residents who put an oil polluter on notice. After the BP oil disaster began to hit our shores last summer, we’ve paid more attention to the Coast Guard’s oil spill reports. Not too long ago we noticed that we kept seeing one area was popping up over and over again. With some research through years of NRC reports, flyovers, and satellite image readings, we realized this was a chronic oil spill. Turns out this rig has been leaking...
October 4, 2011
This blog is written by Marylee Orr, Executive Director of Louisiana Environmental Action Network. Her sons Paul and Michael Orr have been testing seafood along the Louisiana coastline in the wake of the BP oil disaster. Today communities from Texas to Florida who were directly impacted by the BP oil disaster released the report “ State of the Gulf: A Status Report from the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster” . My son, Paul, is one of seven Waterkeepers on the Gulf who are releasing the report. We live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and have been actively working to hold BP...
April 22, 2011
Yesterday was the one-year mark of the BP oil disaster. It has been a busy week. A week of reflection mixed with a renewed sense of urgency for all of us to create more sustainable communities. Our country can’t afford, financially, socially, environmentally or even emotionally, to suffer another disaster of this scale. One year later, we must learn the lessons of this disaster and we must move forward together to find the solutions we need to truly protect our communities from oil pollution. The Gulf coast was still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita when...
March 23, 2011
As we learned from the BP oil disaster, the full cost of an oil spill is more than the price of some boom and a good PR person. It also includes lost income from local fishermen, health care for children who inhale dispersants, and long term testing of both marine life and human life. Oil spills happen in the Gulf of Mexico all the time, but it isn’t everyday that people pay attention. It’s time we start. It’s time we stop having to react to environmental disasters. It’s time we start building a more sustainable economy, creating a safer energy industry, and protecting what we have left while there’s still time.
March 17, 2011
Our Waterkeepers are on the front lines of the BP oil disaster. They are the fishermen, the community members, the people of the Gulf coast who were here before the oil and will be here after all the attention goes away. The oil is not gone. The Gulf coast needs your help.
September 15, 2010
A new school year, a new article on our country’s lack of safe school siting policies. More evidence that a tidal wave of debate over why building schools on top of contamination land is a bad idea has washed over our country. In fact, that’s exactly what The New York Times article entitled, “Tainted Al Gore School Poster Child For National Toxics Debate”, states. The author, Elena Schor, described the latest in school siting scandals, this one with the just opened Al Gore school in Los Angeles. This school’s contamination is so well known that Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller have both...
September 7, 2010
We are much too involved in our own heads. There is a whole world out there waiting to be explored and by sitting in our homes and reliving the day’s drama over dinner and bad prime time tv, we aren’t experiencing what the world has to offer. Community service can help us move on and our community move forward.
August 12, 2010
I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I guess that’s what happens when you really care about something. Children are a vulnerable population. They eat more food, breathe more air, and drink more liquids per pound than adults. They are also more curious exploring the world around them in more tactile ways than the rest of us. This all means that children are more susceptible to the impacts of toxic chemicals. While all of this is happening in our own communities, our nation lacks important laws to prevent children from going to school on, near, or inside sources of pollution. The...
August 10, 2010
CNN’s Dr. Gupta is hosting a series on toxic chemical contamination around the country called Toxic America . This past Saturday, Dr. Gupta’s story focused on pregnancy and toxic chemicals by following a couple who had difficulty getting pregnant only to realize some troubling information. Women are carrying a body burden of toxic chemicals being released from things found in our homes and places of work. Dr. Gupta stated: “Scientists at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health in New York City have been following hundreds of pregnant women over the past 12 years to measure...
May 10, 2010
Government is here to do the things we can’t do for ourselves, like provide resources and mechanisms to clean up a gigantic oil spill or maintain traffic lights. In order to continue to flourish as a functional society, we need to prevent economic and environmental disasters from occurring in the first place and not simply continue to spend resources and money mitigating the impacts of their aftermath.
May 2, 2010
On Friday April 30, the Governor of West Virginia held a press conference to announce the secured funding of a new elementary school. Located 300 feet from a coal ash silo due to the practice of mountaintop removal, Marsh Fork Elementary has been the center of a controversial school siting fight for more than 6 years. If you don’t already know, mountaintop removal is a nasty practice of extracting coal by blowing up thousands of years old mountains in communities throughout Appalachia. Corporate greed, lack of precaution, and a disregard for the value of the people that make up these...
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) Get your children involved: Our kids are pretty damn good detectives and like to ask a lot of great questions, so make sure they play a lead role in developing goals and making changes at their school. A good first semester goal is to survey all the cleaning products used throughout the school and...
March 19, 2010
Over the past year, Administrator Jackson has pledged that her agency is back at work defending children’s health by ending environmental injustices, but when it comes to ending mountaintop removal, the agency is stalled.
March 5, 2010
The Texas PTA passed a resolution demanding safe school siting policies throughout the state at its annual convention this February. This isn’t the first time PTA has shown leadership on this issue. In Fall of 2009, Alabama PTA passed a similar policy when a railroad company proposed building a transportation hub 150 feet away from an elementary school . Parents and teachers are showing leadership when our elected officials are not. In 2008, a group in Texas called the Clean Schools Initiative helped introduce a state bill that would require school districts to assess the environmental...
February 22, 2010
The issue of disinfectants is a controversial topic for those trying to eliminate toxic cleaning products from their businesses, homes, and schools. It is a product that is commonly used in places where large amounts of people visit to help lower the risk of spreading bacteria; like bathrooms, office buildings, and theme parks, but often contain harmful chemicals that can impact your respiratory, development, and reproductive systems.
February 16, 2010
Forty years after Our Bodies Ourselves was first published, we are finally starting to see a larger societal understanding that to care for our girls and women is to directly nurture our community at large. As we see a greater movement towards gender equality, we are also understanding that toxic chemicals are impacting our health, specifically our reproductive system, making this nurturing needlessly more difficult.
January 29, 2010
It's virtually impossible to stay on top of current events and not see how toxic chemicals are impacting the health of our environment and our bodies. For me, it’s all overwhelming and difficult to digest at times. And I can’t stop thinking about how the toxic chemicals that are hidden in the products I use everyday are impacting my life’s goals. I’ve wanted a large family for as long as I have wanted to defend environmental and social justice and this month I read about three studies that are particularly unsettling for me as a future mother. (1) Scientists Link Flame Retardants and Reduced...
October 14, 2009
For as long as I can remember I have wanted a house full of children. Though I don't have children now, when I first learned about the lack of laws banning the building of schools inside of, on top of, and near sources of pollution, I thought of them and what attending school on top of a landfill would do to them. Today is the National Safe School Siting Day of Action. The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), Momsrising, Pesticide Action Network North America, Clean Schools Initiative, New York Lawyers for Public Interest, Coal River Mountain Justice and moms and dads just...
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