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Why I'm going to the MomsRising and EPA Teleconference and TwitterChat

November 12, 2013
The EPA is asking for our input. From people like you and me. Regular parents. They want to know what you think about climate, clean air and child's health. This week, MomsRising is hosting a teleconference and TwitterChat with none other than Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA. Here's why I am...
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Argentina's GE odyssey tells powerful global tale

November 10, 2013
In the spring of 2012, we profiled a courageous mother from Argentina who took on Monsanto to protect her children and her community from pesticide harms. Sofia Gatica received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her inspiring organizing efforts. Now the story continues. The Associated...
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A Doctor Tells the EPA About Why We Need Carbon Emissions Standards

November 8, 2013
All day yesterday, the EPA held a public hearing for comments regarding proposals to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. Here is what I said during my speaking slot last night: Existing power plants create 38 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, making them the largest...
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Are you a worried mom or dad? EPA is listening

November 5, 2013
Why are you worried about clean air and/or climate change? What questions and suggestions do you have? Me? I worry about the toxins and greenhouse gasses in the air that provoke breathing problems and also contribute to climate change. I worry because my daughter, Cole, was severely asthmatic from...
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Supporting the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day from Vermont!

October 28, 2013
Parents are descending on Washington D.C. next week to demand toxic chemical reform and to protect our kids and the public health-- and I'm with them in spirit for the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day. I'm a BIG fan of parent activism, grassroots, real folks, bringing their message to...
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It’s October. Are you Beyond the Pink?

October 24, 2013
The color of October used to be orange, as leaves died and pumpkins arrived on the scene. But now the color of October is pink, in the form of pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness appearing on everything from yogurt, Sharpies, football helmets, cereal and more. It’s time to move beyond the pink...
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Moms Who Roar Get Heard - Time to Roar for Clean Air

October 24, 2013
Because moms and family members across the country united our voices and signed on to’s petitions and letters calling on our government to defend clean air and fight climate change…. We were LOUD, and we were HEARD. Here's how we know: Before the business of government was so rudely...
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The Toxics Train That Could

October 22, 2013
One of my all-time favorite children’s stories is The Little Engine That Could . As the little engine slowly and with great effort pulls himself up that steep mountain, he tells himself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Then, after trying really hard… and pushing himself… and not...
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Avoid Scary Toxins and Waste this Halloween (a carnival of resources)!

October 17, 2013
Found this costume at a thrift store! Halloween is almost upon us! At this time of year I am more frightened of all the junk food, plastic, toxic face paint and artificial colorings than ghosts and ghouls! Truly, Halloween can be a time of waste, massive sugar consumption, and plastic, or we can...
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Honeybees and Groundwater: Canaries in the Pesticide Coalmine

October 9, 2013
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
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