We need your help today to make sure California's landmark program for safer products is kept strong. It looks like negotiations have been reopened on a number of critical points, which could fundamentally weaken the program.
In 2008, California passed a law mandating a new approach to regulating toxic chemicals in consumer products, which is now known as the Safer Consumer Products Program.Read more...
On August 23rd, CHANGE, CVAQ (Central Valley Air Quality Coalition), and CPR (Californians for Pesticide Reform) advocates from all over the state –- urban residents from Oakland, Los Angeles and Fresno to rural residents from Earlimart, Coachella and Arvin –- are joining together to say Toxics Out Now!
Learn more and register for August 23rd. It's free!
From the air we breathe as we walk in our neighborhoods or play in our homes, to the food we feed our children and the beds we sleep on, to the many personal care products we use to wash our hands and brush our teeth, our natural and built environments are overloaded with toxic chemicals.Read more...
Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE)
We are looking for someone interested in helping the Campaign Director with the education, organizing, and legislative work needed to achieve our goals. We are flexible in terms of days and hours, but would like a solid commitment of 12- 30 hours a week. While this is an unpaid internship, we may be able to offer academic credit and a small travel stipend.
Please check out our website, www.changecalifornia.org and Facebook group for more info.Read more...
While February is officially cancer prevention month, cancer is part of our lives every month of the year. This is why we’re asking you to tell President Obama to take this simple action: Protect all Americans from cancer-causing chemicals.
Every minute, at least one American will die from cancer this year. In the United States, despite healthy lifestyle changes (such as the decline in smoking), cancer incidence has been INCREASING, not decreasing. We know that toxic chemicals in the environment are at least part of the reason behind the increase.
Cancer takes a devastating toll on individuals and families. Consider these facts:
- 1.5 million American men, women, and children were diagnosed with cancer in 2009; 562,000 died from the disease;
- Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children younger than 15;
- In 2009, cancer cost the nation $243.4 billion; half of that, $124.8 billion, is the cost of lost productivity due to premature death.
It's a mockery of the public participation process and betrays the real purpose of the Green Chemistry Initiative.
Take a stand with us today against the revised Green Chemistry safer product regulation that has been gutted in a last-minute attempt to sneak through industry-backed rules that overlook hazards to health and the environment. The revised regulation is a betrayal of the Green Chemistry promise and ignores two years of public input while caving to backroom industry lobbying.
Click here to learn more and to use our easy action tool to send a message to DTSC and let them know that you want to stop this Green Chemistry betrayal. The Governor will try and claim a "green" legacy, but this regulation will leave behind a toxic one.Read more...
The news is out -- male sperm counts are declining and sperm quality is decreasing. Many scientific studies have linked men’s reproductive capabilities to unnecessarily toxic chemicals found in your everyday products.
That’s right, gentlemen: That Lure-the-Ladies scented “men’s body spray” may be making you Seedless-in-Seattle.
So today, CHANGE is launching a campaign to SOS: SAVE OUR SPERM.
Our partners at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families created a wacky video to galvanize public support for reforming our nation's seriously outdated toxics law (the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA). The characters in this video are cartoons, but the plot is ripped straight from the headlines! Watch the video below and take action.
Right now, you can take a simple action to help protect every American from toxic chemicals.
A bill that's now taking shape in Congress will affect the way that businesses for years to come are allowed to expose us all to toxic chemicals that can cause cancer and other health threats.
It's called the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, and it's a game changer. The reforms could give families a real chance to place strong, commonsense restrictions on the use of dangerous chemicals that affect everyone's health.
Too good to be true? Only a little: the current draft of the Safe Chemicals Act isn't strong enough to protect our health. But it's not too late to fix the bill and ensure it works for us, not for chemical company profits. Your Congress member needs to hear that you expect him/her to support a strong, meaningful Safe Chemicals Act.
What’s a bad actor chemical?
Bad actor chemicals negatively affect our health every day. Hundreds of case studies have shown the consequential health impacts of Bad Actor chemicals in our consumer goods. Formaldehyde, toluene, trichloroethylene, phthalates and perchloroethylene (perc) are just a few of the chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm among other adversities.
Take action now! We need your help to retire these bad acting chemicals.
Read the full Bad Actor report (pdf, 8mb) with policy recommendations, headshots and bios!
See photos, video, and read more about The Toxies on PSR-LA's website.Read more...
Are you passionate about helping CHANGE protect every Californian from toxic chemicals? If so, please consider writing and placing an Op Ed/Letter to the Editor in your local newspaper, magazine or alternative weekly.
To help you, you can download our fact-sheet on the subject: Download How to Write Op Eds and Letters to the Editor
Possible Op Ed/Letter to the Editor topics: