Thursday, March 27, 2014

Toxic Chemicals in our Environment

I have been compensated for this post. All the opinions in it are my own..... and, truthfully, I would have written something about this topic anyway. If you follow my twitter feed, you'll see constant posts about petitions to help people, animals, and the environment. Petitions can make a HUGE difference in changing policy. It only takes a second to sign!

Did you know that there are over 80,000 toxic chemicals available on the shelves that have not even been tested by the EPA for their effects on our health and the environment? Think about that. Those cleaners that you buy, the shampoo you put in your hair or your children's, the electronics, the furniture, and the fabric.........all have the possibility of being covered with chemicals that scientists haven't a clue about....and how they will effect your or your child's body, or the environment.

Since 1976, scientists have known that exposure to toxic chemicals, especially early in life, can effect any number of systems in our body in a dramatic way; possibly even causing cancer, hormonal imbalances, immune deficiencies, learning disabilities, and birth defects.  How scary is that??? Our children should not be test subjects for these chemicals, neither should we, or our environment!!! We need to take action. 

There is something that we can do about this:

Let's Make Our Voices Heard! 

Sign this petition to help lead the way:

We need meaningful Chemical reform!
* Faster response time from the EPA to test chemicals
*Disclosure of all chemicals and their effects on all products
*Protect the most vulnerable among us: children, pregnant women, and the workers and communities that work with and live around harmful chemicals
*Give States rights to protect their people when the Federal Government fails to do so

Our Country's main chemical safety bill, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed more than 30 years ago (has never been updated!) and falls woefully short of the goal of protecting us and the environment against toxic chemicals. This is mostly because weaknesses in the law have stopped the EPA on acting on thousands of known chemicals; within the first year the bill was passed more than 60,000 chemicals went unchecked onto the market!! Since then, the EPA has only been able to check about 200 of those chemicals. So many chemicals are in our homes and our workplaces, in the ocean, and on the land. We are saturated with chemicals. It is time for us to take a stand for our children and our world. 

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