Tennessee moms and dads are asking public policy makers to stand with the American Academy of Pediatrics
and many other medical, education and consumer groups in supporting the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013! Dozens and dozens of people filled out postcards for US Senators Alexander and Corker, until we finally ran out at the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
booth at this weekend's Knoxville's Natural Parenting Expo
. After that, parents learned they could take action online to write their senators. But a few determined moms still took time, right there at our table, to write an old-fashioned letter while patiently watching over their young children.
Here are a few excerpts from those letters headed to Washington:
"As a parent, I am concerned about the rise in chronic disease, cancer and learning disabilities in America."
"Please pass the Safe Chemicals Act S. 696...because I have six kids and would like to keep them safe."
"Keep my baby healthy."
As Tennesseans, we're hopeful that our senators will make health and safety the priority above other influences as they consider where they stand on the authentic (Lautenberg/Gillibrand) Safe Chemicals Act of 2013. Because chemicals in our consumer products are virtually untested for long-term health and safety, the Safe Chemicals Act is an opportunity to get public policy up to pace with modern science. Parents are leading the way to get this common sense measure passed. Whatever state you live in, you can take action now via this app
Parents are also learning how they can get involved in the exciting new effort called Mind the Store! You can go here
to ask the nation's top ten retailers to Mind the Store
and be responsible about the Hazardous 100+ list of chemicals of highest concern that are common in household products. You might even want to talk with your local store manager like my blogger friends and I did recently.
Thanks to the parents who not only visited the SCHF booth, but took time for my talk on "carrying on Grandma's best traditions, while improving on what we know better." It was an honor to be speaking at a place full of resources and support for parents seeking out the best options for their children's healthy future. Thanks again to SCHF member group Women's Voices for the Earth
for the helpful handouts and suggestions for making some of our own homemade products.