A message to all Congressional candidates
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director
I have always felt that getting a handle on toxic chemicals is an urgent matter. But some news headlines in the last few weeks have underscored that urgency. Boys are now facing early puberty, just like their girl counterparts, breast cancer rates are rapidly rising in female firefighters and nearly one in six children have some form of learning or developmental disability.
So why is it that we’ve heard very little this campaign season about consumer protection, and protecting public health and the environment? These are issues American families grapple with every single day. The good news is in response, millions of Americans are taking action.
Today people across the country will be contacting all their candidates for federal office to ask them to stand up for the Safer Chemicals agenda. Will you join us in our Healthy Families Day of Action?
The choice is really simple, candidates can either support our efforts to increase protections from toxic chemicals, or they can side with Big Chemical.
Here are several ways you can participate in our day of action:
- Ask all candidates to stand up for the Safer Chemicals agenda and say NO to Big Chemical.
- Call all candidates campaign offices and ask them to support the Safe Chemicals agenda.
- Share action materials via social media. Visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and share our action links and images that state “I stand with kids, not Big Chemical!”
- When candidates knock on your door, ask them where they stand on toxic chemical regulation and other issues that are important to you.
- Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper calling on all candidates to support protections from toxic chemicals. Tips for writing a letter can be found here.
Here are some stats to inspire you to take action.
Just today we've learned some alarming numbers about the chemical industry's spending. In the third quarter alone, the chemical industry trade association spent $3.48 million dollars lobbying Congress to block reform. And in the first six months of this year, Dow Chemical spent $6.57 million dollars lobbying Congress. (According to the publicly available Lobby Discolsure reports.) We must fight back!
Our grassroots movement is powerful, and is making a difference already. We must keep the momentum up and let candidates know we stand for kids not Big Chemical!