The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT)
A broad coalition in Massachusetts working to pass laws and policies that prevent harm to our health from toxic chemicals. Our top priorities are to create a groundbreaking program in Massachusetts to systematically replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives that are better for workers and the environment, and to compel the Massachusetts Department of Health to use its authority to protect the health of children and vulnerable adults from the toxic chemical bisphenol A. Please join the effort.
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is pleased to announce the release of a new book Chemicals without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World authored by Massachusetts' own Ken Geiser.
Please join us for a reception to launch this important new book:
Thursday, September 17, 2015
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Conservation Law Foundation
62 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Thousands of synthetic chemicals are used to make our clothing, cosmetics, household products and electronic devices. However, many of these chemicals are hazardous and potentially dangerous to our health and the environment. For fifty years, the conventional approach to hazardous chemicals has focused on regulation, barriers, and control. Today, there is a growing international interest in going beyond a singular focus on toxic and hazardous chemicals and developing broader policies for managing all chemicals.Read more...
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and partners at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are launching a new research project to find out what youth leaders (age 14-24) think about cosmetics and personal care products. How many products do you typically use each day? What are some of your favorite products? What do you know about and do you have any concerns about the safety of these products or product ingredients?
We’d really like to hear from you because we want to be responsive to your voice and your perspective. Ultimately, we’d like to make sure that the campaign we run includes youth leadership and focuses on the issues that concern young adults as a unique population that needs more representation on issues like this one.
For Immediate Release: Thursday June 18, 2015
(Boston, MA) At a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security today, Massachusetts firefighters, citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators seeking preventive action on toxic hazards called for swift passage of a bill that would help to protect firefighters and children from toxic flame retardants. The legislation, H. 2119, The Children and Firefighters Protection Act would ban the use of hazardous flame retardants in children’s products and upholstered furniture.
“Fire fighters have cancer rates three times higher than the general public,” said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (pictured testifying at right). “When we enter a home fire we breathe in gasses and toxins from flame retardants that put us at a higher risk. We're calling on the legislature for swift passage of this bill as it will no doubt save lives.
Toxic Hot Seat Film Screenings this April
Downtown and Cape Cod screenings
Toxic Hot Seat is a powerful new film on the toxic dangers in our homes. It is an HBO documentary that brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.
Join us for two showings this April!
April 9th - Suffolk University
April 21st - The Barnstable Senior CenterRead more...
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow Calls On Other Major Retailers and Massachusetts to Follow Suit
Boston, MA – Several of the nation’s largest retailers confirmed late last week that they are phasing out furniture with toxic flame retardants chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and learning and developmental disabilities in children. However the pace of the phase-outs and disclosure of the contents of the furniture remains a muddle according to public health advocates in Massachusetts, and they are urging the nation’s biggest furniture retailers to provide better disclosure.Read more...