Update: In light of yesterday's tragic fire, this morning's Give Toxics the Boot Press conference is cancelled, but tonight's film showing is on. Please come to Florian Hall in Dorchester tonight at 7 to show your support in solidarity with the Boston Fire Fighters.
Firefighters risk their lives every day on the job, but flames aren’t the only danger they face. They are especially vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure, one of the main causes of chronic diseases like cancer and reproductive disabilities. You may be surprised to learn, for example, that the breast cancer rate in San Francisco female firefighters age 40-50 is six times the national average.
Here in Boston, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and the Boston Firefighters Union are teaming up to host two powerful events on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 as part of the nation-wide Give Toxics the Boot campaign. Please join us!
Give Toxics the Boot Demonstration
What: A rally featuring Massachusetts firefighters placing boots on the State House steps in honor of their fellow heroes who have fallen victim to toxic chemicals.
When: 11:00 am
Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening and panel discussion
When: 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Come join us on November 21st to see the new groundbreaking documentary Unacceptable Levels play at UMass Lowell! There will be a reception at 5:30 followed by the movie at 6pm. After the film, we'll get to hear from a panel including two local heroes who are featured in the film:
- Dr. Joel Tickner, Associate Professor of Community Health & Sustainability at UMass Lowell;
- Dr. Richard Clapp, Adjunct Professor at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and retired Boston University Professor of Public Health; and
- Amy Canon, Co-Founder of Beyond Benign;
- Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director of Clean Water Action
Tuesday October 29th was a huge day for the fight against toxic chemicals. Hundreds of women, men and children from all over the country came together in Washington D.C. for the second National Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals. Many mothers with their young children and babies in tow traveled from as far as Alaska to raise awareness and lobby against weak toxic chemical policies in congress. The event was organized by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families a coalition of over 11 million individuals and hundreds of diverse groups from across the nation all coming together to express their concerns about the toxic chemicals we’re exposed to in our environment. The message of the Stroller Brigade was clear; we need Congress to pass a strong, meaningful law that protects the public from the thousands of toxic chemicals we are exposed to every day.
A dynamic team of 4 women and one child (pictured on the right) traveled from Massachusetts to join the stroller brigade. Eugenia Gibbons who leads a strong mom network for Boston and lives in Revere came with her adorable 15 month old Sylvie. Lori Alper, a nationally recognized mom blogger; active Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaigner and mother of four came from Medford. We were also joined by Cheryl Durr Patry a mother of four who leads Medfield Green Moms and Madeleine Doggett a Northeastern University student and Clean Water Action intern currently living in Boston. These women, greatly concerned about environmental exposures to toxic chemicals especially in children and other particularly vulnerable communities took Washington by storm. They visited the offices of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward Markey, Representative Michael Capuano and Representative Joe Kennedy to express their concerns about our chemical laws.Read more...
When Lori Alper, a mom and activist from Bedford, was getting her kids ready to go back to school, she was horrified to discover that some school supplies featuring favorite Disney characters might be releasing “toxic dust” linked to serious health problems, including asthma, ADHD, and diabetes.
Lori started a petition to get Disney to make its children's products safer, and we're pitching in to help gather signatures. Sign the petition and tell Disney to stop using dangerous phthalates in its products now.
Want to do more? Join Lori and AHT as we deilver the petition to The Disney Store!Read more...
Members of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow traveled from Massachusetts all the way to Washington DC to join mothers from across the country in a Stroller Brigade march in support of the Safe Chemicals Act.
The July 31st deadline for the end of the legislative session is rapidly approaching and the Safer Alternatives Bill is still sitting in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. We need some heroes in the Massachusetts Senate to get this job done.
Please join us at noon on June 28th in Boston for a "Stroller Brigade" for Safe Chemicals to ask Massachusetts Senators to be our heroes and protect our health from toxic chemicals.
12:00 PM - Meet at Boston Common near corner of Beacon & Park Streets (map). Decorate letters for state senators, hand out superhero capes for kids, lunch provided.
12: 45 PM - Walk to Senate Chambers (go through security) & greet Senators as they enter formal session
1:30 PM - Visit Senators offices (we will help you set up meetings with your Senators)
With chants of "People have a right to know! Toxic chemicals have to go!" and "Chems in kids, that's the worst, time to put the people first!" Approximately 200 moms, nurses, cancer survivors and other passionate citizens from across the United States gathered in Washington DC on May 22nd for a Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals organized by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.
The Stroller Brigade participants sent a strong message to Congress: Our families are sick and struggling and we are tired of unawarely bringing toxic chemicals into our homes and exposing our children and ourselves because the United States has inadequate chemical safety laws. It's unacceptable that the only law we have is the broken, ineffective and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). We can do better and we must in order to protect our health and lower health care costs in this country.
State Representative Sean Garballey and State Senator Pat Jehlen want what's best for their district. They care about local businesses, the health of residents, and the local environment. That's why they will be available to meet with residents this Friday to hear your concerns about environmental health, local businesses, or anything else on your mind.
Meet Rep. Garballey and Sen. Jehlen
Where: Best Neighborhood Cleaner, 570 High Street, Medford, MA
When: Friday, May 18th, 11 am
Best Neighborhood Cleaner uses a process called wet cleaning, a nontoxic alternative to dry cleaning that can clean virtually everything just as well. The High Street business switched to this safe, healthy method from perchlorethylene (perc), a solvent, and probable carcinogen, used by many dry cleaners. For more information about wet cleaning and perc, visit the AHT website.
If you want to meet your state legislators or learn about a local business that's improving the health of your neighborhood, this is your chance!
On July 12th the Environment Committee of the Massachusetts Legislature will hold a public hearing on the Safer Alternatives Bill. This is the Alliance's opportunity to show the huge support for the bill that exists among academic experts, medical professionals, labor unions, advocacy groups, and the general public. We are working to put together a line up of people to testify who can represent that diversity of support and articulate the positive impacts that this bill will have on health, the environment, and the economy in Massachusetts.
Another group of supporters who are needed to help make the case for the bill at the hearing are legislators. Massachusetts residents, that's where you come in! There are 78 state legislators who co-sponsored the bill this session and even more who support it. But co-sponsoring is just the beginning. If legislators don't keep advocating for the bill throughout the session, it will never be brought to a vote (so far it's been over 8 years that this bill has been pending). This hearing is one opportunity for them to actively support the bill, and they might need a nudge from you to make it happen.Read more...
This Earth Day, let your legislators know you want the Safer Alternatives Bill to pass. Take that extra step to keep toxic chemicals out of your home, workplace, and community: join us at the State House for an Earth Day celebration and lobby day.
- When: April 21, 2011 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Where: The Great Hall (2nd floor), The State House, Boston
- RSVP here! Please put "AHT" in the Affiliated Organization box.
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is teaming up with environmental groups in Massachusetts this Earth Day. Every person that comes will be asked to visit their legislators and urge them to support funding in the state budget for environmental programs and the pro-environment bill(s) of their choice. Please come and ask your legislators to support The Safer Alternatives Bill (H-1136 & S-397) to protect our health from toxic chemicals in our workplaces, consumer products, homes and communities.
Sign up now!
This new year, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow has a resolution: to pass the Safer Alternatives Bill in Massachusetts this session. The goal of this bill is to protect public health in our state by requiring that companies choose chemicals that are safe for their employees and customers whenever that's feasible.
Setting a standard for safer choices would benefit companies by reducing health care costs and improving worker safety. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have found that making environmentally friendly improvements to manufacturing can save companies money while encouraging innovation.*
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow held a brainstorming session at our annual meeting at Northeastern University on December 9th.
Join us for the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow’s 2010 annual event: an evening of planning, strategizing, and inspiration to win in 2011 and beyond.
When: Thursday December, 9th, 2010 – 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Northeastern University, Shillman Hall, Room 105, 115 Forsyth St., Boston, MA 02115 (Map: Shillman Hall is Building Number 30, directions and parking information are below)
RSVP to email@example.com (RSVPs appreciated but not required)
As recently as a decade ago it looked like undeniable that we’d be leaving the next generation a hefty toxic legacy. But now, if you look around the state, country and the world, bit by bit, law by law, company by company, we’re chipping away at that legacy and it’s actually starting to look like we could instead present future generations with a healthy tomorrow. We’ve got our work cut out for us to accomplish that goal here in Massachusetts, and on December 9th at the AHT annual event we going to get ourselves ready to wield our full power and make it happen in 2011.
President's Cancer Panel Comes to Harvard Law School
Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk in the Face of Uncertainty: A Conversation about the President’s Cancer Panel Report
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Ropes Gray Room, 2nd floor, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Please come for a conversation with Dr. Margaret Kripke, of the President’s Cancer Panel, about the Panel’s groundbreaking report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, What We Can Do Now.
Have you ever wondered what is really in your cosmetics and personal care products? Or whether all those ingredients that you can barely pronounce are actually safe? And just what is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, anyway?
If you have questions like these, then come to the Boston premiere screening of The Story of Cosmetics, a seven minute video that reveals the environmental health and social consequences of harmful chemicals in everyday products like shampoo, bubble bath, makeup and cologne. View the teaser here.Read more...
Please join us for a virtual book club Webinar, featuring the “fascinating and frightening,” “cheeky” and “hard-hitting” new book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck. It's on Tuesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern. Rick Smith, author and Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada, will read from Slow Death By Rubber Duck, and we’ll discuss toxic chemicals found in products as common as hand soap and what you can do to protect your family and the planet.
Studies show that harmful toxic chemicals are common in household items, including rubber ducks and bubble bath, and that many of these chemicals are also found inside of our bodies. Over a four-day period, Slow Death By Rubber Duck authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie used every day household products suspected of causing harm to our ecosystem and to human health. By revealing the pollution load in their bodies before and after the experiment, Rick and Bruce tell a unique inside story of common toxins and body burden.
It's the 20th Anniversary of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)! For the past two decades, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has worked with companies in Massachusetts to reduce their use of toxic chemicals and their toxic waste. They've been an incredible resource for our legislative efforts. Since TURA was enacted in 1989, it has managed to reduce toxic chemical use in Massachusetts by 41%.
Now TURI is celebrating its 20th anniversary by recognizing companies across Massachusetts who are "TURA 20th Anniversary Leaders" and conducting site tours at selected facilities during March and April.Read more...
Seventh Generation, a company known for a focus on safe, non-toxic cleaning products, is sponsoring the Million Baby Crawl to to demand toxic chemical policy reform from Congress.
The Crawl consists of a virtual baby march. On the site, you can create a baby avatar to add to the march as fun way to show your support for a new law to protect us from health-harming chemicals.
Join us at the Crawl to Action:
Where: Burlington Mall - Kids Play Area, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA
When: Wednesday, November 18th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
What: Support toxic chemical policy reform, learn more about safe household products, enjoy family-friendly live entertainment and children's interactive activities, and receive free Seventh Generation products.
In Europe, over 1100 chemicals are banned from cosmetics. In the United States, only 10 are. Beauty may cost more than you think.
That's why the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, an Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow member, is hosting a seminar on Personal Care Products, Chemicals, and Your Health.
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: The Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley, MA
On any given day, both males and females may use as many as 25 different cosmetics and personal care products (such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant) containing more than 200 different chemical compounds. The chemicals in any one consumer product alone are unlikely to cause harm. But unfortunately, we are repeatedly exposed to chemicals from many different sources on a daily basis, including cosmetics and personal care products.Read more...
Come learn about
- The scope of the chemical problem and how chemicals affect the health of women and newborns.
- What are endocrine disruptors, the health effects and long-term risks?
- What is the buzz about BPA (bisphenol A), the health impacts, latest science and the Department of public health’s response?
- What are the chemicals are used in health and beauty products and how do they affect women’s health
- What can nurses do to protect the health of our patients?
One hundred and eighty-two thousand women will contract breast cancer this year. Forty-one thousand will die of it; every eleven minutes we will lose another woman to the disease. This documentary film makes these statistics real by following one woman who is diagnosed, treated and recovers from breast cancer. Robin demands to know why she got breast cancer, posing questions about their exposure to environmental toxics. Her intimate story brings the visually hidden experience of breast cancer into light, and motivates us to ask why so much illness and why don't we know how to stop it?
Join Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and Director/Producer Sabrina McCormick for an exclusive showing of this powerful film.
Wednesday, October 14th, 7:00 PM
Coolidge Corner Theater
On Tuesday, August 25 Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty Face, will share her knowledge of safe cosmetics through a webinar! It will be hosted by our very own Cindy Luppi at Clean Water Action's Boston Office, where you will join a webinar run by Stacy Malkan, herself (so almost like being in your own living room).
When: August 25, 7:00 PM, webinar at 8:00 PM
Where: 262 Washington St. #301, Boston, MA 02108
The book tells the story of how the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered toxic chemicals in our personal care products and their efforts to clean up the U.S. cosmetics industry. This is your chance to ask the author any questions you might have, learn to avoid toxic chemicals in your personal care purchases and learn how you can help change the cosmetics industry.
May 12th will be Call-In Day to Governor Patrick to protect our health from toxics. The Governor promised to support the Safer Alternatives Bill and to support the Department of Public Health in regulating toxic products, and now we are demanding action. We need to remind him of is pledge and urge him to ban Bisphenol A in children's products and actively support the Safer Alternatives Bill.
Let us know that you will make the call by signing a pledge today. Then help us make a bigger impact by getting your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. Make sure to mark your calendars so you don't forget on May 12th to make the call to the Governor at 617-725-4005.
Toxic chemicals are commonplace in personal care products, and no one is minding the store - not the cosmetics industry, not the FDA.
Baby bottles, food cans, toys, furniture and electronics may also contain chemicals - some of the same nasty stuff in cosmetics - linked to obesity, ADHD, heart disease, reproductive problems and cancer.
So what can you do?Read more...
Event covered on the front page of The Boston Globe
On Thursday, March 19th, 2009 about 30 parents and advocates from different parts of the State delivered 8,490 messages to the Governor at the MA State House. Some of those messages were delivered in baby bottles.
We said loud and clear that we want baby products free of toxic chemical BPA!
On Friday morning, there we were on the front page of the Boston Globe waiting to deliver petition signatures. Not shabby coverage at all!Read more...
What: Book reading, signing and release of Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution by Frank Ackerman.
When: July 16th, 7-9 pm
Where: Stockholm Environment Institute
11 Curtis Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
(Near Tufts University)
Poisoned for Pennies looks at the misuse of cost-benefit analysis and how it is impeding efforts to protect and clean up our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. However, there is an alternative, precautionary approach to making decisions under uncertainty.Read more...
On June 16, 2006, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow's Labor Advisory Committee hosted a Blue-Green Alliance Building Training at the Walker Center in Newton, Mass.
The workshop included a Friday evening program and a full day Saturday interactive session.
The evening program and discussion featured Steve Gauthier from IUE/CWA 201 and the North Shore Labor Council and Joel Tickner, professor and expert in chemicals policy from UMass Lowell School of Health and the Environment.Read more...
On Thursday (May 10th), in honor of Mother's Day, hundreds of concerned residents from across Massachusetts descended upon the State House to lobby their state legislators about the need to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.
Scientists are increasingly finding links between chemicals often found in common household products like cleaners, cosmetics and plastic with a variety of diseases and disorders including cancer, asthma and learning disabilities. Among the attendees of the lobby day were parents, ministers, teachers, workers, students, health advocates, doctors and many others.Read more...