With great market power comes great responsibility. Retailers hold the power to choose which products are available to consumers, and what ingredients go into store brand items. With a lack of federal regulation over toxic chemicals in consumer products, retailers have the potential to step in and screen their inventory, and by doing so have a large impact on improving public health and the environment. In support of pressuring retailers to take action, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow coalition is excited to join other environmental and health organizations in joining the efforts of Mind the Store this spring.Read more...
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)
Kristi has just published a book, Little Changes, detailing her journey through breast cancer, motherhood, and environmental health activism, and has generously decided to use her success to support our work. For the entire month of March, Kristi will be donating $3 from every book sold to support the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. For your purchase to support our work, go to the Choose Wiser website, enter "AHT/CWF" into the coupon code field*, and purchase your copy of Little Changes today.Read more...
Senator Katherine Clark is a mother, Senator Sal DiDomenico is a father, Senator Ken Donnelly is a former firefighter, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz is concerned about the damaging effects that toxic chemicals can have on low-income communities in her district. These senators have very personal reasons to support the Safer Alternatives Bill. They all want to vote for it.
The problem is they may never get that chance because many bills never get voted on. During the past few weeks, Senators had the opportunity to make it known that they want to vote for the Safer Alternatives Bill and more than half of them did.
The Safer Alternatives Bill is currently before the Senate Ways and Means Committee (W&M). Senator Mark Pacheco wrote a letter to W&M Chairman, Senator Stephen Brewer, to ask him to give the bill a "favorable report," and invited other senators to sign the letter with him. AHT supporters helped by calling their Senators and asking them to sign on, with great results. 22 Senators signed that letter and/or wrote their own letters to Senator Brewer.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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
As September approaches, parents are preparing their children for school, yet most parents are unaware of the toxic plastic, PVC or vinyl, in their child’s backpack, lunchbox, binders, art supplies, and the list does not stop there. The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) released a new Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies today. This new guide gives parents recommendations for safer, PVC-free school supplies in over 20 product categories.
“This guide gives parents and teachers the guidance they need in a format that is easy to use and understand,” said Ellie Goldberg, Newton, Vice President of Legislation for the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Did you know that 82,000 chemicals are in use today in the U.S. and only around 200 of these chemicals have been assessed for their safety? In other words, thousands of toxic chemicals, which have not been tested for safety, have been added to products that you use everyday from children’s toys, food can linings, mattresses, make-up to shampoo! And now there are hundreds of scientific studies out there showing that these chemicals are ending up in our bodies.
In addition, the law governing toxic chemicals in the U.S., the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), is 33 years old and completely outdated.
Thanks to everyone that called the Governor's Office last Tuesday, May 12th and helped get friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to do the same. We had 140 plus people call the Governor and ask him to take action on toxics. We even had people say that when they called, the call volume was so high that they were too busy to take down names and addresses!
We are eagerly waiting for a response from the Governor's Office. Whatever happens, we have to keep up the pressure! Governor Patrick cannot get away with doing nothing on toxics: supporting neither the Safer Alternatives Bill nor a regulation on BPA in children's products! If we do not get a response very soon, we will be contacting you with our newest action. So stay alert!
We need you to call Governor Patrick RIGHT NOW and urge that he support both the Safer Alternatives Bill and a sales ban on bisphenol-A in children's products.
These two actions will not cost the state government significant funding, and will create a healthier community and future.
What to do right now: Call the governor at 617-725-4005
What to say:
Give your name, address, and phone number
I'm calling to urge Governor Patrick to Take Action on Toxics. We need him to ban BPA in children's products and actively support the Safer Alternatives bill (H-757 and S-442).
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.