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Crawl for toxic chemical reform

 Posted by on October 27, 2009
Oct 272009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

In an effort to bring attention to the nation’s outdated toxic chemical laws, Seventh Generation, the makers of many environmentally safe home products, has partnered with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in the Million Baby Crawl. This campaign is asking everyone, moms or not, to urge Congress for stronger chemical regulations.

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Erin Brockovich

Synthetic chemicals are currently regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This out-dated law still allows the existence of materials that some experts have said not only harm the environment, but cause cancer and many other serious illnesses. Under the TSCA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to get the information it needs to evaluate a chemical’s risk. The EPA has only been able to require testing on 200 of the more than 80,000 chemical compounds currently in use. The time is overdue for toxic chemical policy reform.

Well-known environmental activist and mom of three, Erin Brockovich has joined forces with Seventh Generation to lead the campaign. Saturday, she called upon some other famous Hollywood moms to join in on her efforts. Amy Smart, Kellie Martin, and Catherine McCord are some of the eco-celebrities that came out to The Little Seed, a children’s boutique for eco-moms, to kick off the Million Baby Crawl campaign.

“I am an advocate for awareness, the truth, and a person’s right to know. I believe that in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend our families and our health, which are the greatest gifts we have,” said Brockovich in a statement. “In many instances, our issues may seem to fall on deaf ears, but I’m living proof that when we speak loudly enough, change will occur. I’m urging everyone to join me in the Million Baby Crawl to help make that difference and make sure all our voices, young and old are heard.”

So far, 6,300 crawlers have joined the campaign. You can join the crawl.  You can name your crawler, and even customize his/her skin tone and clothing color.

Do what you can, not just for the environment, but for the health and safety of your family and yourself.

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