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Save Bees from Highly Toxic Pesticides
Bee populations are plummeting. And scientists are pointing to toxic bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids as a cause. We’re fighting in court and partnering with other groups to demand action now to save bees, but we need your help. Join us and 4 million Americans to tell President Obama to suspend the use of toxic bee-killing pesticides now! These pesticides make the whole plant poisonous to insects, including the nectar and pollen, which bees eat. At miniscule doses the pesticides can kill bees outright, but even at doses that may not kill immediately, they impair bees’ ability to breed, forage, fight disease, and survive the winter. Nearly one-third of our crops—including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds—depend on bees for pollination. We cannot delay action any longer. Take action today and help us ensure that these pesticides do not become the final straw for bees.
Ban the Sale of Products Containing Toxic Flame Retardants!
Every day, most of us sit on chairs and sofas that contain pounds of toxic flame retardants. These chemicals migrate out of our furniture and other household products and are released into the air in our homes. As a result, 97 percent of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic flame retardants in their blood. This is urgent—we have our first-ever chance to ban the sale of these toxic chemicals! Take action now to rid our homes of flame retardants, before the comment period ends on October 19. To bring an end to this toxic nightmare, Earthjustice and the Consumer Federation of America—on behalf of an incredibly diverse coalition of organizations, including firefighters, pediatricians, consumer advocates and scientists—asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to prohibit the sale of any children’s product, piece of furniture or mattress if it contains a toxic flame retardant. We also asked for a ban on the sale of any electronic product with toxic flame retardants in its plastic enclosure. The commission needs to hear from the public now. Please take action today to let the commissioners know you strongly support this action. Flame retardant chemicals have been associated with severe health impacts, including: reproductive impairment neurological impacts like learning deficits and decreased IQ in children endocrine disruption cancer immune disorders Children’s products in particular are likely to contain flame retardant chemicals, putting kids at risk during critical periods of rapid growth and brain development. And low-income communities and communities of color have the highest levels of these chemicals in their bodies. To make matters worse, household products containing toxic flame retardants can still burn, and when they do, they tend to produce more smoke, soot, toxic gases and carcinogenic combustion products. This puts building residents, firefighters and other first responders at greater risk of harm in the event of a fire. Tell the agency responsible for consumer safety that you stand with firefighters, pediatricians, consumer advocates and scientists in asking for household products free of toxic flame retardants!
End Arctic Drilling for Good!
After years of Earthjustice-led legal battles, Shell recently announced that it is abandoning its Arctic Ocean drilling program. Shell's departure from the Arctic Ocean removes, at least for now, a major threat to the region's wildlife, already suffering from the impacts of climate change, which is happening more rapidly there than anywhere on earth. But the fight is not over! President Obama now has an opportunity to build on his climate successes and end Arctic Ocean drilling for good. Will you reach out to him today, to urge him to protect the Arctic Ocean for the long haul? Shell's decision shows that Arctic Ocean oil drilling is a thing of the past. It’s time to invest in a future of clean renewable energy and a sustainable climate for future generations. For decades, Earthjustice has been in court fighting risky drilling in the region. And with your help, we will continue to fight. Take action now to help us achieve long-term Arctic protections.