Started 8 petitions
Tell the Food and Drug Administration that toxic phthalates don’t belong in our food!
Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to birth defects, asthma, learning disabilities, and allergies. Clearly, they don’t belong in food. And yet, the US Food and Drug Administration explicitly allows 30 different phthalates to be in our food. The FDA actually calls them “food additives.” Food is the number one source of childhood exposure to phthalates. That’s because phthalates are added to many of the materials that come into contact with our food, from the plastic gloves that food workers wear, to plastic equipment used in the processing of food, to the packaging our food is sold in. Phthalates easily leach from these materials into our food, and from there, they get into our bodies. Despite the evidence showing harmful health effects, the FDA allows 30 different toxic phthalates to be used in food handling equipment and packaging. Recently, several organizations submitted a petition to the FDA asking it to stop allowing these phthalates to be used as food additives. If successful, the petition could lead to a new rule making it illegal to sell phthalate-contaminated food, which would be a big victory for our children’s health. Please submit a comment to FDA urging the agency to withdraw its approval of 30 different phthalates as food additives.
Our children’s generation deserve pollution-free national parks
The Grand Canyon: it is one of America’s greatest treasures. Countless families make the trek every year to marvel at the beauty of nature, its power, and its magnitude. Now, big businesses and anti-environmentalists are looking to intrude upon and pollute the Grand Canyon all in the name of profit. The debate? Whether or not uranium mines—known to emit toxic chemicals in the air and threaten local water supplies—should be allowed in this national jewel. While these lands have been protected for more than a century, and public opinion strongly favors keeping these lands untouched, corporations in search of uranium mines are placing business over the safety and health of people and the land. But we can fight back. Congress has the power to protect America’s most prized lands. Tell them not back down to greed!
Save the Monarch Butterfly from Extinction
The monarch butterfly: a symbol of beauty and rebirth; one of nature’s most delicate and awe-inspiring creatures. Every spring, children delight as monarchs break from their cocoons and unfurl their gorgeous wings, signaling the warm months ahead spent with family and friends in gardens and backyards, in parks and playgrounds. But the monarch population has declined by 95 percent in just the last two decades, as pesticides have ravaged their precious milkweed habitat. We can do something about it before it’s too late. By regrowing milkweed, and making it profitable for farmers to do so, we will restore the habitat that monarchs need to survive—and ensure future generations don’t miss out on this iconic harbinger of spring. Please take action now, and help save the monarch from being a thing of the past.
Administrator McCarthy: Act swiftly to protect our children from methane pollution.
Did you know that fracking pollution has been directly linked to higher rates of birth defects, heart and lung complications, asthma, and central nervous system trouble in children across America? The easy fix: Regulating methane, which along with toxic gases, spews into our air during fracking operations. While the EPA has proposed limits regulating oil & gas facilities to be built in the future, nothing is being done about the bulk of the problem: facilities in operation today. Instead, we allow the fracking industry to pollute our air and harm our children from before birth, and into their most important developmental years. But you can do something about it. Take action: Demand the Obama Administration and the EPA propose strong regulations on existing sources of methane in the name of clean air and children’s health.
Tell your Governor: Protect our children from climate pollution
America’s Clean Power Plan is the first-ever national curb on the most significant driver of human-caused climate pollution: carbon dioxide emissions. The Plan will stimulate the deployment of clean, reliable and affordable energy sources for the 21st century. It is critical to a green, sustainable, and safe future. Still, the Plan is under constant attack from big-money polluters, whose profits remain paramount to keeping our environment healthy and our children safe. Millions of dollars have now been spent on legal fees in efforts to block implementation of the Plan, with the latest result being a stay issued by the Supreme Court. We are confident the merits of the Clean Power Plan will show through and it will be upheld. In fact, governors and public utilities across the nation continue to target the goals laid out by the Plan. We must speak up to show our support for the Clean Power Plan and the sustainable and healthy future it will bring. Tell your governor to protect our children's health and future by supporting the Clean Power Plan.
Keep Toxic Fracking Pollution Out of Your Children’s Lungs
Every day, the oil and gas industry leaks methane and other toxic pollutants into our air. These are chemicals that put our families’ health at risk—chemicals known to cause birth defects, cancers, asthma, congenital heart defects, preterm births, and central nervous system damage. This is not the air our children should be breathing. One particular leak in Southern California was massive enough to get media attention, after 2,000 families were forced to relocate, schools closed, and residents experienced persistent nausea and headaches. But this is just one leak, in one place. Others happen across the country every day, undetected. We deserve to know our families are protected from this silent danger. Protect the health of our children and our planet. Tell the EPA you expect them to propose strong limits on America’s existing oil & gas operations.
MOMS STAND UP! Protect your families from dangerous, untested chemicals in your homes.
Think that if you can buy something in a store, then it must be safe? Wrong. There are 80,000 chemicals approved for use in commerce, but the vast majority has never been tested for long-term health effects. That means you and your family use products every day without knowing whether they contain carcinogens, reproductive hazards, asthma triggers, and other chemical hazards. Congress has recently passed a new bill that would require testing on all new and existing chemicals, but the final parameters of the bill are still undetermined. We now need to make sure that the bill is as strong as possible in order to ensure proper protection for our families and communities. By signing this petition, you are letting Congress know that we are watching their actions on chemical reform and expect them to consider the health and safety of Americans first and foremost. If adequately strong, the bill will: - require review of all new and existing chemicals - require testing and limit companies’ ability to hide information about chemicals as “trade secrets” - explicitly require protection of vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women We cannot allow American families to continue to be exposed to unsafe and untested chemicals. Will you please sign to make sure that we are all protected?
Demand clean air for our children and families!
The EPA has proposed the first-ever national limits on fracking pollution. But this is only a first step. There’s still more work to do. Fracking releases benzene, smog, and other harmful pollutants into the air. People — including pregnant women and unborn children — are suffering under the burden of increased air pollution as a consequence of natural gas development. The same leaks and flares that spew harmful pollutants into the local air also release the potent greenhouse gas methane. Tell the EPA that you support strong methane pollution limits. And that this rule is just the beginning. More needs to be done to ensure we are protected from not only new sources of fracking pollution, but existing sources as well. Our communities deserve clean, healthy air — and a healthy planet for our children's future.