Calgary is my home and I love being a part of this city but come spring and summer time you start seeing warning signs all around neighborhoods at each park, about herbicide application. This is extremely disappointing considering the amount of research out there that has been showing how toxic these applications are to our health and well being. It not only leaves me frustrated and angry that no one is doing anything about it, but it makes me apprehensive about going outside and enjoying our beautiful city. The saddest, most alarming part is, these parks are primarily populated with young children and animals.
Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults in the food they eat and air they breathe. Their developing organ systems often make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. The body of evidence in scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine system, even at low levels.
Many people think that the pesticides “wear off,” and that children are not being exposed. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found multiple pesticide residues, including the herbicide 2,4-D, in the bodies of children ages 6-11 at significantly higher levels than all other age categories. Herbicides such as 2,4-D and Mecoprop, chemicals tied to respiratory ailments, are found in 15 percent of children tested, ages 3 to 7, whose parents had recently applied the lawn chemicals. Additionally, scientific studies show that herbicides such as 2,4-D are tracked indoors from lawns where residues may remain for up to a year in carpets, dust, air and surfaces.
Applying these known toxins to our parks puts all of our health at risk, no matter what part of the city we live in.
We as a community need to stand up for what is right.
There is absolutely NO reason why a city like Calgary should still be using harmful pesticides when healthier, non-toxic alternatives are readily available. A substantial aspect of sustainability is the health, safety and quality of life of the population.
Can we honestly say, that we as a community, have put the health and safety of our children at the top of the priority list if we continue to expose them, and ourselves, to toxic posions? Are you as a member of society aware of the immediate and long term impact of pesticide use and the effect on the lungs and overall health of our children? Is this not worth our attention?
Please sign this petition to prevent our parks from becoming a toxic play area, and keep our community happy and healthy.