Residents of Shaker Heights, please sign to ban lawn pesticides on all city-owned grounds

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Dear Shaker Residents,

In 2017, a petition was circulated to encourage Shaker Heights City Council to adopt an ordinance banning the use of toxic lawn pesticides on all city-owned grounds. Unfortunately, City Council has not yet moved forward on the initiative.  We are continuing to build community awareness and have reactivated our online petition.  Please appreciate your support by signing, and forwarding to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone in Shaker with kids and/or pets.  If you are not a resident of Shaker Heights, we cannot count your signature on the petition, but we would still appreciate your help by sharing this important news.  

The city of Shaker Heights can have healthy and beautiful public grounds without resorting to using toxic lawn pesticides. In 1995, Cleveland Heights banned pesticides from all city, school, library and daycare center grounds. Also, all Cuyahoga County libraries use organic lawn care practices on all of their 29 library turf. Furthermore, major University Circle institutions are in the process of adopting organic lawn care; this includes Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Clinic. Already all six acres of University Circle's Wade Oval's turf are managed organically. Most recently, South Euclid has just introduced a law, as well.

The reasons are clear: pesticides are poisons. People (especially children), pets and the environment should not be unnecessarily exposed to them. For more information see links and article below.

Health Effects of 30 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides
http://www.beyondpesticidesohio.org/uploads/4/5/4/9/454979/30_common_pesticides_health_issues.pdf

5 Reasons Not to Use Weed and Feed
http://www.beyondpesticidesohio.org/uploads/4/5/4/9/454979/5_reasons_no_to_use_weed_and_feed.pdf

Lawn Care Without Chemicals
http://www.beyondpesticidesohio.org/uploads/4/5/4/9/454979/lawncarewithoutchemicals.pdf

Pesticides and Children Don't Mix
http://www.beyondpesticidesohio.org/pesticides-and-children-dont-mix.html

Cleveland Heights Pesticide Ban Serves As Model For The Nation
http://www.beyondpesticidesohio.org/uploads/4/5/4/9/454979/clevelandheightspesticidebanservesasmodelforthenation.pdf

https://www.cityofsoutheuclid.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/9-11-17_Agenda__Legislation.pdf

Please circulate and tell others about this important issue. Thanks so much!

 

 



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