Stop exposing children to toxic pesticides
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We, the undersigned, tell Three Crowns Park, a retirement and nursing facility in northwest Evanston that is located in a residential area with many children and directly across the street from Lincolnwood Elementary School, to stop spraying its lawn with chemical herbicides and to switch to non–toxic/organic weed control.
Many studies have linked lawn pesticides with asthma, childhood cancer, infertility, neurological disorders, and organ damage, among other diseases. Children are especially vulnerable to these impacts due to their smaller size and immature organs. Once sprayed on Three Crowns Park’s expansive, open lawn, the pesticides drift through the air, exposing, via inhalation, hundreds of children living in the neighborhood and attending Lincolnwood Elementary School directly across the street. They continue to drift for days and even weeks. They are also tracked around the neighborhood on shoes and on pets’ bodies.
Three Crowns Park should reach out to, select, and contract with a provider of natural/organic lawn care, using the list of such companies that is available on the website of the Safer Pest Control Project/Midwest Pesticide Action Center, and/or through consultation with City of Evanston natural lawn care experts.
We ask our elected representatives – Aldermen Mark Tendam, Jane Grover, and Delores Holmes (whose ward includes children attending Lincolnwood Elementary School); State Rep. Robyn Gabel (formerly the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition); and State Senator Daniel Biss – to support our community in this effort to protect our children’s health.
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