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LDA State Affiliates Take Action on Children's Environmental Health

LDA is building a nationwide network of members and affiliate offices working to protect children's health and reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. You don't need to be a science expert to join this effort. You just need to believe that kids deserve to play, grow and learn in a healthy environment. To find out more or join the HCP list serve, contact .

LDA Leaders Participate in National Stroller Brigade, Meet with U.S. Senators in D.C.

In May 2012, LDA representatives from nine states joined several hundred moms, health advocates, and cancer survivors on the lawn Stroller Brigade, May 2012, Washington D.C.of the U.S. Capitol to rally in support of the Safe Chemicals Act--legislation that would require that chemicals are tested for health effects and safety before being used in products. U.S. Senators Lautenberg, Durbin, and Schumer gave remarks at the event, which was widely covered in the media. Read coverage of this event in the Huffington Post. Learn more about how LDA state affiliates take action on Children's Environmental Health.

The Healthy Children Project coordinator from LDA’s Maine state chapter led Stroller Brigade, May 2012, Washington D.C.a group of 25 concerned Maine moms and health advocates to D.C. for the stroller brigade. Here, the Maine group meets with U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to discuss their concerns with toxic chemicals.

LDA representative Donna Bingham of Tennessee (center) with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (left) (R-Tenn) and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (right) (R-Tenn)LDA representative Donna Bingham of Tennessee and a colleague meet with U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker as part of the national rally for safer chemicals laws:


LDA Leaders Join National Day of Action for Safer Chemicals

LDA Leaders Join National Day of Action for Safer ChemicalsIn August 2011, LDA members joined forces with hundreds of other concerned parents, grandparents and children across the country to participate in a National Day of Action, pushing strollers, wearing capes and calling on U.S. Senators to be “superheroes” for safer chemicals.

LDA of New York State members at the New York City Day of ActionThe national Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition organized the events, which took place in at least 17 states. LDA members participated and in several cases helped to organize events in Portland (Maine), New York City, Pittsburgh (see above photo), and Baltimore.

LDA of New York State members at the New York City Day of Action (right).

LDA of Maine members wear their crusader capes for Portland, Maine’s day of action on toxic chemicals:LDA of Maine members wear their crusader capes for Portland, Maine’s day of action on toxic chemicals

 

 

 

 

 

 


LDA members reduce toxic risks to children's brain development by:

  • Raising Awareness among teachers, parents, health care professionals and elected officials
  • Advocating at the state legislature to pass laws that safeguard children's developmental health
  • Working in coalition with other public health and environmental groups
  • Creating and disseminating guides for healthy homes, families and schools.

LDA's national Healthy Children Project Coordinator can:

  • Connect you with the right coalition of organizations in your state.
  • Provide pamphlets, fact sheets and other resources on minimizing toxic exposures.
  • Connect you with an LDA state or local affiliate expert.
  • Provide financial support through the HCP mini-grant program for LDA affiliates.
  • Identify opportunities to participate in children's environmental health issues.
  • Provide speaking points or draft testimony on specific issues and chemicals.

In the last five years, LDA affiliates and members have helped to win passage of state legislation to keep toxic chemicals out of children's products, require testing and prioritizing of toxic chemicals, create green chemistry and green purchasing programs, and limit or ban pesticide use in and around schools. LDA members have held environmental health forums, produced guides to healthy homes and schools and educated thousands of people about toxic threats to healthy brain development. We need you to join us in this crucial effort.




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