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January 2018 - Children's Environmental Health (CEH) Movement launch

Take a moment to join the CEH Movement. You will join an active community dedicated to protecting the health of our environment and our children, and receive communication from CEHN each month with ideas for clear and direct ways you can help.

There are also a number of ways to take action right now.

Educate yourself about children's environmental health. Here are some places to start:

Act on CEH issues specific to your community. For example:

  • Meet with your child's child care provider or director, school principal, or the school board to address pesticide use or other environmental exposure concerns in the child care or school settings.
  • Contact your local policy leader about the lack of walk-ability or safe routes to school in your neighborhood.

Be a champion for CEH nationally. For example:

  • Climate change impacts children's health. See how in our Climate Change policy statement, then tell EPA not to destroy the Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon emissions from power plants, the largest contributor to climate change. Here are 2 excellent platforms that provide more information about the Clean Power Plan, as well as ready made templates for you to use or to customize to send your message to EPA.
  • Over 84,000 chemicals are registered for use in the U.S. marketplace, and most of them have not been assessed for their safety to children's health. Many can be found in toys or everyday products with which children can come into contact. Toxicological and epidemiological research has linked many chemicals with children's health and developmental problems.  For more information, please read our Protecting Children from Toxic Chemical Exposures Policy Statement. Then follow EPA's implementation of the country's revised chemical safety law and weigh in about the importance of protecting children's health.
    • EPA is seeking public comment about possible approaches that can guide the Agency in identification of potential candidate chemicals for prioritization (risk assessment and potential limitations/bans). Read more about this at http://www.regulations.gov,  and submit your written comments by searching for and commenting to docket: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0586. Deadline to submit is on or before January 25, 2018.

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