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:
- CEHN's Children's Environmental Health 101
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Protecting Children's Environmental Health
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Children's Health and the Built Environment
- The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences' Children's Health Program
- The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
- Download and read our CEH Indicators report. This report provides understanding of the types and use of CEH indicators, and emphasizes their importance and their challenges.
- Feedback on this report is welcomed at email@example.com. Please also let us know about the most important CEH issue(s) in your area.
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.
- Natural Resources Defense Council's What is the Clean Power Plan (& call to action)
- Environmental Defense Fund's Protect the Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Change
- 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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