Environmental Working Group and Healthy Child Healthy World to Unite
Los Angeles, Calif. – Environmental Working Group, one of the nation’s leading environmental health advocacy and research organizations, is joining forces with renowned educational nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World to form a single organization devoted to protecting children and the environment from toxic pollution, the boards of directors of the two groups announced today.
EWG and Healthy Child will merge into a single organization at the end of 2014, the boards said. As a combined organization with a united voice, amplified by millions of supporters, the two prominent nonprofits will mount a deeper, broader, more forceful, and more successful campaign to reduce children’s exposure to harmful chemicals.
“The need to band together in this fight to protect children from a rising tide of toxic chemicals and pollution is urgent,” said Ken Cook, cofounder and president of EWG. “Tens of thousands of chemicals are used in American consumer products, the vast majority of which have not been tested for safety. By uniting as one organization, we will become an even greater and efficient force for change.”
Healthy Child’s brand and mission will continue as a major program under the EWG umbrella, focusing on empowering parents via education to protect all children from the many exposures to harmful chemicals and pollutants in their everyday lives. The effort will be strengthened by EWG’s diverse portfolio of research spanning food and agriculture, toxic chemicals in personal care products, clean water and renewable energy.
“By combining the power of our research, our networks of supporters, and our commitments to educating both parents and partners, and advocacy, we will significantly increase our impact in combatting children’s exposures to environmental toxins,” said Jim Chuda, Healthy Child’s cofounder.
The two organizations have a combined social media capacity to reach millions of supporters every month, provide more than 100 million pages of research and product rating information annually online, and publish a constant stream of newsworthy analysis of policy issues as well as practical information for concerned parents—including easy steps all families can take to safeguard their kids.
“Together, we will provide more families with the tools they need to battle toxic chemicals, enlist the partnership of manufacturers to produce safer consumer products, and insist that more lawmakers from both sides of the aisle protect children from toxic chemicals,” said Nancy Chuda, Healthy Child’s cofounder.
Under EWG, Healthy Child will also maintain its collaborative and successful development operation, ensuring that the combined entity will be able to expand the fight.
"Children are only 25 percent of our citizens, but they are 100 percent of our future, and they are our nation's greatest treasure,” said Dr. Harvey Karp, an EWG board member and a founding board member of Healthy Child. “Yet, everyday exposure to harmful chemicals puts them at risk and balloons health care costs. I am thrilled that EWG and Healthy Child will marry their considerable talents and passion to become even more effective at driving the national agenda towards protecting our children's health."
BACKGROUND ON HEALTHY CHILD:
After their five-year-old daughter Colette died of a rare form of non-hereditary cancer linked to pesticide exposure, Jim and Nancy Chuda turned their grief into action, forming Healthy Child Healthy World in 1992.
For more than 22 years, Healthy Child has been at the forefront of a movement dedicated to educating and empowering parents to protect their children from toxic chemicals and other harmful substances in the environment.
BACKGROUND ON EWG:
EWG is a national research and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. It drives consumer choice and civic action with its game-changing investigations and research on toxics and environmental health, food and agriculture, and water and energy.
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