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Make it personal & political on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

 

At EWG, we work to provide useful, science-based information to help you safeguard your family from environmental hazards. We also work to reform federal policy on toxic chemicals so that the earth is a cleaner, safer place for us all. So please join us in celebration of Earth Day by changing how you live - a little or a lot, then by letting the government know that you want better protection from chemical pollution. Make a personal change

  • Switch to earth-friendly lightbulbs. Start with our Green Lighting Guide to identify which energy-efficient bulbs have the least mercury, where in your home they should go and how to use them safely.
  • Eat organic when you can. Put our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in your wallet (now!) so you can eat organic without breaking the bank.
  • Do that dusting. Pets and young children are the most vulnerable to dust-bound pollutants, but cleaning your home is free, easy, and everyone benefits from cleaner indoor air.

Then get political

  • Ask the Energy Star program to reduce mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs. The program requirements lag behind industry advancements; Energy Star should lead, not follow. Go ahead, email the Energy Star program director.
  • Tell the EPA to set a truly health-protective safety standard for perchlorate in drinking water. Perchlorate is known to interfere with thyroid hormones essential for brain development, so it poses particular risks to the fetus, infants and young children. Click here to send your message to the EPA. Send your message to Administrator Lisa Jackson now.

Let's make meaningful progress this Earth Day - at home and in our national policy.

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