Maine Healthy Children's Project
In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to roll back vehicle emission standards intended to decrease air pollution and greenhouse gases. The clean car standards have been in place since 2012 and are working to protect public health.
The EPA's much weaker "SAFE Vehicle" standards will result in worsening air pollution. While we typically connect smog and ozone to asthma and lung disease, studies show that air pollution harms children's developing brains, putting them at higher risk for learning and behavior challenges.
We have until October 23rd to tell EPA to uphold strong clean car standards and protect children's health! Please join the Learning Disabilities Association of Texas, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and Moms Clean Air Force of Texas in signing this petition, than share with family and friends. Thank you!
As a person working in the child care & preschool field, you put your time and energy into helping babies and toddlers grow and develop. A lot of effort goes into protecting them - but it’s hard or nearly impossible to tell which products are free of harmful chemicals.
Child care and preschool providers should be able to give children toys, furniture, sleep mats, and other products without worrying about harmful chemicals. That’s why we are asking Kaplan and Excelligence that sell to many child care and early learning programs to step forward as strong leaders on this issue.
Please join others in the child care and preschool community by signing on to our letter today. Hearing directly from you will show the support and need for swift action.
We rely on car seats to keep children safe. A child may spend hours every week in a car seat. Alarmingly, 87% of car seats recently tested by the Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff program contained halogenated flame retardants, including models produced by Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st.
These flame retardant chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, reproductive harm, and obesity. Effects on fetal and child development and on the immune system are particularly concerning. We know that flame retardant chemicals don't stay bound to the fabric or foam and thus can be inhaled or ingested by children, or even absorbed through the skin. These chemicals build up in the body and in our environment.
We believe every child should have a safe car seat free of toxic chemicals. Thankfully, some companies have already made design changes and material choices that reduce or even eliminate chemical flame retardants from their car seats without any loss in fire safety or crash safety.
Please join us in urging Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st to follow the lead of companies already making safer car seats by signing the petition below.
The National Academy of Sciences reports that 28% of learning disabilities are caused in part by exposure to toxic chemicals, including dangerous chemicals in consumer products.
There is good news - encouraging major retailers to sell safer products and working on state and federal policies are effective ways to get dangerous chemicals out of products. Join the LDA listserv to receive easy-to-use toolkits and take part in actions for safer products. Together, we can eliminate these preventable causes of learning disabilities. Not affiliated with an organizaiton? Click the "stay informed" link to the left to receive general updates and actions or just take an action below.