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New England Currents - Summer 2015

New England Currents
summer 2015 edition

New England Wants Clean Energy Now!

New England Wants Clean Energy Now
Communities across New England are fighting for clean energy. Despite a utility-backed push to expand gas pipelines and suppress solar power, states are making progress and building powerful coalitions to fight for a low-carbon, economically just future. Read more

Interns Make Our World Go Round!

Clean Water Action’s internship program provides a great opportunity for young people to learn the skills of environmental organizing while making meaningful change. Here we’ve shared interviews with Ayanna Hampton and Rachel Fricke who joined the Clean Water Action Massachusetts team for their winter/spring semester and a profile of Nicole Harrison from the Rhode Island team. Thank you Ayanna, Rachel and Nicole! Read More

The CSHC Newsletter - May 2015

We’re working hard to protect your health!!

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Mind the Store—pushing top retailers to shift away from toxic chemicals—and winning!

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign.  We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products.  Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:

Climate and Energy Updates in Connecticut

We have a chance to recover our momentum on Connecticut's fight against climate change pollution. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs are convening a meeting on kick-starting the climate plan.

The big news: Governor Malloy has committed to be there in person! He will also be joined by Keri Enright-Kato, new Director of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

This is the best chance we've had in years for real climate action.

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut - June 2014 Newsletter

Legislative Session Wrap-Up

We were very disappointed that Senate Bill 126 did not get called for a vote during this short legislative session; however, we are so proud of all the accomplishments we achieved together! Here is a list of some of the highlights: 

  • Formally launched the CT Campaign for Toxic Free Kids along with a website and Facebook page
  • Had broad support of our bill from the Department of Public Health and 47 legislative co-sponsors
  • Conducted dozens of presentations and community forums across the state
  • Two legislative committees took the lead in introducing our bill
  • Had two positive meetings with Governor Malloy’s staff to garner support
  • Had numerous opinion pieces and letters to the editor in newspapers around the state
  • Partnered with the owner of Brown Saddle Films, film producer Ed Brown and business leaders in Greenwich to screen “Unacceptable Levels” and discuss our legislative work
  • Hosted an amazing Rally at the Capitol with numerous Coalition partners, legislative champions, activists and former UCONN men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun urging support of our bill to protect children’s health.
  • Delivered petitions with thousands of signatures to Governor Malloy urging him to support our bill

Ban the Bead in CT!

Please email your state legislators and ask them to support HB 5286, An Act Prohibiting the Import and Sale of Cosmetics That Contain Microbeads, and work to make sure it is passed this session. This bill would ban the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products, like toothpaste and face wash. Plastic microbeads in personal care products wash down the drain and end up in our waterways where they degrade water quality, endanger wildlife, and threaten human health. Safer, natural alternatives like ground apricot pits, beeswax, and clay are available. 

Take action now!

A Huge Victory for Our Water in Connecticut and Across the Nation

Hartford - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for nearly 2 in 3 Connecticut residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.

Clean Water Action's Connecticut Director, Anne Hulick, released this statement:

Protect Our Kids from Cadmium

Can you believe that lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a bill that will actually increase the amount of cadmium allowed in children’s jewelry?   This is outrageous!  Cadmium is a heavy metal, like lead.  It is a known human carcinogen.

Take action to protect kids today!

Lowe’s to Eliminate Toxic Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

Retail Chain Joins The Home Depot in Eliminating Harmful Chemicals, While Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards Lag Behind


(Hartford, CT) Matching a commitment from The Home Depot to eliminate phthalates in flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has become the latest retailer to pledge to eliminate the toxic chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The retailer made the commitment following a recent report, which found that 48 percent of Lowe’s flooring samples tested contained toxic phthalates. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country. The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT has also urged Lowe’s to match The Home Depot commitment.

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05/07/2015 - 07:45

Make Sure Connecticut is a Leader on Climate Change

Connecticut used to be a leader on global warming. But state action has ground to a halt in recent years. Help us change that - take action today.

Hartford Parents Deliver Over 135,000 Petitions To Walgreens – Call On Retailer To Phase Out Toxic Chemicals In Products

Actions take place as retailer is in process of developing chemicals policy

Hartford, Connecticut – Today Connecticut health and environmental advocates delivered over 135,000 petitions to Walgreens signed by their customers from across the country, including over 1800 from Connecticut, calling on the retailer to adopt a comprehensive policy to phase out toxic chemicals in products like cosmetics, children’s and cleaning products.  Advocates have been calling on the retailer to tackle toxic chemicals in their products for nearly two years now, as part of the national Mind the Store campaign.  
    

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03/12/2015 - 12:35
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