Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Our Lives

Clinton Hill, the original Defender of the Planet and the boy who started Kids for Saving Earth, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at age 10. Even at that young age, he believed the cause may have been environmental, incited by toxic chemicals used in everyday products.

Clinton Hill
Cancer took Clinton's life in 1989; he was 11 years old. Now, over twenty years later, we are learning more and more about how cancer-causing agents are in a staggering amount of the products we use on a daily basis. From common cleaning supplies to the clothes we buy -- even shower curtains contain toxic chemicals.

And, right now, it's completely legal for companies to use known cancer-causing agents in the products purchased every day in America.

Take Action. Let's get these chemicals out of our lives and out of our environment.

Tell others about these harmful chemicals. Kids for Saving Earth has an online resource page that includes a complete presentation to learn more and educate others about toxins in the environment. Click here to access these resources from Kids for Saving Earth.

Another great resource page from Kids for Saving Earth is this collection of fact sheets and articles, submitted by our own members.

Next, tell our nation's leaders to protect us from harmful productsHealthy Legacy, a coalition dedicated to getting toxins out of everyday products, has put together a petition to send to President Obama, urging him to make it a priority to protect us from cancer-causing chemicals in the products we use. Make your voice heard and sign the petition.

Finally, consider these facts from Healthy Legacy:
  • 1.5 million American men, women, and children were diagnosed with cancer in 2009; 562,000 died from the disease
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children younger than 15
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer
  • In 2009, cancer cost the nation $243.4 billion; half of that, $124.8 billion, is the cost of lost productivity due to premature death.
While Clinton is no longer with us, his dream of a healthy planet lives on. Help us continue to make his dream become a reality.

Healthy Kids - a curriculum and resources from KSE on toxins in our environment
Health Wave - a collection of articles, fact sheets, and more resources from KSE on the effects of toxins on children's health
President Obama, Protect Us From Cancer-Causing Chemicals - blog post from Healthy Legacy with petition urging President Obama to make cancer prevention a priority by acting to protect us from cancer-causing chemicals.

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