This year, Americans have seen unprecedented roll-backs on protections for public health and the environment. Do you ever wonder, “What can I do?” After all, we each have a part to play.
We can take a page from the playbook of the 380+ mayors across the country, including those representing Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti, who have dedicated themselves to continuing the important work of slowing down climate change. By adding up all of the smaller actions of these cities (as well as counties, states, and businesses) the U.S. can stay on track to meet our Paris Agreement commitments. It is the same with us as individuals and in our families. Our small actions add up for greater impact. Here are some concrete ways to create a positive impact on climate, as well as other critical environmental health issues.
Get civically involved - Fight rollbacks. Find a locally organized group. Sign up to receive text alerts from advocacy groups. Load your phone with your representative's phone numbers. A phone call from a constituent is worth the voice of 200 people. A few places to start locally:
Climate: Get locally involved - These tools for action are adapted from the Ann Arbor Climate Partnership that asks that families and individuals pledge to act on climate. Check off the ones you are already doing and pick three more to prioritize:
Stay informed on toxics. The current administration argues that there’s no more to do for the environment. Yet, we continue to learn about new chemical contaminants in our homes, in our everyday products, in our drinking water, and in our air. The Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff program works with (or pushes) industry to make and sell non-toxic products. Manufacturers have been listening! We’ve seen major canned food companies (Campbell’s and Del Monte) pledge to get BPA out of their cans. Four children’s car seat companies now offer seats without brominated flame retardants. Your voice strengthens the impact of our reports. We ask that you join thousands of others and sign up for our HS mailing list. Sneak peek for 2018:
Published on December 21, 2017