Experts Explore the Environment and Children’s Health

Experts Explore the Environment and Children’s Health

August 19, 2023

By Lindsey Jeu De Vine

Experts in children’s environmental health gathered August 13 for Healthy Child Healthy World’s Third Annual Hamptons Luncheon in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Panelists included Laurie David, environmental activist and producer; Dr. Harvey Karp, nationally renowned pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block; Heather B. White, EWG executive director; and Samantha Ettus, author, TV contributor and syndicated radio host. The panel shared simple and empowering steps parents can take to protect their children.

“We need to be paying attention to what we are building for future generations,” Dr. Karp said. “It’s our responsibility.”

Missed the event and still want to take action? Here are three ways:

Improve Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

Tell your U.S. senator to work to make the bill “reforming” the Toxic Substances Control Act truly protective of children’s health. It should protect states’ abilities to set chemical regulations that are stronger than the federal government’s, and ensure a strong safety standard.

Fact Sheet: Industry Chemical Bill (S. 697) Worse Than Current Law
Online TSCA Reform Petition: Support Real Chemical Safety Reform
Bill Text: S. 725, Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Support Cosmetics Safety

Tell your senator to support the Feinstein-Collins cosmetics law reform legislation, S. 1014. This bill would update the federal cosmetics law – last updated in 1938 – create a strong safety standard, and preserve states’ abilities to regulate cosmetic ingredients.

Bill Text: S. 1014 Personal Care Products Safety Act
Enviroblog: New Cosmetics Framework Provides A Path Forward

Defeat the DARK Act

Tell your House member to defeat the DARK Act, or the Deny Americans Right to Know bill, HR 4432, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). It would prohibit states from labeling genetically modified food. Worldwide, 64 countries require GMO labeling; it’s time for the U.S. join them. We need more information, not less, when it comes to the food we’re buying.

Online DARK Act Petition: Oppose the DARK Act
AgMag Blog: Top 5 Reasons To Oppose the DARK Act

A special thank you to the following sponsors: Babyganics, Beach Magazine, Bonterra Wines, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Empire CLS, Experience Life Magazine, Happy Family, Fairweather, Green Toys, Guest of a Guest, Klean Kanteen, Love Child Organics, MGEMS Jewelry, Molly Gochman, Morgan Stanley, Nannies By Noa, New Wave Enviro, Repeat Roses, Robin Wilson, Surf Sweets, U-Konserve, Way Better Snacks, and Wellness Foundation.