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A million babies can’t be wrong

The Million Baby Crawl, a powerful (and entertaining) call to action to keep children safe from toxic chemicals, launched a few days ago.  This virtual march to Washington DC is gaining momentum quickly, starting a little over a week ago with 200 ‘crawlers’, it is now up to 13,000.

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The sponsors and hosts include 7th Generation and  Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a diverse nationwide coalition comprised of environmental groups, health professionals and others working to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals.

The Million Baby Crawl asks parents to join and demand “a stronger chemical law to keep our families safe & healthy” (reforming the current, antiquated toxic chemical policy).

The site includes lots of helpful information and several entertaining videos.  I urge you to check it out and join other parents around the country demanding safer products for our children.  Q Collection Junior’s sponsored crawler was last spotted in rural Pennsylvania…

The following is the mantra of babies who are crawling:

I am on this soapbox because I am fed up. There are hazardous chemicals in our toys and household cleaners.

And this injustice can not stand! Our voices must be heard.

And we know babbles speak louder than words so let’s join together and head to Washington!  I am not asking you to march. We’ll crawl. We’ll put one hand in front of the other, followed by one knee in front of the other, and then sort of use our feet to scoot along.   It’s pretty easy once you get going.

Where we are going baby monitors cannot track us! To Washington, to demand a law that will eliminate toxic chemicals found in household products. Nothing is going to stop us, not naptime, not babygates!

We hope 7th Generation’s call to action will help to spur reform of the toxic chemical policy by congress.  A little bit of background on the issue & the aim of reform:

The Goal: It’s time for common sense limits on toxic chemicals

Mounting scientific evidence points to widespread exposure to chemicals as a cause of serious and adverse impacts on human health, particularly for children.

The federal law that should protect us from health-harming chemicals just doesn’t work. Since 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required safety testing on only 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals on the market. We need a stronger chemical law to keep our families safe and healthy.

Here’s what we want the bill to do:

  • Take quick action on the most dangerous chemicals.
  • Require full information on the health and environmental hazards associated with all chemicals.
  • Protect all people and vulnerable groups – including children and pregnant women – using the best science.

What you can do:

  • Learn more at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, including how to email Congress to let them know you think it’s time to update the law governing toxic chemicals.

About Jesse Johnson, Green Nursery Guru

Jesse is the co-founder of Q Collection & Q Collection Junior – leaders in designing adult and children’s furniture and textiles. Jesse has a joint masters in business (MBA) and environmental management (MEM) from Yale University. Jesse currently serves as a member of Yale's Environmental Leadership Council and is an advisor to Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

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