Once again, moms across the country are walking to raise awareness of toxic chemical exposures and to ask their elected officials to support new legislation that would improve the safety of chemicals in our children's products and environment.
In August, the environmental health advocacy group Safer Chemicals Healthy Families called forth Stroller Brigades across the nation for a National Day of Action, a day for families to join together and speak out about the need for better safety testing for chemicals and better protection for kids against toxic chemicals.
The goal of the original Stroller Brigade was to support the Safe Chemicals Act, federal legislation that would require more and better testing of chemicals before they make their way into children's products. But even the though Safe Chemicals Act, which aims to update an outdated Toxic Substances Control Act, was re-introduced in April to the Senate as the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011,” it seems to be stalled in the legislative process, awaiting a vote.
So now the Stroller Brigades are at it again, only this time they are focusing their efforts in support of the state-wide initiatives that would bring safer chemicals to children and families.
This year, seven states passed nine new toxic chemical policies, including Connecticut's ban on BPA in receipt paper, Washington's requirement of children’s product manufacturers to report what toxic chemicals are present in their products, and New York's ban on specific carcinogenic flame retardant in children’s products.
On Nov. 10, Stroller Brigades will take place in Alaska, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Delaware, Idaho, Arkansas, Virginia, Rhode Island and California to support state-wide safer chemicals legislation and renew the call for support of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
Click here to find a Stroller Brigade near you or to find out how to start your own brigade.