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Building Power: Community Partnerships
It’s no secret that the environmental health problems facing society, from rising rates of certain cancers and learning disabilities to the power of corporate polluters to the climate crisis, are daunting. These are complex and often long-term battles that call for smart strategies, persistence and tools that multiply this impact.
One of Clean Water Action’s most powerful answers to these often frustrating dynamics: tapping into the power of community partners who help shine the light on society’s need for a healthier New England while adding their creativity and knowledge of local issues to the mix. Clean Water Action works shoulder to shoulder with these partners to build a healthier tomorrow. Read on and meet a few of the leaders Clean Water Action is proud to have on the team. Read More
The House of Representatives in the 112th Congress voted more than 300 times to weaken public health and environmental protections. Clean Water Action analyzed twelve key votes in this unprecedented effort to rollback decades of important environmental policies that have made our water safer to drink and our air healthier to breathe.
It was better in the Senate, but barely. While the Senate rejected the majority of proposals to roll-back decades of critical environmental protections, it failed to pass legislation to repeal oil and gas subsidies. Learn more below and download the scorecard here!
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.
Our Zero Mercury Campaign was launched in 2000 to pressure the New England Governors to virtually eliminate the use of, the release of, and exposure to mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, that has contaminated the fish that we eat, in New Hampshire and the region by the year 2010.
The New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers adopted a Climate Change Action Plan in August of 2001. The plan combats global warming by committing to near-term reductions of human-made greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the next two decades, as well as long-term reductions to 75-85% below current levels at some point.
Have you ever thought about what is in your cosmetics, sweet-smelling bath products or that lipstick your toddler loves to wear (and undoubtedly eat!)?
Believe it or not, as much as 70 percent of what we put on our skin ends up inside our bodies.* And yet many popular cosmetic, fragrance, and beauty products contain toxic ingredients like mercury, lead, or phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive and developmental issues.
Unfortunately, there is almost no safety or health regulation over these products, which most of us use every day.