moms on a mission:
stroller bridgades for safer chemicals and healthy familiesOn May 22, Clean Water Action participated in the National Stroller Brigade in Washington DC to demonstrate support for the Safe Chemicals Act. Clean Water Action’s Elizabeth Saunders (Massachusetts), and Susan Eastwood (Connecticut) represented New England. Moms, kids and advocates from thirty states, from as far away as Alaska and Idaho, rolled into Washington DC and right up to the Capitol to let Congress know that people are serious about protecting their children and families from “toxic trespass.” The bill’s lead sponsor, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, addressed the enthusiastic crowd, as did Sens. Dick Durbin (IL) and Charles Schumer (NY). Michigan mom of three Polly Schlaff shared her powerful story of losing her husband to cancer and made a passionate plea for our legislators to help to keep families safe. The event was covered by press from around the country.
Leading the Charge from the Ground Upin Massachusetts
Of, by, and for the people: what works for good government works for climate and community power!
Clean Water Action’s movement-building for efficient and renewable energy is going local, and across Massachusetts, communities are speaking up. In Haverhill, Fitchburg, Worcester, Lawrence and Lowell, letters of support, city resolutions and backing from labor show a cross-sector commitment to Green Justice. From city to city, the same message resounds: Massachusetts’ energy policy must account for the needs of local communities and diverse peoples.
Forty years ago it was 1972…
Billy Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets of tennis. The Nixon Watergate scandal broke wide open. The most popular television show was All in the Family. The nation had recently witnessed powerful community events including water bodies like the Cuyahoga River catching fire.
And Clean Water Action was founded!
To celebrate 40 years of action for clean water, we are planning benefit events in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island this fall. We want you to join us and be a part of these celebrations. Read more
coalition for a safe and healthy connecticut
Clean Water Action and the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut continue to enjoy national recognition for cutting edge programs and leadership on reducing exposures to toxic chemicals in everyday products at home and in the environment. This past legislative session, the Coalition collaborated with policy makers and agency experts to propose a comprehensive bill that would reform and strengthen chemical safety protections in the state. Read More
heating oil legislation becomes law in CT
In a special legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly took action to continue heating oil conservation programs for another year.
Clean Water Action worked closely with home energy contractors, customers, and municipal energy committees to educate legislators about the tremendous potential for energy efficiency to reduce home heating and cooling costs, save energy and reduce pollution. Read more
On June 1 by Governor Malloy signed into law a measure to address pollution from mercury-containing thermostats, a significant source of persistent toxic contamination in the state’s waste stream. The bill, Public Act No. 12-54 (SB 350), AN ACT REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MANUFACTURER MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION AND RECYCLING PROGRAMS, falls far short of what is needed, according to Clean Water Action. Similar measures in other states offer financial incentives and performance measures not in the Connecticut version. Clean Water Action plans to push for strengthening changes in 2013. Contact Clean Water Action’s Susan Eastwood in Hartford, 860-232-6232.
The halls of the statehouse are quiet. The dust has settled. And Clean Water Action is declaring victory. Seven pieces of legislation either passed or were prevented from passing with Clean Water Action’s help, including: