In 2015, Minnesota made important progress by banning four of the most toxic flame retardants from our furniture and children’s products, but our work isn’t done. There are many other dangerous flame retardants, and they exist in more parts of our homes than just furniture and children’s products. Other states like Rhode Island, Maine, and recently California have banned flame retardants as a class of chemicals, and that’s what it will take to fully address this problem.
Recent reports about climate change – that it is impacting us right now and that we need to act before the window closes – should be a wake-up call. We must rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon pollution to assure that the global temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. That seems dire, but there is a bright side – everything we do right now can help.
We’re making progress on PFAS! A bill to restrict PFAS chemicals in firefighting training exercises and in food packaging and food service ware was introduced and supporters like Clean Water Action testified in support at a public hearing on February 11th.
Now we need you!
We live here because of water – the rivers and lakes draw us and add to our quality of life. Minneapolis is recognized internationally for our parks and access to our lakes and rivers. We now have the opportunity to add to this great system.
On Monday Governor Whitmer took action to protect our Great Lakes, strengthen Michigan’s response to PFAS contamination, and bring Michigan into the US Climate Alliance. These actions are already under attack and we need you to email your lawmakers today, and urge them to take a stand for our water!
To summarize, the Governor took three actions:
Join us in thanking Governor Whitmer for taking strong and immediate steps to protect our Great Lakes and address climate change by re-organizing the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and entering Michigan into the US Climate Alliance today!
Contact your representative to SUPPORT legislation that will protect clean water and public health from coal ash pollution!
Massachusetts state legislators have until Friday, February 1st to stand up for health, justice and climate stability by co-sponsoring bills that will be considered during the 2019-2020 legislative session. When it comes to protecting children from toxic chemicals, getting lead out of drinking water, putting a stop to climate change or protecting our most vulnerable – the time is now.
Clean Water Action is urging legislators to co-sponsor 10 bills this session to: