ACAT News & Updates
Presentation: Indigenous Women, Human Rights and Environmental Toxics: Amplifying Our Voices in the World Arena
In preparation for the upcoming 8th Conference of the Parties of the UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
TODAY: Monday, April 17 11 am (Alaska time), 12 noon (Pacific time), 1 pm (Mountain time), 2 pm (Central time), 3 pm (Eastern time)
To download the slides for today’s presentation, please click on the presenters’ names:
CHE-Alaska Teleconference, Recorded Tuesday, April 25
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Some chemicals added to consumer products to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University. The study recruited 92 Oregon children between ages 3-5 to wear a silicone wristband for seven days to measure exposure to flame retardants. When researchers analyzed teacher-related social behavior assessments and exposure
New law protects Anchorage streams, drinking water, and public health
Last night, the Anchorage Assembly decided in a 10-1 vote to pass AO 2017-59, an ordinance that establishes pesticide-free policies and restrictions for parks, public lands and properties. This measure strengthens the public’s right to know and fosters a healthy approach to caring for our parks and public lands that minimizes the use of harmful pesticides. The ordinance received overwhelming community support in
April 11 Public Hearing on Pesticide-Free Anchorage Ordinance
The Pesticide-Free Anchorage Ordinance was introduced in the Anchorage Assembly last week! Now comes the final push to get this legislation passed, and your voice is needed! The public hearing on the ordinance is on April 11 at Loussac Library from 5 pm to 11 pm.
You can find the proposed ordinance here.
You can find talking points here.
You can find how to contact assembly members here.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski chairs the appropriations committee for EPA’s Budget; she needs to hear from us
The Trump Administration is calling for a 25% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Staffing would be cut by 20% (from 15,000 to 12,400 nationwide – although there are presently only 35 in Alaska) and grants to states would be cut by 30%.
In addition, two dozen programs could be entirely eliminated, including several that have made a big difference in rural Alaska. The
Podcast Available: Science & Action to Protect our Health: the Movement to Achieve Local Ordinances that Prevent the Harmful Use of Pesticides
CHE-Alaska Teleconference Recorded March 29, 2017
On this call, representatives of Beyond Pesticides discuss the latest science concerning environmental health effects of commonly used pesticides, including neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of insecticides that may play a role in recent declines in pollinators and glyphosate, a widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup. We also hear about successful efforts led my community residents across the country to start local movements to