BlogHers Act Canada in Action

BlogHers Act Canada is on a quest to rid Canada of Bisphenol A, a chemical used in the production of plastics that has been found harmful to humans. Some baby bottles are laden with Bisphenol A. According to researchers, most people in developed countries have levels of Bisphenol A in their bodies, but no one has determined how much of the hormone disrupter is safe in humans, much less in babies.

Mommy Blogs Toronto has launched a campaign calling on daycare centers to stop using bottles that contain the harmful compound.

Recently, nearly 150 mothers and other concerned Canadians gathered at Queen's Park to raise awareness regarding the use of Bisphenol A in plastic products, in particular, baby bottles and children's drinking cups. It is also found in the lining of some tin cans.

Studies show that bisphenol A is a suspected hormone disruptor. That means it could be risky for children, even in low doses.

The rally at Queen's Park succeeded in drawing further attention to the issue, as Premier Dalton McGuinty has agreed to table a new bill this spring in an effort to reduce and ban toxic substances such as bisphenol A.

BlogHers Act Canada and Environmental Defence urge you to help to get daycare centres on board!

Here's what you can do:

It’s easy to take action. You can send a letter to your children’s daycare centre, asking the centre to stop using products with bisphenol A. Toxic Nation's web site has a sample letter you can download and send.

You can also provide a sample letter for your children’s daycare centre to encourage its suppliers to stop providing products with bisphenol A.

Finally, if your daycare centre agrees to stop using products with bisphenol A, send the centre a Bisphenol A Action Form to fill out and send back to Environmental Defence.

Please share your success stories with us here at BlogHers Act Canada. Together, we can protect children’s health from dangerous chemicals!

Join the campaign. And if you'd like to take similar action in the US, please blog about it, label your posts BlogHers Act so we can find them, and we'll post about your efforts here.

On another note, BlogHers Act Canada has been advocating that we all reduce our home energy use. They pointed their readers to a fantastic Canadian site called Flick Off -- check out the t-shirts and you'll see why they're logo is catching people's attention. Here's the Flick Off Manifesto:

"We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions.” Jim Hansen, NASA.

And here's who needs to Flick Off:

Easy answer: we all do. Everyone from Grandma, who leaves the bathroom light on all night, to McInsertBigCorporationHere, who keeps manufacturing without a care for the consequences their profits make on the environment. Or you, getting your take-out lunch in styrofoam containers every day of the week.

… We need to make choices and hard decisions. Change will start with individuals and our buying power, and trends will lead the way for corporations and governments to follow. It may seem like turning off a porch light is too insignificant to have an effect, but these small acts are the least we can do to counteract the damage we have done to our earth.

Check out the Flick Off blog if you'd like to bid on the celebrity autographed Flick Off t-shirt.

In other BlogHers Act Canada news, we'd like to welcome Amy, aka Assertagirl, who's joined Sandra at blog chocolate and Catherine at Her Bad Mother and the other wonderful BlogHers Act Canada bloggers to take on a bigger role running the effort. Welcome to the team, Amy!

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