Who says toxics are a problem?
The Endocrine Society.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
The World Health Organization.
As columnist Nicholas Kristoff wrote on Sunday for The New York Times, warnings about exposure to toxics from everyday products and their harm to reproductive health "now represents the medical mainstream." Virtually every pregnant woman in America has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body. Babies are born "pre-polluted."
Kristof signs off with a ...
Oregonians reached a peak of generating waste in 2006. We have since reduced waste per person to 1996 levels. That's great: but we still have untapped potential for savings! Oregon creates more than a thousand pounds of trash each year per person.We can cash in if we can turn even more waste into energy, compost or recycled materials.
Recently, about 80 Oregon experts came together to create plan to better manage waste. Based on that plan, Oregon passed a new law in 2015 that sets a state goal to recover 55% of our waste for recycling, energy or compost by ...
By Rob Nathan, Director of Digital Engagement, NW Earth Institute, CoChair for Environmental Professionals of Color PDX, and a member of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board
On November 5th, environmental leaders from across Oregon gathered at the new APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) community space in SE Portland to attend OEC’s second installment of a three-part series on environmental justice (EJ). Andrea Durbin, OEC Executive Director, opened the evening with a message on why it is so important for organizations like OEC to listen and ...
In 2007 the Oregon legislature enacted ambitious but necessary long-term climate pollution reduction goals. These goals would put Oregon on a path to effectively addressing climate change: protecting our clean air and healthy communities, safeguarding our shellfish and tourism industries, and reducing Oregon’s contribution to drought and severe weather.
Oregon’s goals–which include lowering emissions to 75% below 1990 levels by 2050–can only be realized with comprehensive, economy-wide climate policy. Only an economy-wide policy will protect our ...
Thanks, KGW! The local news is letting Portlanders know that they can now buy upholstered furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals.
For decades, furniture-makers who use polyurethane foam padding have had little choice but to soak it in toxic flame retardant chemicals. Now, the law has changed—and it’s easier both to make and to identify furniture that is free of these chemicals linked to memory, learning, IQ, hormonal system and fertility problems.
And thanks to a strong united voice from consumers and MindTheStore.org you’ll find a tag like ...
My day started by standing in line for coffee behind a man singing perfectly in tune to the Tony Bennett song playing in the background. His delightful energy inspired this post, as if to say "today's the day we focus on the good!" So let's celebrate some climate victories that make us want to fill our hearts with song!
Arctic drilling prospects frozen: Earlier in October, the Obama administration canceled plans to sell any new Arctic drilling leases and refused to extend leases previously sold. This big move comes after Shell already halted its failed $7 billion hunt ...
This Halloween, two OEC staff are pregnant with a first child and another has embarked on the process of adopting an infant. For these parents-to-be, talking about the “silent epidemic” of toxic chemicals in daily life or the weather extremes of climate change can be scarier than a haunted house.
But to protect our health, we also need to protect ourselves from too much stress! Being “haunted” by environmental worries is not good for parents, babies, or for anyone. So, in the spirit of treats rather than tricks, here are some ghost-busting tips to help you stop ...
Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to share your vision for a healthier environment and to educate readers about the importance of environmental issues. You can congratulate someone for doing the right thing or point out the flaws in an ill-conceived public policy. A well-written, timely letter can help shift public opinion and influence policy.
To find out how to submit a letter to your local paper, click on the links below. And keep the following tips in mind as you write your letter to the editor:
Keep your letter short and concise. This will ...
Oregon Environmental Council was founded in 1968 by citizens who wanted a strong environmental voice in decision-making.
Today, increasingly complex environmental challenges require active, informed citizens more than ever.
Here are some tips for exercising your citizen responsibilities:
Who is making decisions about the environment in Oregon?
More than a dozen state agencies work with The Governor’s Natural Resource Office to advance the state’s environmental programs (see 10 year plan). The state legislature shapes agency work ...