To help prevent the overuse and the misuse of disinfectants in schools, Women’s Voices for the Earth has released a toolkit for parents and guardians on how to talk to educators about safer alternatives. The toolkit includes a comprehensive list of EPA-certified safer disinfectants to combat COVID-19 that use active ingredients like hydrogen peroxide instead of toxic quats. But beyond disinfectants, the toolkit also highlights how to use these products safely, and stresses the importance and effectiveness of hand-washing for keeping kids healthy.
Women’s Voices for the Earth is profoundly devastated and equally outraged by the recent brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We are tired of seeing headlines and newsfeeds populate again and again with names, faces and stories of black men and women harmed by a system that often determines worth by our sex, wealth, and whiteness. The damage that occurs when certain groups are privileged or disadvantaged because of their gender, their class or their race, is not just catastrophic, it is fatal.
Fragrances are well known to be sources of VOCS; emissions which contribute to air pollution. But they have always had a sweetheart deal with California Air Resources Board. It's time to change that. TAKE ACTION!
More than 150 affected communities, environmental justice organizations and other groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind or replace its policy allowing companies to stop reporting how much they pollute under the guise of COVID-19. The policy, which took effect in mid March, allows companies to use COVID-19 as an excuse to stop critical health and safety monitoring—without notifying the public or the EPA. The policy applies to every industry in the country, including chemical manufacturing, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, and virtually all other sources of pollution. In addition to increasing the potential for catastrophic chemical releases and explosions, the policy allows the EPA to waive enforcement even if the suspension of monitoring causes an “imminent threat” to health or the environment. On top of all that, the policy comes at a time when EPA inspections are at a decade-long low.
This decision was made amidst rising evidence of links between the impact of long-term air pollution and deaths from COVID-19 and is an affront to the communities who are literally fighting for their lives.
If you want to reduce your environmental impact and chemical exposure around the use of menstrual products, consider these options.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the health and social impacts of the spread of COVID-19 — and we share your anxiety and questions. WVE is with you.
Why is Assemblymember Garcia, the self-proclaimed “period princess,” pushing to pass a bill that gives Californians less information than people will have in New York?