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Wisconsin Community Scores Local Victory

A devoted SafeLawns follower, Melanie Ariens, was positively ebullient in an email to us today.

“I just got back from our Village Board meeting where they decided to start getting pesticides out of all of our parks!” she wrote. “Our Environmental Advisory Commission (which I serve on) submitted a recommendation that was accepted and will now take action on. There was a great letter writing campaign and turnout for the meeting — it was amazing to listen to all the testimonials that people prepared.”

As a result, the village of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, will now restrict pesticides on public property.

“The nine years of advocacy feels like it is paying off!” she said.

Among the tools she has employed was the showing of the film A Chemical Reaction. Her group, the Healthy Communities Project, purchased the rights to five community screenings and has already scheduled it twice, including this Thursday at the local library.

I’ve been to Wisconsin three times already this year and now know from first-hand experience that it’s one of the most progressive states in the country with regard to environmental protection. I wish I could be there Thursday to cheer on these successful local advocates, but it’s nice to know the film is helping to spread the word when I can’t be there. That’s why I agreed to help make it in the first place!

Congrats to Melanie. Keep up the good work.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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