Save the Date: Maine Pesticide Summit Nov. 20
Adding an exclamation point to what can only be described as an incredible year in the regional and national anti-pesticide crusade, the SafeLawns Foundation will assist the Toxics Action Center in presenting the Maine Pesticide Summit, Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick.
“Communities across Maine have been up in arms against pesticide use lately,” said Laura Stevens at Toxics Action Center. “From Scarborough to Camden, and Fryeburg to Yarmouth, citizens are saying ‘Stop the Spray!’ Opportunities abound for reducing pesticide use in Maine. We’re one of nine lucky states in the U.S. without a pre-emption law, making pesticide bans in towns legally feasible. And there is political support for change at the state level as well.”
In addition to giving a keynote speech that day, I’ll work in advance to bring everyone I know with an interest in this subject together, including people from neighboring states.
HERE’S THE NOTICE FROM THE TOXICS ACTION CENTER:
WHAT: Maine Pesticide Summit
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine
WHEN: Saturday Nov., 20, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
WHY: To share, discuss, and strategize on pesticides activism
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paul Tukey, best-selling author, journalist and speaker
RSVP by calling 871-1810 or filling out this form: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFdmTi1FbGQzd0lrZ0NOMUZuOGI3YUE6MQ
Questions? Or, would like to participate in planning the event? Please contact Laura Stevens at Toxics Action Center (871-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
At Toxics Action Center, we believe everyone has the right to clean air and clean water, that our communities should be sustainable and that our government should operate responsively and democratically. Our children should be able to grow up free of exposure to dangerous chemicals, and with every opportunity to thrive. Yet too often, these fundamental rights are ignored or bypassed, endangering the health of both people and the environment. We know that polluters will often go to great lengths to avoid taking responsibility for their messes, and that government agencies can be very slow to do the right thing. When our communities are threatened by pollution, it is often up to everyday citizens to take action.