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New Hampshire Activist Issues Call to Action for Tuesday

Our friend and colleague, Ellen Fine, of the LEAH Collective issued a release on Friday to alert concerned citizens to a hearing scheduled in front of the New Hampshire legislature concerning a bill to ban pesticides around schools and daycare centers:

We all remember what it’s like to be a kid. Some of us now even have children and grandchildren who we watch play in the grass, catch a ball in the outfield, and kick a soccer ball toward (we hope) the goal.

More than four hundred of you have signed petitions asking for New Hampshire HB 495 “Healthy Lawns, Healthy Kids” to be passed. Others of you we have met at farmer’s markets while shopping for organic produce. All of you are New Hampshire residents.

We at the LEAH Collective and the LEAH Advocacy Group know that children in NH are exposed to far too many pesticides, including at schools and daycare centers. It is unfortunate that the pesticides being used at many NH schools are associated with the causes of cancer, including childhood brain tumors, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and leukemia. Pesticides are also considered to be an asthma trigger, and NH already has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country.

Unfortunately, I became involved in the cause when I became very sick from pesticides sprayed in Waterville Valley, along with my dog Leah (the inspiration for the organization’s name). Other dogs also became very sick, some even died.

Immediately after, we went to Town Meeting and created a non-binding resolution to not use pesticides. We couldn’t help but wonder though, what about New Hampshire’s children? What about our schools?

That’s when we decided to form the LEAH Collective and LEAH Advocacy Group.

Our goal is to create awareness about the dangers of herbicides and educate ourselves and others about healthy, safe alternatives. The LEAH Advocacy Group is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing right now — “Healthy Lawns, Healthy Kids” is in the Environment and Agriculture Committee. The hearing is this Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 1 pm. You can take a look at the bill here: http://www.leahcollective.org/legislation.html

Tuesday is an important day for children’s health. We at LEAH hope that you will support the cause to make children safer by doing some or all of these things between now and Tuesday:

Send an e-mail or letter to a member of the Environment and Agriculture Committee. Its members can be found here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?code

Send a letter to your district’s legislator. If you need to find him or her, go to our website (www.leahcollective.org) and click on the “Find a Legislator” section.

On Tuesday at 1 pm come to the hearing in the Legislative Office Building at the Statehouse on State Street and sign in favor of the bill. We need a lot of people to be there to respectfully show support for this!

Our research, legal advocacy work, even our education costs money. We work sometimes non-stop around the clock, and we need your help to keep this going. The LEAH Collective and Advocacy Group want create a safer environment for children. Please make a donation to show your support: giving.leahcollective.org

Only your help can make Tuesday’s hearing good for children’s health. Thank you for your continued support and interest.

Ellen Fine
Director
LEAH Collective
LEAH Advocacy Group

About The Author

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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