"We, the undersigned, are very concerned about the increasing scientific evidence showing a positive association between environmental factors, such as mercury and pesticide exposure, and neuroimmune illnesses, most notably autism.To read the rest of the signing statement go to www.BodiesinRebellion.com
We believe that the many neurotoxins we are exposed to threaten the viability of human life on Earth and that affected children are the 'canaries in the coal mine.' Many illnesses, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's have their origins in the rising levels of pernicious chemicals we come in contact with including, but not limited to, the contents of vaccines.
The precautionary principle calls for a zero tolerance on the use of mercury and a moratorium on organochlorine pesticides. In truth, the toxic synergy of the many chemicals humans are exposed to is under-appreciated and makes their removal from the environment a priority well beyond the precautionary principle.
Approximately 4.5 billion pounds of pesticides are applied each year in the USA. When Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in the early 1960's, only 400 million pounds of pesticides were used annually. Today, almost 1 out of 3 American children suffer from at least one chronic illness, and 12 million have some form of developmental disorder. The U.S. has the 4th highest incidence of childhood cancer in the world. Since the 1970's, there has been a 50% increase in childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia and a 35% increase in brain cancer. This new pediatric morbidity & mortality is not due to better diagnosis."
Voted! Thanks for highlighting this, I doubt I would have found it.
A word of caution (initially, I mixed things up myself and can't be the only one). Obama's official change.GOV site is distinct from and unrelated to change.org, apparently. The .org site can help get the word out to a new demographic, but public focus should be on the real Obama site (change.gov) following Ginger's powerful lead in her December 6 entry earlier.
Today as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. For each of these issues, whether local or global in scope, there are millions of people who care passionately about working for change but lack the information and opportunities necessary to translate their interest into effective action.
Change.org aims to address this need by serving as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time.
Change.org is a social entrepreneurship venture based in San Francisco, CA. The company was founded by Ben Rattray in the summer of 2005, and with the support of a friend from Stanford, Mark Dimas, and a founding team of Darren Haas, Rajiv Gupta, and Adam Cheyer, Change.org launched the first version of its site in 2007.
About the Transition
This site is for the Office of the President-elect and Office of the Vice President-elect, as recognized by the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended (3 USC 102 note). The Presidential Transition Act specifically authorizes the Administrator of GSA to provide services and support to the Office of the President-elect beginning the day after the election until 30 days after the inauguration to support the orderly transfer of executive power after a general election. This site provides information to the public in support of this important public purpose.
Throughout the Presidential Transition Project, this website will be your source for the latest news, events, and announcements so that you can follow the setting up of the Obama Administration. And just as this historic campaign was, from the beginning, about you -- the transition process will offer you opportunities to participate in redefining our government.
Come back often as we define new programs and possibilities to engage and be part of this administration.
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