ECO-Action has compiled a short list of great resources on issues related to our work with communities around toxic exposure and human health. We recommend the following:
• The Precautionary Principle in the real World (a summary of the Precautionary Principle).
• Rachel’s Precaution Health Reporter: Published between August 2005 and April 2008, Rachel’s Precaution Health Reporter was created to keep readers informed about the precautionary principle as it spread world-wide and throughout the U.S.
• Precaution Health Reporter: When Rachel’s Precaution Health Reporter ceased publication in 2008, its production was continued by the Science and Health Network and it was renamed the Precaution Health Reporter. Recent issues and links to back issues of the Precaution health Reporter can be found here.
The Science and Environmental Health Network also contains a number of resources on the Precautionary Principle and links to other websites.
Information (websites, newsletters)
• Annual Report December 2013
• Rachel’s Environment and Health News (can sign up for email newsletter) The best for learning!–published by Environmental Research Foundation.
• List by topic in alphabetical order
• List by issue number
• Breast Cancer Action At Breast Cancer Action, we talk about breast cancer as the disease that it is – a disease that has environmental causes, a disease that kills more women of color than white women, and when it comes to device and drug approval at the FDA, a disease that is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry and not patients.
• Beyond Pesticides -alternatives, regulations, organizing information.
• Science and Environmental Health Network -great resource group for precautionary principle, public trust doctrine and public interest research.
• Want to know about YOUR exposures? Find information about toxics in your community here.
Potential Sources of Funding
• Southern Partners Fund (SPF) is emerging as one of the most significant community-based, public foundations in the United States.
• The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute has a grantmaking program that supports pacifist and social justice causes. Check out their website for more information.
• The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation helping to move people and places out of poverty.
• The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is to make the world a better place by empowering Ben & Jerry’s employees to use available resources to support and encourage organizations that are working towards eliminating the underlying causes of environmental and social problems.
• The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. We look for carefully defined points where our funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve the lives of countless people.
• Health Care Without Harm – international coalition over 400 organizations in over 50 countries working to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of harm to people and the environment.
• Physicians for Social Responsibility – doctors and supporters who work on toxics and nuclear issues.
• Hospitals for a Healthy Environment – Is an initiative of the USEPA to help health care facilities enhance work place safety, reduce waste and waste disposal costs and become better environmental stewards and neighbors.
• Environmental Health News –sign up for Above the Fold, daily news that comes direct to your email inbox.
• Trust Us We’re Experts by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton — a book illustrating how science and your “news” are manipulated by spin and the Public Relations industry
• Our Stolen Future – by Theo Colburn & others –on hormone mimicking chemicals
• Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment.- by Sandra Steingraber
• Late Lessons From Early Warnings: The Precautionary Principle, European Environment Agency (2001)
Documentaries, You Tube Videos Short Videos and TED Talks
• Exposure: Breast Cancer & the Environment (Women’s Health & Environment Network)
• Now on PBS (w/Bill Moyers special) This Emmy-winning PBS weekly newsmagazine engages viewers with documentary segments and insightful interviews that probe the most important issues facing democracy, including media policy, corporate accountability, civil liberties, the environment, politics, social responsibility, and foreign affairs. The website also provides special materials to allow teachers to use these films as lesson plan skill-building materials.
• Trade Secrets (Bill Moyers) is an investigation of the history of the chemical revolution and the companies that drove it – and how companies worked to withhold vital information about the risks from workers, the government, and the public. http://billmoyers.com/content/trade-secrets/ A number additional Bill Moyer videos can be accessed from the site Moyers and Company. Search for videos with the topic “environment”.
• Fooling with Nature (Frontline) Are manmade chemicals in the environmental hazardous to humans? What does science know? Links to other Frontline videos on Environmental topics can be found here.
• Tapestry of the Common: audio programs: Download and listen to discussion about the Precautionary Principle
• The Meatrix: Flash movie about food and support of farmers.
• The Economic Injustice of Plastic, TED Talk by Van Jones a number of other interesting TED talks on the subjects of environmental health and environmental justice can be found at the www.ted.com website.
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