SEHN looks beyond disease to measure the wellness of our bodies by the wellness of the places we live. Our "ecological health" model encompasses factors like nutrition, stress, and poverty to understand the medical complexity of daily life. In 2012, SEHN's analysis influenced organizations ranging from the New York Academy of Medicine to the AARP.
5) Green chemistry
SEHN is a leader in reforming how toxic chemicals are regulated in California and nationally. We are active members of statewide and national coalitions that highlight the voices of community groups, parents, health professionals, and others to call for safer chemicals in our daily lives.
6) Principles of Perpetual Care
SEHN is creating a space in the law for Future Generations and proposing new institutions such as 'Guardians for Future Generations'. SEHN developed the Principles of Perpetual Care for the Giant goldmine in Canada which has poisoned past and present generations, in addition to threatening ten thousand generations to come. The Principles of Perpetual Care are now being adopted by other communities faced with severely contaminated sites.
7) Cumulative Impacts
The concept of regulating cumulative environmental impacts – not just a chemical-by-chemical or facility-by-facility approach – represents the future of environmental policymaking. SEHN's groundbreaking Cumulative Impacts Work Group holds regular conference calls for practitioners and updates resources on our cumulativeimpacts.org website. This year, SEHN also prepared and published a paper synthesizing the current state of knowledge about cumulative impacts regulation.
Do you feel called to stand for Future Generations? Do you believe the health of our bodies is intimately tied to the health of our communities, ecosystems, and our political systems? Join with SEHN and become part of our community working for lasting, systemic change. Your gift is vital to continuing this work, and we are so grateful for your support.
The Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) and Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) have launched a new website focused on cumulative impacts, www.cumulativeimpacts.org. The site assembles the latest science, emerging best practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce cumulative harm to the planet, communities, and people. It features a unique search system meant to facilitate self-education on the range of topics related to cumulative impacts.
Cumulative impacts analysis represents a new way of moving forward and finding solutions to the problems of environmental harm. It is a novel organizing framework for thinking about disparate issues such as ecosystem health, individual health, and environmental justice in communities.
The site is a centerpiece of a collaborative project to develop new policy solutions to cumulative impacts. The project focuses on the cumulative effects on public health and ecosystems of many environmental hazards, taking into account other factors such as poverty and stress that increase vulnerability.
Join moms in your state to show support for a toxic-free future! Moms across the country will participate in local events to ask their Senators to be leaders in protecting American families from toxic chemicals.
Carolyn Raffensperger talks with On The Issues about women and environmental health.
The spring 2011 edition of On The Issues magazine is called The Ecology of Women and looks at how women in particular are affected by environmental toxins and it also looks at what women are doing about it.
The interview includes three noted environmental activists including Carolyn Raffensperger.
Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging This report primarily examines the lifetime influences of environmental factors on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and their underlying pathologic mechanisms. Our close look at the science of these diseases shows they are related to a number of features of modern society and that Alzheimer’s disease especially is linked to other serious health problems of modern times, which we call the "western disease cluster."
Comments to EPA on pesticide inert ingredient disclosure
Joseph H. Guth JD PhD, April 2010.
Pesticide ingredients are a perfect example of why we need a new definition of "unreasonable risk" that reflects the state of the Earth in 2010. Full disclosure can engage market forces—both the public and industry—in reducing harmful impacts.
Cumulative Impacts: Death-Knell for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Decisions
Joseph H. Guth, J.D., Ph.D.
In a new article published in the Barry Law Review, SEHN Legal Director Joe Guth argues that we have long assumed we can tolerate the endless growth of small increments of environmental damage in the pursuit of economic growth. But now, the mounting cumulative impact of the human enterprise is threatening the long-term habitability of the biosphere. The law will have to abandon its use of cost-benefit analysis to justify individual environmental impacts and instead adopt the goal of maintaining the functioning ecological systems that we are so dependent upon.
SEHN staff members, including Carolyn Raffensperger, Ted Schettler, and Joe Guth, are available for speaking engagements, workshops, media contacts, or other collaborations with local groups. Please see Speaker's Bureau for more information.
Advancing The Precautionary Agenda SEHN is pleased to release a new report, "Advancing The Precautionary Agenda," examining the role of the precautionary principle across sectors. The report draws a picture of shared ideas, challenges, and hopes for integrating precaution in a broad-based fashion.
Cosmic Log on MSNBC quotes Carolyn Raffensperger in Microbes on the Genetic Frontier.
Maker scraps methyl iodide
VICTORY! Pesticide manufacturer pulls dangerous product from the market. SEHN Science Director Ted Schettler, in coalition with many others, has been pushing for safer alternatives to methyl iodide for more than five years. Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Now the Science and Environmental Health Network - a nonprofit that promotes a more precautionary
approach for environmental and public health policy - and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment
- an international partnership to address environmental health issues - have launched a national project
to address the problem of multiple stresses on ecosystems, communities, and human health. The project’s
website (cumulativeimpacts.org) assembles information on the latest science, emerging best practices
, analytical tools, and legal headway and obstacles." Boston.com
New website to address cumulative harm on communities and the environment The Green Blog
Group Urging State To Protect Children From
There's a local push to tackle a national problem. Dozens gathered at the State Capitol to urge lawmakers to protect children from toxic toys and other products. Arsenic, mercury and carcinogens- they're all toxic chemicals, but parents say it's impossible to know if these chemicals are in the products they buy for their children.
Living Hero Podcast - Conversations with
Living Luminaries and Mavericks
By Carolyn Raffensperger
Where's the Imagination? — Synthesis Series #1
"We need a new imagination for how we are going to live together, how we're going to do business, what we're going to permit in the body politic, as well as the human body. It is that failure of imagination that I think is the biggest roadblock that I've encountered." Link to site and download.