Toxics and Environmental Health
More than 82,000 synthetic chemicals are registered for use in manufacturing and industry. Yet, only ten percent of those chemicals have been tested for their effects on human health.
Every day we make choices about our daily living - from which transportation we use to what household cleaning products we choose, to our selection of lawn care products. We tend to think of these as individual decisions concerning only us, but we are called to consider how we are affecting all of creation.
What impact will our actions today have on those who come after us? What bearing will they have on our own lives? Are they helping to purify the body and spirit of creation? If we are able to discipline ourselves to regularly ask these questions and respond to them with the intention that comes from loving God first, then our work as stewards will ensure that all of creation can experience the Spirit of God flowing with each breath.
Earth Ministry is a lead on the Toxic Free Kids and Families Act, a bill currently in the Washington state senate and house of representatives. This bill phases out the use of toxic flame retardants in kids’ products when there are safer alternatives. Working together, we can protect our children's health from dangerous flame retardants and help put businesses on the path to using chemicals that won't harm our health, the environment, or their bottom line.