Congressional Game-Changer: Erin Schrode

mommy-greenest-erin-schrode-congress-main-photo-600Erin Schrode  is out to change the world. She’s had her eye on that prize since I met her a decade ago in Marin County, where she grew up. At 25, Erin is running for United States Congress in California’s District 2. If she wins, she’ll be the youngest woman in history and the first woman under 30 to ever be elected to Congress. Read more in this exclusive interview with Erin Schrode. [Read more…]

Share, Much? Social Media Hits the Hill

Which gets your attention: Social media or email? If you’re a member of Congress, it’s most definitely the former. A Congressional poll found that it takes less than 10 comments on Facebook or Twitter to get their attention. Yes, really. [Read more…]

Why You Should Care About Chemical Safety

capitol building with white clouds behind itAutism, ADHD, asthma and allergies — increasingly, they’re all being linked to chemicals in our environment. Babies are now born pre-polluted with more than 200 industrial chemicals in their blood, just from pre-natal exposure. How can that not have an effect?

Yet the manufacturing industry’s position remains firm, lobbying that regulating chemicals will hurt small businesses, leading to increased production costs and job losses.

As a result, there are still 84,000 chemicals used in commerce that have never been tested for children’s safety. They are supposed to be regulated by the Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TSCA) but it doesn’t have a lot to do with chemical safety.

Guess how many chemicals have been restricted since TSCA was passed in 1976? Five. Yes, you read that right. Five. But luckily, there are changes afoot. [Read more…]