November 10, 2016
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With the election of Donald Trump, we wanted to share a few links with you. The first is a collection of articles from Environmental Health News that discuss some of the ramifications of this election. The second is from The Atlantic, With His Finger on the Trigger, that looks at the president-elect's encouragement of the international proliferation of nuclear weapons, something PSR and its chapters strong oppose. This election promised to upend the political order in the U.S. and internationally, making our work more important than ever. Read more about Chesapeake PSR's work on these and other issues in Maryland.


TONIGHT: Please attend a workshop on lead, children and policy

Please join experts to learn about Lead and Children: Improving Public Policy and Reducing Exposure (Nov. 10, 5:45 - 8:30 p.m., MedChi, Baltimore).

Participants will learn about local and Maryland efforts to reduce lead exposure in children and provide input into legislative, regulatory and public policy options to improve lead surveillance, intervention and remediation programs. We hope that one outcome of this workshop will be common policy goals and greater cooordination among the health and advocacy groups working to reduce lead poisoning in children. 

Over 40 people attended our October workshop, Understanding Lead Poisoning in Baltimore and Maryland. A link to the presentations can be found here.

The workshop is sponsored by Chesapeake PSR; American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland; Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter; Maryland Environmental Health Network and Maryland PIRG. Health professionals and community members welcome. Workshop and discussion. Learn more or RSVP here.

 

 

 

Sounding the alarm on antibiotics overuse in food production animals 

In September, the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), a professional association for licensed physicians, issued a strong resolution in support of "curbing routine antibiotic use in food production." Reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics in animals and livestock is a critical step to ensuring public health. Read Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse's Fair Farms Maryland email on the issue. Are you a health professional or scientist? Please sign the Healthcare Professionals Demand Action on Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture petition.

 

Fracking: How many will it take? 

Another earthquake rattled central Oklahoma on November 6. The 5.0 earthquake was felt as far away as Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. According to the USGS, 19 earthquakes have hit Oklahoma in the past week alone. Recent years have seen a sharp increase in powerful earthquakes in the Midwest that scientists have linked to the underground injection of fracking wastewater.

The inability of the fracking industry to find a way to safely dispose of massive amounts of toxic wastewater is one of the many reasons Chesapeake PSR opposes fracking in Maryland. Please take a moment to read our latest Health and Energy Brief: The Health Effects of Fracking.

And if you are a health professional, please sign our letter to state leaders urging them to support a ban on fracking.

 

One step you can take to reduce carbon emissions

Did you know that each American is responsible for enough carbon emissions to melt as much as 645 square feet of Arctic sea ice a year? This is a stark reminder of all the work we have in front of us to reduce carbon emissions.

If you are a health professional, here is one thing you can do: Sign Chesapeake PSR's letter to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch asking them to support an override of Governor Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The Act, which received strong bipartisan support, would increase the amount of wind and solar energy used in Maryland. Not a health professional? Read about our work on clean renewable energy in Maryland.

 

 

Good news! Our matching grant is extended to December 31. 

Good news for first-time donors. Baltimore's Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation has extended their matching grant to December 31 - for up to $500. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to continue our successful work on issues of health, environment and social justice in Maryland. Please make a donation today, and help us meet our match! Thank you!

 

 

 
 

Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment and social justice in Maryland. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 



 
 
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