Lead in water. Air pollution. Toxic chemicals in the products we use every day. Climate change. Drought. Congress.Sometimes being an environmentalist is enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and binge on Friends.
But then you take a breath, look around, and realize you're not alone. You're surrounded by people who are fighting for commonsense solutions to protect our families, our water, and our communities. You know they've got your back and you've got theirs. And you know you're going to win (even if it takes a while). Because we are strengthened by walking in partnership with amazing community leaders and coalition partners in these battles.
That's life at Clean Water Action. And it has been that way for more than 40 years.
A Respected Protector of the People
We were founded during the campaign to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. Since then we have worked tirelessly to win strong health and environmental protections for our communities. And we do that by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking, and people power to the table.
Here are just a few of the issues we're bringing to the table right now.
We need to put drinking water first. This motivates so much of what we campaign on at Clean Water Action. Everything we do - growing food, producing energy, transportation, making products, and building communities - has an impact on our water and our health. You would think that we would plan and manage these activities to limit their impact on drinking water. But that is not always the case. Too often our water is polluted upstream and our drinking water systems are left to clean up the mess while consumers are stuck with the bill. So we're working locally, in our legislatures, and at the federal level to make sure that we make decisions with drinking water in mind.
But Wait. There is More....
Taking on the toxic soup: Fighting for safer chemicals. From before we are born until the time we die, we are repeatedly and regularly exposed to toxic chemicals with the potential to seriously harm our health. Toxic chemicals can be found in our homes, schools and workplaces – in products we use on a daily basis. We're fighting to find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products and update the laws that protect our families. From banning BPA in receipts in Connecticut to partnering with firefighters in Massachusetts to take on toxic flame retardants and more across the nation we're making huge progress in protecting the health of our families.
Protecting our water from oil and gas industry activities. We all know the impact fossil fuels have on our environment, but the impact on our water is huge too. Every part of the oil and gas industry - from drilling to transportation to problem of what do with all of that wastewater - has the potential to pollute sources of our drinking water. We're taking on the industry - pushing for stronger safeguards our water, exposing the impact of oil and gas money on our elections, and ending the dangerous ways the industry disposes of its wastewater.
Fighting Climate Change. Closing dirty coal plants is a no -brainer. The health impacts are massive. But the questions is what comes next: clean energy or a gas plant? How are communities supported during the transition? How do we create good-paying jobs? We're supporting communities across the country on the transition to a clean energy economy and looking for innovative solutions to climate change and clean energy.
Rethinking Disposables. Modern life is so convenient, which is great. All of that convenience produces a huge amount of waste. So we're taking-on single use products. We're partnering with local and state governments, businesses, and people to encourage to minimize single-use products like plastic shopping bags, foam-takeout containers, and paper coffee cups.
You can learn more about these and other clean water priorities at cleanwater.org
A final note: We take that bit about people power really seriously. We've learned that if we really want to make gains for our families and protect public health, we need a movement. So our teams knock on doors in neighborhoods across the country every night to engage and mobilize people to take action - writing letters and calling their elected officials, rallying at statehouses and City Halls, and Congress, and building the movement by getting their friends and family to join them.So we are HUGE fans and proud, proud partners of the Savvy Women’s Alliance – we’d love to help support the growing team of Savvy leaders who are investigating non-toxic living. Thank you for all you do to build toward a healthier tomorrow!