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We’re All In This Together February 7, 2010

A friend recently said to me, as I was rattling on and on about the importance of eliminating chemicals from our lives, that we are each entitled to our own opinion. I wasn’t quite sure how to take that so I took it as a subtle way of disagreeing with me…

In regards to politics, sushi, or a favorite form of exercise,  a different opinion than me would be ok. But, this topic—–eliminating chemicals from our lives—it’s not OK. We are all in this together. It does matter first and foremost to rid your own  home and school of toxins. But, unless all of us take / make great efforts to denounce  the 80,000 chemicals that contaminate our lives, we are all going to suffer the lousy consequences of toxins polluting our bodies.  If I stop using pesticides on my lawn but none of my neighbors do,  the water supply will stay contaminated. If I demand that diesel buses stop idling, but no other parents do, than all of our children will inhale the carcinogenic fumes. If I insist that only organic cleaning supplies enter my house but none of my relatives and neighbors join in, then toxic agents will still pervade. If I stop using plastic shower curtains but our friends don’t, then 38 poisonous chemical fumes will enter my bloodstream every time I hang out for a cup of coffee.

On that note—the one where we ALL do something– please take 3 minutes to watch this incredible video. There is a way to rid our homes/ schools/ workplaces of chemicals. It’s not complicated and the benefits are astounding for our health.  The ripple effect is truly amazing…..

Here’s to each of us having our own opinion, except for when it comes to chemicals 🙂


4 Responses to “We’re All In This Together”

  1. NancySwan Says:

    I was seriously injured by toxins while teaching in Long Beach Mississippi when a contractor was allowed to apply a spray on foam roof during the school day. My story about my injury and fight for justice for two dozen injured school children is the subject of my book Toxic Justice. For story, daily news on toxic schools and resources to protect our children, please visit and follow me on

  2. Jessica Says:

    Well said!
    Your blog is another one of my favorite resources! Keep up the great work.

  3. Hi:

    I wanted to say that I really enjoyed the trailer to “Tapped” and that we are replacing bottled water purchases in the New York Metro area in favor of our UL listed NSF/ANSI certified bottleless purification coolers.. We are committed to helping businesses and individuals switch to an environmentally responsible and sustainable alternative to bottled water delivery.

    I would really like the opportunity to discuss this with you in detail.



  4. Jessica Says:

    I tend to agree; not everything is a matter of opinion. Or as the saying goes, “You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.”

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