Did you know that toxic chemicals can be found in our skincare, cosmetics, household products, furniture, flooring… even our food, water and air? And children’s toys?! Toxins don’t belong in any of these things… but industry and government advise us that our products contain “acceptable levels” of chemicals. What happens when all of these toxins are added up? How do they react to each other as we ingest them throughout the day?
These issues are addressed in the award-winning documentary, Unacceptable Levels, which will be screening Thursday, September 19th at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC.
The film examines the unseen threat of everyday chemicals in our daily lives from the perspective of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. Brown traveled extensively to interview top minds in the fields of science, industry, government, law and environmental advocacy. The film chronicles the history of industrial chemicals—from the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the shocking prevalence of unregulated chemicals in our everyday lives.
Congressman Ted Deutch, who is working on a legislative proposal that uses market forces to push known carcinogens out of household products, has invited all Congressional leaders to attend. It’s free to the public, but an RSVP is required here: http://ow.ly/onKBO.
A pre-screening panel discussion, “Environmental Exposure and Cancer: Asking Questions and Taking Action” will be moderated by Director Ed Brown. In addition to Congressman Deutch, panelists will include Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum (Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) and Fran Drescher (President, Cancer Schmancer).
The public deserves absolute transparency about the chemicals we’re encountering in our daily lives, and a government that is answerable to the people—not the corporations—so that we’re able to make informed decisions. We need our Congressional leaders to attend this important screening.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Call your Congressional leaders TODAY and urge them to attend this screening. If you need help with what to say, click here.
2. If you’re on twitter, tweet your Congressional leaders directly.
[INSERT YOUR @CongressionalRepTwitterID HERE] Please attend #DC screening of UnacceptableLev & fight for #saferchemicals http://ow.ly/oF3tj
3. Share information about Unacceptable Levels with everyone you know–encourage them to go see the film in DC or in a theater near them. For a list of screenings visit UnacceptableLevels.com.