Walking The Path to Environmental Victory in Oregon

Photo by Carla Hervert

I’m writing this from the inner sanctum of the State Capitol building – the 4th floor of the Oregon House of Representatives.  It’s Tuesday, and in only three days on March 8th, Beyond Toxics supporters will join me to walk these hallways and talk with elected leaders.  It’s our day to discuss better pest management policy, more tracking and accountability and, as a result, pesticide reduction. What’s our goal? A healthier world. How are we going to do it? Show up, speak up and work for change.

Beyond Toxics is making impressive headway to passing the Safe Public Places Act, but we can’t do it alone!  WE NEED EVERYONE’S GOOD ENERGY AND PARTICIPATION!  (See who’s already supporting the bill here – and sign on now!)  As environmental advocates, you and I are saying to our legislators … please work hard to pass laws that protect kid’s health, bees, and salmon. The Safe Public Places Act (known in the Capitol as the State Integrated Pest Management bill) will set a new and welcomed standard for strong government policies on toxic chemicals (and a higher respect for the values of human rights and precaution).

Beyond Toxics is a member of the Oregon Conservation Network – the consortium of environmental groups with OLCV working to pass good environmental protection laws. OCN is supporting the Safe Public Places Act!  The OCN staff and environmental lobbyists who stand up for environmental protection laws at the State Capitol deeply appreciate your dedication!  They know the incredible sacrifice of taking a whole day to make environmental health a top issue in the State Senate and House!

It’s not too late to sign-up to go with us!

As you walk the hallways of the inner sanctum, they’re going to be giving Beyond Toxics’ volunteers big smiles and high fives to thank you!  You are the true grassroots, intrepid, and ethical voices and faces of what matters most – Oregonians committing to going beyond toxics.

See you bright and early on Lobby Day – March 8.

Truly, Lisa Arkin