Thursday, October 28th
Protecting Children’s Health:
How Pesticides Impact Children and What We Can Do About It
@ Noon, MST (Webinar via Zoom)
Children are particularly vulnerable to toxics in our environment due to their developing systems. This important webinar will explore the risks of pesticide exposure and ways to create healthier spaces for children. We’re proud to welcome speakers J. Routt Reigart, MD, FAAP and Kyra Naumoff Shields, PhD, and moderator Louise Chawla, PhD.
Routt Reigart, MD, FAAP Dr. Reigart has worked for 50 years to protect children and adults from the adverse effects of pesticides. He was the Medical Consultant to the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network, a dedicated poison control center for pesticides poisonings. He was Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health (now the Council on Environmental Health and Climate Change). He was the first Chair of The Board of the Children’s Environmental Health Network. He is presently President of the Board of Beyond Pesticides. He has worked extensively with USEPA. He was the first Chair of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. He was a Member of the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee. He served on multiple Science Advisory Committees and was a member of the Science Advisory Board. He was Editor and Co-Editor of the Fifth and Sixth Editions of the USEPA documents Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings.
Kyra Naumoff Shields, PhD Dr. Shields is the Bright Cities Program Director for Healthy Babies, Bright Futures, a nationally-focused nonprofit working to reduce the largest sources of babies’ exposures to toxic chemicals that harm brain development. Kyra is an environmental health scientist and mother with over a decade of experience in community engagement and exposure assessment. She has led monitoring and intervention projects in communities suffering from chronic air pollution exposure, both nationally and internationally. She’s also advised small businesses on pragmatic strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. Kyra holds a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of California Berkeley.
Louise Chawla, PhD Dr. Chawla serves on the Board of PPAN and is Professor Emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work focuses on the benefits of access to nature for children, the development of active care for the natural world, and participatory methods for engaging children and youth in design and planning, as a means of civic development and education for sustainability, and to create communities that support the well-being of all ages. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Children and Nature Network, which works to document the benefits of access to nature in spaces of everyday life and promote city greening. She finds common cause in creating green spaces for people and pollinators, and in ensuring that people as well as pollinators are protected from toxic pesticides