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NOW IS THE TIME: WE CAN PROTECT OURSELVES BY RESTORING LOCAL CONTROL OF PESTICIDES

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The #1 Most Effective Action You Can Take is to Call Your Legislators Today.

The most effective action you can take is to call your legislator TODAY—both your senator and your representative! They are currently considering  Bill HB24-1178, which would restore limited local control of pesticides and empower local governments with the ability to better protect our children, pollinators, birds, and the environment.

Please call TODAY, and find 5 friends to call as well! A phone call takes only a few minutes and is more effective than an email. Contact your legislators to voice your support of HB24-1178 and urge them to bring the bill to the House Floor for a vote!

  • Call and/or email your state legislators to ask for their support of HB24-1178.

[personalize with your own words whenever possible]:

​“Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I'm your constituent calling from [Your Location—district, city, and/or county]. I am calling today to express my support for the Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides Bill HB24-1178.

 

Expanded local control would allow communities to protect water sources, create buffer zones to protect natural resources, and increase protections for vulnerable populations such as children.

[Optional: Share a brief personal story or connection to the issue if you have one.]

I believe that my community should have the option to adopt local ordinances that could protect unique resources and community health. Under current state law, this is not possible. I urge [Name of Legislator/Local Official] to support the Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides bill and to bring the the bill to the House Floor for a vote. 

Please ensure that Colorado's diverse landscapes and communities are supported by giving municipalities limited local control to decide what's best for them.”

 

 

Colorado state law blocks every community from enacting rules to safeguard themselves from harmful pesticide practices.

 

Scientists are warning policymakers that urgent action is needed since the current pesticide regulatory system is broken

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The federal pesticide regulatory process is broken.
 

Inaction is harming our children.
 

Inaction is driving biodiversity loss.

Inaction will harm our economy.

The assumption that EPA-registered pesticides are safe, and that pesticide regulation is based on current
science is not only misguided but is leading to inaction. Scientists urge a major overhaul of pesticide
regulation due to “aging Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) regulations [at the EPA]."

“Our system for evaluating scientific evidence and making decisions about environmental chemicals is
broken. We cannot continue to gamble with our children’s health. We call for action now to prevent exposures to chemicals and pollutants [among] America’s children.”

“There is agreement in the scientific community that pesticides are a central responsible factor for the
observed terrestrial biodiversity declines.”

According to the World Bank, "Under the current trends in environmental degradation, the risk of ecosystem collapse is ever present and
growing, representing systemic risks for economies.”

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More on PPAN's legislative work with the Colorado Environmental Health Coalition (CEHC). Along with 60 partner organizations, we are working to build capacity and support for a coordinated toxics reduction strategy to protect people across Colorado from chemical toxins that are ubiquitous in our air, water, communities, and consumer products.

“Over the next decade, we have a stark choice: to demonstrate the very best of our natures as Homo sapiens – cooperative, innovative, wise, and ethical, to learn from mistakes and create better societies – or to go down with both a bang of conflict and a whimper of bickering, entitlement and self-interest. That choice is ours. The actions or inactions of individual leaders in government, communities and businesses in this decade will be remembered darkly, or hopefully kindly. Everything we know and love
is at stake.”

 

Make Your Voice Heard

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#1 Call Your Legislators

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#2  Support this
Bill

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#3 Share Everywhere

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