Join the Fight Against Cancer and Make a Difference for BC Families!
Did you know that the BC Government has struck a Special Committee to consider regulating lawn and garden pesticides? We need your help because the fight is far from over. Despite the strong and growing support by BC communities, as well as health and environmental organizations, there is mounting opposition from industry. We currently run the risk of BC adopting watered-down legislation that would have little or no impact in creating a healthier British Columbia for families and the environment.
The Committee needs to hear from supporters like you.
Take Action Today! The BC Government is currently accepting public input until December 16, 2011. There are two ways YOU can help support a ban on lawn and garden pesticides:
1. Take 3-5 minutes to fill in the provincial government’s online E-Questionnaire. You can complete the E-Questionnaire at www.cancergameplan.ca (click on ‘Speak up’ and then ‘Answer the E-Questionnaire’)
To help you complete the online survey, we have attached a ‘model’ response. This is a guide to assist you, but the more you can personalize your comments, the stronger your message will be. For example, if you are concerned about your children being exposed to pesticides in parks, share your story!
2. Want to do more? Submit a video online at www.cancergameplan.ca (click on ‘Speak up’ and then ‘Make a Submission’ and then scroll down to video upload). The Committee is hearing presentations from industry stakeholders opposing a strong provincial ban. They need to hear from you! Dig out your digital camera and rally your family, neighbors and friends to speak out! We promise you, your voice will make a difference.
For more information, contact us, or visit us at www.cancergameplan.ca
Please share this email widely and ask your friends and family to join the fight!
The Canadian Cancer Society is very concerned about the cosmetic and non-essential use of potentially cancer-causing substances on green spaces. Our position is based on the current body of scientific evidence suggesting that some substances used in pesticides may increase the risk of developing cancer. This includes studies linking childhood leukemia and childhood brain cancer with the use of pesticides at home or by a parent at work.
Cosmetic chemical pesticides are used to control weeds and other unwanted plants on lawns and gardens and can contain carcinogens. Cosmetic use does not include pesticides used for agricultural purposes, forestry or to protect human health.