Now’s your chance to help protect BC’s children and families.
The provincial government’s Special Committee for Cosmetic Pesticides is seeking public opinion until December 16th.
Cosmetic pesticides are used to improve the appearance of lawns and gardens. However, research has linked pesticide exposure with an increased risk of adult and childhood cancers, including: leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate, brain and lung cancers. Studies also show that children may be at a higher risk due to their rapidly developing bodies.
Despite strong support from BC communities and health and environmental associations, mounting industry pressure could result in ineffective legislation.
Here’s how you can help!
1. Answer the E-Questionnaire
This is a short questionnaire about the issues, provided by the provincial government. Please feel free to download and make use of our suggested responses (PDF).
2. Submit your own statement
Take the opportunity to personally tell the government that you want cosmetic pesticides banned so that our children can play in safe and healthy greenspaces.
With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society has already successfully supported over 30 BC municipalities in moving away from the use of cosmetic pesticides.
Take action now, and help make this happen for every community in British Columbia – help make BC safe for kids and families.
Director of Public Issues
Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon
P.S. Let us keep you informed on the issue: visit www.cancergameplan.ca and/or Pesticide Free BC on Facebook.
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