Kristi Marsh Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation event in Washington, D.C. April 30, 2014. INSIDER IMAGES/Gary He (UNITED STATES)

So, Michelle Obama almost called me a few weeks ago.

Okay. Maybe it wasn’t so much the First Lady as it was the First Lady’s office, but still. And to think I almost didn’t answer it because the caller ID said, “Unknown.” Clearly if it had said, “Office of the First Lady,” I would have picked up the call on the first—not third—time they called my cell.

This was the culmination of my recent trip to Washington D.C. with some really great people from Seventh Generation. The purpose? To present to congressmen and women the results of an online petition at fightoxins.com, signed by over 120,000 Everyday-Me’s who support toxic chemical reform…who are asking that our government implement stricter laws and guidelines to protect our bodies and families and babies from harmful chemicals.

I know. Sounds like such a downer, right? But it wasn’t. It was upbeat and hopeful. And what made it hopeful was YOU. You were there in those meeting rooms with us too.

If you don’t remember participating – and to find out just why I received the phone call – watch my full video about the trip at the link below. It’s a quick twelve minutes and I promise you’ll leave with a few nuggets of wisdom you didn’t know you didn’t know.

Plus the outtakes are totally worth it

1. A subcommittee will be voting on the current act related to this within a few weeks. Unfortunately, the wording as it currently stands will make the situation WORSE than it is now. Remember how important YOU are in this equation? Yes, you are a number, but our numbers add up.  Please call your Representative in Congress at (202) 224-3121. (Find your Representative here.)  This can be as simple as:

” Hi, my name is  ___ and I would like Representative ___ to oppose the Chemicals in Commerce Act. We need real, meaningful reform to protect us from toxic chemicals.”

This is my favorite, short piece that breaks down why the proposed act has nothing to do with protecting you and me.

Kristi Marsh- Little Changes2. Curious to know more about TSCA (the Toxic Substances Control Act)? I’ve temporarily posted a free excerpt from my book, Little Changes, that will bring you up to speed through my eyes and heart. Reading it will be like watching the history channel! You’re a bright woman, soak it in and let me know what you think.
 
3. Connect with these amazing non-profits who are blazing trails in big ways thanks to Everyday-Me’s like you:
 

4. Talk with me! Do you think change is happening? Do you sense a shift happening within your communities? In what ways? And if not, what do you think is the sticking point? Share your thoughts in the comments on this blog. Hearing stories and thoughts from Everyday-Me’s is what keeps me doing what I’m doing!

Seventh Generation Boxer

Seventh Generation event in Washington, D.C. April 30, 2014. INSIDER IMAGES/Gary He (UNITED STATES)

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