- Buy certified organic food
- Maintain property landscaping without use of chemical pesticides
- Use environmentally certified cleaners
Recently, however, the world has taken a yellow hue, and it's not just the Daffodils on lapels and at grocery checkouts throughout my neighbourhood that I see. It's the yellowing of the world where life intersects with illness. The realisation that things like cancer do not just happen to someone else.
On December 27 these three lines on my green meeting checklist took on a more personal meaning. That was the day my Mum lost her battle with cancer. She didn't work as a housekeeper. She didn't work as a farm labourer. Or a landscaper. Yet cancer found her and took her far far too early.
So my urging is heartfelt when I ask: if you live in Canada and you have time and resources please support Daffodil Day. If you don't, take time to learn about the impact of toxins: on yourself, your family and your co-workers, as well as our environment. Make an effort to understand why these sustainable event requirements are so important to those who ask for them. You'll have our deepest thanks.
Researching the Problem
- Potential effects of Pesticides on Health (Parliament of Canada)
- Vulnerability of Children to Pesticides (Parliament of Canada)
- Risks to Workers from Pesticides (Parliament of Canada)
- Cleaners & Toxins Guide (LEAS)
- Chemical Profiles Scorecard (Good Guide)
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (Canada)
- WorksafeBC (British Columbia)
- ACGIH Threshold Limit Values / Biological Exposure Indices (USA)