December 12, 2013
Give Now and Your Gift Will Be Doubled
You have the opportunity to double your impact on the issues you care about. A small group of donors will match your contributions dollar for dollar, up to $40,000. Make an even bigger difference in improving our health with sustainable solutions and give your year-end contribution today.
Give the Gift of Membership
Are you searching for a unique and meaningful gift? This holiday season give The Gift of Membership to that special person. Send a lovely card via post or e-card to give The Gift of Membership today!
Yet Another Reason to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!
On Dec. 10, PSR and IPPNW released a new report titled: "Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People at Risk?" (pdf) Researchers report that the climatic effects of even a "limited, regional" nuclear war, e.g., between Pakistan and India, would cut crop production worldwide, putting up to 2 billion people at risk of starvation. For more about the worldwide effort to outlaw nuclear arms, click here.
E&H Enjoys Strategic Advances
Three new faces joined the E&H staff in 2013. Their work serves to highlight some of our strategic advances over the past year.
Kathy Attar, program manager of the national Toxics program, has assumed responsibility for our online Environmental Health Policy Institute and our work on toxics policy. Hired in September, she started just in time to help conduct a PSR-organized briefing in the U.S. Senate on the need to reform the federal law that regulates toxics in consumer products. Watch for program expansion in 2014, including roll-out of an expanded Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit. Read more »
Stephanie Dernek was hired to take on a huge challenge: to create a new Michigan PSR chapter. Based in Ann Arbor, she is reaching out to local health professionals and enlisting them to raise the medical voice for energy efficiency and retirement of two coal-fired power plants. The issues dovetail nicely: Energy efficiency, coupled with renewable energy, can replace Michigan’s dirty coal plants and reduce rates of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and asthma. Read more »
Tim Whitehouse joined the team under a grant to fund a chapter director for Chesapeake PSR. As director, Tim has made PSR a force to be reckoned with in Maryland’s debate over hydraulic fracturing. Having paid staff also allows the chapter to address other issues like coal combustion and air quality. In 2014, Tim will move from the national payroll to the chapter, reflecting the successful completion of an outstanding National-chapter experiment in collaboration. Read more »