“They are tenacious and tireless visionaries. They’re transparent and honest. They give everyone a voice, and people feel appreciated.”
“They don’t really give up…ever.”
These quotes are from interviews conducted this fall. We surveyed you, we talked with colleagues, we met in person. And for four days last week, CHNY retreated to the Adirondacks with an amazing result: a four year plan to make significant strides toward a less toxic world.
We came out of the mountains energized with a clear purpose.
And then the unpredicted election outcomes set us back on our heels.
Now the things we heard from you and our colleagues matter more than ever. Just take the conversation I had with our Deputy Director, Bobbi Wilding:
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Trying to keep moving" was her answer.
"What else can we do?" I asked.
"Crawl into a hole? That's not us. Wring our hands? That's not us. We are here because our work is our mission in this life," she replied.
Her response hit the nail on the head.
Now more than ever, Clean and Healthy New York's vision, knowledge, experience, and passion are needed to protect our children's health. And we need you.
We know that you, too, worry about harmful chemicals hiding in innocent-looking children's products. You, too, are concerned about the rising rates of cancer, learning and developmental disabilities, diabetes and more, particularly among our children.
You are the key to our success in the Statehouse, in County Legislatures, in corporate conference rooms.
We need you with us as we advance our ambitious agenda:
Through our national Getting Ready for Baby campaign, we will drive the children's product market to be inherently less toxic, leveraging the role retailers play in deciding what gets sold in America to make real and lasting change.
Based on our years of engagement in the Capitol and with government agencies, we will help make New York State - and New York City - leaders on toxics reduction and environmental health.
Looking to the future, we will focus on ensuring food production - from harvest to table - is free from harmful chemicals, with New York's value-added agriculture sector leading the way.
And to do this, we'll need an active, vibrant, and independent organization, resourced to do the work that is necessary to have maximum impact.
That's where you come in. Now more than ever, we need support from people who care. We need you to tell your friends about this work, sign petitions, call stores, come to advocacy days - engage at the highest level you can. And we need you to give. Generously. Today. Every donation from you, up to $5,000, will be matched from now through Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving).
Digging in to market campaigns and state and local government action enables us to achieve real progress at a time when federal advancement is unlikely. We identified this approach before the election outcome was known, because it makes the most of our strengths and the real opportunities for positive change. After Tuesday, it's more necessary than ever.
Together, we win.