Wednesday November 06 2013 - Moving Toward a Cancer-Free JP Economy: What We Can Do to Transition into a JP Free of Carcinogens
Moving Toward a Cancer-Free JP Economy: What We Can Do to Transition into a JP Free of Carcinogens
Be part of the conversation about how to grow our local economy in ways that do not depend on chemicals that cause cancer. Listen from experts from the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Our co-sponsors include the Vida Verde Womens Co-op: A group of Brazilian Immigrant Women whose natural cleaning products create a healthy impact in their livelihoods. Program supported under a grant from the Toxic Use Reduction Institute, UMASS Lowell. www.turi.org
Like other communities, JP is home to dozens of chemicals known or widely suspected of causing cancer, including substances in our homes, workplaces and public spaces. Latest research shows that JP has higher incidences** of some type of cancer than the state average, especially for women.
Huge resources are funneled into the important work of cancer research and medical treatment in Boston. But what about prevention at the community level? What steps could we take to reduce the use of toxic chemicals linked to cancer?
Please join this community forum to “cure the cause” of some cancers by reducing and eliminating carcinogens in JP. Be part of the conversation about how to grow our local economy in ways that do not depend on chemicals that cause cancer. The forum will address critical questions such as:
- What is the latest research on cancer rates and types of cancer in our neighborhood?
- What are common carcinogens in our JP environment and how can we reduce them?
- How can we help our local businesses that depend on toxic materials (like dry cleaners, beauty salons, landscapers, auto repair shops, art studios, commercial cleaners, restaurants) make a transition to safe alternatives and flourish?
- What are some successes in other communities that we can learn from?
Presenters will include: Polly Hoppin, Molly Jacobs and Dick Clapp, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production; Carlos Espinoza-Toro and Chuck Collins, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition.
- Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital
- Southern JP Health Center
- Egleston Square Main Street
- Vida Verde Co-operative
- Brookside Community Health Center
- Dimmock Center
Program supported under a grant from the Toxic Use Reduction Institute, UMASS Lowell. www.turi.org
** More Information: Jamaica Plain has higher incidences of some types of cancer than the state average. According to recent Massachusetts Cancer Registry statistics, JP women had more brain, cervix, leukemia, liver, melanoma, oral cavity and thyroid cancer than expected compared to women living elsewhere in Massachusetts. And JP men had more melanoma, non-Hodgkin