Making the World Safe for Children

Philippino children

Lost in the headlines of celebrity babies and imprisonments earlier this summer was a grim report issued by the World Health Organization, which stated that four million children under the age of five (roughly equal to the population of Oregon) die every year as a result of exposure to environmental pollutants.

Children are pound for pound more susceptible to toxin exposures simply by virtue of drinking more water, eating more food, and breathing more air than adults. Add to this their unique vulnerability to irreversible damage caused by such exposures, given that their organ, nervous, and immune systems are still undergoing rapid growth and development, and it becomes clear why our children suffer the greatest risks from our wanton damage to the environment.

This is why the work of organizations like ELAW is so vitally important. By collaborating with grassroots advocates from disadvantaged communities across five continents to protect children from noxious emissions, polluted groundwater, and dangerous chemicals, ELAW is providing the critical expertise needed to reduce the numbers of children sickened, stunted, or killed by environmental toxins.

Thanks, ELAW, for treating the environment, and children, as something of value that must be protected.

Todd Huffman, M.D., McKenzie Pediatrics, P.C., Springfield, Oregon

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By collaborating with grassroots advocates from disadvantaged communities across five continents to protect children from noxious emissions, polluted groundwater, and dangerous chemicals, ELAW is providing the critical expertise needed to reduce the numbe