Educating yourself and your community is the first step to getting them to take action.
But sometimes the FIRST STEP is simply ASKING QUESTIONS.
Find out exactly what kinds of herbicides your city’s municipal groundskeepers are using now. Check into where runoff occurs. What precautions do they take to keep those chemicals from leeching into waterways and aquifers?
SET UP MEETINGS WITH YOUR CITY COUNCIL or whoever makes decisions about products used in municipal groundskeeping. Find out what they use, how often they spray, how they control runoff, and what kinds of precautions they take to let people know they are spraying.
MEET WITH YOUR WATER TREATMENT DIRECTOR and find out how much of a problem herbicides are for treating your water. They need to know citizens are concerned about this. Don’t worry about being an expert. You are there to ask questions.
VISIT THE RETAIL DISTRIBUTOR LOCATIONS for herbicides: Hardware stores, Big Box stores, Home Improvement Centers, Garden Centers. Check out how they display the weedkillers and if they offer sustainble (organic) options. Take a look at how those more sustainable options are displayed, compared to the popular weedkillers.
ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS what they do about weed control. Do they ever worry about using harmful chemicals? Maybe ask them if they’d be open to using more sustainable methods.
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AGRICULTURAL AREA, try to find out what local FARMERS are using on their fields. What are they growing? What kinds of weed control do they use? How often do they spray? Have they considered a safer organic option?
START ASKING FOR MORE ORGANIC FOOD CHOICES at your local produce department in the grocery store. Ask them what it would take to have more organic options available. The more they hear this, the more likely they are to identify a consumer trend.
ONCE YOU IDENTIFY THE LOCAL SITUATION, start using your new-found expertise to let people know about the problems with toxic herbicides.
- ORDER the INFOGRAPHIC CARD that explains all about Glyphosate’s health risks. You can distribute these at Farmer’s Markets, Food Co-Ops, Health Expos. You can ask pediatricians to distribute them in their offices. You can use them as a leave-behind reminder when you meet with City Council members, Legislators, Members of Congress, Farmers or Retailers who sell Glyphosate Herbicides.
- COMMUNITY READS – HOLD A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP that studies any of a number of great books about food safety, modern agriculture, GMOs, soil nutrients, or water pollution. HERE’s a great list to consult.
- SHOW A FILM and have an OPEN DISCUSSION afterwards. Films are great ways to open dialogues.
- HOW TO GO ABOUT ORGANIZING THESE EDUCATIONAL EVENTS is a question you might ask. We’ve got you covered! HERE are some good EVENT ORGANIZING TOOLS to help.
- MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATOR to explain your concerns. Legislators can’t be experts on everything. And they won’t know this is an issue unless YOU raise it!
- DEVELOP A RESOLUTION to ask your City Council to use more sustainable weed killers and to alert people when they are spraying the toxins.