Statement from KEF's Director Elizabeth Crowe:
"Kentucky is one of the worst in the nation for toxic outputs from coal plants; pollution that is linked to serious lung and heart disease and other illnesses. Public health researchers have noted that across the country, people are experiencing more severe allergies, more insect-related diseases etc. that may be related to climate change. Kentuckians are not immune to these impacts. At first blush, it appears that the President's climate action plan could result in a much-needed reduction in pollution, which can also result in better health for Kentucky residents regardless of whether one believes that climate change is real.
We'd like for Kentucky utility and industry leaders, economic development leaders, health professionals, parents, policy makers and citizens to spend less time resisting federal action on coal pollution and climate change, and more time utilizing this opportunity to construct a healthier, more economically resilient energy future. Making these changes won't be easy, but it's necessary work."
Exposure to environmental and industrial toxins affects us all, but to some the burden is harder to bear. This was the case for three Kentucky mothers, as expressed through the photo exhibit "Burden of Proof: Living with Toxic Chemicals." In order to promote the exhibit's message and spark conversation with legislators about chemical reform, KEF will be hosting a luncheon at the Cornerstone Art Gallery in Frankfort, KY on Friday June 28th. To RSVP send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Annette at (859) 985-0868.
Originally written by KEF's Chemical Weapon's Working Group (CWWG) Director Craig Williams for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find it here.
Too often, news is made when things go wrong.
Worrisome headlines about international terror and wars make it easy to feel confused, overwhelmed and helpless.
But recently, Central Kentucky witnessed a positive development of which we can be proud: the attention from international disarmament leaders to our efforts to destroy lethal chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
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