I had a great trip out to Montana (except for the Chicago weather on the way home that delayed flights everywhere).
I’m excited to be working with Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), especially after my face-to-face meetings last week with its smart, passionate and hospitable staff.
This small, Montana-headquartered organization is developing a powerful voice at the intersection of the environmental and women’s health movements. WVE (say weave) is proving once again the power of citizen activism and that nonprofits don’t have to have enormous budgets to make an important difference. (Of course, they could do a lot more with a lot more $$$)
I’m off to Montana in a few hours. I can’t wait to get there!
I just started working with Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national, women-centered environmental health and justice organization that works to eliminate or substantially reduce environmental toxics impacting human health and to increase women’s participation in environmental decision-making. You might want to host a Green Cleaning Party to encourage your family and friends to get the toxics out of their household cleaning products.
WVE’s headquarters is in Missoula, Montana. They started as a Montana based organization, but are working on issues that affect the health of women across the US. For example, maybe you’ve wondered just how safe those nail salons are that seem to be on every block in the US. WVE’s report “Glossed Over” exposes the health impacts of products used in nail salons — both on the women who use them and the primarily Asian women who work in the salons and are exposed to the chemicals for hours on end.
I’ll share more with you once I’ve gotten out there. As a New England girl, I’m looking forward to those wide open spaces. The first time I traveled to the West, (well, it was the really the southwest, New Mexico, but I’ve since been to Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota) I just was overwhelmed by this big open landscape where you could see for miles and miles. It took me a few visits to get over the culture shock so I’m looking forward to learning more about WVE and its work and enjoying the big sky country.