A Scientific Strategy towards Healthier People and Planet: Science + Communication + Decision Makers = Positive Change
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About The Event
Arlene Blum PhD, working with the Green Science Policy Institute, has contributed to stopping the use of harmful chemicals in everyday products worldwide. This includes reducing the unnecessary use of flame retardants in furniture, baby products, bedding and electronic cases as well as PFAS chemicals in carpets, food packaging, and consumer products. Exposure to flame retardants and PFAS has been associated with adverse neurological, reproductive, immune and endocrine impacts as well as cancer. By limiting the use of entire classes of toxic chemicals, this work is contributing to healthier products, people and ecosystems. The Institute’s strategy is based on initiating innovative scientific research, communicating the results widely, and sharing with decision makers in business and government. During Blum’s illustrated talk, she will share some of her favorite stories illustrating scientific strategies for positive change.
Dr. Blum, is the Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a Research Associate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Blum’s research and policy work has contributed to preventing the use of flame retardants and other harmful chemicals in children’s sleepwear, furniture, electronics, and other products world-wide. Her current “mountain” is to educate decision makers and the public to reduce the use of entire classes of harmful chemicals in everyday products.