We’ve Got The Power! Five Amazing Aspects of Chemical Toxicity That Will Inspire and Empower you!

Mother sitting on a couch surrounded by text of parental emotions.

Image courtesy Penelope Jagessar Chaffer.

There is nothing more guilt inducing and paralyzing that finding out about how toxic chemicals found in thousands of household and day to day items can dramatically affect your health and the health of your children. It’s down right paralyzing. When I was trying to visualize how I felt when I first found out, this is how I saw myself.

And it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of it all.

“I just can’t bear to think of it. It’s just TOO MUCH” Lucy, mother of Ben aged 3

But the thing is there is some incredible work being done to change things and new insights into how to get ourselves out of this chemical romance and change the way we live are happening more and more. There’s actually so much happening to inspire us to be the change we want to see.

“…be the change you want to see in the world…” Mahatma Gandhi

Here are FIVE aspects to this issue that inspire and empower:

  1. The new science of epigenetics tells us that chemicals in the environment can switch on genes in ways we could never imagine. Here Dr. Pete Myers tells us why that is a great thing:

Where the science is going from Penelope Jagessar Chaffer on Vimeo.

  1. We are the single most important chain in the link of consumerism! We are! Here I tell you why that makes us powerful:

Most powerful link from Penelope Jagessar Chaffer on Vimeo.

  1. Concerned citizens of the world can make huge and profound changes that can dramatically shift the way the world works. Here Dr. Michael P. Wilson shares a profound yet relatively unknown moment in history that radically protected billions of children from chemical toxicity:

Dr. Michael P. Wilson PhD: What The Public Can Do from Penelope Jagessar Chaffer on Vimeo.

  1. Politicians would really love our votes. Dr. Gavin ten Tusscher tells us how we play a role:

politicians from Penelope Jagessar Chaffer on Vimeo.

  1. We can shape our future. I truly believe this:

Wise man from Penelope Jagessar Chaffer on Vimeo.

Do you feel like you can change your child’s world for the better? Do you want to try but have felt overwhelmed? What do you think of all this? Sound off in the comments and let us how you are feeling!

*Videos created by Penelope Jagessar Chaffer

Photo credit: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is a multi award winning documentary filmmaker, writer, feminist, children’s environmental health advocate and global environmentalist. She is the director, producer and writer of Toxic Baby, a feature documentary that looks at how chemicals in the environment affect the health and development of babies and children.

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  1. Jen @ Go Green

    I could like to Penelope talk all day long.

    I feel like I can make a difference in my son’s life by leading by example and teaching him to live lightly. Setting him on the right path will have a bigger impact than just protecting him while he is under my roof.

  2. Micaela @MindfulMomma

    Thanks for the good news Penelope! There’s a lot more to be done but clearly concerned consumers like us are making a difference!

  3. Anna@Green Talk

    We have to vote with our wallets to create change. In addition education creates change. Thanks for being part of the educational part to help to discern why we hold the power in our very hands to reform the system.

  4. diane

    I like to think we can make a positive difference in our children’s futures. It is so hard to avoid chemical toxicity in today’s society but I try where I can. Reform really needs to come from high up the food chain to really make a difference to the global health of the planet.

  5. Betsy (Eco-novice)

    Love these positive messages! I do think avoiding toxic chemicals is an overwhelming business, but the worst thing of all is doing nothing. I count on organizations and trusted experts to help me navigate the information, prioritize, and make smart choices.

  6. Lindsay

    As always Penelope, you are bringing incredibly important information to the public’s consciousness! I couldn’t agree more, we have the power to make small and large decisions that move the market away from toxic ingredients, reduce our body burden and help create the systemic change needed in Washington D.C. We need to reform our chemical safety laws to better protect public health from toxic ingredients found in the products we use everyday. It’s so common sense. Together we can build a movement needed to make these important changes.


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