Posted on June 6, 2023

By Haleemah Atobiloye, Program Manager

Here’s the latest on our unabashed and intersectional advocacy work.

In the month of May, alongside our coalition partners, we actively supported:

  • U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ letter to the Biden Administration and other world leaders calling out climate inaction and calling the expansion of fossil fuels “a death sentence.”
  • The Center for Biological Diversity’s letter to the US Geological Survey urging them to continue the National Pesticide Use Map project, used by scientists and advocates.
  • A letter in support of California’s Assembly Bill 421, to reform the state’s referendum process giving power back to voters over corporate wealth – which is too often used by industries like Big Oil to overturn public health progress.
  • The Safer Beauty Bill Package – a historic suite of 4 bills to get cancer-causing chemicals out of personal care products.
  • Calling on the Department of Pesticide Regulation to rewrite their rule on the cancer-causing fumigant pesticide “1,3-D,” which most directly impacts Latinx and Indigenous residents of farm-working communities.
  • Public comment by Earthjustice calling on the EPA to deny Inhance Technologies’ widespread production of PFAS, a potentially-toxic class of chemicals.

It’s time we stop fueling breast cancer. We deserve to play, work, live, and breathe comfortably on our planet.

Credible media companies report that this summer is going to be one of the hottest in many areas around the nation. In fact, last week, State Farm, the largest homeowner insurance provider, revealed they would stop selling new home insurance policies in California because of the wildfire-fueled crisis. These extreme weather conditions are a result of our rapidly changing climate. Burning fossil fuels, which include oil, coal, and gas, releases carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals into the environment. As highlighted in our Why We Must Stop Fossil Fuels resource, the use of fossil fuels not only contributes to climate change but might also increase our risk of developing breast cancer.

Whether it’s environmental exposures from fossil fuels, pesticide use, or PFAS in our personal care products and beyond, the Breast Cancer Action team is able to connect the dots on legislation across a range of issues and work toward stopping this disease before it starts.

As always, thank you for supporting this work and taking action with us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer.