“…you don’t have to take on the world to change it. Just pick one thing in your life – water, food, vaccines, the law…it doesn’t matter, just pick something. Become curious about it and start asking questions, and then find some of the answers – just like I did.” – Ed Brown, Unacceptable Levels
How to begin thinking about the affects of living in a toxic world.
[THIS IS THE FIRST IN AN ONGOING COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, IDEAS, TIPS, THOUGHTS, AND “TALK STORY” BY FRIENDS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING FOR YOURSELF, KEEPING AN OPEN MIND, AND FORMING YOUR OWN OPINIONS]
First and foremost, we can all start to acknowledge the obvious: We don’t have a mounting problem – we’re in the midst of one. That may sound like an alarmist opinion, but as things currently stand, every single one of us – including our unborn children – have synthetic industrial chemicals inside of our bodies. This is just a fact, and needs to be embraced by all of us. Why? Because turning a blind eye to this and not looking at the ramifications will not help anyone in the long term.
It has taken decades of work and countless studies to understand that our bodies are polluted. Think about that for a moment: Chemical manufacturers have been creating and using distinct compounds never before seen on this planet, and in the most general sense, they didn’t think people could be harmed by an incredibly small amount. When you even hear it out loud or read it: parts per million, parts per billion and parts per trillion sounds inconsequential. There was a sense that it would not be possible to affect anyone, let alone a child, at such minute levels.
Now, consider that the birth control pill works at parts per billion, and its purpose is to prevent conception…
Thinking about this problem is the key. Knowledge is always power, and can provide an opportunity for all of us to conquer any problem that we encounter. Ask yourself some questions when it comes to chemicals.
Could they harm me?
Could they harm my child?
Why wouldn’t a company want me to know what is in my products?
Why wouldn’t the government know what is in some of these products?
Why does it have to be tough to just make good buying decisions?
Where is the real help out there?
Ask yourself any of those questions, and you’ll discover that finding the answers is not that difficult. You have a lot of support around you, and once you join in the conversation, you’ll quickly start engaging with an entire community ready to help you every step of the way.
That is the journey I am on, and if you choose to do the same, you will also discover that thinking about this issue is the first key to solving it!
– ED BROWN, FILMMAKER