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PODCAST: EHN editor talks environmental justice, endocrine disruptors—and progress

'The idea that this pollution is a nuisance or an annoyance is a fallacy. It's a generational game-changer.'

Environmental Health News' senior editor, Brian Bienkowski, was a guest this month on CHE-Alaska's podcast to discuss everything from environmental deregulation to the Kardashians.


'The power of the purse, the power of the wallet'

Brian Bienkowski

EHN.org editor Brian Bienkowski spoke with Diana DeFazio, Environmental Health Program Coordinator at Alaska Community Action on Toxics, about environmental justice and endocrine disrupting compounds. And he highlighted some of the good as well.

Just in the last couple weeks Hawaii banned chlorpyrifos, Lowe's—the big home improvement store—banned a really harmful chemical in paint removers, Sea World banned plastic straws, and Ikea banned single use plastics.

"Kourtney Kardashian ... has a big cosmetics campaign where she's trying to address phthalates and other harmful compounds in cosmetics," Bienkowski said. "The power of the purse, the power of the wallet, can speak to corporations to make change."

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)-Alaska holds the teleconferences monthly with scientists, journalists, health care professionals, policy experts, and community activists to discuss the intersection of human health and the environment.

Visit the CHE-Alaska page for all recent podcasts.

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