Center for Health, Environment & Justice, December 6, 2005


[Rachel's introduction: Save the date! The First National Conference on Precaution will convene in Baltimore June 9-11, 2006 -- to build a stronger movement to prevent harm, not merely "manage" it. We'll see you there!]

National Conference on Precaution in Baltimore, MD June 9-11

Join with groups across America who are applying the precautionary approach to environmental hazards by shifting the focus to "How can we prevent harm?," instead of asking "What level of harm is acceptable?"

This national event will bring together people working on conservation, disease prevention, environmental justice, environmental health, green purchasing, precautionary business practices, toxic and nuclear pollution prevention, worker safety and more to build a stronger movement to protect our health and environment.

The conference will include sessions on:

** Model policies and successful campaigns from Europe and U.S. national, state and local initiatives;

** Precautionary tools like safer alternatives assessments and full cost-accounting on pollution's hidden costs;

** Crafting effective messaging, countering the critics and building a broader movement for precaution;

** Collaborative opportunities, with sessions on Water, Land Use & Ecosystems, Trade, Energy, and a Cross-Fertilization Session with groups working on children's health, environmental justice, health professionals, chemical, nuclear and pesticide reforms;

** Skills trainings on organizing, campaign strategies, media outreach, partnering with tribes and more.

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) is co-organizing this event with the Science & Environmental Health Network (SEHN), Environmental Research Foundation (ERF) and more than 50 groups, including:

Breast Cancer Fund Collaborative on Health & Environment (CHE) Coming Clean Network Clean Water Action (CWA) Families Against Cancer & Toxics (FACT) Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) Grassroots Recycling Network (GRRN) Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) School of Nursing, Univ. of Md. Sierra Club and many state and local organizations.

** For more information or to get involved, please contact Anne Rabe, CHEJ, at or 518-732-4538 or go to for updates.