The First National Conference on Precaution, March 21, 2006


Location: University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland

[Rachel's introduction: The First National Conference on Precaution -- sponsored by more than 60 groups -- is set for June 9-11 in Baltimore. Here is the conference brochure, including links to a registration form and a scholarship application form.]

The first National Conference on Precaution will be held June 9-11 in Baltimore at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. It's going to be big.

Space is limited, so it's a good idea to register now using the Conference Registration Form or the Scholarship Application Form. And please download a good-looking PDF version of this brochure, which you can send to your colleagues and coalition partners.

Come to the conference to

** Join with groups to share successful precautionary strategies, tools, policies and programs.

** Build the movement for precautionary action to prevent harm from environmental hazards.

The conference features over 35 workshops on

** More than 50 model local, state and national policies and programs from Europe, Canada and the U.S.

** Effective precautionary tools, such as alternatives assessments to find safer substitutes, health investigations, full-cost accounting of pollution's "hidden costs" and getting out of the "risk assessment box;"

** Collaborative strategies to build a broader movement for precaution among diverse groups; and

** Trainings on community organizing, fundraising, campaign strategies, advocacy, media outreach, messaging and running for political office.

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


Space is limited. Register soon. The conference will take place at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Hotel at discount rates. Conference and hotel registration must be received by Friday, May 5th.

Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, April 14, 2006.

You can register on-line at or with the Registration Form or Scholarship Application.

For additional registration information, please contact the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) at 703-237-2249 X 11, or

Conference Packet: Participants will receive Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy, a valuable new book edited by Nancy Myers and Carolyn Raffensperger of the Science & Environmental Health Network (SEHN); Precautionary Resources 2006, Talking Points on Precaution and key statements on precaution, including the Wingspread Statement, BE SAFE Platform and the Louisville Charter.

Sponsors: Conference coordinated and sponsored by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and also sponsored by Science & Environmental Health Network and Environmental Research Foundation.

Cosponsored by

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Alliance_at_IBM/CWA Local 1701

Alliance for Democracy

Breast Cancer Action Campus Greens

Center for Environmental Health

Chemical Weapons Working Group

Children's Health Environmental Coalition

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger

Citizens Leading for Environmental Action & Responsibility

Clean Water Action

Clean Water for North Carolina

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Commonweal/The Jenifer Altman Foundation

Department of the Planet Earth

Depleted Uranium Weapons Network

Ecological Health Organization

Ecology Center of Berkeley

Endometriosis Association

Environmental Community Action

Environmental Health Strategy Center

Environmental Health Watch

Families Against Cancer & Toxics

Farmworker Justice Fund

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

GrassRoots Recycling Network


Group Against Smog & Pollution

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Health Care Without Harm

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Indigenous Environmental Network

Institute for Children's Environmental Health

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

Lawrence Environmental Action Group

Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation

Maryland PIRG

Maryland United for Peace & Justice

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

Montana CHEER

Natural Resources Defense Council

New Mexico Environment & Health Coalition

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Nuclear Information & Resource Service

North Carolina Occupational Safety & Health Project

Oregon Center for Environmental Health

Pennsylvania Environmental Network

Pesticide Action Network North America

Physicians for Social Responsibility (Bay Area Chapter)

Preventing Harm Minnesota,

Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Coalition

Sierra Club

Tamarind Foundation

Toxics Action Center

Tri-Valley CAREs

United Neighbors Concerned About GE & Dewey Loeffel Landfill

Unplug Salem Campaign

U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Wasatch Clean Air Coalition

World Wildlife Fund

Supporters: Many thanks to Beldon Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation, Marisla Foundation, John Merck Fund, Mitchell Kapor Foundation, CS Fund and FACT for their critical support of the conference and their work to promote precaution.