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Cancer and Environmental Health Websites

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A global, cutting-edge movement that aims to solve the climate crisis by inspiring individuals and groups to engag in large-scale grassroots activism. The movment has helped lead many fights to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, which are dangerous to the climate, the environment, and human health. 

Beyond Pesticides /
A nonprofit organization that has historically taken a two-pronged approach to the pesticide problem by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting nonchemical and least-hazardous management alternatives.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network /
The first national advocacy organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about bladder cancer, to advancing bladder cancer research, and to providing educational and support services for the bladder cancer community. 

BlueGreen Alliance /
A national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.

BlueGreen Canada /     
An alliance that advocates for working people and the environment in key areas of global trade, the use of toxic chemicals, the creation of green manufacturing jobs, and the development of strategies to address climate change.

Breast Cancer Action /          
A membership-based organization that works to end the breast cancer epidemic by providing information, organizing people, and advocating for policy changes directed at achieving true prevention through understanding and eliminating the causes of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Action Montreal /  
A nonprofit group directed by women who have been sensitized to the trauma of breast cancer and who are committed—long-term—to erasing the disease.

Breast Cancer Fund /
A prevention-based organization that responds to the public health crisis of breast cancer by identifying—and advocating for the elimination of—the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics /
A coalition that works with over 100 organizations, 1,300 companies, and thousands of grassroots supporters in seeking to secure the corporate, regulatory, and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

Canadian Cancer Society /
A national organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The society calls for a ban on the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides, believes that substances that cause cancer should be replaced with safer alternatives, and supports individuals’ right to know about the carcinogens to which they have been exposed.

Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment  /
An affiliation of groups with overlapping missions to improve children’s environmental health in Canada.

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment /
A membership organization for health professionals that works to protect the environment in order to protect human health.

Canadian Organic Growers / 
A national charitable organization with members in all regions of Canada whose mission is to lead local and national communities toward sustainable organic stewardship of land, food, and fiber while respecting nature, upholding social justice, and protecting natural resources.

Canadians for a Safe Learning Environment / 
A registered charity that works to improve the condition of school buildings and the products and practices used in schools.

Center for Health, Environment and Justice /
An organization that aims to prevent harm to human health by providing technical and organizing support to individuals and communities facing a toxic hazard.

CHE Toxicant and Disease Database /
A database maintained by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and 180 human diseases.

Clean Air Partnership /
A registered Canadian charity whose mission is to work with partners to achieve clean air, facilitate the exchange of ideas, advance change, and promote and coordinate implementation of actions that improve local air quality.

Clean Water Action /
An organization of 1.2 million members empowering people to protect America's waters, to build healthy communities, and to make democracy work for all of us.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment /
An international partnership of over than 4,000 individuals and organizations working to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

Community Food Security Coalition /
A North American coalition of almost 300 organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security.

Community Tool Box /
A free online resource containing information on skills for building healthy communities. The tool box contains over 7,000 pages of practical guidance for creating change. It is a service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.

Council of Canadians /
Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, working to promote progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange /
A nonprofit organization that compiles and disseminates the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by exposure to endocrine disruptors, chemicals that interfere with development and function.

Environmental Justice Foundation /
A registered charity based in London, England, that provides film and advocacy training to individuals and grassroots organizations in the global south who suffer most from environmental abuses, helping them to find peaceful ways to create long-term solutions. The foundation also campaigns internationally to raise awareness of the issues.

EnviRN Knowledge Network 
An online learning network for nurses concerned about environmental health.

Environmental Health News /
A free syndication service whose mission is to advance the public’s understanding of environmental health issues by publishing its own journalism and by providing access to worldwide news on subjects related to the environment and the health of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.

Environmental Working Group /
A nonprofit research organization that uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. This organization’s research brings to light facts about which the public has the right to know.

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database /
A searchable database created by the Environmental Working Group, providing information and online safety assessments for almost 70,000 personal care products.

Frack Action /
A grassroots group that began as an emergency response and is now engaged in a long-term campaign to protect our water, air, and public health from the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing. 

Food & Water Watch /
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. This group believes that as everyone is dependent on these shared resources, it's essential that they be regulated in the public interest rather than for private gain. 

Health and Environment Alliance /
A European coalition of over 65 international and national organizations addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union.

Health Care Without Harm /
An international organization working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health-care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease.

Healthy Building Network /
A national network dedicated to transforming the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health, and social principles. The network’s projects have directly resulted in the introduction of new, healthier building materials, shifting over $4 billion in materials purchases from toxic materials to healthier alternatives.

Healthy Child Healthy World /
An organization working to inspire parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals.

Healthy Schools Network
An award-winning not-for-profit environmental health organization based in New York State that launched the national healthy schools movement with comprehensive state policies and a model coalition.

International Agency for Research on Cancer /
An agency of the World Health Organization founded to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer and the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

International Chemical Secretariat /
A nonprofit organization in Sweden that works to highlight the risks of hazardous substances and the urgent need to phase them out while monitoring the progress of legislative processes in the European Union. This group’s ambitious goal is a toxic-free environment by 2020.

The Land Connection /
An Illinois-based educational nonprofit organization that works to preserve and protect the state’s agricultural heritage by educating farmers and the public about the value of farmland and the need for more local food production and consumption.

La Leche League International /
An international organization helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education. La Leche League also promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of baby and mother.

The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson /
A website dedicated to Rachel Carson, the biologist and author of Silent Spring, written by her biographer, Linda Lear.

Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals
A platform developed by a coalition of individuals and groups in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2004, outlining six fundamental reforms to chemicals policies that are required in order to protect human health and the environment.

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production /
An organization that helps build healthy work environments, thriving communities, and viable businesses that support a more sustainable world. Part of the University of Massachusetts.

Luminary Project /
A website that captures the illuminating stories of nurses’ activities to improve human health by improving the health of the environment.

The National Pollutant Release Inventory /
Canada’s publicly accessible inventory of pollutant releases to air, water, and land.

Natural Resources Defense Council /
An environmental action organization that works with the support of members and online activists.

Peaceful Uprising /
A nonprofit collective committed to combatting the climate crisis and building a just, healthy world. This grassroots group seeks to inspire citizens to recognize themselves as agents of change and to build communities that empower and enable each of us to take effective, necessary nonviolent action. 

Pesticide Action Network, North America /
A nonprofit organization that works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. The organization also maintains the PAN Pesticide Database, a one-stop location for toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides.

Physicians for Social Responsibility /
A medical and public health voice that works to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop, and reverse global warming and the toxic degradation of the environment.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America /
A women’s health-care provider that promotes respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. Because of this focus, Planned Parenthood is an advocate for women’s protection from reproductive toxicants.

Prevent Cancer Now /
A Canadian organization working to eliminate the preventable causes of cancer through promoting legislative and policy reforms and conducting public education initiatives.

Ramazzini Institute /
A nonprofit organization with over 20,000 members whose mission is to contribute to the decrease in cancer incidence through the promotion of scientific research, the early diagnosis of tumors, and the dissemination of information.

Rotterdam Convention /
An international treaty that creates legally binding obligations for the implementation of the Prior Informed Consent procedure, meaning that certain hazardous chemicals may be exported only with the importer’s prior consent. It aims at promoting shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among parties in the international trade of these chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment, and to contribute to the environmentally sound use of those chemicals by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics and providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families /
A US-wide effort to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals.

Sandra Steingraber /
Official website of biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, PhD. Here you will find information about Sandra’s writing projects, upcoming speaking engagements, and more.

Scorecard /
The web’s most popular resource for information about pollution problems and toxic chemicals. Any US resident can enter their zip code on this website and get an in-depth pollution report for their county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more.

Science and Environmental Health Network /
The leading proponent in the United States of the precautionary principle as a new basis for environmental and public health policy.

Second Nature /
An organization that works to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants /
A global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have adverse effects on human health or the environment.

Shaleshock Action Alliance /
A movement that works toward protecting our communities and environment from exploitative gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

Silent Spring Institute /
A partnership of scientists, physicians, public health advocates, and community activists that works to identify the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer. The Silent Spring Institute provides a database on the 216 different chemicals shown to cause mammary gland cancer in animals.

A global grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries, who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

The Story of Stuff Project /
A project created to extend the impact of The Story of Stuff, a twenty-minute film about the lifecycle of material goods that works to promote sustainability. The project includes several short films, downloadable resources, and an ongoing blog.

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results /
The premier source for cancer statistics in the United States. This program of the National Cancer Institute collects information on incidence, prevalence, and survival from geographic areas representing 28% of the US population, plus cancer mortality data for the entire country.

Toxic Free Canada /
An organization that brings workers and environmentalists together in cooperative projects for toxics reduction and a green economy.

Toxics Action Center /
A nonprofit organization based in New England whose mission is to work side-by-side with communities, providing the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level.

Toxics Release Inventory /
A database administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and containing data on disposal or other releases of nearly 650 toxic chemicals. The database can be searched by chemical, facility, or ZIP code.

Toxipedia /
A wiki-website offering more than a thousand pages of information on toxic chemicals, ethical considerations, laws and regulations, the history of toxicology, green chemistry, and much more.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
A global network of organizations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to protect, promote, and support this right. WABA works in close liaison with UNICEF.

Women in Europe for a Common Future /
An international network of over 100 women’s, environmental, and health organizations implementing projects in forty countries and advocating globally for a healthy environment for all.

Women’s Healthy Environments Network /
A Canadian nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect women to the vital information and tools necessary for taking preventative action.

Women’s Voices for the Earth /
A national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices, and government policies.

Film and Social Change Websites

Each organization listed below is described largely in its own words from information found on its website.

A multimedia platform dedicated to media for social change. Their ever-growing network engages people from all backgrounds to explore and debate contemporary issues, contribute their own material, and use media to make a difference. See Living Downstream filmmaker Chanda Chevannes’ blog, Adventures in Outreach, at

The Fledgling Fund /
A film funder that makes strategic grants and investments in creative media projects that have the potential to ignite social change. The fund’s website contains information on many compelling films, as well as a range of papers and other resources on the power of social-issue creative media. The Fledgling Fund is a funder of the Living Downstream outreach project.

Good Pitch /
A one-day live event bringing together specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters, and potential corporate and brand partners to form powerful alliances around groundbreaking films.

Green Screen /
An initiative that provides guidance for the film and television industries on how to reduce their environmental footprint.

McNabb Connolly /
A Canadian educational distribution company representing over 150 independent Canadian producers. McNabb Connolly is the educational distributor of Living Downstream in Canada.

Participant Media /
A production and distribution company committed to telling good stories that can make a difference in how we see the world. Some of their films include An Inconvenient Truth, The Kite Runner, Syriana, and Food, Inc.

The People’s Picture Company /
An independent Canadian production company specializing in the creation of documentary projects that compel thought, encourage discussion, and inspire action. The PPC is the producer of Living Downstream.

Working Films /
An organization committed to the use of documentary for social change. They offer consultation, strategic planning for alternative distribution, website and social media development, and complete campaign management services to filmmakers, all to ensure the content of nonfiction media truly meets the intention for change.

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