Despite the many successes and advancements in the field of children’s environmental health over the past few decades, today’s children face an epidemic of chronic diseases and developmental disabilities linked to environmental exposures and our changing climate. There is an urgent need to put children and families back into the forefront of our nation’s actions regarding health and environment.
The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) established Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day in 2016, to be recognized every second Thursday of October.
This year it falls on October 11, 2018. It is a day for the children’s environmental health community to raise awareness of children’s health issues, celebrate successes in the field, share exciting new initiatives, and discuss new challenges and the road ahead.
CEH Day is also a day of action. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Request that your mayor or governor proclaim October 11, 2018 as Children’s Environmental Health Day. CEHN has proclamation templates and other helpful tips.
- Promote CEH Day by posting to social media using the hashtags #CEHday and #ChildrenAtTheCenter.
- Send a letter or postcard to your congressional leader about a children’s environmental health issue that matters most to you – and urge them to be an advocate for children