TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)

P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940

Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org

Website:  www.toxicsinfo.org

(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)

 

RESOLUTION

 

IN SUPPORT OF THE GOALS OF THE LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING CAMPAIGN & CONTEST:  TO REDUCE THE USE OF LAWN CHEMICALS, AND TO ENCOURAGE CONSIDERATION OF HEALTHIER CREATIVE LANDSCAPING ALTERNATIVES

 

WHEREAS, Home landscaping is an integral part of our culture and plays an essential role in the quality of our environment, affecting our well-being and our physical and psychological health, and

 

WHEREAS, Lawns and gardens are everywhere and the desire to beautify our surroundings is an integral part of our lives, and

 

WHEREAS, Oftentimes, the path taken to produce a beautiful space is in direct conflict with our environment’s health and well-being; and

 

WHEREAS, Large quantities of toxic lawn chemicals, often in addition to various other pesticides, are being used on Rhode Island property for landscaping purposes by homeowners and the lawn care and landscaping industry.  The quality of life in this state, and indeed our state’s outlook is predicated on our ability to preserve our environment, especially clean water supplies, for future generations; and

 

WHEREAS, Children are especially susceptible to toxic substances both because of their small size and because of their fast rate of growth.  It is critically important that we demonstrate to our most cherished resource, our children, a determination to protect their health and habitat, now  and for their future;  now, therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, That [Name of town or organization] hereby endorses the 2004 State Senate & House resolutions requesting [Governor Carcieri] to institute programs aimed at reducing the allowable amount of toxic chemicals used in lawn and garden landscaping in [the State of Rhode Island], to educate the public on the potential dangers to our environment and health from the use of landscaping chemicals; and to encourage them to consider creative landscaping alternatives, including use of native species; and be it further

 

RESOLVED, That [Name of town or organization] encourages groups and individuals to support the Less Toxic Landscaping Campaign and Contest by helping to publicize its goals and disseminate information on lawn chemical risks and on healthier landscaping options.

 

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