Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What it means to be an activist in Rochester.

 

This article (below) is a great tribute to one of our great environmental health leaders in our community.  Judy Braiman of Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides (RAMP) has been a tireless advocate for making our way of life sustainable. 

We should expect that businesses act in such ways that they do not pollute or create products that cause people harm. 

And, we should expect our local, state, and federal governments to enforce regulations so harm does not come to the public and to our environment. 

And, we should expect the media to be vigilant in ferreting out and discovering any issues dealing with our environmental health.  But, at present we cannot. 

At present the burden is on the public to find out for themselves whether or not new products are dangerous or new chemicals toxic to us and our environment.  We have to depend on great activists like Judy Braiman to be our watchdog, when we should be depending on our businesses, our governments, and our media to consider our environment and our health first.

Judy Braiman of Pittsford a relentless voice for consumer safety | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle After four decades of consumer activism, Judy Braiman is still passionate about her cause. Her efforts have drawn national attention and prompted product recalls, new laws and other changes to protect the public. Along the way, she's frustrated some business and government officials who see her as an extremist, and she's been kicked off some advisory groups. "I take pride in that," Braiman said. The petite Pittsford grandmother of 10 today announces her 40th annual review of unsafe toys and other products at local stores. (November 23, 2010)  Democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York

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