Environmental Film Debuts in Chicago

Many environmental problems are large-scale, global issues — think climate change, the energy crisis, and biological extinctions. But other crises are right under our noses, yet don’t grab the headlines. Ever wonder, for example, about the potentially adverse effects of lawn-care pesticides on the health of people and animals?

The ubiquitous and largely unquestioned use of toxic chemicals in our lawns and gardens poses a significant environmental threat to public health and ecosystem quality. RU’s Sustainability Studies program invites everyone to attend the Chicago-area debut of a groundbreaking documentary film from Canada about the impact of lawn-care pesticides on public health, A Chemical Reaction, at Columbia College’s Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, on Saturday, March 20th, 3-5pm.

Film debuts in Chicago, March 20th

The event features an appearance by the film’s executive producer, Paul Tukey.

According to the movie’s promotional materials, “Canada has spoken and lawn and garden pesticides that are commonly used in the U.S. are now banned in most of that nation. A Chemical Reaction examines how Hudson, Quebec, became the first town in North America to eliminate these products and how its battle all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court inspired activists everywhere. But can the U.S. ever overcome its own pesticide lobbyists for the sake of children’s health? If Paul Tukey has his way, it will.”

View a trailer of A Chemical Reaction on YouTube.

Post by Professor Mike Bryson.

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