Jun 24

Silent Movie Theatre - Los Angeles

“The Toxies” is a satirical awards ceremony showcasing toxic chemicals and pollutants. This 3rd annual event, created by the statewide coalition Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), has now come together with groups across the country to share bring toxic chemicals to life with a Hollywood spin.
 
The Toxies educates the public on the hazards of specific chemicals and demonstrates how we can pull together as neighborhoods, workers, businesses and consumers to eliminate them from our lives.
 
The kind of traits that nominate a chemical for a Toxie award include:
 •Toxic or poisonous;
 •Causes cancer;
 •Changes genetic material;
 •Interferes with normal reproduction;
 •Disrupts the endocrine system (synthetic hormones);
 •Causes serious eye damage;
 •Causes hyper-reaction in the airways;
 •Causes skin rashes or irritations;
 •Accumulates in the body;
 •Affects fish and other aquatic organisms;
 •Depletes the ozone layer.
 
The chemicals featured in The Toxies are by no means an exhaustive list, but they’re a place to start. Once more people recognize the harm they cause, we can take the right steps to eliminate them and fix the system that let them get work in the first place!


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