Day after day calls pour into our office from all over the country. CHEJ responds by talking with local leaders, either in their communities or over the phone, and helping them pick specific and winnable issues like leaking landfills, polluted drinking water, hazardous waste sites, etc. – and helping them create a campaign. We help community groups research the extent of a problem, break it down into manageable “action steps,” and then develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed to be able to carry out those steps, one by one.
At the same time, we are uniting community voices and facilitating collective action by building nationwide initiatives focused around specific environmental health issues. Our current campaigns focus on environmental health threats to children and fighting for preventive action to protect public health, the environment and our economy. These efforts focus resources and media attention on local grassroots struggles and support organizing around state and local policy initiatives. By building political pressure from the bottom up, we are working toward systemic change at the national level.