NRCM news release
The Natural Resources Council of Maine has released an online “flash movie” designed to inform Maine people about the threats posed by toxic chemicals in common household products. The three-minute film, YOU’RE IN JEOPARDY, uses a game show format to entertain, inform and offer action steps to viewers. The film can be seen on the internet by clicking on the link at the top right of this page.
YOU’RE IN JEOPARDY combines cartoon animation with videotaped footage to tell the story of how many of the toxic chemicals that are put into household products are not adequately tested for safety and these chemicals are now being found in people and wildlife.
The movie opens with cartoon game show host, Alex Lubec, and guests Kathy Kineo and Sammy Sternman. It closes with a personal message from Hannah Pingree of North Haven, who was recently tested for toxic chemicals in her body – Pingree’s results indicated 35 of the 67 chemicals tested were present in her body.
”We hope that all Mainers will log on from their home, workplace or library to learn about the sad state of toxic chemical oversight,” says Matt Prindiville, toxics project director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “Many people understandably assume that the chemicals put into products we buy for our homes and families must be safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case.”
Some of the chemicals found in common household products can cause learning and memory problems, thyroid hormone imbalances, reproductive problems, and cancer.
“The good news is that there are many safer alternatives available for use,” said Prindiville. “There are also actions all Maine people can take today to urge more protective laws to ensure unsafe chemicals don’t enter our homes and businesses. We urge everyone who wants to leave a better Maine to our children to watch the fil
YOU’RE IN JEOPARDY, produced by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, features animation, voiceovers and much creative work by Jason Ables of bumpercars.com, and videography by Richard Searls of Solon working with Reggie Groff of Portland. Special thanks to Hannah Pingree of North Haven for her participation.