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Newtown Meeting sets talk on environmental stewardship


Grace Ciccimaro, member of Newtown Friends Meeting, territory manager in the Rheumatology Division for Eli Lilly in New Jersey, mother and environmental activist, will speak on “Stewardship at Home, Simplifying in a Complex Chemical World,” at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Newtown Friends Meetinghouse, 219 Court St.

“I will talk about how the modern culture of convenience items (household cleaning products, processed food, cosmetic products, plastic packaging) exposes our bodies to a high chemical load.” Ciccimaro said. “I’ll talk about what these chemicals may mean for our family’s health and the tools we can use to simplify our lives, reduce our toxic exposure, and cut waste.

“While most chemicals are safe, some chemicals common in our homes interfere with the body’s endocrine system,” Ciccimaro said.

“Endocrine disrupting chemicals are found in everything from shampoo and lipstick, to nonstick pans, canned food, water repellent clothing and baby toys. The effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals have been linked to obesity, breast cancer, autoimmune diseases, premature birth, impaired fertility and endometriosis, among other diseases. With awareness we can make simple choices that reduce our exposure to these chemicals.”

Following the presentation, there will be Meeting for Worship at 11 a.m. Child care is provided and the public is welcome.