Human Health

By 2020, in order to protect the health of all Oregonians and to create a safe and healthy environment for all, the Oregon Conservation Network will achieve state-level policies that reduce toxic exposures from air, water, food, consumer products, and the built environment. Exposures to toxic chemicals, including pesticides, pose a real danger to human health and environment, from their production to their handling, transport, use, and disposal. OCN will also work to create and sustain livable communities where people have easy access to parks and green spaces and can safely walk, bicycle and take transit to meet their daily needs. Because some communities and demographic groups are disproportionately harmed by existing environmental health threats and do not have equal access to healthy environments, OCN members will work to engage impacted communities in developing policy solutions, correct disparities through policy solutions, and ensure that no communities are disproportionately harmed by policy changes.