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Congratulations to the winners of the Jean and Leslie Douglas “Pearl Award” for "providing a sustainable earth for future generations.’’

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HEAL congratulates the three winners of the award – Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn and Pete Meyers - who have also contributed visionary science and inspiration to our alliance’s work over the years and continue to do so.

The Jean and Leslie Douglas “Pearl Award” is given to individuals, with great tenacity and despite great challenges, remain dedicated to improving the lives of others and to providing a sustainable planet for future generations.

Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn and Pete Myers have won the first-ever annual Pearl Awards of 2013 presented by the Cornell Douglas Foundation. They have provided outstanding leadership in unique fields, and brought critical awareness to issues affecting the health of both the public and the communities in which they live. These three individuals have contributed immensely to HEAL’s science communication and policy work for many years and they continue to share their expertise in the field of environmental health.

Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Institute brings government, industry, scientists and citizens groups together worldwide to support chemical policies to protect human health and the global environment. Blum’s research and policy work has contributed to stopping the use of toxic flame retardants in children’s sleepwear and other products globally. Her current “mountain,” which she considers her life’s most challenging and important, is to change policy to reduce the use of harmful chemicals.Blum’s awards include selection by the Guardian newspaper as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women, National Women’s History Project selection as one of 100 “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,”, and election to the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence.

Watch Arlene Blum here in the TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch video ’Blum - Plastic Pollution In Our Homes’

Dr Theo Colborn, an environmental health analyst, has authored numerous scientific publications on endocrine disruptors, synthetic chemicals that interfere with hormones and other chemical messengers controlling human development, reproduction, how we mature, and function. The book she co-authored in 1996, Our Stolen Future, triggered enactment of state, national, and international actions to improve chemical testing protocols and take precautionary action. She has served as an advisor to federal agencies in the US and abroad and directed World Wildlife Fund’s Wildlife and Contaminants Program.

She established TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange) with the mission to reduce the use of and exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and other chemicals that at ambient exposure cause adverse health effects. TEDX provides objective technical information about toxic chemicals to academicians, government scientists, policymakers, grassroots and support groups, the media, and the public. Located in western Colorado amidst rapidly increasing natural gas operations TEDX produced an environmental justice video useful for advocates around the world. More information on Dr. Colborn and TEDX can be found at

Watch a TEDX talk featuring Dr Colborn here

Pete Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, and co-authored Our Stolen Future with Theo which triggered action at national and international level to improve chemical testing protocols and take precautionary action. Pete is actively involved in primary research on the on the impacts of endocrine disruption on human health.. He is the board chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and has also chaired the board of the Science Communication Network since its founding in 2003 which is dedicated to encouraging environmental public health scientists and medical practitioners to contribute to public discussions about their work through the media and thereby elevate the quality and quantity of environmental health reporting.

Pete is also known for setting up the Environmental Health News, an independent news organization that reports and publishes news stories on environmental topics and provides daily access to news from other worldwide media. The daily electronic newsletter, Above The Fold, and the weekly children’s health and energy newsletters are available for free.

Last updated on 15 April 2014

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