Do you want your school district to stop spraying toxic chemicals like Roundup and Rodeo?
There are many ways to accomplish this. You could email the school board, call them, have a private conversation with a school board member and/or you could present to the board.
First, confirm that they are using Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides. This photo looks just like Roundup but it is actually Avenger Organics, a safe alternative.
If you want to present to the school board, you can. Just look up your school district board meeting schedule, go to the meeting, fill out the card in the back of the room which will give you three minutes to speak during the public comment. It is best to ask several other parents to go wth you to show support. Only a few need to speak initially to ask for the item to but pit on the agenda.
If you want to use the 3 minute presentation and several talking points I wrote for my school board, click here.
During that time you speak, you will want to raise the issue but also make sure to request to put the issue of alternative weed control on the agenda. They will not make a decision during your public comments, the first time you speak. The point is just to ask to have the issue put on the agenda.
I, however, felt compelled to also ask for a hold on the spraying in the meantime, because obviously, I didn't want more spraying to happen while we waited a month to get on the agenda, which is customary.
When you get the issue on the agenda, they will then consider all the data, perhaps form a committee to address it, and make a decision.
When you get on the agenda, that is when you may want to bring more people, have each one cover a certain aspect of the harm of glyphosate, have parents of children with cancer share, or children share too.
It would be good to have a doctor, nurse, landscaper or scientist if you can but not necessary.
Present this document about the health crisis of our American children if you wish, which has sources and studies. You could also email this as a follow up so the links are easier to use.
Give solutions too, such as safe Steam Weed Control, mulch, permaculture, community service etc. They are provided on the 3 minute talk as well.
Don't be mad at them, they really are just doing the best they know how. Be respectful, clear and concise.
Just speak from your heart and present scientific studies to back up the data you provide.
Dress professionally and make sure to thank them for their time.
Have fun connecting with your community!
Zen and MAA Team
UPDATE: In August of 2018, school pesticide applicator Dwayne "Lee" Johnson, who is dying of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, was awarded 289.2 million dollars from Monsanto by a California Supreme Court jury. Monsanto was found guilty of acting with "malice and oppression," meaning they knew their glyphosate products could cause cancer and the company executives suppressed the information. As of September 2018, over 8,000 more Roundup users are filing lawsuits against Monsanto.