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Mexico and U.S. Making Progress in Cleaning up Toxins

June 21, 2013

President Peña Nieto plans to clean up Mexico's 10 major ports, including Puerto Vallarta, perhaps after hearing that the whales that attract tourists are suffering from toxic buildup in our oceans. (Larry Bennett)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - President Peña Nieto is finishing a fact finding campaign to clean up Mexico's 10 major ports, including Puerto Vallarta, perhaps after hearing that the whales that help attract millions of tourists to Mexico are suffering from the toxic buildup from all the household products, foods, and dirty fossil fuel energy we have been unconsciously using.

Those flying to Mexican ports may have noticed the growing smog clouds over the regions that the President is now wisely addressing, a move that is scoring high marks.

Perhaps Peña Nieto was also inspired by the progress in combating all sorts of toxins in this region, thanks to the State of Jalisco's visionary leadership. In 2011 the state of Jalisco funded a detox campaign that started in Puerto Vallarta and was led by Organic Superfoods, the Mexican Olympic Committee, gyms, and health food stores to raise awareness of toxins in foods and drinks, especially processed sugar. The grant is also being used to fund seminars on how, and why, everyone should make the switch from toxic products to all natural ones.

Since the United States and Mexico especially cross-pollinate our toxins through our oceans and clouds it is fortunate that U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, an avid skier, resurrected and reintroduced a bi-partisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act just before he passed on, at the age of 89, earlier this month.

This updated Act from Lautenberg’s 2010 Safe Chemicals Act would finally protect Americans in a manner that's similar to most other developed countries, and restore a vibrantly healthy, happy, future for generations of children that includes snow.

Thanks to meeting him on top of Aspen mountain on Christmas Day in 2004, after he had just returned from witnessing the crack in the Antarctic ice cap, I got to know this Chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee.

He then got a huge cancer scare, which inspired him to protect his 13 grandchildren and all American children by proposing a bill modeled after the European Unions' REACH testing program that has banned 35 toxins, compared to only 5 in the U.S., 10 in Canada, and 1 in Mexico.

As a result of the RIO+20 Earth Summit last June, the World's youth have united, and one of the most brilliant bold leaders is a 13-year-old Mexican-American living in Colorado, Xiuh (Shoe) Martinez, who just got fracking banned around his Boulder, Colorado school. His EarthGuardianKids in 100 countries are going to be issuing Report Cards on their leaders so parents will know how to vote to restore their "Climate Justice" and create the bright future they want.

By working together to green our schools, offices and communities, this generation can phenomenally rise! For the full story, please visit

Suzy Chaffee, a former Olympic skier who helped invent dancing down mountains, has turned activist, journalist, filmmaker, and has worked with seven U.S. Presidents. She is now co-chairman of a non-profit partnership of the Elders of the Americas and Olympians, called the Native American Olympic Team Foundation, which aims to heal Mother Earth for all our children through joyful sports and education. For more information, contact Suzy at SuzyNativeVoices(at) or visit or