As TEDX's Executive Director for the past 5 years I am tremendously excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary. In just the past month, we've redesigned two of our most popular scientific products, published a review article on BPA, and released a trailer on 'The Fossil Fuel Connection' (see box on right for links). Most importantly, as TEDX's founder Dr. Theo Colborn transitions to the role of President Emeritus, we're taking a moment to recognize her amazing contributions to the field of endocrine disruption. Without her insight and tenacity we would not be where we are today. We couldn't be more proud, or more grateful.
We invite you to send us a message in the comments section below.
Theo Colborn, President Emeritus
Ten years ago, when our little organization finally got its 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service, it was already past its toddler stage and up and running here in Paonia Colorado, thanks to two loyal staff members from Washington DC who physically packed a 10,000 pound collection of journal articles and government documents and shipped them across the country. This unique, 20 year old collection of literature about low concentrations of toxic chemicals in the environment resided in a database that is still the very heart of TEDX, although it has grown many times over.
I am a firm believer in what Goethe wrote about Providence, that if your intentions are good, it will follow you. From the day we started to build TEDX I have had much to be thankful for, including a dedicated and diverse Board of Directors, and donors and foundations that continued supporting me after the move from Washington, DC, and those who still support TEDX today.
It's far more than luck when I think of the wonderful people who have worked for TEDX over the past 10 years and especially when I look at those who are with us now for this celebration. I could not ask for a better team.
Although I will continue to work as usual with TEDX, nothing is going to please me more than to hand over the helm to Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski, where she will continue to serve the TEDX mission to do good beyond expectations, providing scientifically accurate, technical information to a vast clientele who are working to improve environmental health and rewrite public health policy - policy that takes into consideration the overarching role of the endocrine system and the fact that endocrine disruptors are made from the toxic byproducts of fossil fuels, and ultimately, that peace can only begin in a clean womb.
I didn't catch this email when it came through, and just found it, so please forgive the delay.
I can't say enough about your positive impacts in bringing endocrine disruption, particularly by commercially important chemicals, effluents, and degradation products, into the mainstream so that scientists and the public can generate and access necessary information to give rise to reduced exposures and impacts now and into the future. Your founding of TEDX, now a decade ago, is another feather in your cap in this regard.
Thanks for working both with and through the scientific community, to be both a catalyst and a science translator to the pubic.
On behalf of my colleagues at Pesticide Action Network, congratulations on the 10th anniversary of TEDX!
Our Stolen Future did so much early on to promote the undercurrent of advocacy that has been present in the endocrine disruptor field. We have seen advocacy from endocrine disruptor researchers in full play recently, with the recent public debate on the European Union’s plan to regulate endocrine disruptors. TEDX provides valuable resources for people seeking information on endocrine disruption, in a credible and science-based manner.
Your work to publicize the problem of endocrine disruptors has been so important to the aims of science and organizations like mine. Pesticide Action Network recognizes your achievements and those of TEDX.
Thank you for all you have done.
Pesticide Action Network North America
Thank you, from from your days back in Washington, DC until now, for the work you have done to support evaluation of New Chemicals at EPA and the treatment of environmentally sensitive patients by the alternative health community.
With all best wishes for your continued well being,
Dear Theo -- You're one of those rare and special people who have changed the way we view the world, and hopefully the way we will treat and care for it in the future. You have touched so many. Thank you for your inspiration, and for being you!
We sincerely cerebrate TEDX’s 10th anniversary. Owing to your great problem presentation of “Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals”, we Japanese have learned a lot to look at the changing world around us.
Although most of Japanese scientists are not so much interested in this matter as before, our NPO, JEPA (Japan Endocrine-disruptors Preventive Action) has been continuously paying attention to EDCs. For the last 5 years, we have been busy striving for the ban of neonicotinoids, because this pesticide could cause the nervous damages even to the humans, and aerial spraying of neonicotinoids in Japan has now become the problem of the humans, not the bees. At this moment, I am worrying the children’s nerve intractable diseases, neuromuscular diseases have also been increasing in Japan, I guess those are because of pesticides.
Along with this problem, we think we have to introduce the new information which TEDX has been releasing. As in your country, developmental disabilities of the Japanese children have been increasing, however, at this moment, only few scientists relate this children’s disease with the chemicals around us in Japan. We need to break through this barrier first. We are going to introduce your precious knowledge as much as possible to Japanese. Hope you and TEDX will further contribute to the wellbeing of the society.
I am sorry to send you congratulation message so late.
Dear Theo, congratulations with the 10th anniversary of TEDX. Having worked for 30 years in an obstetric clinic I am so happy with this initiative. Dear Theo I am so impressed by you and your work, I met you in BRussel, some years ago, Go on, and much love Janna