EXCERPTS FROM A THREE-PART SERIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Between 2004 and 2006, Varda wrote three articles that together form an integrated series on environmental threats to children in North America. The first, ‘Techno-Environmental Assaults on Childhood in America’, with researcher Gary Sampson, was developed from a key-note address to the second Childhood in America national symposium, held at Point Park University, Pittsburgh. The article appeared in Childhood Lost: How American Culture Is Failing Our Kids, in 2005, in the first anthology of the highly praised Praeger Press academic/popular crossover Childhood in America series, edited by symposium coordinator and psychologist Sharna Olfman.
The second article, devoted entirely to problems of chemical neurotoxicity, ‘Toxic World, Troubled Minds’ with researcher David Fenton, appeared in the second anthology in the Childhood in America Series, No Child Left Different, 2006.
The third article, ‘A World Fit for Children’, sets out a step by step program for effecting major changes in children’s, family and public health with respect to environmental factors. It appeared in the highly acclaimed anthology, Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around, edited by Sharna Olfman and children’s entertainer and environmental activist Raffi Cavoukian, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. It also appeared in 2006.