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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all
As EU member states gathered in Bratislava on 16 September, leading environmental organisations including HEAL called for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum. Read more…

Trade ministers discuss TTIP and the ratification of the CETA agreement
Trade ministers gathered in Bratislava recently to discuss the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada which many civil society groups including HEAL called on trade ministers to reject. Read more…

Children’s rights and the environment – new UN report argues countries have obligation to prevent childhood exposure to toxics
HEAL members and partners contributed environmental health expertise to the Committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) meeting on 23 September to discuss Children’s Rights and the Environment. Read more…

Take Action!

- Join Our Climate our Health

- Sign on to the WHO Call to Action


- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

- The Unpaid Health Bill - How coal power plants in the Western Balkans make us sick

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013




- 26: World Environmental Health Day

- 26: AIM working group meeting on EDCs - HEAL participating

- 28 - 29: ECHA EDCs expert committee

- 28 - 30: Gastein Health Forum

- 30: World Heart Day

- 6 - 7, Belgium: Expert meeting of member states on EDC criteria

- 13, Belgium: EP Environment Committee vote on Manimata Mercury amendments

- 18, London, UK: ’A breath of fresh air’ event, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

- 19: Global Frackdown Day

- 20 - 21: HEAL General Assembly

- 20 - 21, Belgium: EU Heads of State Summit

- 22: Global day of action against coal

- 23 - 29: 4th International lead poisoning prevention week of action

- 24 - 27, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 25, Zurich, Switzerland: Food Packaging Forum workshop


- 7 – 18, Marrakech, Morocco: UNFCCC COP22 - HEAL delegation participating

- 9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 14 - 18, San Francisco, USA: IPEN Global meeting and toxic-free future forum

- 16: World COPD Day

- 21: ENVI Working Group on Health - "Exchange of good practice in the field of health promotion and primary prevention"

- 21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 28-29: Vienna, Austria: WHO, 6th meeting of European Environment and Health Task Force, Negotiation of the Conference Declaration/outcomes

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

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