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Ville Zero Pesticides: Pour que nos enfants ne nous accusent pas

During Week Without Pesticides (20-30 March), HEAL and member organisation Mouvement pour les Droits et le Respect des Génerations Futures (MDRGF) launched a postcard action calling on municipalities across France to phase out the use of pesticides in public places, such as parks, school and sports grounds.

The objective of the postcard action is two-fold. It aims to raise the awareness of the public and local authorities on the hazardous effects of pesticides on children’s health. The ultimate goal is to achieve an elimination of pesticides use, especially where this use is non-essential and ’cosmetic’ like in public spaces.

The postcard, launched during a press conference convened by one of the Paris municipalities (II arondissement), will be widely disseminated across the country and also distributed at shops such as the French gardening chain Botanic.

Some municipalities in France, from Rennes to Grenoble to Paris, are already taking steps in this direction and showing that it is possible to go pesticide-free. We hope the postcard action will accelerate this process and encourage the use of alternatives to pesticides.

Last updated on 24 June 2011

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