Letter to European Parliament: Keep the EU Taxonomy fossil gas free for better health – vote against the delegated act
HEAL has sent a letter to Members of European Parliament, calling to keep the EU…
Today, the European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes the 2020 report on the state and outlook of the European environment. The main conclusion is that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency, thus that change of direction is urgently needed to face climate change challenges, reverse degradation of the natural world and ensure future prosperity. The report highlights that the prospects for reducing environmental risks to health would be improved with better integration of environment and health policies.
It is a clear signal for the Von der Leyen European Commission that took office just this week and that is expected to present its flagship European Green Deal in the coming days.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) was encouraged to see health protection from environment and climate threats has been included in the political guidelines and in the hearings at the European Parliament, including a zero-pollution strategy with a commitment to align EU air quality legislation to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, a ban on endocrine disrupting chemicals in toys, cosmetics and food contact materials and the move towards healthy energy and greater climate mitigation ambition.
At the start of the Commission’s 2019-2024 term, HEAL today calls on the new College of Commissioners to translate the support expressed for environmental health protection into tangible and impactful policy proposals and legislation. HEAL considers that zero pollution and health protection need to be at the core of the Commission’s flagship European Green Deal. It is essential that the European Green Deal delivers on climate change, on clean air and on health protection from hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Signed by Génon K. Jensen, Executive Director of HEAL, on behalf of:
Action for Breast Cancer Foundation
Association Promotion Recherche Environnement Santé publique (Apres)
Clean Air Action Group
European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
France Nature Environnement
International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES)
International Society of Doctors for the Environment, Section Austria
International Society of Doctors for the Environment, Section Italia
Mutualités Libres / Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen
Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe
Réseau Environnement Santé
The Cancer Prevention and Education Society