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Get involved! Pesticide Action Week 2016

The 11th edition of Pesticide Action week to which HEAL is a partner, takes place from 20 – 30 March with a specific focus on health and pesticide free towns. Biodiversity, natural gardening, organic food, and agricultural techniques will be highlighted but the main focus will be on the impacts of pesticides on health and promoting alternatives.

The aim of Pesticide Action Week this year is to specifically approach the medical community in order to raise awareness of doctors, nurses, obstetricians and other health practitioners about the links between health and the environment and the need to take environment related diseases more into account. The "health focus" will be a good opportunity to highlight to decision makers that protective policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides to protect people.

HEAL’s member Générations Futures who initiated and actively organises Pesticide Action Week has launched a toolkit on pesticides and health to use with your doctor and in doctors’ waiting rooms (http://www.semaine-sans-pesticides...., available in French) in order to raise awareness among patients, especially those who work in the countryside as they are more likely to be direct contact with possible pesticide-related illnesses.

Communications Toolkit

To raise awareness for Pesticide Action Week 2016, HEAL has developed a communications toolkit full of reasons to ban pesticides and tips on how to go pesticide-free. We encourage you to share these visuals via your social networks. HEAL will post tips and reasons to ban pesticides each day of Pesticide Action Week, so make sure to check our Twitter account (@HealthandEnv) and Facebook account regularly!

The complete toolkit can be viewed and downloaded here.

See more of the 14 tips and reasons here.

Pesticide Free Towns

Pesticide Action Week 2016 will be a good opportunity to raise awareness in France about Pesticide Free Towns as the ‘Labbé law’ passed last year. This law forbids the use of pesticides in public spaces from 1 January 2017 onwards. Générations Futures and its partners of the “0phyto 100%bio campaign” will take advantage of the next few months to put pressure on French cities and encourage them to change their practices all year. Videos will be launched of French cities that have already stopped using pesticides in public spaces and the promotion of organic farming. A kit will support the videos dedicated to help technicians and elected members to change their practices and show the possible and necessary alternatives to pesticides.

The call for participation to the 11th edition is available online for download here.

We encourage you to join us during Pesticide Action Week and spread the news with friends, families, colleagues, journalists especially via your social networks!

A set of tools and communication tools are available here and more general information about Pesticide Action Week 2016 is available from the official website here

Other Resources:

- HEAL Publication ’The current risk assessment process for pesticides does not protect children’s health’

- HEAL Resources ’Health impacts of EDCs and pesticides on pregant women and children’

- HEAL Publication ’Which Pesticides Are Used In My School?’

- HEAL Toolkit ’Six Steps to Pesticide Reduction

- Pesticide Action Network North America Publication ’Healthy Kids - Tips and Tools For Action on Pesticides

- Pesticide Action Network Europe ’Consumer Guide For Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides

- Generations Futures EXPPERT Study ’Homes Close to Pesticide Spraying Show All Year Exposure

Last updated on 24 March 2016

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