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HEAL Newsletter - Edition 3, June 2017

HEAL highlights from the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Ostrava
To increase citizens’ engagement and speed up action on key areas of environmental health, a HEAL delegation participated in the WHO Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in the Czech Republic. Read more…

Over 250 non-government organisations launch alternative vision for Europe
HEAL and more than 250 NGOs from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, sustainable, and healthier Europe. Read more…

Medical groups call for climate to be in G20 Health Ministers’ declaration
The European medical and public health community urged the first G20 Health Ministers’ meeting to recognise the threat to health from climate change in an open letter coordinated by HEAL. Read more...

EU finally recognises Bisphenol A as an endocrine disruptor for health
After two decades of campaigning against Bisphenol A, HEAL celebrates an important victory – the European chemicals agency finally recognised BPA as an endocrine disruptor for human health which opens the way for stricter Europe-wide regulation and gradual ban of its various uses. Read more...

Chemical regulation is “best buy” in cancer prevention
For European Week Against Cancer, the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and HEAL pointed out that banning glyphosate and other EDCs would prevent many cases of cancer and save lives. Read more...

More than one million Europeans stand up against glyphosate
The fastest-growing European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ever which HEAL helped launched earlier this year demonstrates huge societal concern about pesticides. Read more...

EDC-Free Europe reiterates its position and asks France to stand strong
The EDC-Free Europe coalition, which represents 70 civil society groups, have written an open letter to the French Minister Nicholas Hulot responsible for the environment to urge him to vote against weak EDC criteria on July 4th. Read more...

Endocrine experts united in disappointment with EU Commission’s proposed criteria on EDCs
Three major endocrine expert groups have alerted the European Commission that current EDC criteria proposal will not protect human health. Read more...

European Parliament questions EU Commission on Monsanto papers, taking on European Cancer League calls
The European Parliament questioned the EU Commission about the possible impact of Monsanto’s action on the EU scientific assessments of glyphosate, following a joint ECL and HEAL letter. Read more...

New HEAL publication: HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper
Check out HEAL’s brand new Healthy Energy Paper in English, Polish and Czech, which was launched during the Sixth WHO Environment and Health Conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Read more…

How do we calculate health impacts and costs from coal? Here’s a handy visual guide!
HEAL has produced a quick guide to illustrate the methodology used to calculate what air pollution from coal power plants produces in costs to our health. Read more…

HEAL attends Civil20 Summit 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, 18 – 19 June
This month HEAL joined a Civil20 (C20) summit in Hamburg, which brought together over 300 civil society organisations to advise G20 governments on how to achieve a fossil-free future. Read more…

The winners of the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards
The winners of the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards have been revealed, with Poland as the big “winner”! The awards, for which HEAL helped judge the unhealthiest contestants, were organised to draw attention to the ways governments subsidize fossil fuels across Europe. Read more…

Unmask My City campaign launches in Poland, Western Balkans and Turkey
With HEAL as a main driver, the Unmask My City campaign was launched in Warsaw, Belgrade, Istanbul, Adana and Hatay. The campaign calls on city authorities to clean up the air in Europe. Interested in joining, too? Read more…

How does your real-time air quality rate?
To increase citizens’ engagement and more speedy action to improve Europe’s air, HEAL carried out community monitoring on the road to the WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. Read more…

Health professional societies send joint statement on diesel NOx emissions to members of German Parliament
Together with three health societies, HEAL sent a statement to the German Parliament on the health risks from diesel NOx emissions, on the occasion of a parliamentary report on the subject. Read more…

73 NGOs + World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry request workshop to end amalgam for children
HEAL has joined a coalition of 73 NGOs and the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry to urge the UN Environment Executive Director to co-sponsor a global workshop to end amalgam use for children.Read more...

Members’ news

- ALHem - ALHem participates in a medical education course on Endocrine Disruptors and Reproductive Health in Belgrade, Serbia

- Breast Cancer UK - New pregnancy advice guide ‘Protect Your Baby’s Health’

- EFA - Join the call to action on allergy and asthma

- MedAct - MedAct launches new website for ‘Doctors Against Diesel’ campaign. Visit the website and join the fight against air pollution today!

- WECF - Youth at the heart of ECO Forum’s participation in Ostrava

- WECF and IPEN - Beyond 2020: NGO recommendations for Sustainable Chemistry


- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper - available in English, Polish and Czech, June 2017

- Quick guide: How to calculate health impacts and costs from coal, HEAL publication, June 2017

- New flyer on the Unmask My City campaign, June 2017

- Guide on the health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

- ISDE Italy conference on EDCs in Milan - presentation and audio by Lisette van Vliet


June 2017

- 29 June: Green Science Policy webinar – Introduction, Flame Retardants, Bisphenols & Phthalates

July 2017

- 3 - 6 July, Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Plenary sessions

- 6 July: Green Science Policy webinar – Introduction, Some Solvents, Certain Metals

- 7 - 8 July, Hamburg, Germany: G20 Summit

August 2017

- 1 - 7 August: G20 Summit

- 7 - 21 August: HEAL office closed for summer

- 12 August: International Youth Day

- 17 - 20 August: Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017

Take Action

- #StopGlyphosate ECI. Protect our health, sign our petition today!

- SumOfUs petition to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria. Petition is also available in French, Spanish, and in German.

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

HEAL in the media

- EU designates Bisphenol A as Endocrine Disruptor, Bloomberg BNA, 19 June 2017

- Perturbateurs endocriniens: des ONG appellent la France à rester ferme, AFP, 21 June 2017

- EU beperkt uitstoot steenkool (EU limits carbon emissions), IPS, 2 May 2017

- UMC Turkey launch interview with HEAL, CNN Turkey, 24 June 2017

- Kampanja lekara za cist vazduh: Skini masku mom gradu (Clean Air Cleaner Campaign: Unmask my city), VRTS TV (Serbian national television), 1 June 2017

HEAL tweets

- More than one million Europeans have stood up to #StopGlyphosate & signed our petition! Add your voice: #glyphosate

- Big steps in regulation of #EDCs in EU: @EU_ECHA recognises bisphenol A #BPA as an #EUEDC for human health:

- #AirPollution is responsible for 1 in 9 deaths worldwide. Join the movement and #UnmaskMyCity: #EuropeEnvHealth

- Solutions to #environment #health questions do exist. A recent success story from the EU: #EuropeanEnvHealth _

Last updated on 30 June 2017

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. 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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