The United Nations Body Burden Forum introduces the Campaign’s human biomonitoring project. This project reveals the presence in human bodies of hazardous chemicals covered by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, including persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, toxic pesticides and heavy metals, and promotes community dialogue on ways to prevent chemical exposure and risk.
The consequences of the warming of our earth and oceans are becoming clearer and more disturbing. Climate change increases the planet’s vulnerability to POPs, by increasing exposure and heightening toxic effects on humans and the environment. The increasing frequency and severity of tropical cyclones and flood events place stockpiles containing obsolete POPs pesticides and the low-lying agricultural communities where they are typically stored in harm’s way.
Our approach to hazardous substances in electronic and electrical products is undergoing a paradigm shift, moving us away from a focus on the end-of-life of e-products to considering them throughout their life-cycle. E-waste presents a heavy burden for people, especially the poor, while offering uptapped opportunities for resources to be recovered, reused or recycled. Eliminating toxics from e-products up-stream and designing for health and the environment are solutions everyone can embrace.
Learn how chemicals harm human health and the environment and ways to minimize chemical exposures and protect yourself and your children.
Governments are negotiating a global instrument to reduce the risk of exposure to toxic mercury, one of the heavy metals of most concern worldwide today. Follow the negotiations while learning to live with one the planet´s most elusive elements.
Safe Planet, 5 Gyres Institute and Pangaea Explorations are partnering on the expedition of the Sea Dragon, a world-class sailing vessel monitoring the seas for plastic pollution and persistent organic pollutants. Track the voyage of the Sea Dragon across the Seven Seas on a journey of scientific discovery and community engagement.
What makes a product safe? Being clean or pure, natural or organic, well-designed, tested or certified, toxics-free? The answers are not so simple. From a life-cycle perspective, how the product is produced may be as important as the end-product. A product free of toxins may still have been produced by chemicals that pollute the environment or sicken workers. Safe Planet invites you to a dialogue on Safe Products. We will explore alternatives to today’s patterns of production and consumption, to make the planet safe for all living things.
As the leading global chemical Right-to-Know instrument, the Rotterdam Convention seeks to unlock the wealth of information collected through the treaty´s Prior Informed Consent mechanism. Read up-to-date reports on chemicals in trade and about national restrictions and bans on the importation of hazardous chemicals and severely hazardous chemical formulations used in agriculture and industry.