Our poisoned planet

Man-made poisons - both intentional chemicals and the toxic waste from mining, manufacturing, transport  and waste disposal - now occur throughout the Earth system, on land, at sea and in the air. The whole of humanity and indeed, all life on Earth, is exposed to an additional 250 billion tonnes of chemical emissions from our activity every year. Scientists are finding  these toxins in our food, our water, the air we breathe, the furnishings and materials of our homes, vehicles, schools and workplaces, in wildlife, the oceans, in our bodies, our unborn children and now, even in our genes.

Humanity's chemical emissions are four time greater, even, than our carbon emissions. There is compelling scientific evidence they are damaging human intelligence, gender, reproduction and health and causing death and disability on a scale that far exceeds even the worst wars.

There is an answer, though not an easy one.  It is for informed consumers worldwide to stop buying toxic goods and foods, and to start rewarding companies which produce clean, safe products. This requires an act of co-operation and knowledge sharing on a global scale, to cleanse our poisoned planet. Concerned citizens, parents, cancer societies, doctors, environmentalists and others are already uniting, worldwide, to start this process.

There must be a new human right: not to be poisoned.

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