The Chemical Pollution Crisis

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The Chemical Pollution Crisis - the growing human, health and environmental crisis that needs your attention

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The Chemical Pollution Crisis - the growing human, health and environmental crisis that needs your attention: why should your organisation care, and what can you do?

Chemical pollution touches everything, changing the foundation on which our ecosystems function, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the crops we eat. It is this inescapable and intrinsic link across all aspects of life that makes chemical pollution relevant to so many of the national and global challenges we now face.

Synthetic chemicals are now used in almost every aspect of our everyday lives – from life saving drugs and green energy innovation to the unnecessary coatings and additives in our food packaging, clothing and cosmetics. These chemicals escape during product manufacture, use, and disposal and pollute the environment, threatening the health and wellbeing of people and wildlife both in the UK and abroad.

Hazardous chemicals are now “ubiquitous in humans and the environment” (UNEP, 2019). These chemicals are increasingly linked to a wide range of serious health concerns, from problems with fertility and reproductive development, to cardiovascular disease, hormone-related cancers, impaired brain development, diabetes and even obesity. The impacts of chemical pollution exacerbate existing social inequalities, they cross international boundaries and without immediate action, will continue to weaken our battle against preventable disease and harm the health of future generations.

Hazardous chemicals are also polluting and accumulating in our environment. All of England’s rivers, lakes and waterways are polluted with chemicals that exceed environmental standards (Environment Agency). This pollution adds an additional burden to wildlife populations already under threat from climate and land-use changes. Chemical pollution reduces nature's climate resilience and damages the ecosystems we rely on for climate mitigation, and as a global leader in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, the chemical industry itself is a key driver of the climate crisis.

Right now, we have the unique opportunity to change this!

The UK Government is developing a new Chemicals Strategy that will define the future of chemical pollution across the UK. It is vital that this strategy commits to actions that properly protect citizens, wildlife and the environment from hazardous chemicals, and we need your help to achieve this.

To find out more about chemical pollution, how it impacts your organisation and what actions you can take to support a greener, fairer and healthier future, join CHEM Trust, Breast Cancer UK, the Marine Conservation Society and Fidra on Thursday 25th November at 11:00am.

The webinar will consist of a presentation and question & answer session.

For further information please contact Eleanor Hawke at

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