We’re on the ground in Geneva, Switzerland right now pushing to get lindane and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) banned under the Stockholm Convention. The news from Geneva: U.S. delegates aren’t stepping up, and they need to.
“The U.S. delegates just aren’t showing the kind of leadership we expected under the new administration,” reports PAN’s Karl Tupper. “We had hoped they would use their influence to block proposed loopholes and exemptions that undermine the treaty’s effectiveness.”
Take Action Now! We’ve got 24 hours to make a difference that will last. Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. must be a leader in the global effort to protect children and future generations from dangerous persistent chemicals.
The Stockholm Convention targets an entire class of chemicals for global elimination because they persist in the environment, build up in the bodies of humans and other animals, and travel the globe on wind and water currents. These chemicals can be passed from mother to infant during pregnancy and breastfeeding, putting future generations at risk. They accumulate at alarming levels in the Arctic region, contaminating traditional foods of Indigenous communities – an immediate threat to both the health and culture of families throughout the Arctic.
Despite not being party to the treaty, the U.S. has a leadership role to play in pressing for rapid action on the nine new chemicals being considered for addition under Stockholm.
Sign the letter today! We’ll deliver it Friday. Decisions made now in Geneva will determine whether - and how quickly - the global community will act to protect children from these chemicals. Strong U.S. leadership will make a difference.