24 hours to influence POPs treaty meeting!

Tell Sec. Clinton to lead the charge against persistent pesticides

Protect Future Generations

Urge Secretary Clinton to strengthen U.S. leadership on persistent chemicals at Stockholm Convention meeting this week in Geneva.

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.

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Today decisions are being made in Geneva that will affect the health of children around the world.

The U.S. should be leading the charge to protect current and future generations from the persistent chemicals under discussion this week at the global meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Instead organizations on the ground in Geneva report that the U.S. is on the sidelines, not standing up to press for rapid progress or to block proposed loopholes and exemptions.

We must do better. Please direct your representatives in Geneva today to work against any exemption for the pesticide lindane, support rapid promotion of alternatives to DDT for malaria control, and support the full phaseout of all nine chemicals recommended for addition to the treaty’s global phaseout list. Your strong personal commitment to protecting children’s health should be reflected in U.S. support for a treaty that will protect children from South Africa to the Arctic from contamination of their homes, food and bodies.

When your delegates return from Geneva, we urge you to work with Congress to pass strong implementing legislation that will allow the U.S. to join the 163 countries that have already ratified this important global treaty. We must be full partners in this global effort to protect children and the environment from chemical contamination.

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