As the P2.5 billion “Green, Green, Green” program of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) goes in full swing, a non-profit environmental health organization urged the agency to ensure that funded projects only use paints with no added lead, a toxic chemical.
IPEN PO and Regional Hub, l'Association de l'éducation environnementale pour les futures générations (AEEFG), co-organized a meeting in Tunisia on the "Substitution of lead in industrial paint in Tunisia" under the SwitchMed Programme on June 19thand 20th. Around 50 stakeholders representing industry, Ministries, academia and civil society met to exchange experiences on lead paint in Tunisia, and to discuss next steps towards eliminating lead paint in Tunisia.
A technical guideline on replacing lead in anticorrosive paint developed by AEEFG, in collaboration with IPEN experts, was presented and welcomed by industry representatives. The outcomes of the meeting included support from key stakeholders for banning lead paint in Tunisia. AEEFG´s Executive Director Semia Gharbi played a key role in planning the meeting and facilitating stakeholder dialogue.
The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is an annual event held every fourth week of October to raise awareness about the hazards of lead and lead paint. In 2017, events to mark the week were held in at least 44 countries. Forty-one events were organized by IPEN NGOs in 37 countries.
Read IPEN’s newsletter about the 2017 Week of Action to see the activities around the world.
Stockholm, Sweden The 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize award to Manny Calonzo for his coalition efforts to eliminate lead paint in the Philippines brings attention to the ongoing threat of lead paint exposure to children in most of the developing world. Lead paint, the greatest single cause of childhood lead exposure globally, can cause irreversible neurological damage. Mr. Calonzo’s work to forge partnerships with the public, NGOs, health ministers and paint manufacturers was a winning model in the Philippines and is inspiring similar campaigns to eliminate lead paint throughout the world.
“Together with allies from the public, industry and government, we proved we can rid ourselves of a damaging source of toxic pollution for the good of children in the Philippines. I hope this prize will help reduce lead exposure to children across the planet and paint a healthier future,” said Mr. Calonzo.
A long time campaigner for environmental health, Mr. Calonzo, former president and advisor of the EcoWaste Coalition in the Philippines and leader in IPEN’s global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign, was instrumental in securing the adoption of the first national law banning lead paint production, use and sale in the Philippines. This new law, one of the world’s most protective, safeguards nearly 12 million young children from exposure to lead. Lead exposure, even at the smallest amount, can cause lifelong, untreatable harm, including brain damage, harming a child’s ability to learn, read, write, and focus in class and participate in society.