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A Toxics-Free Future


This SDG Knowledge Weekly spotlights recent findings and platforms on SDG 14 (life below water). The brief also reviews a few items on decarbonization towards SDG 13 (climate action), which researchers note plays a key role in ocean-related challenges.

Life on earth is utterly dependent on healthy oceans. They produce much of the oxygen we breathe, cycle the carbon dioxide, and regulate the weather we experience. Perhaps it is the vastness of the oceans that has made us complacent about its capacity to keep absorbing our toxic wastes?

After a year of global ocean meetings, the international community is finally facing up to the reality of polluted, depleted oceans.

Policies to protect the marine environment that do not address the finite nature of our world will fail.

Photo by Pablo Piovano

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We, peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples and traditional communities, scholars and professionals from various fields of knowledge, together with social movements and organizations, trade unions and urban collectives from Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia, Bolivia and Switzerland, gathering at the 1st International Seminar and 3rd National Seminar on Pesticides, Socio-Environmental Impacts and Human Rights, held from 10 to 13 December in the city of Goiás, Brazil, express the following considerations about the current dominant agro-food system in Latin America and the world:

The impacts of the agro-industial model and the socio-environmental realities of our countries show common threats that require urgent response. Therefore, we consider it necessary to create and strengthen ties of resistance and solidarity for articulated action.

3 de diciembre de 2018. Día Internacional del no uso de plaguicidas. 

Desde RAP-AL reclamamos la prohibición de los plaguicidas comenzando por el glifosato y los Altamente Peligrosos (PAP) /Una vez más desde Red de Acción en Plaguicidas queremos llamar la atención sobre la creciente utilización de plaguicidas y su consecuente efecto en la salud socioambiental.

Es necesario implementar un plan nacional para reducir el uso de Plaguicidas Altamente Peligrosos (PAP) y transitar hacia alternativas agroecológicas, subrayó el director de la Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas en México (RAPAM), Fernando Bejarano González, en la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.

As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has 60 days to finalize its ban of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.


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