Climate change is not the only consequence of human activity. Poor air quality, noise, electromagnetic fields, gradual degradation of resources and water quality, ultra-processed foods, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals, carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxic (CMR)… Substances of very high concern that surround us are linked to the incredible development of chronic diseases since the post-war period, and in particular at the start of the 21st century.
Cancers, obesity, diabetes, reproductive and behavioral disorders, neurodegenerative diseases… The explosion of chronic diseases is mainly linked to the invisible pollution that we have created. The number of long-term illnesses (ALD) for these diseases doubled between 2003 and 2017 and children are not spared. Each year in Europe, more than 6,000 children die from cancer - including more than 500 in France - the equivalent of 240 school classes.
The Covid-19 pandemic revealed the particular vulnerability of those who suffered from underlying conditions. Vulnerability to Covid-19 is not limited to age, but also to co-morbid factors linked to chronic diseases.
In France, there are “National Health and Environment Plans” intended to better understand the impact of pollution on health and above all to reduce it at source. After more than 15 years of existence, they have so far failed to effectively protect our health. Interesting proposals have recently been made by a parliamentary commission of inquiry. The associations are calling for strong action on all levels concerning environmental health: agriculture, food, health, training, consumer products, biodiversity, transport, housing, land use planning, etc. One way to avoid new crises, and to reduce inequalities.
List of Signatory Associations:
Help Marina • BAMP Collective Association! • Association of Families Victims of lead poisoning • French Association of Thyroid Patients • National Association of Animals Under Tension • Association Santé Environnement France • Plastic-free canteen France • Coll'Air Pur Santé • Support collective for victims of pesticides in the West • Collectif Environnement Santé 74 • Collective Stop the cancers of our children • Confédération paysanne • Confederation Syndicale des Familles • Convergence Infirmière • E3M • Eva pour la Vie • Federation Growing Up Without Cancer • Fibromyalgia France • Generations Futures • Greenpeace France • Indecosa CGT • Youth Doctors • Justice Pesticides • League Against Obesity • PRIARTEM • Environment Health Network • Citizen Sciences • SFCD - the union of women dental surgeons • SOS-MCS • UFC-Que Choisir • Warrior Enguerrand • WECF France
Download the letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron
Link to Réseau Environnement Santé , at the origin of this approach.