EJF (Environmental Justice Foundation) has just launched a new online petition calling for a global ban on endosulfan - a highly toxic chemical pesticide used on a huge number of crops from cotton to coffee, mainly in developing countries. We are trying to achieve the mammoth task of getting 10,000 signatures in a month, which would then be handed to delegates at the Stockholm Convention meeting next month.
This is a cause EJF has worked on for many years and the world is very close to a resolution in the form of a global ban. However we must first overcome some formidable opposition in the form of vested interests. The Indian Government, which has consistently obstructed progress in the Scientific Review Committee (POPRC), is the owner and beneficiary of one of the world's largest endosulfan manufacturers.
A breakdown of the key points:
- Endosulfan is an outdated and extremely hazardous chemical pesticide – human exposure to it causes severe physical deformities, renal failure, infertility and neurological disorders.
- It is also extremely harmful to livestock and wildlife, killing off everything from fish swimming in nearby rivers to honey bees in the fields
- Endosulfan bioaccumulates, takes a long time to break down and can travel long distances – it has been detected the blood of polar bears and in human breast milk in samples taken from women from Spain to South Africa
It only takes a second, and we are asking everyone to sign the petition (http://www.thepetitio... ) and to share it with their friends and family. You can even send them the link via facebook (http://apps.facebook.... ) so you don’t even have to log out!!
I would be SO grateful if you could send this out, or bring it to the attention of even a few people.
Thanks so much,
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)