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Advocacy Organizations

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This section of Toxipedia provides information on nonprofit organizations around the world advocating for policies that eliminate toxic pollution. The World Library of Toxicology, hosted by Toxipedia, offers country-specific links to environmental health organizations in over forty countries, with an emphasis on government agencies, educational institutions, and professional organizations. No list of advocacy efforts can be exhaustive; if you know of organizations or campaigns to add, please contact Maria M. Williams at Thank you!

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Collaborative on Health and the Environment: "Founded in 2002, CHE is an international partnership of over 3,500 individuals and organizations in 45 countries and 48 states, including scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned citizens, committed to improving human and ecological health."

Friends of the Earth: "Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world."

Global Anti Incineration Alliance/Global Alliance of Incinerator Alternatives: "GAIA is an expanding network of grassroots as well as national and international groups working on issues of waste reduction, recycling and non-burn technologies, since 2000."

Greenpeace: "Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future."

Health Care Without Harm: "Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of more than 470 organizations in 52 countries working to transform the health care sector so it is no longer a source of harm to people and the environment."

International POPs Elimination Network: "The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of NGOs dedicated to the common aim of eliminating persistent organic pollutants."

Pesticide Action Network International: "Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is a network of over 600 participating nongovernmental organizations, institutions and individuals in over 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives."

Water and Youth Movement International: "The mission of the International movement is: to build a water culture, based on the commitment and work of the youth sector, that allows stopping the pollution and irrational use of water resources, to guarantee the access to water of enough quantity and quality and to raise the awareness about the importance of water for present and future generations."

Women in Europe for a Common Future: Women in Europe for a Common Future is a network of over 100 grassroots women and environment organizations worldwide, working in multi-sector partnerships demonstrating sustainable development alternatives at the local level, and sharing lessons learned and promoting sustainable policies at the global level to achieve a healthy environment for all.

WWF (World Wildlife Fund / World Wide Fund for Nature): "WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:

  • conserving the world's biological diversity
  • ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
  • promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption."


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