Highlithing a few national events
A year dedicated to health: some of the french actions !
2016 will focus on the question of health because it seems really important to us to show that pesticides can harm our health as we have more and more evidences with scientific studies. We are currently working on a pesticide & health document to give out to doctor’s waiting room to raise awareness among patients, especially those who work in the countryside because they are more likely to be directly confronted to pesticide-related illnesses. In parallel, Generation Futures will launch a campaign focusing on by-standers that are victims of pesticides with victim’s testimonies and the coordination of local victims groups organizing to make their situation better.
Pesticides free towns
The 2016 pesticide action week will also be a good opportunity in France to raise awareness on pesticide free towns because of the “Labbé law” passed last year. This law actually forbids the use of pesticides in public spaces from the 1st of January 2017 on. Generations Futures and its partners on the “0phyto 100%bio campaign” will take advantage of the next months to put pressure on French cities so that they anticipate the law and change their practices all year long. This is why we will launch videos of exemplary French cities that have already stopped using pesticides in their public spaces and that promote organic farming through their collective restauration. This videos plus a kit dedicated to help technicians and elected members to change their practices will show that is it possible and necessary to use alternatives to pesticides and to promote organic farming in order to protect our health and environment.
This pesticide free town campaign will also have a european side with PAN Europe working on the issue.