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Pollution/Toxics

"Allow the public to address the use of toxic chemicals and materials, at both local and industrial levels."

Marine biologist and conservationist, Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring (1962) was credited with dramatically advancing the global environmental movement. In her controversial work she warned the world of the dire environmental impact of harmful chemicals and fertilisers.

On a global scale there has been a growing awareness of the toxic effects certain chemicals can have on human health and the environment. In Myanmar there remains very little knowledge or awareness of the issues, harmful practices, immediate threats and long term consequences. Examples of problematic material uses and practices include:

  • Mercury in gold mining
  • Local combustion of plastics
  • Ultra-fine organics from unregulated vehicle pollution
  • Inappropriate disposal of electronic materials and batteries
  • Use and advertising of unsafe pesticides.

Spectrum's objective for project work in this area is to raise awareness of issues and harmful practice and to allow the public to address the use of toxic chemicals and materials, at both local and industrial levels.

Through environmental education, testing programs and a series of community campaigns to highlight the dangers of using toxic chemicals and the benefits of alternatives, it is expected that practices will be changed and improved at both a local and industrial scale, opening the way for cleaner industry, "green economy, green growth" options and a safer future for all citizens.

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