Pesticides harm lives; advance agroecology and eliminate highly hazardous pesticides.
Every 3 - 10 December, communities and organisations all over the world celebrate the No Pesticide Use Week (NPUW) to highlight the dangers of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), advance healthier alternatives and increase awareness on corporate accountability over widespread pesticide poisoning. During the week, various communities and organisations conduct community awareness-raising activities, training workshops, advocacy efforts and media engagement. The NPUW commemorates the chemical tragedy in Bhopal on 3 December and joins the international community in celebrating International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
This year, we are launching "Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides" by Dr Meriel Watts, PAN AP's Science Advisor and Co-Chairperson of the Pesticides Task Force. The book gathers the latest in academic and scientific research and on-the-ground monitoring data to expose how dangerous pesticides are to children's health.
What can you do?
Know more about HHPs and share what you know.
Community or family gatherings and school or classroom activities are good opportunities to inform others about the dangers of pesticides. Check our resources here.
Encourage governments to phase out HHPs.
You may send government officials letters to prioritise agroecological approaches and apply the precautionary principle. Download briefing paper here.
- Spread the word about "Poisoning Our Future" and pesticide impacts on children. Know more.
- Sign a personal pledge to eliminate pesticides use and support safer alternatives.
Support produce by local organic farmers.
Encourage your local markets or stores to source from organically grown fruits and vegetables. During the week, for at least one day, commit to consuming only organically-grown foods.
- Support activities of local groups and communities working towards the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides or support healthier sustainable alternatives. See our partners here.