The project’s Steering Committee members provide general guidance and oversight on the development and implementation of the project activities, objectives and goals.
CHM SC member: Patricia Cameron
The German branch of Friends of the Earth, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), was founded in 1975 as a federation of pre-existing regional groups. With 390.000 members and supporters, BUND is one of the most influential environmental organisations in Germany. BUND also has its own youth branch, BUNDjugend, consisting of young people aged 25 and under, leading their own projects and campaigns. BUND works on all of today’s major environmental issues and is a well recognized lobbyist with a high media profile. Among the priority issues for BUND are the implementation of an intelligent and sustainable transportation policy, climate change mitigation, agricultural reform, and the protection of biodiversity. Together with a broad alliance of other NGOs, BUND has also been a key promoter for a reform of the EU’s chemicals policy. With success: the new EU chemicals legislation REACH has entered into force on 1 June, 2007! BUND will now have a critical eye on the implementation of REACH, and will also continue to inform about dangerous chemicals in consumer products and their alternatives.
CHM SC member: Jamie Page, Chief Executive
The Cancer Prevention and Education Society is a UK Charity & Company Limited by Guarantee. The aims of the Society are to reduce the current epidemic levels of cancer by reducing human exposure to carcinogens, particularly those of man-made origin. They are a unique cancer charity in that its primary purpose is to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place.
CHM SC member: Gwynne Lyons
CHEM Trust is a UK charity whose aim is to protect humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals. CHEM Trust’s particular concerns are related to hormone disruptors, the cocktail effect of chemicals and the role of chemical exposures in early life. Exposure to undesirable chemicals may arise from contamination of the food chain and from the use and disposal of many everyday products such as TVs, computers, cars, construction materials, toys, toiletries and cosmetics. CHEM Trust is working towards a goal where chemicals play no part in causing impaired reproduction, deformities, disease or deficits in neurological function. CHEM Trust is committed to engaging with medical, scientific and patient communities to raise the level of dialogue on the role of chemicals in chronic disease, and the wider implications this may have for disease prevention strategies.
CHM SC member: Dr. med. Peter Ohnsorge, Managing Chairman
The European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) is an association of medical and health professionals, scientists and politicians concerning theoretical and practical environmental medicine. The objectives of EUROPAEM are to cooperate internationally, particularly in Europe, with singles, institutions, organizations, societies as well as with organizations of the public healthcare system having awareness about environmental medicine problems. The main focus lies on: basic and upgrading medical training, particularly for physicians; holding scientific events and running research projects; advising institutions and organizations of the healthcare system and members of the corresponding professions; scientific publications; and public relation activities concerning environmental medicine.
CHM SC member: Gavin ten Tuscher
Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, unions, and environmental and environmental health organisations. The members of the coalition share a vision of a healthcare sector which does no harm and is committed to preventing disease and promoting the health of people and the environment, though implementing healthy and ecologically sound alternatives to healthcare practices which pollute and contribute to disease.
CHM SC member: Maryse Arendt
In 1986 a group of interested parents and midwives joined forces to set up the Initiativ Liewensufank asbl (IL). Today IL is a non-profit making organization of public interest running a well known pregnancy, childbirth and parenting center in Luxemburg. The aim of the IL was, and still is, to improve circumstances in which a new family is born by providing prospective and new parents with information and support and by bringing pressure to bear on the relevant authorities and decision-makers. These actions include raising awareness about environmental issues to protect the health of families and ensuring the protection of the environment for future generations.
CHM SC member: Lilian Corra
ISDE is an environmental NGO of medical doctors. It is an independent, non-governmental non-profit organisation. It was created on 25 November 1990 and has now national and regional member organization in over 35 countries. The Executive Office and postal address of ISDE is located in Switzerland and the Scientific Office which coordinates research, information and training activities is based in Italy. The main purpose of ISDE is to help defend our environment both locally and globally to prevent numerous illnesses, ensure the necessary conditions for health, and improve the quality of life. ISDE was established as a tool for educating and updating physicians and the general public, and stimulating awareness and initiatives by public and private bodies, in particular governmental agencies. ISDE has established official working relations with several UN bodies including WHO and is active in several international fora.
CHM SC member: Sharyle Patton
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is a diverse network of 2900 individual and organizational Partners in 45 countries and 48 states, working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors. CHE’s primary activities include: Sharing scientific research information about the links between environmental contaminants and human disease; Fostering interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration among diverse constituencies interested in those links; and Facilitating appropriate actions to reduce exposure to contaminants and to improve care of those affected.
CHM SC member: Ninja Reineke
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. The WWF European Policy Office contributes to the achievement of WWF’s mission by helping shape European Union policies impacting on the European and global environment.
Written on 25 November 2007.