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Living a Toxic-Free Life

Taking a sip of water. Walking your kids to school. Biting a red apple. None of those activities should include the word “toxic.

Every human deserves to live their lives without fearing they may be consuming toxic chemicals or could be seconds away from a chemical disaster.

The production, trade, use, and release of toxic synthetic chemicals are a threat to human health and the environment everywhere. Still, the industries that produce and release toxic chemical compounds find ways to persist, often with little or no testing, safety requirements, or understanding of the impacts of their behavior.

Greenpeace internationally campaigns to protect people and ecosystems from the dangers of toxic chemical exposure particularly those working at chemical facilities and communities living near these dangerous facilities. We monitor industry’s actions on the ground, keep the public informed about risks, perform direct interventions at pollution sites, and advocate for major change in legislation and corporate policy.

Find out where more than 400 high-risk chemical plants are located.

And we are making progress every day. Consumer products are less toxic. Companies and countries are beginning to responsibly handle mountains of electronic waste. And we support  communities across developing countries to protect their soil, water, and advocate for safe working conditions.

Take action today! You can help prevent a toxic disaster in your community by signing our petition to President Obama.

 

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In this aerial view by photographer John

Image | January 8, 2009 at 18:00

In this aerial view by photographer John Wathen of Hurricane Creekkeepers obtained during a flight provided by SouthWings, sediment left behind in a holding pond that drained toxic sludge from a TVA holding pond into Widows Creek, which flows...

In this aerial view by photographer John

Image | January 8, 2009 at 18:00

In this aerial view by photographer John Wathen of Hurricane Creekkeepers obtained during a flight provided by SouthWings, sediment left behind in a holding pond that drained toxic sludge from a TVA holding pond into Widows Creek, at right, which...

In this aerial view by photographer John

Image | January 8, 2009 at 18:00

In this aerial view by photographer John Wathen of Hurricane Creekkeepers obtained during a flight provided by SouthWings, shows sediment left behind in a holding pond that drained toxic sludge into a TVA holding pond at lower right which...

In this aerial view by photographer John

Image | January 8, 2009 at 18:00

In this aerial view by photographer John Wathen of Hurricane Creekkeepers obtained during a flight provided by SouthWings, toxic sludge from a TVA holding pond is visible in the waters of Widows Creek, which flows into the Tennessee River near...

The broken containment pond which sent a

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

The broken containment pond which sent a deluge of toxic coal ash slurry into the Emory River and surrounding lands is shown at right center adjacent to the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

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