are growing up in an environment that is radically different from that of
their parents and grandparents. That
environment is teeming with many thousands of chemicals and toxins. We can
detect traces of synthetic chemicals in the tissues of just about all people
and animals on the globe. Our
knowledge of the environmental and health effects of the vast majority of
these chemicals is incomplete.
health in relation to environmental exposures is of great concern.
|Since the early
1990s there has been a rapidly growing body of knowledge that has shone a
light on the specific vulnerabilities of children and the potentially
devastating effects from even low levels of exposure to many different
|This research is
also highlighting the need for greater efforts to protect children from
environmental risks to health. This
can be achieved through an awareness, avoidance and advocacy framework. We need to create greater awareness of
the potential environmental risks to child health, to implement risk
avoidance measures and to advocate for overall improvement in
environmental quality. This will
involve education of all those who influence the well-being of children
including parents, caregivers, health professionals and policymakers. All of these groups need to better
understand that environmental risks to children’s health are preventable.