In January 2022, a team of international scientists released a first-of-its-kind study revealing that chemical pollution has now crossed the planetary boundary safe for humanity, while projections show that chemical pollution will double and possibly triple in the coming decades. In addition to chemical production growing, the particular acceleration of plastics will devastate the environment and propel climate change. Further, production and releases are happening at a pace that outstrips the global capacity for assessing and monitoring, meaning these chemicals are not adequately tested, if at all, for their toxicity to humans and the environment.
So what does this mean? It means we have to act.
This Earth Month, we can pledge to collectively work on scaled solutions that bend the curve back towards health for people and the planet. Although everyone is affected, children, people of color, and low-wealth communities are disproportionately impacted. Those working in the real estate sector have a particular role to play in making decisions that will either continue to perpetuate harms, or could reverse the trajectory, and move the planet towards healing.
Join us for a dynamic conversation with one of the study’s authors, Bethanie Carney Almroth, Associate Professor at University of Gothenburg and Researcher; Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director of Children’s Environmental Health Network; Teresa McGrath, HBN’s Chief Research Officer; and moderated by Gina Ciganik, Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Building Network as we discuss how we can reverse the trend and work together toward a safer, healthier future for generations to come.