Children are essential to our future and the continuation of human life. Children around the world are confronted by multiple environmental threats to health, including toxins, air pollution, psychosocial stress, and climate change. Infants and children are often exquisitely vulnerable to these threats; exposures during critical windows of vulnerability have been associated with a wide range of childhood diseases. Early life exposures can also increase the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood.
To protect children from environmental threats to their health and to enable them to reach their full potential and become healthy adults, ISCHE calls upon societies around the world to take actions to safeguard children. All children, in every country and community, have a right to a safe and healthy environment to live, grown, play, and learn. ISCHE considers the protection of children’s health against environmental threats to be an ethical and moral responsibility.