MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 27th September 2005
When will government or
industry help the community fight global lead poisoning?
Despite an increased interest and demand in The LEAD Groups free offered services, governmental institutions decided to stop funding the largest public lead library and referral database in the world, and corporations have thus far declined to take up this perfect sponsorship opportunity.
On July 1st 2005 the New South Wales Department of Health, the New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the South Australian Department of Health cut their funding to The LEAD Group by reasoning that the funded goal improvements to www.lead.org.au - was successfully reached and that no further funding (even to keep the website up) would be provided. [See The LEAD Groups Annual Report: www.lead.org.au/anrepmmv/anrep2005-2.html]
With the past 10 years of government funding GLASS was able to increase its services to the public and gain more public presence throughout the world. Having achieved media publicity and the web-publication of important information about the danger of lead pollution since our founding, we received over 41,000 inquiries in the past ten years as well as over a quarter of a million web-hits.
The Annual Report 2005 of the Global Lead Advice & Support Service shows that www.lead.org.au had 173,543 web page views in just the last financial year from 176 countries around the world. Furthermore we increased the number of our available online files to 1,415, while welcoming 1230 new clients and increasing the number of direct enquiring countries to 62 countries this year. [See www.lead.org.au/anrepmmv/anrep2005-1.html ]
Although the government set up a lot of laws and rules together with the lead producing industry to prohibit further lead pollution, the number of calls makes it obvious that the environmental sins of the past wont vanish even when new pollution is reduced to a minimum. People with health problems caused by toxic lead wont stop living and new cases will be discovered and dealt with by our services. The existing number of countries still selling leaded petrol [perhaps as many as 80 see www.lead.org.au/fs/fst27superseded.html ] as well as the lead used in paints, plastics and other consumer products are still an enormous risk for our health and should not be forgotten.
GLASS works with government and industry to create better environmental standards which will enable our children to live a better life. Nevertheless we need financial support to continue to offer telephone advice for adults and parents of lead poisoned children, distribution of free information packs and the biggest online library about lead giving the world the newest information available. GLASS is a perfect corporate sponsorship opportunity waiting to happen.
For further information please contact Elizabeth OBrien
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