Chemical Society Presidents Pledge Support For Sustainable Development

July 16, 2007 at 10:25 pm | Posted in ACS, American Chemical Society, Cerman Chemical Society, Chemical societies, Chemical Society of Japan, Chemistry, CSJ, Dutch Chemical Society, Engineering, French Chemical Society, GDCh, KNCV, Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, SFC, Societies, Sustainability, Sustainable development, Well-being | 1 Comment

The presidents of six leading chemical societies, representing nearly 300,000 members, pledged last week at a meeting in Paris to, in the words of a joint statement, “work together to promote global sustainable development, demand responsible use of resources, and ensure that the next generation of scientists protects and maintains the well-being of Earth and its inhabitants.”

The presidents of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the German Chemical Society/Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V. (GDCh), the French Chemical Society/Société Française de Chimie (SFC), and the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society/de Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV) developed and signed the statement because “the need to address these intertwined issues is urgent, and chemistry is absolutely essential to the development of solutions,” they wrote. They agreed that sustainable development presents scientific, political, social, and economic challenges that are far more complex and urgent than generally conveyed. Unless these challenges are more widely recognized, “we risk being lulled into a false sense of security,” they said.

Read the complete Chemical Society Presidents Pledge Support For Sustainable Development story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Now I have to wonder, have I missed an equivalent Engineering Presidents’ announcement? I shall have to check with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) … I remember there was an International Conference on Climate Change from 29 to 31 May 2007 in Hong Kong, so perhaps that’s a good place to start … ?

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  1. That is fantastic – of all the sciences, chemistry is perhaps the one with the worst reputation, through association with petrochemical, pharmaceutical and other megacorps who abuse it. This declaration may not change that directly, but it’s the one way that chemists can safely communicate to their bosses – and the general public – that they don’t like what’s been going on, either.


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