Nanotechnology is being heralded as the basis of the next industrial revolution, yet, amidst the hype there are serious questions about the health and environmental impacts, social and political dimensions of this powerful new technology. The FoE nano project aims to catalyse debate on what is set to be one of the defining issues of our time.
The new nanotechnologies are potentially so powerful that we have an urgent need to understand them, and to make sure that they are developed in the public interest, under public control. Nanotechnology is a several billion dollar industry that is effectively unregulated. We are calling for a moratorium on the sale of nanoproducts while regulations are developed to protect people and the environment from the new risks of nanotechnology.
We at Friends of the Earth believe passionately in people power. People's voices and choices can a profound impact on decision makers, industry and on the future.
For five years we have campaigned to keep sunscreens safe, for people to have the right to know whether they face nano-exposure at work, and for greater public involvement in nanotechnology decision making. If you support our work, please make a donation!
Visit the Nanotechnology Project website http://nano.foe.org.au
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