Abolish a dangerous legacy.
In support of world-wide disarmament, Green Cross established its global 'Environmental Consequences of Wars and Conflicts' Programme. It is the first and most important of a total of now five global Green Cross programmes.
The global Programme aims at overcoming the consequential damage caused by industrial and military disasters in Eastern Europe, the USA and Vietnam.
First priority is given to the improvement of life quality of people who have been affected by chemical, radioactive (e.g. Chernobyl) and other kinds of contamination, as well as the promotion of a sustainable development in project areas. The global 'Environmental Consequences of Wars and Conflicts' Programme is divided into two programmes: Social and Medical Care and Legacy of the Cold War.
Legacy of the Cold War facilitates the disarmament of chemical and conventional weapons through the operation of public outreach and information offices, mediation and confidence-building measures. The consequences of the military use of nuclear materials on the environment and health are examined. Pilot projects exemplify possibilities for the clean-up and conversion of military bases.
Social and Medical Care implements medical and social projects for children, young people and mothers. Therapy camps as well as training and nutrition programmes contribute towards improving the living situation of the population in contaminated areas.
All over the world, vital, precious water resources are being threatened or are already contaminated by industrial and military disasters. With its programme Water for Life and Peace, Green Cross Switzerland is reducing the hazard from contaminated sites, committing itself to finding access to clean water and, with mediation projects, is preventing unresolved conflicts which arise from the growing scarcity of water supplies.