Press Releases 2017


Green Cross projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso involve mercury reduction in artisanal gold mining


Conventional and chemical munitions must be recovered from the seas

CH-Zurich – 14 September 2017 – After World War II, the allied forces (the USA, the United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union) took over a total of approximately 300,000 tons of chemical weapons unused by Germany. Thirty-nine percent of these included yperite (mustard gas), 18 percent tabun (a neurotoxin), 11 percent teargas and 9 percent phosgene. At the Potsdam Conference, the allied powers decided to drop these agents of chemical warfare into the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of more than 1000 meters. Regrettably, not all of the parties complied with the agreement, and it is now known that these chemical munitions were dumped in the North and Baltic Seas and in the Mediterranean, some of them at a depth of no more than ten meters. According to the Russian scientist Alexander Korotenko, the chemicals are expected to leak into the sea between 2020 and 2060 because the containers are corroding. If they were released, 16 percent of the chemical substances would suffice to eradicate any form of life in the Baltic Sea.


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Theater play «Jung und verliebt in den Planeten»

CH-Zürich – 19. Juli 2017
Theateraufführung «Jung und verliebt in den Planeten» PDF (.pdf)


Young people from radioactively contaminated regions come to Switzerland

CH-Zürich – 13. Juli 2017
Jugendliche aus radioaktiv kontaminierten Regionen in der Schweiz PDF (.pdf)


CH-Zurich – 13 juillet 2017
Des jeunes de régions irradiées viennent en Suisse PDF (.pdf)


Donations for Green Cross Switzerland raised to CHF 13.4 million


Green Cross International to be restructured

CH-Geneva / Zurich – 28 February 2017 – At the Board meeting of Green Cross International (GCI), the GCI Board members named Martin Bäumle as interim Chairman of the Board of GCI until the General Assembly in the fall of 2017. At the same time, a task force headed by GCI Chairman Martin Bäumle was established for the urgent financial restructuring and the preparation of the General Assembly.


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Study Trips

12 November until 23 November 2017 – Over the course of 12 days, we’ll show you the highlights of Vietnam from North to South, accompanied by Maria Vitagliano, director of Green Cross Switzerland’s programme Social Medicine.

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