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Call for a pesticide-free spring! Join us for the 2017 edition!

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual and international event, open to everyone, with the aim to promote alternatives to pesticides. The campaign takes place during the  first ten days of every spring (20th-30th of march) when usually the spreading of pesticides resumes.

The public is invited to get better informed about the sanitary and environmental challenges caused by pesticides and learn more about possible alternatives to pesticides by taking part in one of the hundreds of organised activities: conferences, panel discussions, film showings, workshops, open days at organic farms, information stands, exhibitions, shows…

The goals of this event are:

  • Raising awareness on the health and environment risks of synthetic pesticides
  • Highlighting and promoting alternative solutions
  • Building a global grassroots movement for a pesticide-free world

After the success of the 10th edition with more than 1 000 actions in 20 different countries, the Pesticide action week will be back with its 11th edition from March 20th to March 30th 2016. While waiting for the website update, the creation of new communication tools and special events regarding the health issue, you can already download the new call to participate and spread it through your networks in order to let more organizations and people know about the event and encourage them to join the Pesticide action week by organizing an event.

Information regarding the 2017 edition 

The 12th Pesticide Action Week will take place from march 20th to march 30rd 2017.

This section will be updated little by little with all the informations and communication tools you will need to get ready and organise your events.

You can already download the call for participation here and send it to all your contacts so that as many organisations can join for a wider international movement for a pesticide free future.

If you and/or your organisation want to join and organise some event(s) do not hesitate to contact Sophie, our campaigner:

You can also look down there to get a glimpse at what happened last year !

The 2017 communication tools !


The 2017 poster is ready and you can download it here .

The 2017 logo that you can download here

Do not forget to send all the information regarding your events to Sophie at so that we can put them on the official program and on the interactive map !


The 2017 international partners !


The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. HEAL

PAN Europe

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) was founded in 1982 and is a network of over 600 non-governmental organisations, institutions and individuals in over 60 countries worldwide working to minimise the negative effects and replace the use of harmful pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives. Its projects and campaigns are coordinated by five autonomous Regional Centres. PAN Europe is the regional centre in Europe. It was founded in 1987 and brings together consumer, public health, and environmental organisations, trades unions, women’s groups and farmer associations from across 19 European countries. PAN EUROPE

Adalia – Belgium

Belgian association created in 2001. They organise their own « pesticide action week » and decided in 2016 to make it a whole  « Spring without pesticide »  thanks to its success ! logo-grand

PAN Italia- Italie

Pesticide Action Italie est le membre national Italien de PAN Europe. L’objet est de dénoncer l’impact des pesticides sur la santé et l’environnement et de promouvoir les systèmes alternatifs permettant de se passer des pesticides. PAN Italy


Our work includes campaigning for change in policy and practices at home and overseas, co-ordinating projects in the developing world which help smallholder farming communities escape ill-health and poverty caused by pesticides, and contributing our wealth of scientific and technical expertise to the work of other organisations who share our aims. pan-full-size-logo

Breast Cancer UK

PWe believe far more can be done to help prevent breast cancer. That’s why we think it’s time to move beyond breast cancer awareness to preventative action. The aims are:

  • Campaign to encourage a preventative approach by calling for improvements in legislation and public health policies which reduce our exposure to chemicals associated with breast cancer;
  • Raise awareness amongst members of the public about the links between exposure to harmful chemicals and breast cancers; and providing practical solutions to help reduce exposure;
  • Support scientific research into the links between breast cancer and exposure to carcinogenic, hazardous and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

ALHem – Serbia

ALHem – Alternative for Safer Chemicals  is a civil society organization based in Belgrade, Serbia. Its goal is promotion of sustainable development, with focus on chemical safety management. ALHem uses the scientifically proven knowledge of the hazards of chemicals, as well as ways for their replacement with safer alternatives and safe management.ALHem Mission is to substantially reduce the risk of hazardous chemicals and its impact on health and the environment. ALHem is acting as a catalyst for open dialogue between business, authorities and Civil Society Organizations.

ALHem conducts activities that affect : economy, other civil society organizations, citizens, state authorities, health and education sector in order to establish safe management of chemicals on the market.

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Fundacion Alborada – Spain

 The Alboradora Foundation is a spanich organization which main goal is to help people that have a disease linked with the environment. They have a treatment center -pionner in Spain – dedicated to environmental deseases and organise each year an international conference to push for environmental diseases to be more considered and taken into account. logo alborada

Fundacion Vivo Sano – Spain

The Vivo Sano Foundation is an independent organisation which aims at creating a healthier society. They aim to promote healthier habits, a new model of health and non agressive therapy so that the institutions really take into account the health of their citizens. fundacionvivosano

Asociacion Española de educacion ambiental – Spain

The spanish association for an environmental education was created in 1995 as an open association, scientific without a lucrative goal. Its aim is to promote an environmental education as a way to protect the environment and to promote sustainable development. logo-aeea

Eccologistas en accion – Spain

Eccologistas en accion is an organisation gathering more than 300 environmentalists from different cities or villages. They aim to launch information campaigns to raise awareness or to denounce mesures that impact the environment. They also aim to promote healthier alternatives to protect our environment. logo_ecologistasenaccion_alargado1-1

Asociacion española de Apicultores – Espagne

The spanish beekeepers’association aims to promote and defend the development of bees and beekeeping in Spain. logo-aea

Natur im garten– Austria

“Natur im Garten” (Nature in the Garden) is an initiative of the province of Lower Austria that aims to make gardens and green areas in Lower Austria and across national borders more ecological. The principles and key criterias of “Natur im Garten” are the creation and maintenance of gardens and green areas without pesticides, without artificial fertilizers and without peat; the biological diversity is thereby promoted. The focus of « Nature in the Garden » is on comprehensive education and counselling services for ecological gardening, which includes personal advice on site and through the « Nature in the Garden » telephone, seminars and lectures as well as university courses and practical examples to look at in many show gardens throughout the country. The largest « Natur im Garten » show garden, called “DIE GARTEN TULLN” is Europe’s first permanent organic Horticultural Garden Show. 


Green Drinks – Malte

Green Drinks is a space created for people interested in the green movement across all disciplines, professions or interests. It’s just a great opportunity for people of similar minds to meet up bi-monthly and chat in an informal atmosphere.


Slow Food International

Slow food international is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. sf0085801


Slow Food Malta – Malte

Slow food Malta, formally launched in 2009, is a member of Slow Food international. Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and as a result bring about great change malta_red

Macedonian association of doctors for environment MADE – Macédoine

Macedonian NGO member of HEAL. This organization works to organize campaigns and conferences on the questions of pesticides, chemicals and about the impacts of pollution on health and environnement. It also has a focus on the effect of chemicals on children’s health.

BIOS – Argentina

NGO working to protect the environement with a focus on fighting against pesticides.  bios-arg


AIPS – Québec

Canadian (Quebec) NGO, the Alliance to forbid chemical pesticides is a citizen initiative aiming at informing the general audience on dangers of pesticides, especially neonïcs.  logoaips



What happened during the 2016 edition?

2016: A year dedicated to health !

For its eleventh edition, the Pesticide Action Week will focus on a specific issue: Health !

We do not want to let all the other issues out and of course everyboday can organise events related to biodiversity, natural gardening, organic food, agricultural techniques, soils…but we want to mainly focus on informing about the impacts of pesticides on health and how to promote the alternatives for a better health.

We would also like to get closer to the medical world in order to raise  doctors, midwives, nurses, obstetricians’ awareness about health and environnment so that environnement related diseases will be more taken into account.

This « health focus » will also be a good opportunity to put pressure on decision makers so that they implement real policies to reduce the use of pesticides and protect people and professional’s health !

The call to participate is also available in both French and Spanish in case you need it in those languages.

Download and use the 2016 communication tools !

The 2016 poster: Here you can download the 2016 poster in order to print it and use it for your events!

The 2016 logo to put on your email signature, on your communications…

Register for the newsletter on the website homepage – you can read an example here

See our national and international partners list here

So get ready and join us for the next edition! The 11th edition of the Pesticide Action Week will take place from 20thto 30th March  2016.


Also watch our short video about the Pesticides Action Week to have all information what this is all about and how you can participate and contribute to this great event!

Every year, hundreds of citizens, associations, farmers, companies, teachers, local governments etc. organise hundreds of various events: conferences, film shows, theatre shows, open door days, organic cooking classes, exhibitions, workshops, information booths, farmer markets, organic meals …

Initiated in 2006 by the French organisation Générations Futures, this event currently takes place in more than 16 countries worldwide. Every year the event gets bigger and  stronger in Europe and globally.

In 2015, this event represented nearly a thousand grassroots events in more than 20 countries worldwide:

  • Europe: France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Malta, Greece, Estonia,

  • Africa: Burundi, Mali, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Tunisia

  • Asia: Vietnam

  • Latin America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina

  • Middle East: Iran

See our national and international partners list here

Help us to create an international event that gathers together thousands of grassroots events with the same message: for a pesticide free future!

The more countries that take part in the event, the stronger the message will be. It is when we come together that we truly feel the strength and power of this movement.

The event takes place during the first 10 days of spring. We want to call for a pesticide free spring as this is the main period for spraying pesticides (in the Northern hemisphere).

Add your voice to this expanding international movement: get involved!

No need to have a lot of money, logistics or a specific experience: each action counts. Every single person, association, company, local government, teacher etc. can participate at their own scale. Actions can range from 10 people visiting an organic farm, 50 taking part in an organic cooking class, 100 watching a documentary to 200 people attending an international congress!

Be inspired to hold your own creative action and plan an event!

BACKGROUND –The issue of pesticides and their alternatives remains a central sanitary, agricultural and environmental topic which keeps mobilizing people across the world. All of us are exposed directly or indirectly to pesticides and further agrochemicals simply via the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use for gardening and in the household. Pesticides have serious impacts on our environment and our health. Vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children are especially at risk.

Latest news

More to come about the 2016 edition…

Communication tools for 2016

The 2016 logo

you can already download it here

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The 2016 poster



The 2016 poster: Here you can download the 2016 poster in order to print it and use it for your events!

Communication tools for 2015

You can participate to! Organise your event! Share the event! Communicate the event with the help of our different tools!

The official 2015 poster





You can download it here and print it to promote your event


The official 2015 Flyer

Download here the official 2015 flyer which present the Pesticide Action Week. Do not hesitate to spreat it around you.

QR code


In 2015 we have created a new QR code that you can download here in order to use it on your communication tools (flyers, posters, Facebook, twitter, e-mail signature…). A QR code is a digital code that you can scan with a smartphone app in order to acess a specific website. Here you will go on the PAW english page! Do not hesitate to use and spreat it!

Postal cards

You can even travel with us every week by discovering a new postcard about the pesticides issue in differents part of the world. Send out our weekly postcard to your family and friends!

First destination: Europe


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Second stop: Africa


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Next stop: Latin America


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And finally our last stop for this year: North America


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Watch our short campaign video about the Pesticides Action Week

Campaign poster

affiche_anglaisDownload the 2015 campaign poster

Campaign logo

Download the campaign logo


logos internationaux Logo ENGLISH Pesticides Action WeekLogo ESPANOL Semana sin PesticidasLogo DEUTSCH Pestizid-AktionswocheLogo PORTUGUÊS Semana sem pesticidasLogo HEBREW  עִבְרִיתLogo ITALIANO Settimani per le alternative ai pesticidi  Logo NEDERLANDS Actieweek tegen pesticiden Logo Arabe  عربي

Download the screensavers

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Download the campaign banner


Press release: Launch of the 9th Pesticide Action Week 2014

Press kit 9th edition of the Pesticide Action Week March 2014

Press release: Announcement of 9th edition of the Pesticide Action Week (3rd February 2014)


Do you wish to take part in the Pesticides Action Week? This is how you can participate:

Comply with the commitment charter

By registering your event on the website, you accept the commitment charter stated below.

To register an event:

- send us by e-mail all information about the event (type of event, date, place) to

1. Follow the objectives of the Pesticides Action Week The participants (associations, businesses, authorities, individuals etc.) can introduce a variety of events and action plans, which aim to reach the following targets: 1. Informing and alerting the public to the health and environmental risks linked to the use of synthetic pesticides (and non-bio pesticides) 2. Promote feasible alternatives to synthetic chemical treatments in all sectors (agriculture, gardening, roads and highways, green spaces, homes, textiles etc.)

2. Non-violence The participants involved will respect the rules against violence (e.g. verbal abuse of people or their actions).

3. Partners An event cannot be supported by businesses that produce or market pesticides.

If there is found to be a lack of respect for these principles, the coordinators will, without warning, delete the activities already registered on the website and will ask participants to no longer register their events on the site for the Pesticides Action Week.


Tel : +33 (0)9 70 46 09 94 / +33 (0)1 45 79 07 59

The Pesticides Action Week in other countries

France La Semaine pour les alternatives aux pesticides

affiche SSP2014 français web

Belgium La semaine sans pesticides
SSP Belgique
drapeau-espagne1 Espana La Semana sin pesticidas

Vivo Sano Jornada