29th October 2004 at 01:00
Use facts and websites from the article to explore and research key questions with pupils: Do man-made chemicals harm, as well as help, people and the planet? If so, in what ways? Provide evidence or examples. Discuss or debate: "Who is most responsible for this harm: consumers, manufacturers, politicians, or scientists?"

* Pick one example of harm caused by chemicals, and suggest what consumers, manufacturers, politicians and scientists could do to help prevent it.

* Consider the role of the media or the law in improving chemical use in society.

* How can the school community change things for the better? (Start a campaign? Raise awareness? Raise funds for a relevant charity?) With potentially worrying issues, be very sensitive to pupil reactions and provide reassurance when appropriate.

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