Organizations and individuals committed to ending Canadian asbestos exports are strongly encouraged to sign onto a North American Declaration. As health professionals and public health advocates will know, many developed economies have experienced a terrible epidemic of asbestos disease. Currently, over 10,000 Americans and 1,000 Canadians die annually from asbestos-caused diseases.
On Thursday, December 8, 2011, American and Canadian asbestos victims and families, exposed occupationally or environmentally, issued a North American Declaration (see media release: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8493). The Declaration calls on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama to end the support for asbestos mining, use and exports and for the development of safe alternatives. An imminent decision from the Quebec government on a loan guarantee could allow investor Baljit Chadha and his partners to reopen the Jeffrey asbestos mine and export asbestos to countries in Asia. With broad support for the Declaration, the hope is that asbestos mining, its use in consumer products and exports of asbestos will be stopped permanently in Canada. It is vital to support the declaration as soon as possible to maximize influence on the Quebec and federal government’s decision making.
Endorse the declaration as an individual, here: http://bit.ly/vgtBeX, and as an organization, here: http://bit.ly/u13Igz. French translation available at http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8523. Thank you.