Groups Ask Harper to Put Global Health ahead of Interests of Asbestos Lobby

More than two hundred environmental and health groups, labor unions, asbestos victims’ organizations, and scientists from around the world to urge Prime Minister Harper to support the listing of Chrysotile asbestos on the United Nations Rotterdam Convention’s “prior informed consent” (PIC) list.

On June 20, 2011, the 143 countries that have ratified the United Nations Rotterdam Convention will meet in Geneva to once again attempt to add Chrysotile asbestos to the PIC list which requires countries to obtain consent prior to shipping hazardous substances that are on the Rotterdam Convention’s list to another country.

Chrysotile asbestos must be added to the “prior informed consent” list to protect public health and dispel asbestos industry propaganda. More than 107,000 people die annually from a preventable asbestos-caused diseases.

We urge you to educate yourself and your communities about this lethal fiber, and to share the link below and these recent news articles on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

In unity, Linda Reinstein

Open Letter to Prime Mister Harper:

Recent News Articles

CBC News: June 14, 2011, “Shut down Canada’s asbestos industry: NDP,”

Montreal Gazette: June 14, 2011, NDP, health experts slam export of asbestos as ‘disgrace’

Canadian Press: June 14, 2011, Groups Ask Harper to put global health ahead of interests of asbestos lobby”

Gazette Quebec Bureau: June 14, 2011, UN body aims to regulate asbestos.

CBC News: June 13, 2011, “Health Canada’s asbestos advice rejected by government”

Marketwire: June 13, 2011, “Georgetti Praises ILO Decision on Canada and Asbestos”

Vancouver Sun: June 8, 2011, “European Parliament slams Canada’s oilsands, asbestos, sealing industries”

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