This event will take place on September, 30 2014 at University of Calgary Main Campus. “Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.”
Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, inside of the cover page, MIT , 2012
The majority of Alberta’s electricity is generated by coal fired plants (Alberta Energy, 2012). The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year. What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy?
Alan H. Lockwood, M.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College (now known as the Weill Cornell Medical College) and was trained in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in Neurology and is a Fellow of both the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. He is the author of approximately 220 publications on diverse scientific topics ranging from hepatic encephalopathy and medical problems of musicians to functional imaging of the auditory system, tinnitus and environmental toxicants. He has been a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for three decades and was President of PSR National in 1994, is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Environment and Health Committee. His book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, was published by the MIT Press in September 2012. A second book on health effects of global warming is forthcoming.
Lead author of PSR’s report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health”
Author of a new book on coal, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, published by MIT Press, 2012.
8:15 am – Pre-conference refreshment break
8:30 am – Brief Welcome – conference chair: Dr. Mishka Lysack, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work and
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.
8:40 am – How Coal Threatens Human Health: A Guide for Non-Medical Professionals
9:20 am – Discussion in pairs
9:25 am – Panel Dialogue:
– Dr Gil Kaplan (professor, Institute for Public Health, Medicine, University of Calgary)
– Elisabeth Ballermann (President, Health Sciences Association of Alberta – HSAA)
– Jason Hale MLA (Critic, Energy, Electricity, Renewable Energy – Wildrose Official Opposition)
– David Eggen MLA (Critic, Health – NDP)
9:45 am – Q & A
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Climate change: Targeting Health in a Warming World
10:50 am – Discussion in pairs
10:55 am – Panel Dialogue:
– Dr Joe Vipond, (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment)
– Dr David Swann MLA (Critic, Health – Liberal)
– Dan Balaban (Founder, President and CEO of Greengate Power Corporation)
11:15 am – Q & A
11:25 am – Wrap up & Thanks – Dr Mishka Lysack (Conference Director; associate professor, Social Work)
11:30 pm – Thought Leaders Forum concludes
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