The David Suzuki Foundation: Help Ban Canadian Asbestos
The David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada’s leading environmental groups, has launched a campaign to have emails sent to Prime Minister Harper and Premier Charest to demand that they stop the financing of the Jeffrey mine.
Please forward this email as widely as you can and ask people to click and send a message. Let’s get 10,000 emails sent! It takes a couple of seconds to send the message and help stop the plan to finance the export of 5 million tonnes of asbestos to developing countries by Canada for the next quarter century.
Please note that people overseas can send the email. You just choose “none” for the question “province”. Please note also that you have to answer a simple math question at the end in order to prevent spam.
The Canadian chrysotile asbestos industry works hard to promote chrysotile as a safer asbestos, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization (PDF) remind us that all types of asbestos are cancer-causing and harmful when inhaled. At present, the owner of Jeffrey Mine, one of two remaining chrysotile mining operations in Canada, is asking the Quebec Government for a loan guarantee of $58 million to allow the company to extract 200,000 tonnes of asbestos a year.
Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Quebec Premier Jean Charest to stop propping up the asbestos industry. Your letters can help prevent cancer and other asbestos-related disease.