Montréal Symposium on Air Pollution and Public Health:
A FIRST STEP TOWARDS QUALITY AIR
Montréal, 24 May 2002 – The co-presidents of the
Symposium on Air Pollution and Public Health, the Minister of State for
Municipal Affairs, the Environment and Water, André Boisclair, and Scott
Johnstone, Natural Resources Secretary for the State of Vermont, have
declared that they are entirely satisfied with the results of the first
Symposium Held in Montréal on May 23 and 24.
Under the auspices of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern
Canada Premiers, the Symposium brought together over 150 researchers,
experts and decision makers from the field of health and the environment
from Québec, Canada and the United States. The objective of the Symposium
was to better understand the effects of air pollution on human health.
Greater understanding in this field will allow us to focus on the challenges
that we will need to meet in order to protect the environment.
Experienced speakers presented the results of the latest research in the
area of air pollutants and their effects on human health. Among these
speakers was Dr David Suzuki, host of the CBC’s popular series The Nature
of Things, scientist and noted environmentalist, and president of the
David Suzuki Foundation. His conference addressed the issue of one of the
major challenges of the 21st century, namely the establishment of true
minimal environmental conditions. He also explained the very narrow
relationship which exists between humans, industrial development and nature.
As underlined by the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, the
Environment and Water, André Boisclair, “Québec, the provinces of Eastern
Canada and the states of New England are facing the same the environmental
challenges, as these problems know no boundaries. For this reason, I believe
that the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canada Premiers is
the ideal forum to discuss the issue of air pollution, in order to find and
share common solutions”.
Secretary Scott Johnstone added that “Science is the
backdrop. What leadership will do with this information is the key to
protecting public health and the environment”.
Also present at the Symposium was Kim Jardine, New
Brunswick’s Environment and Local Government Minister.
The Symposium was sponsored by the Ministère de
l’Environnement du Québec, the Ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux,
the Ministère des Relations internationales and by the Institut de santé
publique du Québec.
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Agency of Natural Ressources
State of Vermont
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