Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

September 30, 2014 - 1:00am to 2:30am

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, MIT, 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 (A Costly Diagnosis, 2013). The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal-fired plants.

Presenters will look at: What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy? What could a transition from coal for our electricity look like in Alberta?

Featuring Keynote speaker: Dr. Alan Lockwood, M.D. FAAN, Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo

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.

Presented by the Alberta Solar Energy Society and the Alberta Coal Phase-Out Network


CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus
Edmonton , AB