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First National Conference on Precaution Coming Up in June

From June 9th – 11th, 2006 the University of Maryland School of Nursing will be sponsoring the First National Conference on Precaution. The conference aims to build the movement for precautionary action to prevent harm from environmental hazards. It features over 35 workshops on more than 50 model local, state and national policies and programs from Europe, Canada and the U.S.; effective precautionary tools, such as alternatives assessments to find safer substitutes, health investigations, full-cost accounting of pollution’s “hidden costs” and getting out of the “risk assessment box;” collaborative strategies to build a broader movement for precaution among diverse groups; and trainings on community organizing, fundraising, campaign strategies, advocacy, media outreach, messaging and running for political office. This national event will bring together groups working on conservation, disease prevention, environmental justice, green purchasing, health, pesticides, toxic and nuclear pollution prevention, worker safety and health and more to build a stronger movement to protect our health and environment. Conference and hotel registration must be received by Friday, May 5th. To download a registration form, go to www.besafenet.com/ppconfregform.pdf. For additional registration information, please contact the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) at 703-237-2249 X 11, or ppconference@chej.org.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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