Linda Reinstein’s “Deadly Asbestos Ravages Humanity" statement for the "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial" panel discussion in Ireland

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Prepared remarks by Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Co-Founder, for the Galway Film Fleadh "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial” panel discussion. Video message …

Prepared remarks by Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Co-Founder, for the Galway Film Fleadh "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial” panel discussion. Video message http://bit.ly/SaqlGA

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  • 1. Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Co-Founder Galway Film Fleadh “Deadly Asbestos Ravages Humanity” Prepared Remarks for the Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial Panel Discussion Remarks via Video July 12, 2012I’m Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization(ADAO), an independent nonprofit, dedicated to eliminating environmental and occupationalasbestos-caused diseases.I deeply regret not being with you today, but I am presently working in Washington, DC onnational and international asbestos issues.Asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States, Canada, and in nearly 75% countries aroundthe world. Worse yet, Canada continues to mine and export asbestos and the USA continues toimports over 1,000 tons of chrysotile asbestos just this past year. Exposure continues.History is a great teacher to those who listen. More than 30 years ago, the International Agency forResearch on Cancer (IARC) declared asbestos to be a human carcinogen. The World HealthOrganization estimates the mineral, regardless of the type, causes 107,000 preventable deaths eachyear around the world. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community" 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318 • Redondo Beach • California • 90278 • (310) 251-7477 www.adao.us 1 of 2
  • 2. I am just one of the hundreds of thousands of asbestos victims in the world. In 2003, afterenduring nine months of symptoms and multiple visits to doctors, my husband, Alan, wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma. I had ever heard of mesothelioma and thought asbestos had beenbanned in the United States. Alan underwent a surgical procedure that removed a rib, left lung, andpericardium and replaced his diaphragm -- in hopes of having more time with our family. But,because of his asbestos exposure, our then-10-year-old daughter had to watch her father slowly diefrom a preventable disease. Sadly, our experience was a common one.Dramatically, “Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial” tells a story through Luisa’s eyes and gives you awindow into the multinational problem in Italy, Brazil, Canada, and India, but remember asbestosis not limited to these countries alone. In fact, as many of you may know, asbestos was recently aproblem in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.Last week, the global struggle increased when the Canadian government decided to guarantee a $58million loan that to revive the Jeffrey Asbestos Mine Inc. in Quebec. If reopened, this mine will beable to export 200,000 tons of asbestos annually to developing countries. By offering this subsidy,Quebec has consciously placed profits ahead of people, thus endangering people not only inCanada but around the world. Defying scientific reports, this action ignores the carnage. It isimpossible, ridiculous, and criminal to promote safe and controlled use of asbestos. The reopeningof the Jeffery Mine has a domino effect, and after this announcement in Canada, Indian officialshave stated that they will use this to increase their use of asbestos, only vowing to monitor thelevels more closely. Don’t be fooled, the asbestos industry’s propaganda and political networks aregalvanized with money and power.Powerful documentaries like “Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial” engage viewers and fuel our fightstop the human, environmental, and civil rights violations. The only two ways to end deadlyasbestos-caused diseases are prevention and a cure. The digital revolution has enabled us toleverage technology, social networks, and film to end the toxic asbestos trade and injustices frommining, exporting and manufacturing asbestos products.One life lost to an asbestos-caused disease is tragic; hundreds of thousands of lives lost isunconscionable. With your help, we can end the deadly legacy of asbestos. Together, change ispossible. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community" 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318 • Redondo Beach • California • 90278 • (310) 251-7477 www.adao.us 2 of 2