Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

September 30, 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

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 majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal fired plants (Alberta Energy, 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 (Alberta study here). What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy?

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.


MacHall A (lower level)
MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW)
T2N 1N4 Calgary , AB