UNH Office of Sustainability Programs

Leader in Preventative Public Health to Speak at UNH Nov. 5

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau
(603) 862-1566

October 23, 2002

DURHAM, N.H. -- Joel Tickner, principal investigator at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, will present "The Precautionary Principle, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Health Policy," at the University of New Hampshire's Memorial Union Building Theatre II Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 12:40 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

According to Tickner and his colleagues, when an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.

Tickner is author of "Precaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy" and co-editor of "Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle." He has lectured and published for several years on topics of public health policy, pollution prevention, risk assessment, toxic chemicals policy and the precautionary principle.

Tickner's talk is a program of the Public Health and Sustainability: Vital Signs of New Hampshire series, sponsored by the UNH's Office of Sustainability Programs: Climate Education Initiative, Health Services, President's Commission on the Status of Women, School of Health and Human Services, and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. For more information about the Precautionary Principle and other programs in the series, please visit our Web site http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/climate_ed/index.html or call the Office of Sustainability Programs at 862-4088.

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