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THURSDAY - JULY 24, 2003
WHAT: UMass Lowell professors and other scientists next week will take their case for exercising caution when crafting environmental and public health policy to Washington, D.C. A congressional briefing on "Science and Precaution in Environmental and Public Health Policy" will focus on the need to enact measures to protect the public, particularly in the areas of genetically modified organisms, climate change and toxic substances.
WHERE: U.S. House of Representatives, Rayburn Office Building, Room 2456
WHY: The precautionary principle - a point of international law that states that uncertainty should not serve as a reason to postpone measures to protect health and the environment - has been criticized for being "anti-science" or hindering innovation. Speakers at the briefing will argue that precaution is consistent with good science and sound policy and helps prevent health and environmental risks while stimulating development of safer, cleaner technologies and products.
Speakers include Dr. David Kriebel and Dr. Joel Tickner, UMass Lowell's Center for Sustainable Production; Dr. Uwe Lahl, German Federal Ministry for the Environment; Dr. Frank Ackerman, Tuft University's Global Development and Environment Institute; and David Junter, Center for International Environmental Law and American University's Washington College of Law. The briefing is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan of Massachusetts, the Sustainable Development Caucus and the Livable Communities Task Force.