During the week of April 1 – 7, 2015, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) presents Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is intended to raise asbestos awareness and help prevent asbestos-related diseases, which kill 107,000 people every year.
Asbestos has been confirmed as a serious health concern and a known carcinogen, but its use is still legal in all but 55 countries. Asbestos use only be stopped through education and awareness to prevent exposure, in addition to funding to find a cure for asbestos-related diseases.
Join us for Global Asbestos Awareness Week to learn how asbestos impacts health, the environment and the economy. The week opens on April 1 with Alan Reinstein’s Story, “I’ll Do Anything to Fight Mesothelioma to Have More Time With My Family, Anything.” Throughout the week, contributing collaborators – both organizations and individual leading experts – will share their stories in an effort to help spread education about asbestos exposure prevention. The week of learning concludes on April 7 with an online candlelit vigil.
What You Can Do
The easiest way to help spread asbestos awareness is to share your learnings from the week with friends, family and colleagues. But if you’d like to get more involved, here are a few ways you can help:
- Download and share one of ADAO’s one-page flyers
- Join the conversation on ADAO’s social media networks
- Sign a petition for mesothelioma research or a global ban on asbestos
- Write a letter to Congress encouraging them to pass legislation to ban asbestos-containing products and fund educational and research programs
For a complete schedule of events for Global Asbestos Awareness week, click here.