L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec

Breaking the Silence: The Social Stigma of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

ECO-JOURNAL Imagine a world where simple, everyday experiences – the scent of fresh laundry or the faint aroma of a loved one’s perfume- becomes a trigger, provoking profound physical reactions that disrupt your health and well-being. For individuals living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), this is not a hypothetical scenario, but an unwavering reality. MCS stems from physical reactions to […]

8 common myths about climate change

6 min read Climate change is impacting human lives and health in a variety of ways. It threatens the essential ingredients of good health – clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply, and safe shelter – and has the potential to undermine decades of progress in global health. We are often overwhelmed with the amount of information on climate […]

Month of May — Take back your power!

Month of May Take back your power! The Month of May is the month for raising awareness and education for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This month can increase visibility and support by the sharing of knowledge about the MCS condition. With many unmet needs experienced in this community, the Month of May is incredibly important to ensure that people are […]

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Chemical indoor air pollution is the new tobacco

The World Health Organization is now warning us that air pollution is among the top five major risk factors for developing chronic, non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular, respiratory and neurodegenerative disorders, along with tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.1 We also know that, because we spend 90% of our time indoors, most of our exposures […]

Housing is a Human Right

Shelter is a basic need for all people, yet lack of accommodation can deny access to many. For people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), the use of chemicals, fragrances, smoke and exposure to things like pesticides and traffic exhaust can make a space inaccessible. For people with this disability, this reality significantly limits the options for housing that remain. Proximity […]

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Why They Should Be on Your Radar

POPs. Nope, not as in soda, the fizzy liquid that we drink despite our better judgement. I’m talking about POPs: persistent organic pollutants. Unfortunately, it isn’t as fun as soda, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it. As a result of their past and ongoing uses, POPs are deeply engrained into our global environment, quickly becoming a massive problem […]

URGENT: Help Save Sophia’s Life

She will die by lethal injection on February 22, 2022 unless she finds healthy housing… We are currently seeking support for Sophia, a woman in Toronto who is in urgent need of housing. She is diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, which is a disability. Instead of providing her with accessible housing (free of volatile organic compounds and chemicals from commonly […]

A Quick Summary of the IPCC’s AR6: Summary for Policymakers, Section D

Section D of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), titled Limiting Future Climate Change, discusses future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions scenarios where reduction measures are in place, and the climactic outcome of these scenarios. This section touches upon two points, listed below: “From a physical science perspective, limiting human-induced global warming to a specific level […]

A Quick Summary of the IPCC’s AR6: Summary for Policymakers, Section C

Section C of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), titled Climate Information for Risk Assessment and Regional Adaptation, discusses the importance of knowing the range of possible climate responses to anthropogenic influences, natural factors, and internal variability. Understanding what could be expected in climate responses allows us to better prepare, respond, and adapt to these […]