Estimated at $30 billion in Canada, the decontamination industry
relies mostly on conventional methods such as dig and dump,
which only shifts the problem elsewhere.
The Québec Government spends $2.3 billion annually on healthcare related
to poor air quality (cancer, heart disease, asthma, bronchiolitis, etc.).
The cost in terms of premature deaths is incalculable.
Noise raises stress levels, disrupts sleep and causes tiredness,
three factors which have an impact on health,
productivity and well-being.
Heat islands affect energy consumption, contribute to the dispersion
of pollutants and the formation of smog, reduces water quality and
increases the strength and duration of oppressive heat waves.
The St. Lawrence River is the main source of drinking water for almost
half of Québec’s population. The discharging of untreated wastewater
contributes to the deterioration of ecosystems and human health.
Climate change, water, wind, ice and the severity and frequency of the freeze-thaw
cycle are all factors that cause erosion. In addition, human activity such
as vegetation denudation leads to surface runoff, loss of topsoil,
loss of fertility, flooding and landslides.
Photo : Jacques Brisson
Invasive plants such as the common water reed destroy
our biodiversity, lead to soil erosion, modify natural fire
cycles and bring down property value.
In keeping with society’s desire to develop sustainable
solutions to environmental problems…