Climate change impacts health in the northwest: NWHU

Press release

Did you know that Climate change poses a clear, present and growing threat to human health. However, transitioning to a low carbon economy and taking action to protect against the impacts of climate change have immediate benefits to health.

The environmental consequences of climate change such as extreme weather, extreme heat, and vector-borne disease (eg. Lyme disease) will increasingly, directly and indirectly, impact the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of people in the Northwestern district.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

The Northwestern Health Unit is currently:

  • Working to better understand the health impacts experienced by those living in the Northwestern district by conducting a climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessment.
  • Assessing and prioritizing adaptation action within programs and services to lessen the community health impacts, while supporting ongoing community action to address climate change.
  • Enhancing existing programming that has co-benefits for climate change and health.
  • Here’s what you can do right now to improve your health and take climate action:
  • Learn more about how climate change is impacting your individual and community health, and what steps you can take to protect yourself.
  • Take action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, by engaging in active transportation and consuming locally produced food.
  • Write to and speak with your elected officials, as well as your health care providers, about climate change and the ways it is impacting your health.

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