One of the climate change threats we too seldom talk about is its growing impact on our health. But the evidence shows that people are going to lose years from their life from climate change-related risks, including extreme heat, wildfire smoke, smog, and new diseases.
The good news is that taking action to stop climate change is also good for our health. Renewable energy, greening our cities, and active transportation have positive health benefits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know that the climate crisis is also a health crisis? Climate change impacts the health of Canadians - from increasing heat stroke to spreading new infectious diseases - and these impacts are getting worse. At the same time, there is a lot that we can do to protect ourselves and reduce climate pollution for healthier, safer futures.
We often think about climate change as something abstract or remote. But in fact the changing climate is having effects right here and now, impacting the everyday lives and health of Canadians. By taking action on climate change, we can build healthier and more resilient communities.
This guidebook explores the many ways that climate change is affecting the health of Canadians - from heat illnesses to mental health issues - drawing together the range of articles, videos, and maps found in the Climate Atlas health topic.
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Climate change is a global issue affecting the health of communities and individuals. However, the impacts and solutions can be very different depending on what area of Canada you live. Understanding the magnitude of the changes and risks locally and regionally, allows citizens, politicians, and planners to take meaningful action to mitigate and adapt.
This guidebook aims to help draw the connection between climate health information and visual maps. It also demonstrates the various ways that climate data can be visualized and used as a communication tool to identify health risks on local, regional, and national scales. This helps readers connect with locations that are known and loved, making the information more relatable and relevant.
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The Climate Atlas allows you to explore how climate change can impact your health. Hot temperatures can make pollution problems worse, lead to more dangerous heat waves, greatly increase the risk of forest fires, and more. Understanding the magnitude of these changes and risks allows citizens, politicians, and planners to take meaningful action to mitigate and adapt.
See our Climate Maps for Health page to learn more about projected climate changes that are especially relevant to health in Canada.