February 5, 2019 – Ottawa (ON) – On February 5, CAPE joined forces with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and made a public Call to Action on Climate Change and Health to Canada’s federal political parties.
“Last summer, tens of thousands of Canadians had their lives disrupted by wildfires, millions in western Canada were forced to breath harmful levels of air pollution for days or weeks at a time, while millions in central and eastern Canada were exposed to extreme heat for prolonged periods” noted Kim Perrotta, Executive Director of CAPE. “In the fall, the International Panel on Climate Change painted a bleak picture of a world if we allowed global warming of 2 degrees Celsius. There is an urgent need for deep action on climate change and the election platforms of our political parties must reflect that reality.”
“We are the generation in charge during the last time window for humanity to decrease its emissions enough to maintain a livable climate. The next 12 years are critical: Members of Parliament elected in the 2019 federal election will ultimately have the opportunity to ensure a healthy response to climate change or be responsible for devastating climate-related impacts that will be visited on our children and future generations,” said Dr. Courtney Howard, President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). “Just as when we do CPR during a code blue in the hospital, we need to push hard, push fast, and not stop in order to ensure a healthy outcome.” TAKE ACTION!