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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century
Climate change is already affecting the health of Canadians, and is expected continue throughout the 21st Century. Impacts are widespread, and can be both direct (including injuries and illness from extreme weather events) and indirect (such as access to affordable food and mental health impacts). While climate change is sometimes viewed as a global or national issue, understanding the potential local impacts of climate change is important for public health, who can act as supporters and advocates for reducing climate-related health impacts at the community level. From increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns, to impacts on food access and water quality, the health of residents will continually be challenged. Because of this, communities are assessing the vulnerability of our communities to the anticipated impacts of climate change, and is engaging with our communities to mitigate and adapt to these changes.
Using Simcoe Muskoka as an example, this interactive discussion will highlight the impacts that climate change on public health. It will highlight how our climate will change in the future, what current and projected health impacts will be, and who will be most vulnerable within our communities to these changes. It will also highlight how as individuals and communities we can act to mitigate and adapt to this new climate reality, to ensure resilient communities moving forward.