Smoke from the Eagle Bluff fire has spread throughout B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)

“The first-ever national survey on the human impacts of climate change, released last week by Greenland, revealed over three-quarters of respondents had personally experienced the effects of global warming in their everyday lives. Human health implications are occurring at only 1 C of global warming since pre-industrial times — underlining the importance of limiting it to no more than 1.5 C. Indeed, several major health-care organizations in Canada issued a unified call to action on climate change this year, echoed by others worldwide.
As family doctors who have worked in communities across British Columbia and built relationships with our patients at home, we understand how vital meaningful employment is for our health, and a thriving economy for our health-care system. Climate change threatens both. On top of almost $800 million spent managing wildfires and floods in 2018, subsequent economic losses in our timber, farming and tourism industries took a major toll on families and the province. As former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney recently said, ‘the enormous human and financial costs of climate change are having a devastating effect on our collective well-being.'”

Learn more on Climate change is the 21st century’s greatest threat to human health by Drs. Melissa Lem & Alan Ruddiman via Canada’s National Observer.

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