Climate change is a public health emergency – CBC

We need to recognize what is becoming rapidly apparent. Our health is wrapped up in the health of the planet

Sep 30, 2022

In the aftermath of Fiona and the terrible wake it left on Canada’s east coast, there is grit, resilience, and rebuilding. We are also left with yet another stark reminder of a changing climate and the havoc that awaits the planet and our species.

We need to face the undeniable. Fiona cannot be viewed in isolation, but instead as one data point — albeit a dramatic and calamitous one for those afflicted — in an inexorable trend toward an increasingly unstable biosphere.

The scientific evidence is consistent; the research is wide-ranging and generated by a broad base of disciplines.

And it is clear: we are headed toward climate upheaval.

As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres declared recently, “The disruption to our climate and our planet is already worse than we thought, and it is moving faster than predicted.”

With that comes a threat to our very survival. Climate change is a public health emergency.

It needs to be treated as such.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-climate-change-public-health-emergency-1.6600620

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