Sign on to our Call to Action on Climate
Change & Health
This October, I will vote for a government that will uphold environmental protection, economic justice and human rights. Any government that represents me must have an evidence-based environmental plan that:
- Implements a strong climate action plan that meets our international commitments to keep global warming below
-There is no more time to waste. The next government must immediately put into place a plan to significantly reduce
our greenhouse gas emissions, and the reductions must begin shortly after.
- Establishes economic equality and ensure social justice.
– The transition to a low carbon economy includes ensuring economic equality and social justice. Through this
approach, we can create systems and structures to ensure that all Canadians are afforded the dignity and respect to
live a good life.
- Respects and promotes the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
– For too long, Canada has made Indigenous rights a secondary consideration. True reconciliation means grappling
with the hard truths of our past, and upholding the principles of free, prior and informed consent.
- Restore nature and prevent wildlife extinction
– Nature not only gives us joy at its marvels, it is also our best defense against climate change and species loss. With
habitats disappearing and entire species dying at unprecedented rates, Canada is under threat. Nature protects us
and we must protect it.
- Ensure a livable planet for our children
– The clock is ticking. With Canada warming at twice the global rate, bold change is needed so that today’s kids have
a safe world to grow up in. My vote depends on it. Our children’s futures depend on it.
Climate Change is Already Harming Human Health
Climate change is already harming the mental and physical health of Canadians – with wildfires, smoke-laden air, floods, emergency evacuations, power shortages, food insecurity, insect-borne diseases, hurricanes and heatwaves – that are become more frequent and more intense.
Globally, climate change is having a devastating impact on human health. The World Health Organization estimates that heat waves, insect-borne diseases, malnutrition, and infectious diseases alone will claim 250,000 lives per year by 2030. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that 2oC of warming would be catastrophic for ecological systems and human health and forcing hundreds of millions of people into poverty by 2050.
Climate Solutions can produce Significant Health Benefits
The burning of fossil fuels is responsible for 7,100 early deaths each year in Canada. By reducing our use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, gasoline, diesel and natural gas, we can save lives, reduce chronic diseases, and cut healthcare costs while fighting climate change.
Chronic diseases cost Canada about $200 billion per year in health-related costs. By investing in public transit, cycling and walking, which increases physical activity, we can save lives, reduce chronic diseases and healthcare costs while fighting climate change.
We need to Act Fast to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change
To keep global warming from exceeding 1.5oC, we must cut global emissions by 45% by 2030. This means we have 11 years to put the policies and programs needed in place. CAPE, working in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), developed a Call to Action on Climate Change and Health. With this Call to Action, we are calling on all national political parties in Canada to make a commitment to keep global warming below 1.5oC and to come up with comprehensive, evidence-based plans that will ensure Canada does its fair share.
We need your help.
Sign on to our call for an evidence-based environmental plan and our Call to Action to show our national political parties that Canadians want a healthy planet and healthy people.