Climate Change and Your Health
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Explore the impacts of climate change on your health

The global climate is changing and the health effects of these changes depend on where you live. On average the temperature of the earth is rising and causing extreme weather events, flooding and droughts. These changes affect natural and human environments (air quality, clean water and food sources) and have the possibility of having negative effects on our health.

Interior Health’s role

Interior Health’s priority is to provide quality health care services to the public. Our Energy and Environmental Sustainability managers work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we continually look for opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment at the corporate, team and community levels. Learn more.

What can you do?

Everyone can help to limit the negative effects from climate change by:

  • Greening your commute – walk, cycle, carpool, or take transit, even just once in a while.
  • Reducing energy use – switch off lights, computers and electronics when not in use.
  • Trimming your waste by reducing, reusing and recycling.
  • Choosing local goods and food products when possible.

Health impacts

In general the impacts on health from climate change can include:

  • Injury and death, mental illness
  • Respiratory diseases, heart disease
  • Heat-related illness and death, heart failure
  • Malnutrition, abdominal illnesses
  • Skin and other infections

Choose the natural and human environmental changes below for more information on the health effects related to these changes, a description of what we are doing and what you can do to lessen the impacts on your health.


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