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Impact of climate change on health at center of virtual event by 4RG, Peterborough Public Health – Peterborough

Peterborough Health and Environmental Advocates will host an online session next week focusing on the health effects of climate change.

The Monday, November 14 virtual event, titled “Climate Change Affects Your Health: A Climate Change Awareness Event,” is being hosted by 4RG (For Our Petitchilden) and Peterborough Public Health. The keynote speaker will be Drew Monkman, naturalist, three-time novelist, columnist and environmental education advocate.

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“I often wonder why some people develop a passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the protection of natural spaces, while others are indifferent at best,” he said.

“If children have no real understanding or knowledge of the natural world around them, how will they be able to develop a sense of what is lost?”

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He will be joined by the regional health office’s medical officer of health, Dr Thomas Piggott, who says the climate emergency is “already impacting us locally”.

“The storm that hit our region in May this year was a tragic event that was likely the result of climate change having a wider impact on the frequency and severity of storms,” ​​he said. “The November 14 event is an opportunity to learn about climate events that have already happened, predicted futures, and to raise awareness of how these can impact our health.”

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How does climate change impact our health?

Piggott and Peterborough Public Health are prioritizing adaptation strategies to reduce the health impacts of climate change on the community. This includes helping our most vulnerable residents prepare for climate change.

Among Pigott’s previous professional experiences, he was a Medical Officer of Health in Labrador.

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“In the North, people, especially indigenous communities, have been alarmed by the impacts of climate change,” he said. “One of the most noticeable changes is the thinning of the sea ice.”

He notes that the impacts of climate change go beyond hazardous weather events.

“Climate change will lead to more vector-borne diseases, cancers, and heart and respiratory diseases, to name a few,” he said. “These changes are not fixed yet. However, there is hope if we work quickly to prevent further change and adapt to the changes already underway.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. To register, visit the link for the event. Questions can be submitted during registration for presenters.

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