Peterborough Public Health and environmental group For Our Grandchildren are hosting a virtual town hall on Monday to discuss the health impacts of climate change.
The event will begin at 7 p.m., and residents can register to attend on Eventbrite at bit.ly/3TbT5m5.
“The November 14 event is an opportunity to learn about climate events that have already happened, future ones predicted and to raise awareness of how these can impact our health,” said the medical officer of health. , Dr. Thomas Piggott, in a press release.
The event will feature keynote speaker Drew Monkman, naturalist and author of The Examiner’s weekly Our Changing Seasons column and three-time novelist. He is a strong advocate for environmental education.
“I often wonder why some people develop a passion for wildlife, the outdoors, and protecting natural spaces, while others are indifferent at best,” Monkman 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?”
Monkman and Piggott will speak about the impacts of climate change on our health as the health unit works on adaptation strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change on the health of our community.
Prior to moving to Peterborough, Piggott worked as a Medical Officer of Health in Labrador and found northerners, especially Indigenous communities, were alarmed by the impacts of climate change.
“The impacts of climate change go beyond hazardous weather events. A changing climate will lead to more vector-borne diseases, cancers, and heart and respiratory disease, to name a few,” Piggott 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.
During registration, questions for presenters may be submitted and some will be answered by presenters at the end of their presentations.
“The climate emergency is already affecting us locally,” Piggott said.
“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.”