Quebec’s public health directors signed a public declaration Tuesday saying they recognize the impact of climate change on health and pledge to be part of the solution.
A total of 19 municipal, regional and provincial public health directors co-signed the declaration on the eve of the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, UAE.
They say Quebecers’ health in all regions of the province is already being threatened by climate change, stressing the need to make it a priority.
They pointed to flooding, heat waves and last summer’s forest fires in northern Quebec as clear indicators that climate change is already adversely affecting our air quality and threatening our collective physical and mental health.
The text noted that nearly one in two Quebecers claim to have experienced eco-anxiety in the past year.
“Around the world, we are already seeing the impact of climate change on people’s health, well-being and quality of life,” the statement reads. “The scientific consensus …