Children’s health is being directly and seriously impacted by climate change and inequities put them at greater risk. Climate change will affect everyone in Canada, but those already experiencing health inequities, will be disproportionately impacted25.

Over 13 % of Canadian children and youth are living with asthma. It is one of the leading causes of childhood hospital admissions in Canada7. Children from the lowest income neighborhoods in Canada are hospitalized for asthma 1.5 times more than those from the highest income neighborhoods9.

Untreated, asthma can be life-threatening8.

  • Air pollution, dust, forest fire smoke and pollen are key triggers for asthma attacks10.
  • Every year, air pollution is estimated to cause 2.7 million asthma symptom days, 42,500 child acute bronchitis episodes and 14,600 premature deaths in Canada11.
  • Climate change means longer, drier and warmer summers, increasing air pollution risks from forest fires, dust storms, pollen and smog-forming chemical reactions12.

Every child should have the protection they need from climate change and have equal access to a healthy environment. Learn more about what others are doing and what you can do.

Together, we can Make It Better.

Help protect children from the health impacts of climate change and the inequities that put them at greater risk.

We developed this campaign to give parents information and tools to protect themselves and their families. And we need your help.

Learn more about the steps you can take to protect your family, common asthma triggers and how climate change impacts air quality.

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