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.
Children are among the most vulnerable to heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses13.
Extreme heat was associated with a 22% increase in emergency department visits among children in Southwestern Ontario – based on a study that examined hospital and meteorological data from 2002 to 201915.
Climate change is leading to more and more extreme heat days16.
We developed this campaign to give parents information and tools to protect their families and their communities. And we need your help.
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.
Steps you can take to protect your family during COVID-19.
Heat-related illness continues to be a health risk with children being more vulnerable to the effects of hot temperatures. Not everyone has ready access to an air-conditioned facility, and during COVID-19 finding ways to keep cool can require extra planning.
Here are a few more links to local public health units or municipality websites that have some information on heat during COVID-19.
5 Steps you can take to protect your family every day.
Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated.
Follow these five steps to protect your family and yourself in very hot weather:
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