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Take the Pledge

Climate change is negatively impacting our health, and the health of Ontario’s children. Extreme weather is becoming more common, causing the spread of Lyme disease carrying ticks, increasing Asthma triggers and risks of heat-related illnesses to dangerous levels – and children are among the most vulnerable.

Join other health professionals and take the pledge.

The Make It Better Pledge
I pledge to make it better for Ontario’s children by protecting
them from the health impacts of climate change. I will:

  • Stay informed
  • Share what I know
  • Support action on climate change
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Lynn, Waterloo

Veronica, Ontario

Danielle, Ontario

Alex, Ontario

Martha, Ontario, Health Professional

Terri, Ontario, Health Professional

Laura, Ontario

Melanie, Ontario, Health Professional

Hersh, Ontario

Austin, Ontario, Health Professional

Scott, Ontario, Health Professional

Karine, Ontario, Health Professional

Barry, Ontario

Theresa, Ontario

joanna, Ontario

Pegeen, Ontario, Health Professional

Roanne, Ontario

Alexandra, Ontario, Health Professional

Greg, Ontario

Terry, Ontario

Tiffany, Ontario

Chantal, Ontario

Rebecca, Oakville

Catalina, Ontario

Kaiah-Marie, Aurora

Erica, Ontario, Health Professional

Olivia, Ontario

Joe, Ontario

Teresa, Ontario, Health Professional

John, Ontario, Health Professional

Emily, Ontario, Health Professional

Kim, Ontario, Health Professional

Josalyn, Ontario

Melissa, Ontario

Zaheeda, Ontario

Renee, Ontario, Health Professional

Mary, Ontario

Bryan, Ontario

Teresa, Ontario, Health Professional

Nathalia, Ontario

Sarah, Ontario

Andrea, Ontario

Alison, Ontario

Judy, Ontario

Silvia, Ontario

Deanna, Ontario

Heidi, Ontario

Chelsea, Toronto

Samantha, Brampton

Janet, Ontario

Brian, Turkey Point

Christina, Ontario

Sue, Ontario, Health Professional

Cheryl, Ontario

Torshie, Ontario, Health Professional

Michael, Ontario

Jessica, Ontario

Sendi, Ontario, Health Professional

Roanne, Ontario, Health Professional

Julie, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario

Kay, Prince Edward Island, Health Professional

Helen, Ontario, Health Professional

Kendra, Ontario

Janet, Ontario, Health Professional

Lisa, Ontario, Health Professional

Stewart, Ontario

Jeff, Ontario

diane, Ontario

Rachel, Ontario

Isolde, Ontario

Brendan, Ontario

Amy, Ontario

Paloma, Ontario, Health Professional

Julie, Ontario

Birgit, Ottawa, Health Professional

Gillian, Ontario

Gloria, Ontario

Lisa, Ontario, Health Professional

Kristen, Ontario, Health Professional

Brianna, Ontario

Claudette, Ontario

Ashley, Ontario

Katrina, Ontario

Kyla, Ontario

Karolina, Ontario, Health Professional

Jenna, Ontario, Health Professional

RUTH, Ontario

Helen, Ontario, Health Professional

Cindy, Ontario

Sandra, Ontario

Beth, Ontario

Holly, Ontario

Ann, Ontario

Caroline, Ontario

Lisa, Ontario, Health Professional

Emily, Ontario, Health Professional

Erin, Ontario, Health Professional

Racquel, Ontario, Health Professional

Carina, Thunder Bay, Health Professional

Kelly, Ontario

Florencia, Ontario

Matthew, Ontario, Health Professional

Clifford, Ontario

Cyndi, Ontario

Ian, Ontario

Lori, Ontario, Health Professional

Emily, Ontario

Ann, Ontario

Herb, Ontario, Health Professional

Chloe, Ontario, Health Professional

Nancy, Ontario

Paul, Ontario

Louis, Ontario

Wendy, Ontario, Health Professional

Jill, Ontario, Health Professional

Samantha, Ontario

Cole, Ontario, Health Professional

Karen, Ontario

Catharine, Ontario

Valerie, Ontario

Allan, Ontario, Health Professional

catherine, Ontario, Health Professional

Heather, Ontario

Lisa, Ontario, Health Professional

Charles, Ontario

Caroline, Ontario

Kathryn, Ontario, Health Professional

Carolyn, Ontario

Rachael, Ontario, Health Professional

Karl, Ontario

Rob, Ontario

Sarah, Ontario

Kim, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario, Health Professional

Alison, New Brunswick, Health Professional

Darine, Ontario, Health Professional

Vanessa, Ontario

Kiri, Winnipeg, Health Professional

Merran, British Columbia

Monika, Ontario

Tony, Ontario

Megan, Ontario, Health Professional

Kimberley, New Brunswick

Ryan, Toronto

Samantha, Ontario, Health Professional

Charlene, Ontario

Sue, Ontario

David, Ontario

Eugenie, Ontario, Health Professional

Jason, Ontario, Health Professional

Jennifer, Ontario, Health Professional

Emmay, Ontario

Matthew, Ontario, Health Professional

Nancy, Ontario

Kevin, Ontario

Mayuri, London, Health Professional

Liz, Ontario

NANCY, Ontario

Judy, Ontario

Laura, Ontario

Kelly, Ottawa

Kayla, York

Miranda, British Columbia

Liliana, Ontario, Health Professional

Dawn, Ontario

Heather, Ontario

Bernadette, Ontario

Shannon, Ontario

David, Ontario

Racquel, Ontario

Vikky, Maple, Health Professional

Meghan, Ontario

Meghan, Ontario

Trevor, British Columbia

David, Prince Edward Island

Megan, Ontario

Emily, Ontario

Celina, Ontario, Health Professional

Richard, Ontario, Health Professional

Julie, Ontario

ryan, Ontario

Karen, Ontario

Carey, Ontario

Kim, Ontario

Amy, Ontario

Karen, Ontario

Caress, Ontario

Daniel, Ontario

Erin, Ontario

Beth, Ontario

Elise, Ontario, Health Professional

Suzanne, Ontario

diane, Ontario

Michelle, Ontario, Health Professional

Julia, Ontario, Health Professional

Jill, Manitoba

Lynn, Ontario

May, Ontario

Emilita, Ontario

Margaret, Ontario

Liliana, Sault Ste. Marie, Health Professional

Einar, Ontario, Health Professional

Wally, Ontario

Caitlin, Ontario, Health Professional

Alicja, Ontario

Caress, Chatham, Health Professional

John, Ontario

Tanis, Ontario

Holly, Ontario, Health Professional

Danielle, Ontario

Sandra, Ontario, Health Professional

Julie, Ontario

Michelle, Ontario

Suzanne, British Columbia

Anil, Ontario

Paige, Kenora, Health Professional

Jessica, Ontario, Health Professional

Loriette, Ontario, Health Professional

Bridget, Ontario, Health Professional

Vicki, Ontario

April, Ontario

Rachel, Ontario, Health Professional

Donald, Ontario

Tessa, Ontario

Judy, Ontario

Melody, Ontario

Theophilus, Etobicoke, Health Professional

Kelly, Ontario

Carlene, Ontario

Morgan, Newmarket

Candace, Ontario, Health Professional

Kaitlin, Ontario, Health Professional

Kerrianne, Ontario

Kimia, Ontario

Mehnaz, Ontario

Karen, Ontario, Health Professional

William, Ontario

Terri, Ontario

Jean, Ontario

Chantal, Ontario, Health Professional

Geraldine, Ontario

Suzanne, Ontario

Jane, Ontario

Adam, Ontario

Nathan, Ontario

Claire, Ontario, Health Professional

Carmen, Ontario

Emma, Kenora

Gen, Ontario

Leah, Ontario

wendy, Ontario

Enea, Ontario

Mahnoor, Ontario, Health Professional

Mackenzie, Ontario

avier, aurora

Kate, Ontario

Joan, Ontario

Trevor, Ontario

Heidi, Ontario

Jean-Pierre, Ontario

Meg, Ontario

Kasey, Ontario

Zaheeda, Ontario, Health Professional

Peggi, Ontario

Marisol, Ontario

Melanie, Ontario

Giulia, Ontario

Serena, Ontario, Health Professional

Kristia, Ontario

Dianne, Ontario, Health Professional

David, Ontario

Candace, Ontario, Health Professional

Brooke, Ontario

Arianne, Ontario, Health Professional

Alisha, Ontario

Ashley, Ontario, Health Professional

Lucy, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario, Health Professional

Alan, Ontario

Richard, Ontario

Martine, Ontario, Health Professional

Peter, Ontario

Stephanie, Ontario, Health Professional

Julie, Ontario

Tammy, Ontario

Jenna, Ontario

Marian, Ontario

julie, toronto

Lisa, Ontario

Allan, Ontario

Hilda, Toronto

Evelyn, Ontario

Vincent, Ontario, Health Professional

Anna, Ontario

Andrea, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario

Brenda, Ontario

John, Ontario

Heather, Nova Scotia

Phylicia, Ontario, Health Professional

Phil, Ontario, Health Professional

correy, Manitoba

Lindsay, Ontario

Jos, Ontario

Sylvia, Ontario, Health Professional

Robert, Ontario

KAREN, Ontario, Health Professional

Tina, Ontario

Deborah, Ontario

Julie, Ontario, Health Professional

Danielle, Ontario

Lisa, Prince Edward Island, Health Professional

Kalden, Ontario, Health Professional

Eva, Ontario, Health Professional

Carina, Thunder Bay

Nilou, Ontario

Shannon, Ontario, Health Professional

James, Ontario

Kalden, Ontario

Mary, Ontario

sarah, Ontario

Antonia, Toronto

Andrea, Ontario

Marty, Ontario, Health Professional

Scott, Ontario

Cindy, Ontario

Nutan, Brampton

Meghan, Ontario

Sari, Ontario

Kayla, Ontario

Kelly, Ontario

Larry, Ontario

Irene, Ontario, Health Professional

Alyssa, Ontario

Maria, Ontario, Health Professional

Caryn, Ontario, Health Professional

Joanne, Ontario

Kendra, Ontario, Health Professional

Ricardo, Ontario

Rhiannon, Ontario

Nicole, Whitby

Terri, Ontario, Health Professional

Sara, Ontario, Health Professional

Sarah, Ontario

Kyle, MIDLAND

Andrea, Ontario, Health Professional

Agnes, Ontario

Joanna, Ontario

Hilary, Ontario

Jessica, Ontario

Wilf, Ontario

Poonam, Ontario, Health Professional

Kara, Ontario

Laurie, Toronto

Holly, British Columbia

john, Ontario

Sarah, Ontario

Deborah, Ontario

Marie-Eve, Ontario, Health Professional

Lynda, Ontario

Lisa, Ontario

Bonnie, Ontario

Kendra, Ontario

Kristen, Ontario

Tara, Ontario

Aldénoriane, Quebec

Donna, Ontario

Sue, Ontario, Health Professional

Alyssa, Ontario, Health Professional

Laurie, Ontario

Sarah, Pickering

Corinne, Ontario

Jacquie, Ontario

Deanna, Ontario

Nancy, Ontario

Alex, Ontario, Health Professional

Jennifer, Ontario, Health Professional

Dr Jacqueline, Ontario, Health Professional

Jill, Ontario, Health Professional

Richard, Ontario

Joanne, Ontario

Jocelyn, Ontario, Health Professional

Kathleen, Ontario

Jan, Ontario

Beatrice, Ontario

Jeanne, Ontario, Health Professional

Marcus, Ontario

Maureen, Ontario

Barbara, Ontario

Claire, Toronto

Nicole, Ontario, Health Professional

Birgit, Quebec

Andy, Ontario

Kevin, Ontario, Health Professional

Doug, Midland

Ida, Ontario

Tracy, Ontario

Maryanne Tam-Po, Ontario

Mohsina, Ontario

Claudia, Ontario

Bo, Ontario

Brendan, Ontario, Health Professional

Caroline, Ontario, Health Professional

Catherine, Ontario, Health Professional

Kathleen, Toronto

Julianna, Ontario

Kevin, Ontario

Katie, Ontario

Peter, Ontario, Health Professional

Anna, Ontario, Health Professional

Rosana, Ontario

Sally, Ontario

John, Ontario, Health Professional

Kathryn, Ontario

Llewellyn, Ontario

Wanda, Saskatchewan

Pam, Ontario

Climate change is contributing to the spread of ticks that carry Lyme disease. Asthma triggers and risks for heat-related illness are also becoming more common and more dangerous – and children are among the most at risk.

  • Extended, warmer seasons mean disease-carrying tick populations can grow, spread, and be active longer.3 In Ontario, Lyme disease risk areas have increased over time.4 
  • Air pollution, dust, forest fire smoke and pollen are key triggers for asthma attacks.5 Climate change means longer, drier and warmer summers, increasing air pollution risks from forest fires, dust storms, pollen and smog-forming chemical reactions.6
  • In Ontario, climate change is leading to more and more extreme heat days.7 Each year in Toronto, extreme heat contributes to an average of 120 premature deaths.8

Untreated, these health impacts can cause hospitalization – or worse.  Without climate action, our health and quality of life will be significantly impacted. 

A new approach is needed to bring the community together and work on solutions to climate change. We are asking you to join this initiative by taking the pledge below.

By joining this campaign, you are committing to sharing information to help protect the health of children in Ontario – for today and for the future. 

3 Bouchard C, Dibernardo A, Koffi J, Wood H, Leighton PA, Lindsay LR (2019). Increased risk of tick-borne diseases with climate and environmental changes. Can Commun Dis Rep; 45(4):81

4 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/reports-publications/canada-communicable-disease-report-ccdr/monthly-issue/2017-43/ccdr-volume-43-10-october-5-2017/surveillance-surveillance-lyme-disease-canada-2009-2015.html under table 4

5 https://asthma.ca/get-help/asthma-3/triggers-3/common-asthma-triggers/

6 Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (April 2019). Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals: Module 3 – Climate Change Health Impacts across Canada. Retrieved from: https://cape.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Module-3-ready-to-upload-SOLO-April-5-2019.pdf

7 Climate Atlas (2018). Climate Change in Canada: Climate Atlas of Canada. Retrieved from: https://climateatlas.ca/

8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17985676